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Pack Like a Pro: Part 2

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List, check and bundle… In last month’s column, I talked about the joys of traveling with carry-on only, including what to pack (anything needed in transit and what you wouldn’t want lost, damaged or stolen) and how to manage your carry-on in transit. We’re continuing with that theme and I’m joined by Ali Garland, author of… Read more »

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Capital Consumption

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A 48-hour eating and drinking marathon in Hanoi’s Old Quarter… As an Australian-born Vietnamese who has only visited the southern parts of Vietnam, I had limited understanding of Hanoi and how different it is to Ho Chi minh City when it comes to cuisine. Southerners would claim that northern food is bland whereas those from the north would… Read more »

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Surprising Sapa

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Around every corner is something that you have never seen or maybe never experienced before. To visit Sapa or the surrounding districts is to step into another world. Sometimes, it doesn’t even feel like you are still in Vietnam. Elevated, ethereal, energizing, exotic, Sapa took me by surprise. I imagined some kind of French style,… Read more »

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Survival Gear

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Ethnotek’s mission to keep culture alive, one bag at a time Trekking far off the beaten path amongst the solitude of the hills of Sapa, bag designer Jake Orak found himself in a different world, in more ways than one, far from his suburban upbringing in Minnesota (USA). By that 2007 trip, Jake was already… Read more »

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What are your legal lease rights?

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Dear Hadrien, In January, I agreed with my landlord to sign a one-month lease agreement (uncertain of my plans at that time) and that I could leave at any time if I gave him a week’s notice. Now that I actually want to move out of the apartment, the landlord is starting to cause trouble… Read more »

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InterContinental Asiana Saigon Honored

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InterContinental Asiana Saigon has received prestigious award on its fifth anniversary. InterContinental Asiana Saigon has been honored with a prestigious award as one of the Hot 25 Business Hotels in Asia by travel website www.smarttravelasia.com for the second consecutive year. The hotel receives this award on the occasion of its fifth anniversary, marking a remarkable journey… Read more »

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Saucy and Sizzling

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Filipino cuisine finds a foothold in Saigon Don’t be too surprised if you happen to notice some expensive vehicles pulling up to an unassuming little canteen on one of the more anonymous stretches of Dien Bien Phu. Although the venue may seem indistinguishable from the many cheap, outdoor-eating binh dan diners that exist to serve the Vietnamese… Read more »

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The Thrill of the Grill

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A refined new invention on Korean barbecue Perfection is an ideal that’s rarely aimed for in BBQ venues – it’s usually all about the sizzle, the smoke, and the thrill of the grill. With the recent reincarnation of Kang Nam Ga on 6B Le Quy Don, that paradigm has now changed. Under new owner James Kang, this second-tier… Read more »

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Steak Your Claim

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Japan’s delicious fusion take on the American Salisbury steak… With a proliferation of Japanese restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City, it’s hard to imagine a new one offering something unique. But in the delightful little restaurant lane off Le Thanh Ton St in District 1, Yoshiki Kondo manages just that. He is General Manager of… Read more »

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All Things to All People

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A Saigon mainstay returns to its roots with Indonesian rijsttafel. I get nervous when I see flags on a menu. It’s often a sign of an establishment either catering to tourists who neither speak English nor the local language or of a diluted menu that lacks focus, a culinary jack of all trades but master of… Read more »

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Romantic Notions

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Inspired by the French classical period, Huynh Kim Hien Design House has launched a Royal Collection that harmonizes luxury with romance. Producer: Nguyen Tra My Director: Hoang Dao Photographer: Minh Tuan Model: Actress Van Thanh Makeup: Duy Lee Hair: Giau Tang Assistant: Vinh Hung Costume & Stylist: Huynh Kim Hien 

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Royale Chic

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Drawing from the ancient traditions of Hue, designer Huynh Hai Long captures the culture of this imperial city with his new collection. Green grass hugs the curving line of the Perfume River where traditional attire merges with modernity to create seamless beauty. Producer: Nguyen Tra My Set up: Hoang Dao (hoangdao@swot.vn) Photographer: Vu Minh Tuan… Read more »

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Child’s Play

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Why it’s important for children to have enough free play at a young age? During my 20 years of international school administration, one of the changes I have noticed is the move by both schools and parents to reduce free play time for children and replace it with more academic activities. This is best demonstrated by the… Read more »