Navigating Vietnam’s magical Mekong

Navigating Vietnam’s magical Mekong

A short drive south-west of Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon), the Mekong River is one of Asia’s great waterways. From its source among the snow-clad peaks of China’s Tibetan Plateau, it flows over 4,000 kilometres through the Indochinese peninsula before eventually emptying into the South China Sea. The so-called “rice bowl” of Vietnam, the

Take your pick: Havana six ways

Take your pick: Havana six ways

After 58 years frozen in a time warp, the Cuban capital is on the brink of sweeping reform. We present six reasons why now is the moment to catch a glimpse of post-Fidel Havana at the crossroads of change. Colour blocking Havana’s candy-coloured architecture forms a photogenic backdrop for the whimsical palette of its 1950s

5 x Melbourne from the best angle

5 x Melbourne from the best angle

Looking for a fresh perspective on the world’s most liveable city? The only way is up. 1 Point of view The urban sprawl of Australia’s fastest growing city is best appreciated from SkyHigh Mount Dandenong. Located some 40 kilometres out of town, this popular restaurant and vantage point serves up a main course of breath-taking

Found: Helsinki’s hippest craft beer

Found: Helsinki’s hippest craft beer

The Finnish capital region is quickly evolving into a deliciously different destination for craft brew hunters. Blue Wings savours exclusive brews on a crawl of six hip microbreweries. American beauty Worth a visit if only for the cult location, Stadin Panimo is an experimental microbrewery tucked away in a nook of the old Suvilahti gas

Upwardly mobile

Upwardly mobile

China’s millennial consumers drive a cashless craze. Seated on a low stool outside Shanghai’s Xintiandi metro station, tousle-haired music student Wang Hui prepares for a day’s busking. His instrument of choice, the erhu, dates back over a thousand years. By contrast, the QR code (a matrix barcode) taped to his tips box could hardly epitomise

Take a bite on the wild side

Take a bite on the wild side

Finnish forests offer an endless feast of superfoods – if you know what to look for. Wild greens can push their way through solid rock – that’s how strong they are, says biologist and environmental educator Anna Nyman as she picks a dandelion blooming between flagstones in her garden. She’s one of the co-founders of