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Provinces of Vietnam

Old street, new chic

In the shadows of every gleaming new office high-rise, there's a haphazard maze of narrow streets lined with quirky houses where balconies drip with bougainvillea. Life in Hanoi is still lived on these streets.

Thursday, 26 July, 2012, 12:00am

Hanoi's old fox emerges from shadows

To some who know him, Nguyen Chi Vinh is Vietnam's shrewdest strategic thinker. Others are blunter. The deputy defence minister, they say, is the wiliest of old foxes.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

U.S. tipped to push talks on Cam Ranh

To understand the drivers - and the limitations - of the evolving and historic Vietnam-US military relationship, the strategic port of Cam Ranh Bay is a good place to start.

The Washington-Hanoi relationship is coming under even closer scrutiny this weekend as regional security chiefs and analysts meet in Singapore for the informal Shangri-La Dialogue.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

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Olympic hurdles

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Hanoi coming to the fore

On January 1, 2009, Vietnam opened the door allowing foreigners to buy condominiums for the first time, subject to certain conditions. The result was more like a floodgate effect, as cashed-up investors realised how far their money could go in a new market with low entry prices.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

US navy returns to Cam Ranh Bay

Some 38 years since they left and 16 years since a US admiral travelled to Hanoi to declare 'I'm always on the lookout for a good port', the US navy has finally returned to Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay.

27 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Vietnam moves to shore up border defences after PLA 'drill' in Guangxi

Vietnam is moving to shore up its border defences against China amid reports this week of military exercises by the PLA in the neighbouring province of Guangxi .

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Suite dreams for drama queens

An ever-growing fleet of luxury cars, hip boutique openings and celebrity visits are rapidly transforming Vietnam into the next luxury travel destination. If you want to sleep in Kristin Scott Thomas' bed, for example, go to the Hotel de l'Opera, Hanoi's new luxury boutique hotel, and ask for room 606.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Disputed islands are prized catch

If the evolving diplomatic battle over the disputed South China Sea has a front line, it could be the island of Ly Son.

Here, some 30 kilometres off Vietnam's central coast, Vietnamese fishermen are vowing to continue working deep in the Paracel Islands.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

COAST clears

Vietnam's luxury property market is presenting good potential for growth in the mid- to long-term, but the immediate outlook remains challenging, with relatively high finance costs and more supply than demand.

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

Vietnam waking up to bright new days

You don't have to be old enough to remember the Vietnam war to be familiar with China Beach. Robin Williams' classic film, Good Morning Vietnam, etched that particular stretch of South China Sea coastline indelibly in the minds of generations born long after the 1970s.

9 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Vietnam is mainland's only rival for cargo

Vietnam poses the only serious regional competition to the mainland when it comes to changing cargo patterns through shifts in foreign direct investment, according to shipping experts.

23 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

A tale of two cities

After a lengthy period in the doldrums, the residential property market in Vietnam is gradually picking up, boosted by new government regulations and a slew of developments in key cities and premier tourist resorts.

15 May 2009 - 12:00am

Hot + humid

With temperatures at 30-plus degrees and humidity soaring, an airy space to cool off in is essential. The new Nha Trang in Wan Chai, sister to the popular Wellington Street venue, offers more of the same fresh Vietnamese dishes, while Ming Court's clean lines and contemporary Chinese is a breath of fresh air.

16 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

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Cream of the crop

6 Jul 2008 - 12:00am