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’.
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, […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.