With increasing numbers of people posting photos of themselves online, narcissism, or excessive self-interest in our own appearance, is huge in Vietnam. But why? Vu Ha Kim Vy explains

The cyclo may be dying in Vietnam, but elsewhere it’s making a comeback

In our second installment of serialised original crime fiction by English author Rob Marsh, Russell Kemp, an ex-Captain in the South African Police Service and now a private detective, has reluctantly come to Vietnam. He is looking for a girl named Nguyen Hai Hien who has gone missing after leaving Johannesburg with her South African boyfriend. Nguyen Ba Hoa, the missing girl’s twin sister, has met him at the airport… Illustration by Henry Fenton

Through his experiences of dating local women, Derek Milroy analyses the pros and cons of being a ‘white male’ in his adopted home


In our first installment of serialised original crime fiction by English author Rob Marsh, a murder is committed on Vietnamese soil and only one detective can solve the mystery. But can he bury his past to help a pleading mother? Illustration by Henry Fenton

We at Word have gratuitously waxed lyrical on how to get a girl. We’ve even played cupid with our annual singles issues. But what comes next when you’ve made the match and have to meet the parents? One brave man finds out


Giggles were barely suppressed in tourism industry circles recently when a VNAT spokesman announced that they would soon be marketing Vietnam using new technologies, “especially internet, and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter”.


A couple of years back I was sat in a certain pub with some friends, when a woman who had joined our group started talking about her experiences in telesales back home. “It was disgusting,” she said. “Half of the people I had to speak to spoke no English at all.”

Though it can be frustrating, Michael Arnold finds out that taking the bus in Saigon can enrich both your travelling experience and your wallet at the same time. Photos by Nick Ross

In April we asked you to answer that age-old question: What are your biggest Saigon turn-ons?

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