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Reconstructing the Capital

Reconstructing the Capital

While Saigon is working on a public transport network that will transform the city, Hanoi has some solutions of its own in the works. Words by Lucy Sexton. Photos by Julie Vola ...

The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Restaurants in Vietnam

The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Restaurants in Vietnam

As we put together our list of the top restaurants in this country’s two major cities — Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City — we decided to keep it simple.  ...

The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Bars in Vietnam

The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Bars in Vietnam

No matter how innovative or Bohemian the décor, how alternative the clientele or how congenial the service, the bars that we like are the ones that fit in with the experience we are searching out after dark. ...

The New Peranakans

The New Peranakans

The mixed race Asians of the past known as the Straits Chinese or Peranakans were mainly Chinese-Malay. Today’s mixed-race Asians are a bit of everything. Words by Nick Ross. Photos by Kyle Phanroy ...

Elephant Tourism

Elephant Tourism

After doing her due diligence, Katie Jacobs visited an ‘ethical’ elephant camp and was surprised at how much more complicated the reality of elephant riding is ...

Recalling Hanoi: Part Seven

Recalling Hanoi: Part Seven

Landscape is entangled with history and people’s lives. No matter how young we are or what social position we have, we all have stories to tell. The book I am working on, Recalling Hanoi, is my vision of Hanoi, a tapestry weaved out of portraits, p...

Of Road Closures, Bulldozers and Metro Systems

Of Road Closures, Bulldozers and Metro Systems

Work on the Saigon Metro System is in full flow. But not everyone’s jumping for joy. ...

Earth Day

Find out what you can do to help mother earth

Poor old mother Earth. Constantly taken for granted and underappreciated, Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970, Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated on Apr. 22 in more than 175 countries every year, including Vietnam.

In anticipation of the celebration, RMIT students organised three events last month, including tree planting, a green-themed fancy dress and green disguises, under the banner of Give The Earth A Hand. Log on to www.earthday.org to see how you can get involved.

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7 Singapore's Culinary Masterpieces

7 Singapore's Culinary Masterpieces

Ask any Singaporean, and he’ll bemoan the rising costs of living, the surge of mega-malls, the skyrocketing housing prices, the overcrowding, and even (especially) the heat. But mention one thing — food — and that grimace will morph into an earnest, forthcoming grin and a...

A Journey To The Land Of Whispers

A Journey To The Land Of Whispers

North Korea feels frozen in time. It lies somewhere between a 1930s Soviet Union and a futuristic vision of society, as imagined back in the 1970s.

33 Revolutions per Minute

33 Revolutions per Minute

You know those old cartoons where the character goes fishing and catches nothing but car tyres and welly boots? Digging for vinyl in Hanoi is a bit like that. In between fin de siècle gramophones and fighter pilot helmets, you might find a Chemical Brothers...

Mr. McDonald’s

Mr. McDonald’s

If last year’s market entry of Starbucks can be viewed as a prototype, then by the time you read this piece there will have been extraordinary queues outside McDonald’s. Using the Drive-Thru model to enter the Vietnamese market, images of motorbike logjams trailing back down...

The Best Street Food of Vietnam: The South

The Best Street Food of Vietnam: The South

Vietnam has well over 100 street food dishes, most of them dreamt up locally, with a smattering coming from overseas. But which of these dishes are quintessentially Vietnamese? And which dishes are the true originals?

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