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.



    When the sun goes down there’s no shortage of options for a night on the town in Hanoi and HCMC.



    Is the Tet holiday in Vietnam too long or a fair representation of the importance it holds?



    Many periodic markets spring up around Vietnam as Tet nears.


Out & About

  • Italian selection

    Italian selection

    The Pizza Company, a chain of restaurants specialising in pizza and Italian dishes, is offering a new menu of 31 dishes to bring customers an exciting experience in Italian cuisine.

  • Hoi An in Saigon

    Hoi An in Saigon

    Diners in HCMC can now enjoy delicious dishes from the ancient town of Hoi An in the central region at Hoi An Quan in Tan Binh district.

  • Just as delicious

    Just as delicious

    Quan Ngon 138 has opened a new outlet at 61 Cao Thang Street in HCMC’s District 3.

  • Nice & light

    Nice & light

    Cole Haan, the famous US shoe brand, is now available in shopping centres in Hanoi and HCMC.

  • Unique & exquisite

    Unique & exquisite

    Located in the heart of HCMC, The Silk Road boasts a wide range of unique handmade items, ancient objects, and feng shui products from around the world, especially from Tibet, Nepal and Mongolia.



  • 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

  • Ao dai Festival

    Ao dai Festival

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    March 03,2017 06:18 AM

    An Ao dai Festival is being held by the HCMC Department of Tourism to honour the traditional Vietnamese costume. The festival will take place in the heart of the city, including Nguyen Hue, the Youth Cultural House, the War Remnants Museum, and the Museum of Southern Women. There are many cultural activities, such as a contest on designing ao dai held at the city’s Youth Cultural House, a Charming Ao dai contest, an ao dai photo exhibition, and an ao dai parade, to honour and promote traditional cultural values as well as the beauty and grace of the ao dai, which has become a symbol of Vietnamese women’s beauty.

  • Symphony Concert

    Symphony Concert

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    March 03,2017 07:28 AM

    Belgian conductor Daniel Gazon will perform together with the HCMC Symphony Orchestra in a special concert. Daniel is known as one of the most prestigious and famous conductors in Europe and has been invited to perform at contemporary music festival such as ISCM, Melos-Ethos, Ars Musica, Düsseldorf Kontrapunkt, Gaida, and the Warsaw Autumn International festival. This concert will present Symphony No.36 ‘Linz in C major, K425’ by Mozart, which was composed over four days while Mozart was travelling with his wife. The concert also features Andante Languido for string orchestra by Nocolas Flagello and Requiem in D Minor, WAB 39 by Anton Bruckner. Requiem in D Minor is one of the most famous requiems and recognised as a major work in Anton Bruckner’s career.

    Tickets are from VND200,000 to VND550,000 and VND80,000 for students. For bookings and delivery, call (08) 3823 7419.

  • Ballet with Tchaikovsky and Ravel

    Ballet with Tchaikovsky and Ravel

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    March 03,2017 09:26 AM

    The HCMC Ballet Orchestra will present ‘Ballet with Tchaikovsky and Ravel’, with the participation of two talented artists: choreographer Julien Guerin and ballerina Chloe Glemot. The program features three works: Serenade, Depaysement, and Bolero. Serenade by Tchaikovsky is known as one of the most romantic ballets and loved since the 19th century. Bolero by Ravel shows a very strong modern style, with lights and powerful choreography. It’s one of the most famous by Ravel and has been used in hundreds of movies, cartoons, TV programs, advertisements, and even a game video in France, the US and Japan.

    Tickets are from VND200,000 to VND550,000 and VND80,000 for students. For bookings and delivery, call (08) 3823 7419.

  • Barriers being built on HCMC footpaths to prevent cars and bikes

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    March 06,2017 03:45 PM

    The HCMC Department of Transport has built barriers on footpaths along certain streets in the city centre to prevent motorists from encroaching upon them. A government decision effective last August imposes a fine of VND300,000-VND400,000 ($13-$17) on motorbike drivers who drive on the footpath and a fine of up to VND1.2 million ($53) for motor car drivers, but many still do so during peak hour, threatening the safety of pedestrians and damaging the footpaths. On Pasteur, Ly Tu Trong, and Nguyen Binh Khiem Streets, the barriers have been welcomed by local residents.

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