The Suburbs

You’re wealthy, you live in Vietnam and you’ve got money to invest. So what do you do with it? With so many restrictions on taking money out of this country, your options are limited; gold, the stock market, business (the popular option these days is F&B) and real estate. While the expansion of the new suburbs is focused on creating new housing for a modern Vietnam and on relieving the pressures of high urban population density, there’s another motive at work — investing in real estate.


Pham Thi Hue

Living with HIV also means living with a stigma. Pham Thi Hue has gone out of her way to change attitudes towards the 250,000 people who have been infected in Vietnam. Words by Eduardo Culbeaux


How to Build a Tourist Town

Home to the largest cave in the world, Phong Nha has gone from out-of-the-way backwater to thriving tourist town. Yet how do you make the influx of tourist dollars create benefit for all? Words by Nick Ross. Additional reporting by Julie Vola.


Mau Colour

A street artist crew is decorating the streets of Hanoi, to good effect. Words by Jesse Meadows. Photos by Julie Vola


Food Stories

We often forget how much work goes into the food that appears on our plate or the drink that fills up our glass. Yet look at the chain of people and events that brings this all to us, and you realise the ubiquity and enormity of today’s food and beverage industry. Look even further and you see the stories behind the food. Everyone’s got an anecdote or a narrative.


The Organic Farm

Julie Vola heads to Thanh Xuan Cooperative to get the beef — or more aptly, the fruit and veg — on growing organic food in Hanoi


The Latin Underground

Salsa is not new to Vietnam — it’s been here for almost a decade. But now this much-loved dance form is huge. Words by Emily Petsko and Siân Kavanagh. Photos by Julie Vola and Rodney Hughes


Landing on Water

As the Hai Au Seaplane service attests, travel is not just about the destination, but the experience of getting there. Emily Petsko and Julie Vola fly by seaplane to Halong Bay

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