Category: Vietnam

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The Friday Photo: Rice Terraces

This time next week we’ll be in the Middle East, landscapes of deserts, river, rock and mountain. But rice terraces form some of the loveliest...

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A Rainy Season Odyssey

The start of the monsoon season in Vietnam’s northern highlands is a beautiful thing. The rivers turn turbid and golden, rapids smearing the surface like...

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Babysitting, Hmong Style

It’s not easy being a woman in the Hmong tribal minority of northern Vietnam. Or a girl, for that matter. This little girl is six,...

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Putting the Graphic into Ethnographic

As you can probably tell from the picture the Vietnamese Museum of Ethnography in Hanoi offers infinitely more fun than the rather cumbersome title would...

Joss sticks (incense sticks) ageing in a factory, North Vietnam.

Making Incense, Vietnam

Incense is part of daily life in Vietnam. Joss sticks are offered at the altars which grace every business and almost every home, sold by...

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Cornucopia (Dinner Friday)

This is the fruit stall in the alleyway next to our guesthouse, in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Friday evening. It’s just an ordinary store. Nothing fancy....

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Madam, Your Husband…

“Madam,” said the chap on the scooter, eyeing the motorbike erratically parked some distance from the wrong hire shop (and, indeed, the pavement) with a...