Vietnamese female soldiers of Liberation Force march during a military parade as part of the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City. Photograph: Kham/Reuters

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, was decked out in hammer-and-sickle banners as soldiers marched through the nation’s financial center, 40 (...)

Huong, who  sells up to 60kg of fruit between 2.30am and 4.30pm in Hanoi city centre. She hopes to eventually build her own house. Photograph: Catherine Healy

Convoys of cargo trucks crawl along the packed, dimly lit tracks of Hanoi’s Long Bien market as night falls. Porters unload their containers onto pull(...)

McDonald’s, above in Shenzhen, China, is to open its first outlet in Vietnam in 2014, joining companies such as Starbucks which arrived there this year

The opening of a McDonald’s restaurant has become an iconic moment in the opening up of a country, and Vietnam’s first Golden Arches is planned to ope(...)

H anoi, capital of Vietnam, for years was one of the economic success stories of Asia, but lately it has been struggling to deal with sluggish economi(...)