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Huu Tri ‘Donut’ Shack | Phu Quoc

First published October 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle Huu Tri is a local, hole-in-the-wall, Vietnamese-style ‘donut’ shack in Duong Dong town, on Phu Quoc Island. Bánh chiên (fried dough) of all shapes, sizes and varieties are made freshly on the premises each day, from dawn till dusk. For over a generation, this […]

Instant Noodles: Pandemic Staple

First published September 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle During the latest wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Vietnam, I formed a new relationship with instant noodles. Vietnam’s fourth wave of Covid-19 infections – by far the worst since the pandemic began – has led to many strict lock-downs across the nation. Sadly, […]

101 Images to Inspire a Road Trip by Motorbike in Vietnam

First published September 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | CONTENTS | MAP | IMAGES For me, a multi-week independent motorbike road trip in Vietnam is one of the most enjoyable, rewarding, exhilarating and memorable travel experiences available anywhere in the world today. I consider motorbike road trips the ultimate expression of […]

Ode to a Banyan Tree

First published August 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle The temples of the forest, banyan trees are great, natural edifices rich in cultural, spiritual and folkloric symbolism as well as practical usages. A bridge between the human, natural and spirit worlds, banyan trees are living altars and a link between the past, present […]

Vietnam Coracle: New Site Launch

More than a year in the making, I’m proud to announce the launch of Vietnam Coracle’s all new website design. Stay on this page to read the story behind the redesign or head over to the new Homepage to experience Vietnam Coracle’s new look, layout and design. This is a redesign, not a rebrand. The […]

Vung Tau | City by the Sea

First published August 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | GUIDE | MAP | RELATED POSTS For over a century, Vung Tau was the traditional (and easiest) beach retreat for Saigon residents and expatriates. In the last 10-20 years, however, Vung Tau has been shunned in favour of the ‘better’ beaches of Mui Ne and […]

Ode to the Ocean

First published October 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle There is a rapture on the lonely shore…By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:I love not Man the less, but Nature more Lord Byron* Due to pandemic-related circumstances, I’ve found myself living by the sea for the last four months, on the […]

Gold Coast Phu Quoc | Independent Review

First published July 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | REVIEW | MAP | RELATED POSTS At the northwestern tip of the island, Gold Coast is a small, mid-range resort with excellent food, tidy rooms, a good beach, a great happy hour, easy access to local life, and superb views across the ocean to the jungles […]

The General’s Tomb | A Memory

First published July 2021 | Words by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | CONTENTS | MAP | MEMORY Sometimes referred to simply as ‘The General’, Võ Nguyên Giáp is a giant of Vietnamese history. Over his long life, Giáp participated in at least five wars across five decades against multiple adversaries hailing from five continents. Following his […]

Bún Quậy | ‘Stirring’ Noodles

First published August 2021 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle INTRODUCTION | GUIDE | MAP | RELATED POSTS A seafood noodle soup native to Phu Quoc Island but with roots in the central coastal region of the mainland, bún quậy literally means ‘stirring noodles’. Sourcing ingredients from the rich seas of the Gulf of Thailand, bún quậy is all […]