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The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Nightclubs in Vietnam

The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Nightclubs in Vietnam

Been too long since last Ladies’ Night? Up for some bad decisions and want a good excuse for having made them? Check out our judges’ selections of the best nightspots in Vietnam, and find the cure for what ails you (sobriety). ...

Paragliding in the Provinces

Paragliding in the Provinces

Extreme sports are growing in Vietnam — but few can get Julie Vola’s pulse pounding like paragliding and the photo ops it affords

Beneath the Wrapper: A Journey Into Vietnam’s Cocoa Revival

Beneath the Wrapper: A Journey Into Vietnam’s Cocoa Revival

From the cocoa plantations of southern Vietnam via its modest Ho Chi Minh City factory, Marou chocolate has made its way onto the shelves of some of the finest stores in the world. Simon Stanley and Francis Xavier rode out to the edge of Nam Cat Ti...

The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Bars in Vietnam

The Wordies Awards 2014: The Top Bars in Vietnam

No matter how innovative or Bohemian the décor, how alternative the clientele or how congenial the service, the bars that we like are the ones that fit in with the experience we are searching out after dark. ...

Fragrant Path Green Tea Gardens

Fragrant Path Green Tea Gardens

To the northwest of Hanoi lies one of its best-kept secrets

In Transition: Ha Hoi

In Transition: Ha Hoi

Developers are trying to give a classic area of the capital a makeover. Yet the 1930s buildings of the past refuse to give way. Words by Katie Jacobs. Photo by David Harris ...

The Inside Story of the Guerrilla War - Struggle Around Saigon

The Inside Story of the Guerrilla War - Struggle Around Saigon

For the next 14 issues, Word is presenting excerpts from Wilfred Burchett’s seminal account of the American War. A close friend of Ho Chi Minh, Burchett was the only westerner to be embedded with the Viet Cong frontlines in the early 1960s. This wo...

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Coffee Cup HCMC: Toilet Kingdom

Coffee Cup HCMC: Toilet Kingdom

Down a Binh Thanh back alley, the writing was on the wall. And so the scripture read: “Thy kingdom come.” No wait, it read ‘Kingdom’ — but was preceded by ‘Toilet’?

The Islands in the Swamps

The Islands in the Swamps

“I came here 35 years ago,” says the man, his face taut yet lined with the harshness of the elements. “It was just after the Liberation. There were no roads and we had to get here by boat from Long An. There were so many...

Air

Air

We’ve just had a power cut when the rain starts. Within 10 minutes the phone rings. It’s 3.20 in the afternoon.

The Best Street Food of Vietnam: The North

The Best Street Food of Vietnam: The North

Vietnam has well over 100 street food dishes, most of them dreamt up locally, with a smattering coming from overseas. But which of these dishes are quintessentially Vietnamese? And which dishes are the true originals?

The Artists’ Village

The Artists’ Village

I tried to find the artists' village a few years ago and failed miserably. When I was new to Saigon, a durable expat had told me about a place he had once been taken to, where a group of artists lived in traditional wooden houses.

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