The Bánh Mi cocktail at Fix It bar, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tamara Hinson

In search of Ho Chi Minh City’s best banh mi – how sandwich is being reinvented by Vietnamese chefs

  • Dating back to the 17th century, when French mission­aries first arrived, the banh mi has become one of Vietnam’s street food staples
  • Priced from less than US$1 to US$100, Saigon’s sandwiches are the most extravagant and come with all kinds of fillings and flavours
Topic |   Vietnam

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The Bánh Mi cocktail at Fix It bar, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tamara Hinson
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The Flame Towers seen from the waterfront of Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku. Photo: Tim Pile

Azerbaijan, oil-rich and at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, takes vanity architecture to a new level

  • From a rolled up rug to mammoth flames, the capital of the former Soviet republic takes the bonkers building biscuit
  • Paranoid security guards aside, Baku is desperate to be loved, having hosted the Eurovision Song Contest and soon to see English soccer sides Arsenal and Chelsea face off
Topic |   Travel news and advice

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The Flame Towers seen from the waterfront of Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku. Photo: Tim Pile
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