A year ago, an American expat messaged me on Instagram: “Is Phường 19 in Bình Thạnh your ’hood, too?”

I had to check Google Maps. It wasn’t. …


Some people nervously twist and giggle. Others cower and frown. How do you react when the man who leans in ‘real close’ leans in real close?

Pandemic, or no pandemic, you guess the man who leans in real close has always leaned in real close.

You’re pretty sure (like… 92.5% sure?) …


Illustration by Oslo Davis (circa 2000)

Sometimes I get to thinking about those rare old times of early 21st century Hanoi. How about you, buddy? Nah, I’m not talking about the dizzying highs like when I fell in love 12 times in the space of an afternoon without even getting off my motorbike, or when you…


I am not going to Danang in the morning.
I’m not the only one.
Vietnam’s Most Live-able City™️ has had a COVID-19 flare up.
Three people are infected (and one in Quang Ngai). Doesn’t sound like much but they don’t muck around in these parts.
So I am not going to…


Da Nang, March 26, 1973: Soldiers march down a street following a farewell ceremony for some of the last U.S. troops in the country’s northern military region (Copied from Manh Hai’s Flickr)

One day, I’d like to find a bar in Danang called Veto’s.

It’d be pretty unassuming from the outside — no neon signs or glitz — and the interior would be old-fashioned and snug. I’m thinking, mellow lighting, non-intrusive tunes and a solid bar for propping up punters. …


Pic by Oslo Davis

Your father has sent an email. It begins: “You probably saw this but I see the World Health Organisation has issued a global alert warning to health authorities worldwide following outbreaks of a highly infectious respiratory disease in Hong Kong, southern China and Vietnam…” You hadn’t known this but you…


A REFRESHINGLY HONEST PRESS RELEASE TEMPLATE FOR ANY SUPER BRAND THAT WANTS A LARGE PIECE OF VIETNAM’S MARKET STARTING WITH EVERYONE AND EVERYONE’S MOTHER IN HO CHI MINH CITY

[PASTE LOGO HERE]

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam [INSERT DATE] — [NAME OF SUPER BRAND] today opened the doors to its…


Picture by Oslo Davis

The year is 2003AD, the month is February; the time just after eleven a.m. You are in a rented house on the non-colonial-side of the French Quarter in Hanoi, standing in the kitchen wearing a woolly hat, a fake North Face fleece jacket, sports socks pulled up over the ends…


It was 2002.

My friend and I just wanted to rent a house.

We figured it’d be a straightforward affair.

But the real estate agent, a French expat, wasn’t convinced.

Convinced by us, that is.

We weren’t exactly fresh off the boat in Hanoi.

I mean, my housemate and I.


Do you remember the time coins were introduced to Vietnam? For a very, very short period it felt like ‘something’ for a country with one of the least well-valued-currencies in the world. Like, oh, wow, now there’s coins like other countries that have comparatively well-valued currencies!

But man, I’ve never…

Connla Stokes

All-purpose-writer. Made in Ireland, living in Vietnam. Features: http://t.co/rC7XnVOcKm Short stories: http://t.co/nWsw8PxVF5

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