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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) ...

Olympic-Sized Dreams

A pre-Olympic athletics championship brings out Vietnam’s juniors. Words by Harry Hodge

The Occidental Tourist

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

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?

The Suburban Green

While Saigon’s centre is in need of green spaces, do the suburban parks offer some respite? Words by Vu Ha Kim Vy ...

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 ...

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Routefinder

  Travelling this country atop a saddle takes you places you’d otherwise never venture. Here are personal accounts of cycle rides both in and out of the big cities. Words and photos compiled by Nick Ross 

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...

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 

In Wedded Bliss

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

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.

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In Search of the Super Cave

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

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...

A Brief History of Bia Hoi

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

A Brief History of Beer Mythology

Through its history, beer has inspired many people to tell lies — including some about...

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