Pham Ngu Lao
Vietnam’s live and let live charm
It’s my last morning in Hanoi, so I go for my usual run round Hoan Kiem lake, ending with a short detour past the old French Cathedral.
Vietnam, where anarchy rules the road
You can’t go to Vietnam without being impressed by the sheer number of scooters thronging the streets. Anarchy appears to rule and crossing the road looks impossible, if not suicidal. But there is a simple way.
This is the million-dollar view you come to Ha Long Bay for
Ha Long Bay in Vietnam is like a Chinese calligraphic painting come to life, with its green-topped limestone islands. Wouldn’t you like to be there, brushing your hand through the tropical water?
A warm bath of hospitality
In the hills of northern Vietnam, I am reminded that spending time with a local family is a worthwhile experience.
Revisiting the past in a transformed town
With Pang, a young Hmong guide, I explore Sa Pa in the hills of northern Vietnam. Now thronged with tourists, Sa Pa was once a quiet French colonial town.
You'll be rewarded for escaping the beaten track
Sometimes, totally unexpectedly, you find yourself in photographic heaven.
One market, but two different experiences
Sa Pa, high in the northern mountains of Vietnam, is full of visitors. International travelers, mostly young, in a rainbow of hi-tech clothing walk the main streets and browse the shops and market stalls.
Colorful costumes and picturesque rice farms
Hello Vietnam, where the town of Sa Pa in the north is home to many different groups of the Hmong people. Their colorful costumes and picturesque rice farms have made them a visitor attraction, but can they preserve their way of life in the face of so many tourists?