Shadow Billionaire

The French-built, American-restored Dalat Palace Hotel should be part of the nation’s folklore. But the real story behind it involves an American lawyer and the enigma that was Larry Hillblom, one-third owner of logistics company DHL. Words Derek Milroy, photos Alexandre Garel

Rod Quinton

“If music be the food of love,” wrote Shakespeare, “then play on.” Such has been the dedication of a handful of people in this city who have made it their mission to create and support original live music. One of them is Rod Quinton. The man behind Saigon Sound System, Q4 and Cargo Bar, his road to being a venue owner and music promoter has been rocky. But his passion has won through. In his own words, here’s his story. Photo by Alexandre Garel


Ed Weinberg grills the man behind the pop-up BBQ empire, 5ku. Photo by Alexandre Garel

Crossing The T's

From selling T-shirts on the beach to opening shops across Asia, Bambou Company has made a splash. Words Harry Hodge, photo Alexandre Garel

Recycling Ladies

One person’s trash is another’s treasure… or at least, the equivalent of a decent meal. Words Ed Weinberg, translation and photo this spread Francis Xavier, overleaf photo Alexandre Garel

Pork Soup for The Soul

From one restaurant space to four, all adjacent, 30 years of steady development now sees Bun Moc Thanh Mai serve over 3,000 customers a day. Words by Tess Somerville, photo by Alexandre Garel

The Bike Guy

From a Vespa export business to road adventures on classic motorbikes, Steve Mueller has evolved his love of the classic Italian scooter into a viable business. Words by Karen Hewell, photos by Alexandre Garel

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