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A Tour of District 9

Beyond the high-rises and highways, the suburban enclave of District 9 has much to offer anyone looking for a day away from the city. Vu Ha Kim Vy and Bao Zoan tour the most northerly district of Saigon ...

Full Plastic Jacket

Paintball or airsoft anyone?

Exploring My Dinh

Beyond a suburban lifestyle, what does Hanoi’s best known suburb have to offer the uninitiated? Billy Gray goes on a tour of Hanoi West. Photos by Jesse Meadows ...

The Occidental Tourist

As one clinic is discovering, dental tourism has arrived in Vietnam

Che Muoi Sau

Tran Cam Thu visits a 50-year-old sweet shop that pays homage to the sugary snacks of Hanoi’s past. Photos by Boris Lopatin ...

New Suburbs, New Civilisation

New suburbs mean a new lifestyle and a new more modern middle class. Or do they? Words by Edward Dalton ...

Open-Mic Night

There is a certain magic about getting up on stage and showing off your talent. And it’s a magic that has led to a growing number of open-mic nights taking place throughout Vietnam. Words by Jesse Meadows (Hanoi) and Vu Ha Kim Vy (Saigon) ...

Star Dancing To Stop AIDS

More than 200 young contestants from eight schools in Ho Chi Minh City and ten schools in Hanoi gathered at Kim Lien High School in Hanoi and Hung Vuong High School in Ho Chi Minh City last month to participate in the first round of auditions for the dance4life Hip Hop Dance Contest, titled “Start dancing. Stop AIDS.”

Organised by Rutgers WPF in cooperation with Big Toe Crew, all performances were filmed and their video clips uploaded to the official contest website (www.dance4lifehiphopcontest.vn) where the public voted for their favourite dance crew. 

Winning dance crews will have a chance to perform with Big Toe Crew at the contest’s final events on May 8 at the Youth Theatre in Hanoi and on May 15 at Hung Vuong School in Ho Chi Minh City. Their performances will then be broadcast worldwide through the dance4life International and dance4life Vietnam websites. 

For more information, contact Ms Lieke Berghauser Pont at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ms Thuy Nguyen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Australia’s Cash Cow

David Mann takes a look at how Vietnam’s appetite for beef has helped bring Aussie farmers back from the brink. Photos by Nick Ross 

The Big Wet

When we get wet in Vietnam, we get really wet. Jon Aspin and Natalia Martinez take a look at some of the things that really matter when the heavens open up, and asked the whole Word team for their top tips.

In Wedded Bliss

Mixed nationality couples marrying in Vietnam may no longer need an interview

The Honda Cub Rises

The medieval prophecy behind Vietnam’s best-loved motorbike. Words by Dara O Foghlu. Photos by Julie Vola

The Inside Story of the Guerrilla War

Chapter 1: Down From the HighlandsFor the next 15 issues, Word is proud to present excerpts from Wilfred Burchett’s seminal account of the American War. A close friend of Ho Chi Minh, Burchett was the only westerner to be embedded with the Viet Cong frontlines...

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The Cartoonist

A cartoonist and a teacher, But Chi’s raison d’etre is to use the creation and...

In Search of the Super Cave

Or, how Ed Weinberg went looking for Southeast Asia’s largest volcanic cave and got scraped...

A Brief History of Bia Hoi

Considered the ultimate people’s beer, bia hoi started off as a concession to the shortages...

Burger Wars

Four expert judges battled lunchtime traffic, salad cravings and meat sweats to taste 10 burgers...

Falling Off the Wagon

It’s a common New Year’s resolution — go a month or so without drinking. Jon...

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