Steve Aoki concert

Steve Aoki’s prop rider includes six white cakes, an inflatable boat and an inflatable mattress. Nguyen Viet Anh, one of the founders of SouthEast Entertainment, the promoters bringing Aoki to Vietnam, reads on: “Inflatable swimming pool, minimum of five people — very important. Capitalised.”

Monday, 28 October 2013 08:20

Behind the Barrettes

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Behind the fashion shoot

Despite the lack of landscapes, the enthusiasm of Saigon photographers isn’t decreasing. From construction sites to bridges like Thu Thiem in District 2 or Anh Sao in District 7, from shopping malls like Parkson or The Crescent to alley cafés — to a nylon-made cherry blossom tree displayed at Vincom during Tet — any random backdrop can be an attraction. They come with iPhones and iPads, but few have the gear to get the most out of these weird scenes. And we were some of the few.

Monday, 28 October 2013 08:14

UK Now!

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UK Now!

If 2013 was your first year in Vietnam, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this country is some kind of live music mecca. The year has seen both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City enjoy performances from techno-piano virtuoso Francesco Tristano, electronic composer Sun Glitters and death jazz mentalists Soil N “Pimp” Sessions, as well as Japandroids, with The Cribs due in Saigon in November. With more events on the way including Hanoi's very own CAMA Festival 7 and the French-organised electronic music festival, Les Siestes Electroniques, the illusion may seem complete.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 07:21

The Hotel Buffet

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Hotel Buffet

It’s 2pm, but Pham Quang Vinh is already thinking about dinner.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 07:03

The Power of Many

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Ao Show Behind the scenes

Seventeen pairs of bare feet are poised on stage, staggered in equally numbered lines facing each other, knuckles tensed and heels lifted.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 06:47

Votive Paper

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Dong Ho Village

As we arrive at Dong Ho Village on the southern bank of Duong River, the gentle rain is cooling the heat of a late summer’s day. The streets are quiet, few people are out walking and only the occasional motorbike, loaded with plastic bags of colourful paper products, passes us by.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 06:27

The Silk Village

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Ha Dong - Silk Village

Walk around Hanoi’s Old Quarter, especially Hang Gai, and it won’t be long before you’re enticed to enter a shop to peruse the cheap silk products on offer. From table runners to elegant dressing gowns and ao dai, as well as a multitude of scarves of varying quality, there’s something to suit every taste and price point.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 06:20

The Tea Plantation

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Tea Plantation

“You don’t need a guide,” says the heavily made up receptionist. “You can go everywhere by yourself.”

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