Ancient mysteries of the My Son Temple ruins

Ancient mysteries of the My Son Temple ruins

Tucked deep within the lush jungle that surrounds the quaint village of Duy Phu is a valley of crumbling ancient ruins unlike many others in Vietnam. Unlike most of Vietnam’s houses of worship, the royal My Son temple complex wasn’t erected in honour of Lord Buddha. Mahayana Buddhism became popular...

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This woman helped us find the best pho in the world (and can help you, too)

This woman helped us find the best pho in the world (and can help you, too)

I’m sweating. Since arriving in Vietnam, in fact, I have been in a state of perpetual perspiration. It’s a hot and humid land, and I am an Englishman not used to such hot and humid lands. But this particular sweat is a unique type of sweat — one induced by...

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What to eat and where to eat it in Vietnam

What to eat and where to eat it in Vietnam

I’m a big lover of food and I recently visited Vietnam. And as a big lover of food who recently visited Vietnam, I felt an overwhelming sense of responsibility to deliver to you, the internet, a comprehensive modern-day piece of content that shares with you some of the best stuff...

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Photo of the Week: Happy Tết from Vietnam!

Photo of the Week: Happy Tết from Vietnam!

It’s that time of year when everyone seems to celebrating! As carnival celebrations rage in Rio (currently being live Instagrammed for #TheLocalTakeover) and across Europe and the Caribbean, the people of Vietnam prep for their own special celebrations for the Lunar New Year.  Tết marks the beginning of the Vietnamese calendar and if...

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Photo of the week: Vietnamese coffee time in Hoi An

Photo of the week: Vietnamese coffee time in Hoi An

This month, we’re indulging our caffeine obsession with a look at coffee culture around the world. It’s amazing that something as simple as a bean can produce so many different exciting local variations. As a coffee drinker, you have a surprising amount of choice. You can choose how your coffee is served, flavoured,...

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Photo of the week: Hoi An Lantern Festival

Photo of the week: Hoi An Lantern Festival

Hoi An is one of those cities transformed by the setting sun. Night-time doesn’t bring darkness to the streets of Hoi An – rather darkness sets the city a glow with lanterns of all shapes, sizes, and colours. On the 14th day of every lunar month, the full moon marks the Hoi An...

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Messy, tasty rolls are why you need to eat at this Hoi An joint

Messy, tasty rolls are why you need to eat at this Hoi An joint

You’ll smell it before you see it. That’s how you know you’ve found Bale Well, a tiny open-air restaurant in one of Hoi An’s back alleys. As arguably the most touristy town in Vietnam, Hoi An has a lot of fantastic restaurants, catering to visitors seeking air conditioned fine dining....

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7 cities that are better at night

7 cities that are better at night

To really experience a city, you’ve got to get to know it when the sun goes down. That’s when secrets come out, when friends are made and when the adventure feels just a bit more real. These places already some of our favourites in daylight, but we love even more...

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Photo of the Week: Lanterns in Hoi An

Photo of the Week: Lanterns in Hoi An

We don’t think this photo, taken by our local partner Huong, needs too much explanation as to why it’s our favourite shot this week. These lanterns in Hoi An are beautiful in themselves, but this photo is made even more gorgeous by the face that they’re lighting up. Serene, peaceful,...

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