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From the archive: The Last President's Driver

Photo feature

From the archive: The Last President's Driver

This man, Cu Thach Banh, was the driver for South Vietnam's last President, Duong Van Minh. I met... enlarge

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Vietnam and the coronavirus - an unreliable travel guide

Ho Chi Minh City Blog

Vietnam and the coronavirus - an unreliable travel guide

This is a rolling blog of updates on the coronavirus COVID-19 in Vietnam and how it is impacting travel in the country. As of this update (18 March), the coronavirus is a global... more

Yen Bai

Yen Bai Introduction

Yen Bai

Many photographers view the rice terraces of Mu Cang Chai, in Yen Bai province, to be the most spectacular in Vietnam. This vast region,... more

My most memorable stay of 2019 - Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge, Vietnam

Yen Bai Blog

My most memorable stay of 2019 - Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge, Vietnam

As 2019 ended, I thought about the dozens of places I stayed during my many months on the road. It struck me that my most memorable stay... more

Remembering General Giap's passing 6 years on

Hanoi Video

Remembering General Giap's passing 6 years on

Vo Nguyen Giap is the most celebrated modern military figure in Vietnam. He led the defeat of the French at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 ending... more

Is the tide turning against heritage destruction in Vietnam?

Ho Chi Minh City Blog

Is the tide turning against heritage destruction in Vietnam?

The past decade has been devastating for Vietnam’s built heritage. Three recent decisions suggest that the tide may be finally turning in... more

The other remarkable thing about Pu Luong Vietnam? No piles of plastic

Pu Luong Blog

The other remarkable thing about Pu Luong Vietnam? No piles of plastic

Pu Luong, around four hours south of Hanoi, looks set to become the “next’ destination in Vietnam’s breathtaking mountainous north. And... more

One of Vietnam's most historic churches faces demolition

Hanoi Blog

One of Vietnam's most historic churches faces demolition

Vietnam’s three decades of rapid economic growth have not been so good for the country’s built heritage. The distinctive Bui Chu Cathedral... more

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Cambodia

Cambodia Introduction

Cambodia

It's hard to think of a country that stretches the emotional repertoire like Cambodia. That's especially true if you've been visiting the country... more

Yen Bai

Yen Bai Introduction

Yen Bai

Many photographers view the rice terraces of Mu Cang Chai, in Yen Bai province, to be the most spectacular in Vietnam. This vast region, that runs... more

Au O Vietnam Kitchen, Hanoi

Hanoi eating

Au O Vietnam Kitchen, Hanoi

Hanoi is upping its Vietnamese restaurant game right now and Au O is part of the trend. Located in the city’s French Quarter around 500m from the... more

Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville Introduction

Sihanoukville

IN LATE 2019 WE RETURNED BRIEFLY TO SIHANOUKVILLE FOR A LOOK. THERE SEEMS LITTLE REASON TO INCLUDE IT IN YOUR TRAVEL PLANS. IT IS A GHETTO OF... more

Hanoi

Hanoi Introduction

Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, can make a strong claim to being one of Asia’s most compelling and beguiling cities. The tangled streets of the old... more

Parks of Saigon - green spaces and walks

Ho Chi Minh City see and do

Parks of Saigon - green spaces and walks

A guide to the best parks, public spaces and green spaces in central Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City. We visit Tao Dan Park, the Zoo and Botanical... more