Born in England and raised in Australia, Zoe was taught how to travel from a young age. At barely 19 she left for India and a year later she left again, finding herself in Vietnam with a bit of cash and a plan to make a plan. Now a staff writer for Word Vietnam, Zoe counts her blessings every day as she wakes up to another fascinating story and another bowl of hu tieu. You can find her on Facebook at @zoeosborne.journalist.
Does the social media scene in Vietnam differ from that elsewhere in the world?
If any dish fulfils the Vietnamese obsession of rolling it yourself, it’s banh trang phoi suong, the ‘moon cake’ of Tay Ninh.
A shelter in Ho Chi Minh City that provides refuge for victims of sexual abuse.
A variation on Vietnam’s national dish, these days the once malignedc chicken pho is as much loved as the original.
Anyone who has visited Thao Dien knows about Dolphy Thao Dien. It sits right on the corner of two central streets, bright blue and open to the traffic, catering to a steady stream of District 2 coffee lovers from first light to late evening. Dolphy Thao Dien is a Saigon favourite.