Roadtripping From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

As part of a convoy of Toyota TRD Pro trucks, we tour the beautiful Southeast Asian nation

Its the smoke that first assaults the senses when stepping out of the airport in Hanoi. That, or the countless Samsung advertisements that seemingly stretch to the periphery of the eyeballs. In the van on the way to our hotel, crooners belt local love-ballads on the radio. The lamps illuminating the highway are a little different than the ones back home, everything adding up to …

Vietnam Lifts Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

While it’s not the equivalent as making same-sex marriage legal, Vietnam’s recent move to lift the ban on gay marriage is a step in the right direction—and means that couples won’t face legal prosecution or fines if they try to get hitched in the South East Asian nation. The government still won’t officially recognize same-sex marriages, or provide legal protection for those in them, but …

Saigon Socialite Shoes

Elaborately crafted soles reincarnating Vietnam's artisanal villages through the ancient art of pagoda-carving

The elaborately carved soles of Saigon Socialite are the brainchild of LanVy Nguyen, born in Vietnam and raised in California. A corporate finance veteran, in 2007 Nguyen embarked on what she calls the “education of my life,” which began in a Vietnamese factory. A new openness had brought foreign investors seeking high skill, low cost labor, and while Nguyen admired the effect such infrastructure had …