Fine-dining in Ha Long Bay caves

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 6 December 2013

According to Vietnamese myth, Ha Long Bay was created by dragons. Got your attention, didn’t I? To be specific, legend has it that dragons aided the Vietnamese from a Chinese invasion by spitting out jewels that formed the 1,600 islands and islets surrounding the bay. The dragons decided it was cool in Vietnam, so they stayed, and the locals dubbed the mother dragon’s crib as ‘Halong’.

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Vietnamese motorbikes carrying more stuff than they can handle

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Wednesday 27 November 2013

Fresh out from being stranded in Vietnam for a week, I can attest that Hans Kemp’s somewhat nightmarish documentation of motorbikes loaded with all sorts of crazy loads of stuff from duck carcasses to bottled water taking a pillion ride, is a real phenomenon here. In fact, he has an entire book, Bikes of Burden, […]

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The Crazy House in Dalat, Vietnam

Marcus Byrne Contributor

By Marcus Byrne in Video on Friday 30 August 2013

The official name is Hang Nga Guesthouse and Gallery located in Dalat. The city is 1,500m above sea level on the Langbiang Plateau in the southern part of the Central Highlands. An architectural dream, which literally bends all the rules, there is not a straight wall in sight – very refreshing. Over five stories high, […]

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The Pink Choice: a photo series by Maika Elan

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 28 May 2013

Hanoi-based photographer Nguyen Thanh Hai or Maika Elan first found herself gravitating first towards lomography after graduating from university with a degree in sociology, then swiftly moved on to shoot professionally for editorial and fashion clients in Vietnam. She recently made the switch to documenting life via her images. Her series, The Pink Choice, shows […]

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A real fire-breathing Dragon Bridge in Vietnam

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Thursday 18 April 2013

This is a real life, fire-breathing dragon bridge. And you thought dragons weren’t real. This amazing, 666-meter long steel bridge was built in order to celebrate the 38th anniversary of the Vietnam War ending. It literally breathes fire and water out into the air. Imagine walking to work across this bridge everyday. What a rush! Watch […]

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World’s largest cave located in Vietnam

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Cool Travel on Monday 14 January 2013

The Son Doong Cave in Vietnam might just be the world’s largest cave. Nicknamed The Infinite Cave, the biggest chamber of Son Doong is more than five kilometers long, 200 meters high, and 150 meters wide. These photographs only capture just a small part of this enormous cave, which features a fast-flowing river and even its own forest. So next time you’re in the mood for some spelunking, check this place out.

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Love and Security: a NSFW video about Viennese actionism

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By Franck Deron in Video on Sunday 23 December 2012

Watch what happens when Viennese actionism takes to the subway. Would love to see the resulting subway cars drive into rush-hour stations.

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Streets of Saigon at Sydney’s Night Noodle Markets

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Travel on Saturday 29 September 2012

Known for bringing a little bit of Vietnam to Sydney’s Westfield Shopping Center, Streets of Saigon are set to dish up delights at Sydney’s Night Noodle Market. Offering tasty, home-style, preservative free bites, Streets of Saigon explore tactile tastes through their range of goodies.

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Marou, Faiseurs de Chocolat: a chocolatier in Vietnam

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Wednesday 2 May 2012

There’s a lot to be said about Marou, Faiseurs de Chocolat, the first single-origin, artisanal chocolatier in Vietnam. Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Marou, Faiseurs de Chocolat is one of the only bean-to-bar chocolatiers in the world to produce chocolate at its place of origin.

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Allister Esguerra

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By AME in New Photography on Tuesday 10 May 2011

Photography is not just about taking random pictures, it’s about making images come to life and showing everyone how to appreciate even the simplest of things in life. Allister Esguerra is a Filipino events photographer based in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Street Songs Vietnam

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By Gerry Mak in Video on Monday 7 March 2011

This is one of the more inspiring YouTube videos I’ve seen lately. It really shows that you don’t need much in the way of gear or lofty concepts to make truly inspiring art. All you need is soul.

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Nadège David

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Illustration on Tuesday 4 November 2008

The work of Ho Chi Mnh-based, French illustrator, Nadège David, is stunning: intricate patterns woven deep amongst gently rolling, and pleasantly muted, colours.

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Madeline Valentine’s Vietnam series

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Monday 2 June 2008

Madeline Valentine creates the most haunting illustrations. What makes her work so amazing is the juxtaposition of her soft, dreamlike aesthetic with the thoroughly intense subject matter that she employs, a contrast that could easily come off as contrived if not executed so beautifully.

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