After months of chat, backchat and behind the scenes banter, Nick Ross is lucky enough to have the self-styled bamboo man, James Wolf, build a part-bamboo, part aluminium bike for him. Along with the bicycle comes the fit, an experience that is as impressive as the bicycle itself. Photos by Kyle Phanroy

Realising the growing interest in cycling, Hanoi-based travel company, Exotic Voyages, has come up with a bike-themed event of their own — Bike ‘n Brunch.

Mr. Hai owns the bicycle repair shop at 70 Bui Huu Nghia (‘Bicycle Street’) in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District. In his spare time he makes custom bikes for cyclists who are looking for something unique, but don’t want to spend millions on name-brand frames.

More than a year on from our cover story on cycling, we return to this growing trend to see how it is developing in Vietnam. Words by Evan HudsonDuhwee Pham and Nick Ross

Whether its snakepits of despair you’re looking for or that small-town feeling you’ve been missing, the expat groups of Facebook supply that little touch of connection that we all occasionally need. Words by Niko Savvas. Illustrations by Vu ha Kim Vy

In Danang, Phong Lan meets one elderly fisherman still making coracles the traditional way — with bamboo and an old technique. Photos by Khanh Hong

When we addressed the legend of Vietnam’s Bigfoot in our July issue, people called us crazy. Here, iconic war journalist Wilfred Burchett and close friend of Ho Chi Minh writes on another sighting.

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