Wanna get out of Vung Tau? Up on Big mountain (Nui Lon) is a French-built fort overlooking the sea. Photo by Nick Ross 

I find there’s plenty to keep a person occupied in Vung Tau, but then not every expat would agree with me. I mean it’s all subjective, innit? One man’s Shangri-La is another man’s Dullsville. Here’s a little parable that illustrates this point.

Photo by Trung Del

Billy Gray strikes east out of Hanoi to Yen Tu, a Buddhist complex on the road to Halong

Photo by Jess Meadows

The granddaddy of exotic vacation resorts is spreading across Asia. Jesse Meadows flew into Singapore to make the quick hop across the Singapore Strait to Bintan in Indonesia.

Photo by Trung Del

La Veranda smells like lemongrass. It feels like the home of French aristocrats in 19th-century Vietnam. Fitting, as this Accor-managed, four-star resort on a private strip of Phu Quoc’s Duong Dung Beach was built 12 years ago by a French-Indochine family with four generations of history in Southeast Asia. The resort’s 70 rooms face west onto the Gulf of Thailand, which translates into idyllic tropical sunsets.

Photo by Trung Del

Somewhere off Phu Quoc is a privately owned island that, if you’re lucky enough, might just be open for a visit. Jesse Meadows discovered that despite the growing debris in the surrounding seas, here the water remains crystal clear. Photos by Trung Del

Photo by Nick Ross 

My boss and I were discussing the upcoming holiday.

Bangkok in Squares. Photo by Nick Ross

Thailand’s biggest city through a lens

Cao Minh. Photo by Kyle Phanroy

A detour on the route to Mui Ne unveils a getaway only 40km from Saigon. Words and photos by Kyle Phanroy

Soc Son. Photo by Jesse Meadows

Jesse Meadows makes a pilgrimage to a pagoda and statue to the northwest of Hanoi

Photo by Owen Salibury

It’s just over the border, and yet for many people living in Vietnam, the Cambodian capital remains a mystery. Owen Salisbury goes on a foodie tour of Phnom Penh and discovers that when it comes to dining, this city is in a world of its own

Ha Giang. Photo by Nick Ross

The alternative guide to travelling in Vietnam.

Jesse Meadows goes in search of a mountain 20km south of Hanoi and gets caught up in a parade

Photo by Jesse Meadows 

Jesse Meadows goes in search of a mountain 20km south of Hanoi and gets caught up in a parade

Front Beach Home to an unusual array of statues and fishing boats

Vung Tau is a go-ahead kind of place. In the first six years that I lived here, the city hosted the World Youth Chess Championships, the International Women’s Beach Volleyball Championships, Mrs World, the International Kite-flying Championship, the World Food Festival, and the Russia-Vietnam Surf Championship.

Bagan with a Holga. Photo by Julie Vola

Julie Vola visits the ancient capital of Myanmar and escapes the crowds

Front Beach Sand, sea, coffee and nightlife.  Front Beach is the place to go in  Vung Tau for some action…

Expats in Vietnam don’t rank Vung Tau highly on their lists of ‘must-visit’ places. They’re inclined to view it as a slightly run-down beach resort that may appeal to local weekenders from Ho Chi Minh City, but with nothing of note to attract a foreigner. At the risk of sounding like a know-it-all, they’re mistaken about that. Vung Tau is a pretty cool place.

Known for its fabric market, Ninh Hiep also has a long tradition of weaving and medicinal herbs. Jesse Meadows makes the 20km trip out to this small village in Gia Lam

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