Born and bred on the not-so-mean streets of rural North Yorkshire in the UK. Thomas’s interest in Vietnam was piqued during a Graham Greene module at University, where he studied his classic novel, The Quiet American. He came wanting to find out what makes modern Vietnam tick, and stayed for the life-giving energy that Saigon brings every day. You can follow him on Twitter at @tbarrettwrites
30 years ago Vietnam suffered from widespread malnutrition. Now its type 2 diabetes that is affecting people’s health.
While every Thong, Duc and Ha has a digital camera or an iPhone this days, many others are returning to analogue photography. Thomas Barrett explores the world of film photography.
An impressive new celebrity wax museum has recently opened in Ho Chi Minh City, offering a Vietnamese slant on London’s famous Madame Tussauds.
Street food, controversy and a road called Nguyen Van Chiem.