Nha Lon, Long Son Island, Vung Tau

For years I disliked Vung Tau. I'm not alone. The beaches are unshaded and uncared for, the sea is dirty and there is a seedy element to the nightlife. Yet this has become a stereotype, a stereotype that should be ignored.

While it’s every traveller’s goal to experience a new destination through the eyes of a local, unless you have friends or family living there, that can be a next-to-impossible task. Happily, in Ho Chi Minh City, there are a few places that aim to turn tourists into locals.

While Hanoi and Saigon look towards the future, the central city of Hue still finds itself frozen in its imperial past. Words by Kim Megson. Photos by Aaron Joel Santos

Ryan Connor discovers the remote town of Ba Chuc and its eerie past


On the Malaysian island of Langkawi, Lucy Porter meets the world’s only marine and coral curator


The ancient port town of Hoi An has become a must-see stop on any tourist’s visit to Vietnam and a regular get-away for domestic tourists — both foreign and Vietnamese.

Hoa Le and her gang of travellers escape Hanoi, forgoing the crowds of Halong Bay for the isolation of Co To Island

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