As a girl who rarely travels anywhere — especially outside of Vietnam — being invited by Mekong Tourism to Kampot, Cambodia for the 9th World Congress of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World is something quite out there. Not only was I supposed to see one of “the most beautiful bays in the world” for the first time, I was supposed to shoot it in a way that matches its beauty. So I packed my bags, and jumped on a Sapaco bus to Phnom Penh at 6am with three cameras — my trusty DSLR, a small point-and-shoot and a Holga-like toy camera — and a tripod, to make sure I wouldn’t miss a thing.
I’ve often thought that “You are not special” is a terrible thing to say to someone as it trivialises the human experience. But staring up at 30 metres of raw Cat Ba Island mountain that you are expected to climb is a humbling experience — one that could make the most rock-strong of our bretheren feel a bit trivial or even unspecial.
It’s sunrise. The waves are riding high and the sky is cloudy — it’s about to rain. I got there early to see the fishing boats come in with their fresh catch. Like dots on the horizon, they bobbed on the tempestuous ocean making their way back after a hard night’s work.
Kyle Phanroy catches some moonbeams on the original Thai party island, and wakes up the next day to survey the wreckage
On the hunt for perfect fish and chips and learning the lesson of how-not-to-avoid getting your flake nicked by a swooping seagull, Marc Forster-Pert went to a cloudy but mild Brighton to see what’s so special about the British seaside
When there’s a wedding involved, a trip to the beach takes on a special meaning. Words and photos by Aaron Joel Santos
In Mui Ne, two local prodigies have put Vietnam on the international kitesurfing map. Ed Weinberg investigates the rising tide. Photos by Francis Xavier, with additional photography provided by K!NN Team and Grahame Booker @ fisheyeproduction.com
There’s a competition for everything these days, and building sandcastles is one of them. Nick Ross speaks to the organiser of the tournament in Vietnam, Phil Bossley. Photos by Steve Wilson
With school finishing up for the holidays, during the summer tourism in Vietnam goes domestic. It’s a phenomenon that ten or even five years ago was non-existent. Words by Hoa Le