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.

They say that location is everything. And in the case of Mia Nha Trang, location certainly makes this elegant, upscale resort stand out from its contemporaries. Set in a bay with a backdrop of soaring cliffs and a road winding its way above, there is something special about this little slice of paradise.

Edward Dalton visits the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism near Ba Vi. The experience is surreal

Mui Ne was once a sleepy fishing town that few people had ever heard of. The solar eclipse of 1995 reversed all that; thousands of astronomers and curious tourists streamed in to observe the phenomenon. Since then, Mui Ne has undergone a major transformation, and is now one of Vietnam’s major tourist attractions.

The backpacker trail in Southeast Asia has legendary stop-off points at every step. Opened three years ago, the leafy, Easy Tiger hostel in Phong Nha has already etched itself a place in folklore.

 

Vu Ha Kim Vy explores Banteay Srei, a district of Siem Reap, and discovers that its charm doesn’t lie only in the temples. Here lies the rural Cambodia of the past. Photo by Anna Bella Betts 

Nestled away in Yen Bai province, 170km from Hanoi, on the banks of the quiet Thac Ba Lake, is La Vie Vu Linh. It’s an eco-lodge, built according to local traditional techniques in the midst of the Red Dzao minority Ngoi Tu Village. It promotes eco-tourism in harmony with the local population and the environment.

Almost 250km directly north of Hanoi is Ba Be National Park, home to three lakes, breathtaking scenery and the Tay ethnic minority. Words and photos by Julie Vola

Tucked into the coast on the way to Vung Tau is an island that is still untouched. Vu Ha Kim Vy heads out of town for a short break

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