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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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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz