The Saigon Morin Hotel has an imperious aura. Built in 1901 it is widely regarded as the most luxurious hotel in all of Hue, Vietnam. It has 180 guest rooms, 4 restaurants and recreations. It suffered some damage during the Vietnam War, especially during the Tet Offensive of ’68 (one…

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In his book Previous Convictions; Assignments from Here and There, A.A Gill describes Vietnam as a place lacking one remarkable detail; 60’s rock ‘n’ roll. He’s right. There are no Jimi Hendrix licks, no hallowing cries of Jim Morrison echoing across the campestral rice fields. Other preconceptions will likely consist…

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If you’re out in Vietnam then do check this out, someone else has written a much better article detailing all the information; tours, destinations, purchasing etc. You can find the article here. It’s a humbling experience as most of the artists have been affected either directly or indirectly by Agent…

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Scroll back a couple of articles and I added a scrapbook of the wardrobe I accrued from my visits to the tailors in Hoi An. The experience had a profound effect on me. So much so I embarked on a project to set up an e-commerce site on behalf of one of…

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Inside the Imperial City, Hue. Home of the Tet Offensive which saw some of the bloodiest battles during the Vietnam war. The place shares a beauty and a bleakness. Bullet hole souvenirs pepper the entrance walls once patrolled by the Nguyen Emperors. The Citadel was home for the Emperors political…

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Is there nothing more macabre than googling Buddhist Immolation. Granted it’s not always the best way to start the day, and Christ knows what I’ll be spammed with now, but I wanted to know more about the Austin Westminster, the car that transported Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk Thích Quang Duc to Saigon in…

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Every cat in Vietnam looks as miserable as sin. Vietnam is not a place for cats. Although have you ever met a cat brimming with optimism, with the world at its feet? I love cats. My missus has cats. They eat nothing but the finest imported tuna, a broth of…

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Sorry guys I was going to do a write up on this but lost my notes. All I remember was that it was hotter than balls in this place. The Minh Mang fella is buried underneath those steps and the they’ve sealed the entrance. Whilst building this gaff about 3000…

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Just a quick word on this place. Ha Long Bay, made up of 1969 islands, conveniently the same number as the year of the death of Ho Chi Minh, nations beloved leader that freed the Vietnamese from French rule. ‘Ha’ means descending and ‘Long’ means dragon, (think that’s the right…

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Home to 7.5 million people, with 9 million motorbikes. Here they have no dimmer switch, you either drive with a face mask or with a cigarette pursed between your lips. The streets have a frenzy to them, not like India where cows roam and feast on piles of trash, but…

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