Treading  Uncharted Waters

Since starting up Swim Vietnam five years ago, Joanne Stewart has taught thousands of Vietnamese kids to swim. Derek Milroy spoke to the Scot who gave up the comfort of Singapore for a voyage into the unknown in Hoi An

Beach Weddings

When there’s a wedding involved, a trip to the beach takes on a special meaning. Words and photos by Aaron Joel Santos

Dreams and Kitemares

In Mui Ne, two local prodigies have put Vietnam on the international kitesurfing map. Ed Weinberg investigates the rising tide. Photos by Francis Xavier, with additional photography provided by K!NN Team and Grahame Booker @ fisheyeproduction.com

Castles Made of Sand

There’s a competition for everything these days, and building sandcastles is one of them. Nick Ross speaks to the organiser of the tournament in Vietnam, Phil Bossley. Photos by Steve Wilson

High Season Blues

With school finishing up for the holidays, during the summer tourism in Vietnam goes domestic. It’s a phenomenon that ten or even five years ago was non-existent. Words by Hoa Le

Idea Bank

Looking for that sought-after niche? Here are some ideas to get you going, or not, as the case may be

 

Here at the Word office, we always have good ideas. Whether they involve bagel eateries or raingear for the smart, casual motorbiker, these enterprising half-thoughts pour from our mouths like the silvery tones of Sir Richard Branson. The following is a selection of these half-thoughts, offered up open-source to anyone out there who might want to make them a reality. Hold on, your purpose in life is forthcoming!

Shadow Billionaire

The French-built, American-restored Dalat Palace Hotel should be part of the nation’s folklore. But the real story behind it involves an American lawyer and the enigma that was Larry Hillblom, one-third owner of logistics company DHL. Words Derek Milroy, photos Alexandre Garel

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