Bridget March’s artwork perfectly captures the beauty she finds throughout Vietnam.



    Learning Vietnamese is not the impossibility many expats come to believe



    The simple delight of eating street food on the footpath may be threatened as police try and clear the way for pedestrians.



    One Frenchman in HCMC is keen to spread the word about genuine Vietnamese coffee around the city.



    Diem den mot thoi (a collection of once-famous things) has returned to HCMC, showcasing traditional Vietnamese music and fashion in a nightly performance.


Out & About

  • Kick back and relax

    Kick back and relax

    The first Coffee House opened in Hanoi three years ago and the brand now has more than 30 outlets in HCMC and Dong Nai province.

  • French flavour

    French flavour

    If you’re looking for a place in HCMC to enjoy the true flavour of French cuisine in a small and warm setting, Café Bistro Saveurs is the place to go.

  • Cool surroundings

    Cool surroundings

    HP Ice Lounge is very special because it tries to provide customers with new experiences from ice sculptures.

  • Back to days of yore

    Back to days of yore

    Pho Xua Café looks simple but has great qualities in a large space of up to 300 sq m on two floors.

  • Ocean delight

    Ocean delight

    Gartenstadt Restaurant is presenting new flavours in April, featuring delicious dishes from a special fish called Greenland Halibut, which has a lot of nutrition from the deep waters.



  • 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

  • Solo Exhibition by Vo Tran Chau

    Solo Exhibition by Vo Tran Chau

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    April 10,2017 02:24 PM

    ‘Lingering at the Peculiar Pavilion’ is the title of the first solo exhibition by artist Vo Tran Chau. Following a six-month residency at Sàn Art Laboratory in mid-2015, Tran Chau has been tracing a few of the descendants of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) to create ‘Water-image’. This work remakes the Long con, the emperor’s ritual garment, by sowing together patches of the descendants’ clothing. Continuing this research, linking the past with the present, Tran Chau develops a body of work consisting of embroidered paintings, fabric sculptures, and a unique form of mosaic tapestry / painting not often seen in Vietnam. This solo exhibition creates an illusory space between forgetting and remembering, between current affairs and autobiographical elements, to create discourse on the psychology of our very era that seems to embody a recurrent uneasiness, looping between the past and future.

    For visiting by appointment, contact info@salonsaigon.com.

  • ‘Deutschlandfest 2017’ (German Festival 2017)

    ‘Deutschlandfest 2017’ (German Festival 2017)

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    April 10,2017 02:28 PM

    Following the success of Deutschlandfest 2015 in Hanoi, the German Consulate General will host an even bigger event in HCMC: ‘Deutschlandfest 2017’. The festival will be a lively mix of culture, music, shows, engineering, food, and German companies presenting themselves at booths along the stretch of footpath behind the main entrance to the zoo. Vietnamese artists, including Vu Nhat Tan, Ho Trung Dung, Lam Vissay, and Trung Luong, will deliver a varied stage program with German and Vietnamese performances. Entry is by a regular zoo ticket.

  • Five-star trains from HCMC to Nha Trang and Phan Thiet start

    Five-star trains from HCMC to Nha Trang and Phan Thiet start

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    April 10,2017 02:34 PM

    The first luxury train trips from HCMC to Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa province and Phan Thiet city in Binh Thuan province have been started by the Sai Gon Railway Transport Co.

    The luxurious trains have modern facilities with attractive interiors. Soft sleeper compartments have four berths, each supplied with pillows, sheets and duvets and an individual reading light. Cabins with comfortable soft seats are adjustable to accommodate just about every angle imaginable and have large areas for baggage. The train also has two restaurants.

    Trains depart HCMC at 8.30pm and arrive in Nha Trang at 5.30am and return from Nha Trang at 7.10pm, arriving in HCMC at 3:28am. Tickets range from VND265,000 ($11.5) to VND423,000 ($118). Trains also depart from HCMC at 6.40am and arrive in Phan Thiet at 10.26am and return from Phan Thiet at 1.10pm and arrive in HCMC at 5.17pm. Tickets range from VND137,000 ($6) to VND187,000 ($8), except on holidays.

  • HCMC publicises pollution data

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    April 12,2017 12:00 AM

    HCMC has recently been publishing air and water quality indexes on 48 electronic screens around the city, according to the city’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment. The indexes include concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon dioxide (CO), sulphur dioxide (SO2), and dust. Water quality indexes will include acidity (pH), dissolved oxygen (DO), chemical oxygen demand (COD), and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD). The data for the indexes are collected by 16 automatic monitoring stations being set up at industrial parks, export processing zones, and other places around the city. To be released on a monthly basis, the data will also be available on the websites of the department and its Environmental Protection Agency and the Centre for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis.

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