Photo by Jesse Meadows

Beyond a suburban lifestyle, what does Hanoi’s best known suburb have to offer the uninitiated? Billy Gray goes on a tour of Hanoi West. Photos by Jesse Meadows

Photo by Vu Ha Kim Vy

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

Photo by Julie Vola

Jesse Meadows visits that most mysterious of suburban phenomena; the gated compound. Photos by Julie Vola

Photo by Rodney Hughes

Life in a high-rise is different to life in a house. Siân Kavanagh talks to those who’ve vacated two or three-storey living for apartments up on high

Photo by Julie Vola

New suburbs mean a new lifestyle and a new more modern middle class. Or do they? Words by Edward Dalton

Photo by Julie Vola

Building new suburbs means replacing one set of residents with another. The former, socially engineered for the modern era, the latter, displaced. Words by Jesse Meadows

Photo by Jesse Meadows

You’re wealthy, you live in Vietnam and you’ve got money to invest. So what do you do with it? With so many restrictions on taking money out of this country, your options are limited; gold, the stock market, business (the popular option these days is F&B) and real estate. While the expansion of the new suburbs is focused on creating new housing for a modern Vietnam and on relieving the pressures of high urban population density, there’s another motive at work — investing in real estate.

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