• The American Filmmaker Who Became a Freedom Fighter in Libya

    In 2008, Matthew VanDyke set off on a three-year motorcycle expedition around North Africa and the Middle East. He popped into bin Laden's old home, went to cockfights in Iraq, visited mausoleums in Afghanistan, and generally had a pretty nice time from the sounds of it.

  • The VICE Guide to Travel

    Human Safari

    Tourists on India's Andaman Islands are taken by the busload to watch the Jarawa tribe go about their daily lives. The Jarawa are treated like animals in a safari park, with large signs urging visitors not to feed them or give them clothing.

  • Why Is There a Photo of R-Patz in the Cuban Revolution Museum?

    The Cuban Revolution Museum in Havana, housed in the former presidential palace, is still pockmarked with numerous bullet holes and packed with propaganda lauding Castro's Communist regime. Strangely, there is also a large picture of Twilight star and teenage-girl-exciter

  • Buying and Selling the Past at Tbilisi's Dry Bridge

    You used to be able to get anything at the Dry Bridge Market, back when the upper classes were fleeing the country in the wake of the collapse of the USSR and were desperate to sell their possessions. But these days, most of the people at the market are tourists.

  • How to Work Hard and Not Pay Taxes

    A recent study revealed that about $2 trillion of unreported earnings is passing through the United States' underground economy. From gardeners to mechanics to dog walkers and construction workers, more and more Americans are working for cash and keeping their earnings secret fro…

  • Just Before Dawn at a Berlin Swinger Club

    A few hours after making a boozy decision to go to a club for swingers called Zwanglos III I found myself being pressed up against a bar by a half-naked overweight woman who had taken a fancy to me. So my night was going pretty OK, in other words.

  • Syria's 'Ministry of Tourism' Is Still a Thing

    There's perhaps no better testament to the delusional nature of the Assad regime than its dedication to promoting the country's tourism sector in the face of all-out war. As recently as last week SyriaTourism.org directed foreign visitors to the finest ruins, restaurants, beaches…

  • Pee-Wee Herman's Dinosaurs Are Actually a Creationist Museum

    The Cabazon Dinosaurs are a couple of giant concrete dinosaurs located out in the desert near Palm Springs, California. They're best known for their appearence in the movie Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, but have also featured in Paris, Texas, Fallout: New Vegas and the v…

  • Exploring Vietnam's Lunchtime Sex Motels

    Nha Nghis—cheap hotels you can rent by the hour—are used by everyone from young couples in love to serial cheating sleazebags to prostitutes looking for a place to do business that's safer than the streets.

  • Exploring One of London's First Trans Clothing Shops

    There's something captivating about Doreen Fashions. From the outside, it's an unremarkable storefront selling women's clothing, but inside it's a radically progressive haven for a previously sidelined section of society, located in an area of London that's never been known for b…

  • I Kayaked to New York City’s Abandoned North Brother Island

    In a city crammed with 8 million people, North Brother Island has sat abandoned since the 1960s. It's about a thousand feet from the shores of the South Bronx, and over the centuries it's been home to quarantined smallpox victims and Typhoid Mary, NYC's one-woman epidemic.

  • The Prepubescent Spider-Hunters of Cambodia

    In the 70s, the Khmer Rouge committed one the 20th century's worst genocides in Cambodia. The genocide reshaped the country’s eating habits. Starving people were forced to find food any way they could—including hunting and cooking tarantulas. Today you can buy fried arachnids, an…

  • On Patrol with Ontario's Suburban Batman

    Brampton Batman takes this shit very, very seriously and tells me he's the Dark Knight even when he's not wearing an expensive replica getup. He's also, very, very polite, which is only natural since this is Canadian Batman after all.

  • The Trickle-Down Economics of Nicaragua’s Drug Trade

    When the Bluefields and the rest of Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast was a hub for cocaine traffic, violence went up and most of the profits went to unscrupulous kingpins—but the extra money was also a boon to many poor residents.