Rent for $450 a Month in this Modern, Coastal Jewel

When I talk to friends who’ve never visited Southeast Asia about my life in Vietnam, they’re often surprised by some of the things I take for granted. Reliable WiFi in every cafe and restaurant, modern shopping centres, cinemas that show English language movies, even an ice rink. But that’s Vietnam for you…full of surprises.

White-Sand Beaches, Mountains and Low-Cost Living: Welcome to Da Nang

Wide streets and leafy boulevards, a riverfront promenade, kilometres of powdery sand, a cafe on almost every corner...when it comes to Southeast Asian cities, Da Nang is one of the most surprising. Ringed by mountains on one side and overlooking the South China Sea on the other, Da Nang offers a laidback pace of life and a refreshing sense of space.

Da Nang: “The Most Liveable City in Vietnam”

Da Nang, central Vietnam’s biggest city, lies on the coast of the Eastern Sea. A river runs through the centre, necessitating a number of bridges that connect the city to the white sand beaches. One of them, shaped like a dragon and illuminated by thousands of lights, changes colour at night and blows fire from its "mouth" in a spectacular weekly display...

Part-Time Income, Full-Time Adventure in Laos

"Here, people will ask you to take their picture and say ‘thank you’ when you’re done,” says Jonathan Look, 54, of his rewarding new life as a photographer in Laos. “It’s fun to go out in the villages and meet the kids and the families and see how they live, take pictures of their lives…I love taking photos of Laos. It’s just a beautiful place.”

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