is a travel website that focuses on Vietnam and Cambodia. It is the work of one man, Australian Mark Bowyer
, who has lived in Vietnam since 1993. There are the usual reviews of hotels, restaurants and tourist sites, travel tips and advice, but what makes it really special are videos and blog posts about local people and events, fascinating stories told with charm. [more inside]
Vice details dining on dog in Hanoi.
(Trigger warning; pics of roast dog, graphic text). Dog eating is not limited to South East Asia, there's a historical precedent almost everywhere in the world, and is still eaten in parts of Europe
. [more inside]
A tale from Van Phuc village
is a short film by Tibetan filmmaker Tsering Tashi Gyalthang. Half-fiction/half-documentary, this short shows the singular craft of Nguyen Van Long
, who spent several decades entertaining children in the Thu Le park in Hanoi, Vietnam
by playing his hand-made flipbook cartoons or 5-min celluloid movies on a Soviet projector.
John McCain, Prisoner of War: A First-Person Account.
Originally appeared in the May 14, 1973, issue of U.S.News & World Report
. "My six years of hell"
is a February 2008 extract from McCain's book Faith of My Fathers
Hanoi Panoramas Beautifuly atmospheric
360 degree photography in the streets of Hanoi, by Vietnamese photographer Thinh Le. Also black and white panoramas of Downtown Saigon
. A little info on the camera and technique
is a charity training restaurant for street children set up in 1996 in Hanoi
by Vietnamese-Australian Jimmy Pham
Of the more than 100 or so former street kids who have learned cooking, waiting and bar skills, 100% of KOTO graduates have since become employed in hotels and restaurants in Hanoi.
stands for Know One Teach One
provide uniforms, accomodation,
most meals and a small wage during the traineeship.
Even Bill Clinton
number something in the order of 20,000 or more in Vietnam
and most head to the city from poor villages in the countryside, seeking their own slice of the wealth that transition to a market economy is said to generate. Most
make little money shining shoes and selling postcards and many become involved in drugs, crime, prostitution or are harassed and arrested by the Police.
restaurant is another exemplary training enterprise (French affiliation) run along similar lines to KOTO excepting that they also have bakery outlets and embroidery training.
These organizations are hopeful examples of education combatting the cycle of poverty.
: but no contribution
to the Vietnamese economy will be forthcoming
from U.S. chemical companies who supplied agent orange
during the war)