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

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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

Photo by Hang Le

Paradise-like beaches, crystal clear seas, tropical nirvana… Yet as Tran Cam Thu discovers, there’s far more to this group of islands than first meets the eye. Photos by Hang Le

Photo by Jesse Meadows 

Southwest of Hanoi is a place that is a land version of Halong Bay. Billy Gray heads out of town for some well-needed respite

After dark the old town of Hoi An lights up over the river

It’s my son’s big overseas experience. He stops off at Vietnam on his way from New Zealand to London, where a job awaits him. He is buoyed up by the prospect of life overseas, and raring to go, has but one problem. He is weighted down by far too much baggage. I’ve told him time and time again that travelling light is the only way to go, but then whoever listens to the advice of their oldies?

Photo by Vu Ha Kim Vy

Vu Ha Kim Vy goes in search of one of the city’s hidden islands — Thanh An

Photo by Jesse Meadows

As beach after Southeast Asian beach goes commercial, Jesse Meadows returns to her own personal Mecca in Thailand to see if Tonsai, too, has gone under the hammer

Photo by Rodney Hughes

With a public holiday at his disposal, Jon Aspin jumped at the chance to swim in a waterfall 40km out of town.

Photo by Vu Ha Kim Vy

Even though Vietnam has a coastline literally thousands of kilometres long, finding unspoilt beaches is increasingly becoming a challenge. Vu Ha Kim Vy goes in search

Wanna get out of Vung Tau? Up on Big mountain (Nui Lon) is a French-built fort overlooking the sea. Photo by Nick Ross 

I find there’s plenty to keep a person occupied in Vung Tau, but then not every expat would agree with me. I mean it’s all subjective, innit? One man’s Shangri-La is another man’s Dullsville. Here’s a little parable that illustrates this point.

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