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Beguiling Halong Bay in Northern Vietnam

Beguiling Halong Bay in Northern Vietnam

A dazzling unspoilt seascape distinguished by clusters of verdant islands, craggy islets, limestone karsts, and schist outcrops that dramatically rise out of jade coloured waters, beguiling Halong Bay in northeast Vietnam is one of those enigmatic places that captures the imagination and doesn’t let go....
Our Hanoi Bia Hoi Guide

Our Hanoi Bia Hoi Guide

Wine bars and gastro pubs have been popping up in cities right across Asia in recent years. But while microbrewery craft beers and obscure French organic biodynamic wines have been taking the region by storm, in Hanoi the bia hoi joint has never been so...
A Guide to the Hanoi Art Scene

A Guide to the Hanoi Art Scene

Most travellers visit Hanoi for the fantastic food. That was the main reason we went. After motorbikes, visitors to Vietnam’s capital find themselves dodging street food stalls. The footpaths are littered with locals perched on tiny plastic stools slurping pho, the legendary Vietnamese soup. Yet...
Remembering Syria and Syrians Before the Civil War

Remembering Syria and Syrians Before the Civil War

Last weekend, following a three-day ceasefire agreement reached during the Syria peace talks in Geneva the previous week, the UN evacuated some 700 Syrians from Homs’ old quarter, a rebel-held area besieged by Syrian government forces for some 18 months. A further 300 people were...