Scenes from a TV movie portraying the life of the late Italian journalist and author Oriana Fallaci were recently filmed in Vietnam. Jon Aspin goes behind the scenes, deep into the Vietnamese jungle. Photos by Benedetta Brentan

After indulging in too many festive pleasures, Katie Jacobs decided that it was time to get fit again. For seven cold Hanoi days she tried a
different activity — a different day, a different type of exercise. Here’s what’s happened. Photos by David Harris

Whether you find yourself arguing with a xe om driver or the rooster outside your window won’t stop crowing, a spa day offers a rare chance for relaxation in the hectic Vietnamese capital. Elisabeth Rosen finds the best places for a few hours of tranquility: four spas, four different budgets, many different treatments. Photos by David Harris. Translation by Tran Phuong Dung

Too many of us tend to stay in District 1, Saigon South or An Phu. So what else is out there in Ho Chi Minh City? Heather Momyer gives the rundown on five places to visit in District 10. Photos by Kyle Phanroy and Francis Xavier

The spiritual successor to the Madagui Trophy, the Ta Lai Trophy — Corporate Challenge aims to show city slickers the beauty of non-workplace competition. Ed Weinberg (words) and Kyle Phanroy (photos) went along for the ride

French colonial, brutalist, tall and thin tube houses, and lots of concrete. That’s the lot when it comes to Hanoi’s architecture. Or is it? Katie Jacobs looks above street level and discovers something quite different. Photos by Andy Crompton

The contenders

Vietnam has a growing quorum of professional fighters. From specialists in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu (BJJ) to former Mixed Martial Arts world champions and a former French welterweight boxing champion.

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