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The Dining Room

The Dining Room

On a rainy night in Saigon our mystery diner finds something quite special. Photos by Kyle Phanroy  ...

The Republic

The Republic

One of Tay Ho’s most popular venues gets the nod from our undercover reviewer. Photos by Trung Del ...

Tickets for $0 To Yangon, Seoul and Pleiku

Tickets for $0 To Yangon, Seoul and Pleiku

Vietjet has launched a new summer promotion to celebrate the opening of new routes from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to Pleiku, Ho Chi Minh City to Seoul (South Korea), and Ho Chi Minh City to Yangon (Myanmar). ...

The Last Tunnel

The Last Tunnel

Since 2010 we have documented the rediscovery of the now-defunct train line from Dalat to Thap Cham. A few months ago, the final, missing section was explored. Francis Xavier and Kyle Phanroy were on hand to document. Words by Nick Ross  ...

The Motorbike Diaries - Part 4: This is Myanmar

The Motorbike Diaries - Part 4: This is Myanmar

  With Nemo the motorbike en route to Bangladesh by sea, Matt Dworzanczyk continues his cross-Asia journey via Myanmar ...

A Weasel Coffee for Your Thoughts

A Weasel Coffee for Your Thoughts

After a night’s sleep disturbed by the crowing of roosters, Jill Kester likes to get her jaws around a weasel coffee or two. But just where does this super-coffee come from? Illustration by Vu Ha Kim Vy ...

Ray Quan

Ray Quan

A rattling in the distance. The restaurant stirs and shakes, dishes quivering and voices chattering. The rice wine flows and everyone takes position, ready to clink shot glasses. The train clobbers by. “Chuc suc khoe!” ...

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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Making the Saigon Metro a Success

Making the Saigon Metro a Success

With the metro system due to launch in Ho Chi Minh City in 2018, here are 10 things that need to change to make it work. Words by Nick Ross. Additional reporting by Ian Wills

Even the Toothpaste is Not Real

Even the Toothpaste is Not Real

Authenticity is a concern in today’s shopping environment. Well, Niko Savvas can tell his Prada from his Praduh, but subtler doubts have been eating away at his existential well-being...

Cu Chi The Hard Way

Cu Chi The Hard Way

Cu Chi is the kind of excursion people often go on when first arriving in Vietnam, and never again. Ian Wills explores a deeper side of the experience, aided by a quirky itinerary courtesy of Grasshopper Adventures. Photos by Kyle Phanroy

Shopping with Roubles

Shopping with Roubles

Morning at the Nha Trang Centre, the only mall in Nha Trang. Not that it’s quite that, any more. When the mall first opened four years ago, the concept of several different shops in one, four-storey precinct didn’t work in provincial Nha Trang. So the...

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Beneath the Wrapper: A Journey Into Vietnam’s Cocoa Revival

Beneath the Wrapper: A Journey Into Vietnam…

From the cocoa plantations of southern Vietnam via its modest Ho Chi Minh City factory...

Quesadillas with a Twist

Quesadillas with a Twist

A food blogger and self-styled chef, this month Riccha Arora unveils one ofher secret weapons

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Elephant Tourism

After doing her due diligence, Katie Jacobs visited an ‘ethical’ elephant camp and was surprised...

Stress Management

Stress Management

Stress is the modern day killer. Stress is making you old, making you fat, impacting...

The New Peranakans

The New Peranakans

The mixed race Asians of the past known as the Straits Chinese or Peranakans were...

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