Vietnam is a country where eating well is a priority. Vietnamese are passionate about their food and make time for it at all hours: potent iced coffee swings from thousands of motorcycle handlebars, vendors push carts of coconut-sprinkled sweets, pork and pate rice baguettes, and fragrant pandan wafers; and on every corner, locals crouch on miniscule plastic stools over steaming bowls of broth and noodles. more

Some hotels come online fully fledged as hotels. Their restaurants are purpose-built and gleaming with stainless steel from the get go. Their pools are spacious enough to accommodate x-percent of the guest base when the hotel is running at y-percent occupancy. And the fitness centers, well, they're often marvels of technology, whirring with spinning wheels, and flush with televisions screens angled just so for optimum viewing. more

Cultivating a taste for fine beverages has never been high on the list of priorities for Vietnam’s youthful population. Not among the rice-wine of the countryside, the formidable locally brewed spirits, and the cheap and cheerful beers served on the sidewalk – not until now. more

The Roque Brothers. The Morin Brothers. The Merlin Brothers. The 1860s. The 1920s. The 2000s. In Vietnam, the same spirit that propelled French entrepreneurs halfway around the world in the 19th Century and early 20th Century is grooming the redevelopment of Vietnam. The Merlins exemplify this spirit. more

As the nations of Southeast Asia go, Vietnam stacks up a formidable list of UNESCO World Heritages sites from Halong Bay in the North, to Hue and Hoi An, My Son and the Phong Nha Caves in the center of the country, and back again to Hanoi, where the city's imperial assets were recently listed. One of Hanoi's most endearing cultural assets is not currently listed more