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

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

Where to tantalise your taste buds in Shanghai

Where to tantalise your taste buds in Shanghai

Take a tour through China’s culinary capital with these six restaurants. Breakfast on the block The Michelin Guide may have belatedly come to Shanghai last year, but this bustling, cosmopolitan city remains just as famous for its fantastic street food as its haute cuisine. Friendly, ­family-run food stalls and hole-in-the wall eateries dot every neighbourhood,

A beginner’s guide to sake

A beginner’s guide to sake

The city of Hida in Central Japan is one of the best places to discover the secrets of the country’s traditional beverage. For many Japanese, sake is something you drink on special occasions – at festivals, weddings, or at ceremonies at Shinto shrines. For Ryuhei Uenoda it’s something one drinks every day. “Just a little,