Vietnam’s rapid development is forcing foreigners to up their game
Avoiding the Thai islands, Nick Ross heads to the royal city of Hua Hin for his dose of the beach life
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.
Words by Hoa Le, Ed Weinberg and Nick Ross. Graphics by Vu Ha Kim Vy
In 2013, Hanoi Soundwalk was the first location-based audio tour of its kind to run not just in Hanoi, but in Asia.
Ignore those outdated guidebooks claiming people don’t tip in Vietnam. As David Mann explains, international travellers are making it the norm
Vietnam consumes an average of 5.4 billion packs of instant noodles a year, standing only behind China, Indonesia, and India on the list of the world’s biggest instant noodle consuming countries, according to the Japan-based World Instant Noodles Association.
In the Face of Danger
A tourist in Australia was rescued last month after plunging off a pier while browsing Facebook on her phone.
Stories from around the region
I’ve just got back from a four-day trip to Singapore for ITB Asia, the region’s biggest travel trade show. I have mixed feelings about Singapore — living in Vietnam, it’s nice to escape to somewhere peaceful and orderly for a few days, but generally I find Singapore to be lacking in charm. Most of its old colonial buildings have been bulldozed to make way for tower blocks, it lacks the bustling street life one normally associates with big Asian cities, and beer is ruinously expensive. And yet despite this, Singapore attracts serious tourist numbers – nearly 12 million of them in 2010. How it does this contains valuable lessons for Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam as a whole, as it struggles to develop sustainable growth in tourism.