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Vietnamese Food Isn't That Great

Vietnamese Food Isn't That Great

Lower your pitchforks and let Niko Savvas explain

La Patisserie Chez Moi

La Patisserie Chez Moi

My first experience with this bakery happened when I was riding by — the pastry shop’s signage and shining glass window grabbed my eyes. I decided to go inside. ...

These Are a Few of Our Favourite Things - Part 2

These Are a Few of Our Favourite Things - Part 2

Banh Da Tron When I first came to Vietnam I tried any new street dish I could get my chopsticks into. But as time has worn on, I’ve become a food eater of habit. I rarely try anything new. ...

Hanoi’s Best Pho

Hanoi’s Best Pho

Where can you get the best pho bo in Hanoi? As the old Vietnamese saying goes, ask nine people and you’ll get 10 different opinions. Courtesy of our four judges we went in search of a definitive answer. Words by Huyen Tran. Photos by Trung Del, Jul...

These Are a Few of Our Favourite Things - Part 3

These Are a Few of Our Favourite Things - Part 3

Bo Bia Ngot For those who attended school in the 1980s like myself, things were far different. Instead of sitting at KFC, Burger King or a polished-glass window café, our ritual was gathering at the school gates and buying cheap snacks. ...

These Are a Few of Our Favourite Things - Part 1

These Are a Few of Our Favourite Things - Part 1

Think of the worst person you know. Picture her stupid, punchable face. Feel her shrill voice raking your eardrums. See her pressing the “close” button as you race towards the elevator. ...

The Perks of Learning the Language

The Perks of Learning the Language

Ed Weinberg has lived in Vietnam for three years — during which time he’s learnt enough Vietnamese not to starve. Well, he just points at things. In January it all started to change ...

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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The Bamboo Man

The Bamboo Man

From product and furniture designer to one of the people behind The Bike Shop in Saigon’s District 2, James Wolf’s career has been as flexible as the material he uses — bamboo. Words by Nick Ross. Photo by Kyle Phanroy

The Only Good Mosquito

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A morality play by Dara O Foghlu

Foreigners Can Buy Houses in Vietnam from July

Foreigners Can Buy Houses in Vietnam from J…

Vietnam will allow foreigners to buy houses for the first time from Jul. 1, 2015, with one simple requirement - they must enter Vietnam legally, reports Thanh Nien News. However, there are still restrictions on where foreigners are able to purchase houses. And it is...

The People of Myanmar

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It’s the people you meet on a travel that make it memorable, that teach you something. While traipsing around Myanmar for a month, Niko Savvas got the kindest, warmest, realest welcome he could imagine.

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Whether it’s talked about in international newspapers or in hushed tones down the street, the...

The Rise and Fall of The Pham

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