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Springtime, just before the new century began. As Laos is now the new Cambodia, Vietnam was then the new Thailand, and my girlfriend and I had arrived – with our backpacks – to see what all the fuss was about. The capital Hanoi had dazzled, and we were due to take the train 420 miles down the coast to Hué. We were late, though. We were always late.

Far from home: Anne King with Abdul, now 20, who she fostered when he was a teenager

Fostering asylum seekers: Their past is a foreign country

Anne King has fostered children for two decades. But she found looking after young asylum seekers more challenging – and rewarding – than she could ever have imagined

Tips and deals of the week: Vietnam Airlines, Star Clippers and Adapted Vehicle Hire

The Flight

Vietnam Airlines has begun new non-stop flights from Gatwick to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the first direct route from Britain.

Go to vietnamairlines.com

Hats off: A busy Vietnamese fish market

Traveller's Guide: Vietnam

Today the first non-stop flight from the UK to Vietnam touches down in the capital, Hanoi, and opens up a nation.

Nuon Chea gives evidence to the tribunal in Phnom Penh yesterday

We weren't all bad in the Khmer Rouge: Pol Pot's deputy makes his case

'Brother No 2' takes the stand at UN tribunal – and blames Vietnam for massacre of millions

Genocide was for Cambodia's good, trial told

Pol Pot's deputy, accused of orchestrating the Khmer Rouge's "killing fields" of the 1970s, said yesterday that he acted for the sake of Cambodia and to protect the country from invaders.

Audley Travel eyes stake sale

The founders of Audley Travel, the upmarket holiday company, have appointed corporate finance advisers to sell a stake in the business that could value it at more than £100m.

Vietnam's undefeated war hero Giap is 100

The legendary general Vo Nguyen Giap built his career on never backing down, even against seemingly impossible odds.

Tips and deals of the week: 10/07/2011

The flight

Vietnam Airlines flies direct Gatwick-Vietnam from this winter. Book by 31 July for £50 discount Vietnamese holidays.

Go to imaginative-traveller.com

Vietnamese prawn salad

Serves 4

Shellfish pleasures: Mark Hix cooks with prawns

Whether fresh or frozen, prawns are among the most versatile seafood

Khmer Rouge trial begins despite 'political pressure'

Genocide tribunal for four men in charge when 1.8 million Cambodians died may reveal awkward truths about role of West

Club Med mulls expansion into Cambodia and Vietnam

Upmarket holiday resort company Club Med is looking at expanding into Cambodia and Vietnam, after its success in China.

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