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Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

For many, the cyclo is a symbolic part of Vietnam’s history. In a country that is developing at an impossible speed, these giant tricycles represent an age of local life and industry that would be a shame to lose. Many question their place in today’s society, but even as traditional demand for cyclos declines, many drivers still cling to their wheels. Words and photos by Zoe Osborne.

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

Ask anyone in Ho Chi Minh City how to get to the Mekong Delta, and they will probably point you to Phuong Trang or another big, reliable bus corporation. But for all their reputation, speed and comfort, these closed-off, air-conditioned coaches can be incredibly mundane. Words by Zoe Osborne, photos by Mike Palumbo.

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

Phong Nha is more than just caves. Tourists come to visit countryside, mountains, jungle and the beautiful Bong Lai Valley. Zoe Osborne and Mike Palumbo motorbike along mud paths and across rivers to get a taste of this rural idyll……

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

From immigrant to the US to career development counsellor, Phoenix Ho’s life has come full circle. Words by Zoe Osborne, photo by Bao Zoan.

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

From rubies to quartz, topaz to sapphire, Vietnam is blessed with a wide range of semi-precious stones. Zoe Osborne traces the background of the country’s gemstone industry. Photos by Bao Zoan.

Originally published by City Pass Guide.

Saigon is known for its vibrant nightlife, trendy clubs and smoky bars. But what is it really like to drink like a local?

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

Bui Vien in Ho Chi Minh City was not always the travellers’ hangout it is today. Zoe Osborne speaks to three people who remember the road as it once was, photos by Bao Zoan.

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

Zoe Osborne and Mike Palumbo do the rounds of Saigon’s noodle soup joints and search out the best vegan options in the city…

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

As competition heats up for customers between GrabBike, UberMOTO and traditional Xe Om drivers, tempers are heating up as well. Words by Zoe Osborne, photos by Mike Palumbo

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

When westerners first come to places like Southeast Asia, they are struck by the differences to everything they know back home. So, what’s it like when someone from Vietnam first travels to the west? Words and photos by Zoe Osborne.

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

Linh and Jeffrey joined VietJet Air because they wanted to be a part of the beautiful, professional world of cabin crew travel. Now one of the team, they have discovered that flying for a living is far less glamorous than it seems, but also far more rewarding. Words by Zoe Osborne, photos by Bao Zoan.

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

Driving through the hill-country from Dalat to Kontum, we found more than we thought we would and got wetter than we ever believed possible… Words by Zoe Osborne, photos by Vu Ha Kim Vy.

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

Some street food dishes are tasty, while others are on another planet. Words by Nick Ross, photos by Zoe Osborne.

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

Including the Kinh majority, or the Viet, this country has 54 ethnic groups. French photographer Réhahn is trying to document all of them. Words by Zoe Osborne

Originally published by AsiaLIFE.

“I’m merching you up!” Bouncing over to my table in the corner of our dim-lit cafe meeting spot, Davis Zunk brandishes his bag of goodies and takes a seat with the kind of friendly ease that you’d expect from a life-long musician…

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

Ditch the meat and get some greenery inside you. Zoe Osborne and Mike Palumbo search out six dairy and meat-free salads that make a tasty meal…

Originally published by AsiaLIFE.

As the first digital banking system in Vietnam, Timo represents the beginning of the future in the state’s FinTech industry. Words by Zoe Osborne, photo by Vinh Dao.

Originally published by Word Vietnam.

A number of large-scale, rhino-themed wall paintings have popped up around Saigon in the last month, brightening alleyways and inspiring conversation. But who is behind them and what are they for? Words by Zoe Osborne, photos by Mike Palumbo

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

Artist Nguyen Van Minh’s bright, eye catching paintings are well known among the people who live in his neighbourhood. For the past two years he has been gradually filling the alleyways at 62 Nguyen Khoai Street, Q4, with colorful artworks on the walls of people’s houses and walkways. Words and photos by Zoe Osborne.

Originally published by AsiaLIFE.

Mental illness is isolating no matter where you are in the world. There is always stigma, whether it be around saving face or from fear or lack of education, and it can be so easy to feel completely alone at a time when you need company the most. In Vietnam this is no different. Words and illustration by Zoe Osborne.

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

If you’re craving fresh air and lofty, mountain views, then get on your bike and start heading north. Just over two hours from Ho Chi Minh City, the mountains of Chau Pha are not inland, as you might expect, but sit in an otherwise flat plain close to Vietnam’s southeastern coastline… Words by Zoe Osborne, photos by Mike Palumbo.

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

For almost a decade photographer Mads Monsen has been visiting, documenting and helping raise money for orphanages in Southern Vietnam. Words by Zoe Osborne, photos by Mads Monsen.

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

One of the choicest delicacies in Vietnam, according to the Vietnamese, is a the fertilised duck egg or Hot Vit Lon…Words by Vi Pham, photos by Zoe Osborne.

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

One of Belgium’s most exciting emerging techno artists, Amelie Lens debuted earlier this year with her EP Exhale and the EP’s title track swept across Belgium as a very recognisable, uptempo floor-filler… Words by Zoe Osborne.

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, yet conservation remains a thorny issue. Local pioneer Hai Nguyen is leading the effort to fuse tourism with environmental preservation. Words by Zoe Osborne, photos by Mike Palumbo

Originally published by The Word Vietnam.

In the past five years, Vietnam’s running scene has gone from almost zero to something worth talking about. Here’s how it happened. Words by Zoe Osborne, photos by Mike Palumbo

SAIGON RIVER – THE SLICES OF LIFE

A photo essay.

Worn-out houses and patchwork slums slope into the water on spindly stilts, but a little way down, we pass the bright, bald face of the millionaire Holm Residences, glistening in the sun…

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