Out & About



  • Old-world charm of Saigon

    Old-world charm of Saigon

    Architecture from days long gone dot HCMC'S city centre and are in need of preservation.

  • In the Frame October 2016

    In the Frame October 2016

    Around Vietnam

  • Nadia Lim in Vietnam

    Nadia Lim in Vietnam

    The well-known New Zealand food author and cook, visits Hanoi and HCMC from 4-8 May 2015.

  • Chao Saigon

    Chao Saigon

    Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, will celebrate 40 years of liberation on April 30. The 300-year-old city is now the largest and most modern in Vietnam, and has always been known as a liberal and generous land that welcomes all comers. The beauty of HCMC, both old and new, together with i

Bits & Pieces

  • Australia Day

    Australia Day

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    January 10,2019 11:21 AM

    The Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City will hold the annual Australia Day Community Event in HCMC. Entertainment will include Zorb Balls, tug of war, and sack races, as well as a slip & slide, cricket, golf, soccer, and rugby for kids and adults alike. There will also be live entertainment, a bouncy castle, face-painting and DIY lamingtons. The second annual Australia Day Family Event last year attracted more than 1,200 attendees, including the Australian and Australian alumni communities and their families.

    Tickets are VND250,000 ($10.7) for adults, including five food and beverage vouchers, VND150,000 ($6.5) for children under 12, including three food and beverage vouchers, and VND750,000 ($32.3) for a family package (two adults and two children under 12). Entry is free for children under the age of two. Tickets are also available at the gate. All proceeds from the event will go to charity.

    Tickets are available at Caravelle Saigon, Concierge Desk, 19-23 Lam Son Square, District 1; the Mekong Merchant, 23 Thao Dien, District 2 and Meatworks Butchery, 401 Pham Thai Buong H11-2, My Khanh 3, Tan Phong Ward, District 7, HCMC.

  • Somerset D1Mension Ho Chi Minh City

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    November 07,2019 09:41 AM

    Somerset has opened its new serviced apartments, Somerset D1Mension Ho Chi Minh City, at 608 Vo Van Kiet Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Overlooking the city’s skyline, it offers 198-unit serviced residences ranging from one- to four-bedroom apartments and penthouses that can accommodate from two to eight people. Each comes with a well-equipped modern kitchenette, separate bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms, and wide balcony windows. For food, guests can opt to dine in at the famous Japanese Italian fusion restaurant Pizza 4P’s, right at the entrance, or stroll down to Nguyen Van Cu Street and Tran Hung Dao Street where a variety of local Vietnamese eateries lie. For a dose of culture, they can discover Vietnam’s historical and diverse cultural attractions through clusters of museums and endless sites in District 1.

  • HCMC to pilot sightseeing double-decker buses

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    November 07,2019 10:04 AM

    Double-decker buses will be trialed shortly in Ho Chi Minh City, providing more options for tourists sightseeing around town. With free wi-fi, LED screens, and speakers introducing the history, culture, and features of each destination, the 63-seat buses will run along two routes.

    The first is the Sai Gon - Gia Dinh city tour, operating from 9am to 5.45pm every day with 35 minutes between arrivals. It begins and ends near the Ho Chi Minh City Municipal Theater on Dong Khoi Street, passing through destinations such as Nguyen Hue Walking Street, Nha Rong Wharf, Tran Hung Dao Statue, Thao Cam Vien, the National Historical Museum, the War Remnants Museum, Pham Ngu Lao Street, Ben Thanh Market, Thong Nhat Palace, Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Sai Gon Central Post Office.

    The second is the City Tour Hop on - Hop off, beginning and ending at the Sai Gon Central Post Office with the same schedule, including stops at the Sai Gon Central Post Office, the National Historical Museum, the War Remnants Museum, Bui Vien Walking Street, Pham Ngu Lao Street, Ben Thanh Market, Bitexco Financial Tower - Skydeck, Tran Hung Dao Statue, Bach Dang Wharf, Nguyen Hue Walking Street, and the Ho Chi Minh City Municipal Theater.

    Earlier, Hanoi and northern Ha Long city also launched similar services that were warmly received by visitors.

  • First-ever Tet festival to be held in HCMC

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    December 05,2019 02:56 PM

    The first private library in Vietnam on the American War has been opened to the public by a retired general, which archives and exhibits over 10,000 books, journals, and publications. The library is on the 2nd Floor, Almaz Market, Vinhomes Riverside, in Hanoi’s Long Bien district.

    Documents and objects at the library were collected by former Deputy Minister of Public Security Nguyen Van Huong and his friends. Most are in English from American authors, including politicians, historians, governmental officials, and military commanders, who have studied the war, providing a rich and precious documentary resource with different perspectives for researchers and people interested in the history of the war.

    The library also showcases digitalized maps of Vietnam and Southeast Asia from ancient times and in the modern era, two cartographic collections of Vietnam’s territory drawn by the US’s Cadastral Agency and Army during wartime, 100 posters depicting global support for the struggle of the Vietnamese people for peace and independence, stamp collections issued by Vietnam and other countries to mark major historical events in Vietnam, and collected artifacts that are personal belongings and military equipment of Vietnamese combatants taken by American troops on the battlefield.

    The library will work with other agencies in the future to produce films about the war as well as showcase war objects and items to help families of missing Vietnamese soldiers find them.

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