Many visitors to Vietnam are fascinated by the Vietnam War era. They seek out the places where well-documented battles took place, they visit war-museums, they comb war-surplus markets for helmets, bits and pieces of uniform, canteens, rusty dog-tags and the like.

The DMZ

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While much of Vietnam has moved on from its war-torn past, for people living close to the former Demilitarised Zone it is inescapable. Words and photos by Nick Ross

When Ben and Bich Mitchell first opened Phong Nha Farmstay in December 2010, the local consensus was that they had a screw loose.

Set up in late 2015, Phong Nha has a new day trip for those not lucky enough to get on the tour to the largest cave in the world. It’s worth every penny. Words and photos by Nick Ross

Photo by Edward Dalton

A former British-settled port town, George Town in Malaysia is known for its multicultural heritage and vibrant street food scene. Yet it has something else to attract the erstwhile traveller — architecture and art. Words by Edward Dalton. Photos by Julie Vola and Edward Dalton

Vu Ha Kim Vy explores Luang Prabang, a small city in Laos surrounded by rivers and forested mountains, to find out what is hidden inside

Photo by Vu Ha Kim Vy

Needing two flights to reach a destination for a short holiday is never a comfortable experience, yet Sofitel Luang Prabang was worth much more than that effort.

Photo by Julie Vola

I often find myself wishing I could live in a hotel, but I suppose if five-star service and soft pillows became your day-to-day, it wouldn’t be as special. So I settle for those rare staycations, when you just need a break from it all and someone to take care of everything for you, even down to the q-tips and the hand towels. I check into a nice hotel on a Saturday night, bask in the rain shower, order wine to the room, and prance around in a big white robe. It’s more relaxing than a vacation, really, because you don’t even have to travel.

Photo by Vu Ha Kim Vy

Vu Ha Kim Vy strikes northwest out of Saigon to Thai Son and looks around the area to discover what there is to see

Photo by Nick Ross

On a trip to Ukraine, Nick Ross heads to Pervomaisk, the only former nuclear missile base in the world open to visitors

Dalat Train Station - The once-upon-a-time hub of the cog railway that ran from Dalat to Phan Rang. Photo by Nick Ross

I’m in two minds about Dalat. Sure it’s been dubbed ‘Le Petit Paris’ and ‘The City of Eternal Spring’, the scenery is spectacular, and it’s Vietnam’s most popular honeymoon spot, but as I explored the region I kept thinking to myself that maybe I’d have been better off going to Sa Pa or Mui Ne or Nha Trang instead.

Photo by Theo Lowenstein

Edward Dalton heads south to an area that many have called ‘Halong Bay on Land’ — the Bai Dinh pagoda complex in Ninh Binh. Photos by Theo Lowenstein

Photo by Nick Ross

For reasons beyond their control, some metropolises don’t survive. One such place is Pripyat in northern Ukraine. Founded in 1970 and dubbed the model Soviet city, in 1986 it was abandoned. Words and photos by Nick Ross

Photo by Vu Ha Kim Vy

Vu Ha Kim Vy heads out of town to one of the few primary mangrove forests left in the Mekong Delta

On the river at Long Xuyen. Floating markets are one of the main attractions in the region. Photo by Nick Ross

Be truthful now; how much do you know about the Mekong Delta? If you’re like most expats in Vietnam, not very much, I bet. You’ve got no excuse — the Mekong Delta is the world’s largest delta, an ecological treasure trove, the nation’s rice basket, and a region of pivotal importance to the wealth and wellbeing of the country. You can hardly be blamed for being in the dark, though; the Delta has never received much press attention. Alternate floods and droughts seem to be the only events there that the media considers newsworthy.

Photo by Theo Lowenstein

Jesse Meadows heads to the countryside and encounters that part of Vietnamese culture we so often tend to forget; hospitality. At Tho Ha she experienced it in abundance

Kiev

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Two years after the war, Nick Ross visits one of the most important cities in Eastern Europe and leaves suitably impressed

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