Tết Đoan Ngọ: Vietnam Solstice and the Summer Parasite Purge

On the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar year, residents of Hue annually celebrate Tết Đoan Ngọ. A lousy comparison would be to the summer solstice but while the origins stem back in time by an equally impressive distance, the practices of Tết Đoan Ngọ are considerably different. Tết Đoan Ngọ […]

Interview: Nguyen Minh Ngoc – LGBTQI+, Globalisation, Studying Abroad.


On returning to Hue for research between semesters, I spoke to long-time friend Nguyen Minh Ngoc who is nearing the end of her masters in Europe. We got around to talking about her thoughts on her scholarship, internet communities and the things that made her the person she is today. Give me the lowdown on […]

Minh Mang Wine: Vietnamese Aphrodisiac Attributed to Hundreds of Births

‘Five times a night!’ Thanh exclaims. He picks up an unmarked bottle between sentences and pours its contents into a tiny goblet, urging me to do the next shot. ‘When you drink Minh Mang wine, it will make you stronger in bed.’ I roll my eyes as I pick up the glass, imagining myself doing […]

Digital Tourism: Travel Hue and Other World Heritage Sites with CyArk

digital tourism

With the world at a stop and tourism on indefinite hiatus, life has taken one step further into a sci-fi novel as we increasingly find ourselves dependent on the internet. Video calls for work and social meetings, ‘how to’ guides on youtube and online grocery shopping. But why stop there? It’s time to travel online! […]

Interview with a Maestro: Hue Abstract Artist Truong Be (1942-2020)

truong be portrait

The motorbike chugged along Tran Van Ki street. A blip in numbering left me looking for anything that gave away the house of the artist Mr. Truong Be. We pulled up outside an open gate, not convinced it was the right location. The bike’s faulty horn obtrusively announced our arrival. Our doubts were quelled by […]

Hue of the Past: Photos of the Imperial City in the 1960s

truong tien bridge

Flickr user Manhhai has an impressive photo collection of Hue built on images taken by US soldiers during the 1960s.   The photos give a better idea of day to day Hue life through the visitors gaze. Scenes of day to day life along the Huong river, the city’s southside as well as from within […]

Thank You Eve: Dang Mau Tuu’s Ode to Hue Women in Exhibition

vietnamese instruments women

Artist Dang Mau Tuu has been working over the past four years on his most recent collection of paintings and they will be exhibited at the Le Ba Dang Arts Foundation in Hue (4th-15th March 2020).  The exhibition consists of 36 paintings of oil and silk; a tribute to the artist’s expression of the female […]

*finished*Hue Craft Festival 2019: Top 5 Highlights Not to Miss *finished*

Hue festival

It is my favourite state-sponsored event and thus my favourite time of the year, Hue Craft Festival 2019! From the 26th April to 2nd May 2019, the People’s Committee of Hue will be hosting the city’s annual festival, celebrating a combination of traditional practices and regional disciplines. While 2019 isn’t on as epic scale as […]

People Watching in Vietnam and Some of Hue’s best spots

Tu Dam Pagoda

People Watching One of the reasons I love living in Vietnam is that it’s a country buzzing with activity. Some countries you have to hunt for the action but in Vietnam the action comes to you. It’s right on your doorstep. Nothing makes me more excited to leave my house than the unpredictable environment of the […]