Everywhere You Go

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A Dyeing Art

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The making of H’mong batik Up in the misty mountains of the Lao Cai district in northern Vietnam, H’mong women in the Sapa area have perfected a technique for making deep, rich, blue hemp textiles decorated with intricate designs. These fabrics have been produced for generations and the first time you see them, they are fascinating for… Read more »

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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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How to Become a Vietnamese Citizen

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Dear Hadrien and Marijn, I am a Canadian citizen who has been living and working in Vietnam for the last six years. My Vietnamese girlfriend and I are thinking about getting married and staying in Vietnam permanently. Reading your columns every month, I understand that doing business in Vietnam and things like access to real… 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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AN UNFORGETTABLE DINNER WITH MICHELIN-STARRED CHEF MATTEO METULIO AT INTERCONTINENTAL NHA TRANG

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On October 16th, InterContinental Nha Trang welcomed the youngest Michelin-starred chef from Italy, Matteo Metulio, to serve an exclusive Michelin star dining experience in Nha Trang at the hotel’s international restaurant, The Cookbook Café. Featuring such delicate signature dishes that awarded him a Michelin star, Nha Trang epicures were invited to join Chef Mateo for… Read more »

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The Myth

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My Vietnamese family thinks air-conditioning is unhealthy, and is reluctant to let our kids spend too much time in an air-conditioned room. But I think the Saigon heat is too much for them, and that the air pollution isn’t good for them either. Is there any truth to their belief? With all those bikes and the… 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 »

Childhood Girls Floor Painting

Dad, you’re a tough art critic…

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Father of two, Michael Arnold looks at alternative options to binning your child’s mounting artwork collection… I may have been a little overenthusiastic in purchasing a professional artist’s easel and brush set for my two-year-old, but I’ve always been big on encouraging my kids to be as creative as possible. And when I found myself… Read more »