Lacuna Coil

European metal band Lacuna Coil played Ho Chi Minh City at the end of July to an audience of 5,000. So is metal the musical future of Vietnam? Words by Karen Hewell, photos by Francis Xavier

Brighton Beach

On the hunt for perfect fish and chips and learning the lesson of how-not-to-avoid getting your flake nicked by a swooping seagull, Marc Forster-Pert went to a cloudy but mild Brighton to see what’s so special about the British seaside


Can’t get to the beach? Here’s a salt-free alternative. Words by Ed Weinberg and Elisabeth Rosen. Photos by Francis Roux

Treading  Uncharted Waters

Since starting up Swim Vietnam five years ago, Joanne Stewart has taught thousands of Vietnamese kids to swim. Derek Milroy spoke to the Scot who gave up the comfort of Singapore for a voyage into the unknown in Hoi An

Beach Weddings

When there’s a wedding involved, a trip to the beach takes on a special meaning. Words and photos by Aaron Joel Santos

Dreams and Kitemares

In Mui Ne, two local prodigies have put Vietnam on the international kitesurfing map. Ed Weinberg investigates the rising tide. Photos by Francis Xavier, with additional photography provided by K!NN Team and Grahame Booker @

Castles Made of Sand

There’s a competition for everything these days, and building sandcastles is one of them. Nick Ross speaks to the organiser of the tournament in Vietnam, Phil Bossley. Photos by Steve Wilson

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