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So far James Pham has created 221 blog entries.
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A Better Way to see Halong Bay

There’s something undeniably magical about Halong Bay. Despite the sometimes off-putting news of trash in the water, long lines of boats doing exactly the same itinerary, and new rules seemingly enacted at whim suddenly closing off the top decks of boats and governing where you can and cannot […]

By |August 2nd, 2018|Destination, Travel|0 Comments
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Starstruck on Phu Quoc

The perfect summer getaway at La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc has recently popped up on the travel world’s radar as Vietnam’s next up-and-coming beach destination, with a handful of international chains making their belated appearance. But as the Grand Dame of Phu Quoc, the first 5-star […]

By |July 26th, 2018|Destination, Travel|0 Comments
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Learning to Leather

The art of leatherworking

We make an eclectic bunch, sitting in a sunny D2 café on a Saturday afternoon: a motherly insurance worker, a young French architect, a vivacious quality assurance inspector and a writer. Together, we’re the Etsy version of the Breakfast Club.

What’s brought us here […]

By |July 19th, 2018|Features|0 Comments
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Cuisine of the Soil

A Michelin-star experience at L’Escale By Thierry Drapeau

A shiver of delight struck food lovers in Asia when Michelin released its first restaurant guide to Bangkok just a few months ago. However, in a case of “so close, yet so far”, a Michelin-starred meal for gastro-minded […]

By |July 9th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Eating History

Rewriting the rule book at Caravelle’s Reflections Restaurant

Traditions are great. They create structure and stability, and give us a sense of familiarity and safety. That applies to everything from centuries-old institutions, say the British monarchy, to your favorite restaurant where you can always count on your usual table […]

By |July 2nd, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Ms. Saigon

Taking the traditional Vietnamese silk brocade well into the modern age is Thuy Design House. Dubbed “the woman of brocade,” designer and painter Thuy Nguyen experiments with traditional materials and shapes to arrive at her signature bold and resplendent designs. By reinventing traditional forms of dress such as the ao dai, Thuy liberates […]

By |June 26th, 2018|Fashion|0 Comments
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Late Night Cocktails at East West Brewing

You can now enjoy cocktails for 125K+ at East West Brewing from 10PM to late…

 

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By |June 18th, 2018|News|0 Comments
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ORGANIK HOUSE

Organik House is tucked down a small, unassuming hem on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, turning right from Nguyen Binh Khiem. Stepping up through the door, you find yourself in a cosy front room with bare brick walls and murals that […]

By |May 31st, 2018|Small Change|0 Comments
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Hip To Be Square

Conquering Novotel Saigon Centre’s Seafood Buffet

There are two kinds of people in life—those who plan and those who embrace the spontaneity of the unexpected. I fall into the first category and on a warm Friday evening, find myself mapping out a strategy to conquer the wonderfully formidable […]

By |May 17th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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A Body at Rest

Searching for serenity in the city of Hue

Between frazzled expats trying to balance work and the stresses of life in a tropical country and visitors looking to cram an impossibly long list of must-sees into a three-week itinerary, Vietnam is not exactly known as a […]

By |May 15th, 2018|Destination, Travel|0 Comments