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March Big Five

March Big Five

The big five this month

My Van Than

My Van Than

From Chinese import to a Hanoi staple, wonton noodles or my van than are found all over the capital. Words by Huyen Tran. Photos by Julie Vola ...

Meet Fire with Fire

Meet Fire with Fire

When the international press gave coverage to the Lunar New Year, Vietnam with its 90 million people only got one line. South Korea, who celebrate Seollal, were also brushed to the side. Instead the stakes all went to China, Taiwan and Singapore, a...

The Inside Story of the Guerrilla War - Chapter 5: 
Of Arsenals and Hospitals

The Inside Story of the Guerrilla War - Chapter 5: 
Of Arsenals and Hospitals

For the next 11 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...

PéPé La Poule

PéPé La Poule

Fusion cuisine? It’s a designation that has many a chef running for the hills. But as our mystery diner can attest, at Pepe La Poule it is the name of the culinary game. Photos by Julie Vola ...

In Transition: Le Truc to Kim Ma

In Transition: Le Truc to Kim Ma

As Hanoi modernizes, so does its road layout. Photos by Julie Vola

Youth Unemployment

Youth Unemployment

In 2014, global unemployment broke the all-time record, with 201.8 million people without a job, and an unemployment rate of 6 percent, unchanged from 2012. It is estimated that there will be more than 215 million jobseekers by 2018. In the Asian r...

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The House that Dai Built

The House that Dai Built

A jungle in the heart of the city. Photo by David Harris

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 Largest Cave in the World

The Largest Cave in the World

Photo by Simon Dunne A trek to Son Doong is like a trip to the land that time forgot. Words by Nick Ross

The Tu Lan Experience

The Tu Lan Experience

Two river caves 40km from Phong Nha provided Marc Forster-Pert with an adrenalin-fuelled mix of adventure and picture postcard scenery. Photos by Francis Roux

The Bike Pimps

The Bike Pimps

Love it, hate it, like it, lust it, make your bike into something just that little bit special. Here are 10 owners who got into pimp mode. Compiled by Hoa Le and Nick Ross

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