Viet Nam is a country fiercely proud of its sovereignty that has overcome monumental struggles to ensure national freedom. This year marks the 60th anniversary of one of those famous victories at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, so this month's Outlook takes an in-depth look at how the French colonists were repelled by a less experienced, inferior force that was vastly outmatched in terms of logistics and firepower.
We visit strongholds that stood firm in the face of adversity and meet the people who put their lives on the line for the sake of their country. We also take a look at the writings of the man who masterminded the victory, the legendary General Vo Nguyen Giap, and hear his first hand account of the campaign.
Moving away from history and to the other side of the world, a surrealist garden hidden away in the Mexican jungle is bewildering visitors with its eclectic mix of manmade statues set against the backdrop of a tropical paradise.
Staying further afield, Iranians are trying to dispel bad luck during a festival that pre-dates Islam by leaving their homes and spending the day outdoors, taking any ill-omens that may linger with them, while taking the opportunity to enjoy a delicious Persian picnic.
On a similarly tasty note, we visit Phu Quoc Island where the tropical paradise is serving up a storm with a dish that incorporates the freshest ingredients all locally sourced into a delicious herring salad.
Finally, in sport, America's PGA Tour has pledged to stay in China for the long haul after taking the bold step of setting up a domestic circuit offering players a new route to golf's top level, including the Olympic Games.
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