With Vietnam closed down for Tet, Vu Ha Kim Vy headed to El Nido in the Philippines for a brief respite

Little Cat Ba opened three-and-a-half years ago, aiming to provide idyllic island accommodation to guests who appreciate something more quaint, with a personal touch.

In the depths of a northern hemisphere winter Nick Ross embarks on the non-Vietnam road trip — by car through Europe

 

South of Hue lies an amusement park, Ho Tuy Thien. But it’s popularity with visitors lies not in the amusements, but in the fact that it’s abandoned. Words and photos by Thomas Barrett

Thomas Barrett heads down the now defunct train line from Dalatto Thap Cham and meets the last remaining train driver. Photos and translation by Pham Thu Nga

Vu Ha Kim Vy heads southwest in search of old houses and an untouched beach in Go Cong.

In a country with 3,444 km of shoreline, a beach would have to be pretty special to stand out, right? So what’s so special about Nha Trang? OK, tick the boxes. Six kilometres of fine white sand set against a backdrop of forested hills. Clear turquoise water. Excellent swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. Catamarans, diving equipment, surf boards, paddle boards, kayaks, para-sails, and wind kites up for hire. Massages and beauty treatments available at the wave of a hand. Food and cold beer on demand. Seafood galore — what’s not to like?

Matt Cowan visits Hoi An and asks the question: How much more tourism can the most popular destination in Vietnam take? Photos by Mike Palumbo

Although there’s not much to do, Ho Ham Lon offers a welcome respite from the chaos in the city. Or in our case, an unplanned adventure… Words by Mignon van Zyl. Photos by Teigue John Blockpoel

Unlocking ourselves from the daily grind is a luxury for most, but Loic and Van Anh Diels, the hosts at Heron House, hold the key.

Vu Ha Kim Vy heads northeast to Dinh Quan in search of volcanoes.

Located on the outskirts of suburban Hanoi, Van Phuc is officially designated ‘the most ancient silk village in Vietnam’. Words by Edward Dalton. Photos by Theo Lowenstein

Jesse Meadows heads to Myanmar and gets a taste of the growing underground music scene, a scene where punk, metal and hip-hop blossom hand in hand.

You can drive carefully, you can drive defensively, you can drive at a sedate 30kph, but sooner or later you’re going to come to grief on Vietnam’s roads. It was my turn early last year.

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Rising high southwest of Nha Trang is a mountain covered by a primitive forest that carries a mysterious story about Doctor Yersin. Words and photos by Vu Ha Kim Vy

This month marks the start of the tourist season in Phong Nha, the home to Vietnam’s best-known caves. However, a trip to the national park is more than just an opportunity to explore underground caverns. Words and photos by Nick Ross

A friend told me that Chua Chan Mountain, aka Gia Lao, used to be a volcano, yet, there was no information about that on the internet. If you have ever taken a bus from Saigon to Phan Thiet, you would have seen or passed by it before as it lies quite close to the road.

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