Saigon’s Super Bowl

The C-note pho hits all the right notes It’s hard to imagine a dish more humble than pho—a peasant soup of stewed bones a la the French pot-au-feu combined with Chinese-style fan noodles and topped with fresh herbs. You can still find the rare bowl for less than USD1, but only at a mom-and-pop cart … Read more

Crazy Rich Vinas

Get a taste of the high life seen in the Crazy Rich Asians movie right here in Saigon Crazy Rich Asians opened to rave reviews, telling a universally- familiar story of family expectations, backstabbing intrigue, and against- all-odds love set amongst a rarefied and glamorous world of extreme, head-spinning wealth. For many in the West, … Read more

Constant State Of Bliss

Finding paradise at the adults-only An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay In Homer’s Odyssey, the Greek hero Odysseus stumbles across the land of the Lotus Eaters, a people so completely at bliss that everyone who sets foot there never wants to leave. For centuries, people have tried to find this mythical island without success. Perhaps … Read more

Alice’s Adventures in Phu Quoc

Seaside Wonderland at JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Eager for her next adventure, Alice found herself on her way to the creamy white sands of Bai Khem (Ice Cream) Beach on the emerald island of Phu Quoc. What Alice would find, however, was a resort beyond her wildest imagination, a dreamy Wonderland of design … Read more

Island Gem

From prison island to paradise island, Con Dao’s unspoiled terrain makes it one of the world’s top destinations “Con Dao is an island of heroes, a great historical monument… It will be the property of the people and an invaluable asset for many generations,” declared General Secretary Le Duan on visiting the island in 1976. … Read more

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 swim (currently there’s just one approved swimming spot in all of Halong Bay, on Titov Island), many … Read more

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 international hotel to open on the island, La Veranda Resort MGallery by Sofitel has a thing … Read more

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 is a love of the handmade, turning raw materials into something useful, something more than the … Read more

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 Saigonese still meant getting on a plane to Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong. “Maybe within 5-10 … Read more