• Flower frenzy

    Flower frenzy

    Flower markets around HCMC do a roaring trade in the weeks leading up to Tet.

  • In the spirit

    In the spirit

    Enterprises, media, and local authorities all work hard on promoting Vietnam’s traditional culture during Tet.



    Traditional Tet food has long been a signature feature of the holiday season.



    The first-ever ferry service along the Saigon River in HCMC is a pleasant way to see life on the riverbank.

  • Houses of worship

    Houses of worship

    Vietnam boasts a host of cathedrals from the north to the south.


Out & About

  • French charm

    French charm

    The Mach House has been known for years as one of the most charming French bistros in town, offering delicious comfort food without pretentions.

  • Tradition & tapas

    Tradition & tapas

    Tomatito Sexy Tapas has recently opened in the heart of HCMC. Located on the first floor of a building in Calmette Street in District 1, upon entering the restaurant the first thing you see is a cute Vespa with sidecar, where many guests take photos.

  • Beef & wine

    Beef & wine

    Oggi Steak & Bar has recently reopened after closing for renovations. The restaurant offers a place for either dinner, a night out, or a special party in a breath-taking resort-style setting with distinctive interiors.

  • Modern twist

    Modern twist

    Opened three months ago, Nex Restaurant has added something special with its amazing Vietnamese cuisine in a subtly designed space.



    Jamlos is all about canvas and minimalism in its multifunctional unisex bags of different kinds for both all ages designed by Jo Lam, the Vietnamese owner of the brand.



  • 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

  • NGUYEN HUE Flower Street

    NGUYEN HUE Flower Street

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    February 06,2018 06:29 AM

    An annual event held in celebration of Tet, the Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2018 presents HCMC as a city of development and integration while still preserving its traditional culture. Flowers are on show along the 720-metre-long street in the downtown area, with hundreds matching this year’s three main themes: ‘Spring in the City’, ‘Integration and Development’, and ‘Reach Out to the Future’. 2018 is the Year of the Dog in the oriental calendar, so organisers selected the Phu Quoc Ridgeback as the mascot for this year’s celebrations. The area around the statue of President Ho Chi Minh will display yellow apricot trees (a typical flower during Tet in the south of Vietnam) and peach trees (typical of the north). The Flower Street will be installed over the course of 15 days, from 29 January to 13 February, and will officially open to welcome visitors on the evening of 13 February.

  • ‘Alluvium’

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    February 02,2018 10:28 AM

    ‘Alluvium’ is the title of a group exhibition by eleven artists - Nadege David, Do Thanh Lang, Ha Manh Thang, Hoang Duong Cam, Hoang Nam Viet, Le Hoang Bich Phuong, Sandrine Llouquet, Trong Gia Nguyen, Nguyen Huy An, Nguyen Manh Hung and Nguyen Quang Huy - all of whom will present a solo exhibition at the gallery in the years to come.

    The geological term ‘alluvium’ refers to sedimentary matter deposited by a flowing river, often containing traces of valuable ores. In a not dissimilar manner, the exhibition highlights work by a number of artists at Galerie Quynh in the process uncovering new or unseen pieces.

  • Treasure of the Ancient Kingdom

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    February 05,2018 10:41 AM

    The Museum of History in HCMC is displaying the ‘Treasure of the Ancient Kingdom - Oc Eo Jewels and Ornaments’ collection. The discovery of the Oc Eo - Ba The port town in the Mekong Delta’s An Giang province by French archaeologist Louis Malleret in 1944 confirmed the existence of the Funan ancient kingdom (1st to 7th century), with other sites also found in nearby Kien Giang province and the central highlands since 1975.

    The sites demonstrate that Funan was a kingdom with a brilliant civilisation. Many handicrafts were developed, such as pottery, boats, stone sculptures, jewellery, and ornaments. The museum will display jewelled and ornamental products from the Oc Eo culture, such as gold plates, bracelets, chains, rings, earrings, and medals, made from different materials in diverse forms and styles with elaborate and sophisticated decorative themes.

  • Tet 2018 Show

    Tet 2018 Show

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    February 08,2018 12:00 AM

    Craig Thomas Gallery will hold the Tet 2018 Show to welcome in the Year of the Dog, with a group exhibition of new works by a dozen of the gallery’s favourite Vietnamese artists, including Truong The Linh, Le Thuy, Nguyen Tuan Dung, Nguyen Minh Nam, Bui Thanh Tam, Ngo Van Sac, Lim Khim Ka Ty, Tran Quoc Tuan, Lieu Nguyen Huong Duong, Hoang Ngoc Tu, Luong Luu Bien and Nguyen The Hung. The show features the latest artworks in different materials by each artist, such as ‘White Space II’ (water colour on silk) by Le Thuy, ‘Highland Girl 4’ (acrylic on wood) by Ngo Van Sac, ‘Portrait and Coin’ (acrylic on canvas) by Truong The Linh, ‘Sunrise’ (acrylic on canvas) by Tran Quoc Tuan, and ‘Crazy People in a Bar’ (oil on canvas) by Bui Thanh Tam.

    Craig Thomas Gallery will have its first pop-up exhibition of works by Vietnamese artists in New York City in May; a preview of specially created works for the Saigon Biannual collection.

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