Underground music maestro Trus'me is set to hit Cargo Bar this Friday, Sept 27, and is bringing along an eclectic taste in music and a whole lot of energy. The Word gets a chance to chat with the Manchester native before he gets behind the turntables.
Seamus Butler sidesteps 18,000-square-metre replicas of Halong Bay, slow-motion rollercoasters and multiple haunted houses on a solo quest for enlightenment in the unlikeliest of places. Photos by Kyle Phanroy
Holed up in his small Go Vap abode is Chu Bay — one of a dying breed. Sculpting hat boi masks is not just his passion but his destiny, as Derek Milroy observes. Photos and translation by Francis Xavier
Former Miss Caribbean Yoana Montero was in Vietnam last month as part of a promotion and fact-finding tour as the charismatic Dominican looks to expand her modelling company to Asia. Photo by Alexandre Garel
Flashback to the 1990s and the focus of Saigon’s budget area was Pham Ngu Lao. Named after a 13th-century general who fought for the Tran Dynasty and repelled Mongol invaders from the north, as the 20th century came to a close his namesake street was now attracting foreigners of a different sort — backpackers.
With a budget of VND2 million, the mission was to buy an old bike, do it up and try and sell it for a profit. This is what happened… Mission undertaken by Marc Forster-Pert, photos by Thiep Nguyen
The Tale of An Phuc House, directed by a Vietnam-based Bulgarian animator, won a prestigious award at this year’s New York International Film Festival. Derek Milroy discovers how this touching movie about a remarkable group of Vietnamese came to light. Documentary stills provided by CreaTV
The Vietnamese passion for football came under the spotlight when Arsenal, the first Premier League team to visit Vietnam on a preseason tour, came to play against the national side at My Dinh Stadium last month. Marc Forster-Pert caught the action, photos by Thiep Nguyen
In early September a British Embassy-organised international rugby tournament will hit Hanoi. Drawing in teams from around the region, it will be the largest exhibition of rugby on Vietnamese soil to date. Words by Nick Ross. Photos provided by the Hanoi Dragons
There appears to have been a fundamental change in the UK’s attitude towards Vietnam over the last few years. Derek Milroy decided to find out why this year — the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations — is vital to what is fast becoming a close relationship.