• 20th anniversary of Ascott's properties

    20th anniversary of Ascott's properties

    The Ascott Limited (Ascott) has just celebrated the 20th anniversary of its two serviced residences of Somerset Ho Chi Minh City and Somerset Grand Hanoi.



    HCMCs oldest church still welcomes parishioners to this day



    Those in HCMC can find the perfect spot for outdoor activities and water sports just 20 km from downtown.

  • Musical fusion

    Musical fusion

    The idea of making traditional Vietnamese instruments more accessible to foreign audiences by including Western symphonies in a performance repertoire has found success in HCMC.

  • Mushroom heaven

    Mushroom heaven

    To fully enjoy the taste of mushrooms, especially a natural mushroom hot pot, diners always head straight to Ashima.


Out & About

  • Dining on the deck

    Dining on the deck

    The Saigon Princess departs every night from Nha Rong Port at 5 Nguyen Tat Thanh in District 4 and takes guests along the Saigon River from Nha Rong Port to Thanh Da - Binh Quoi Peninsula, with fantastic views accompanied by delicious food in a luxurious setting.



    Tsafari Galleria in HCMC has introduced a new collection entitled ‘The Voyage of Happiness’, inspired by the owner and designer’s 20 years of living in the city.



    Mr Hoang, the owner of Hoang Antique, has more than 20 years of experience in antique items and boasts hundreds of different antiques to meet the different tastes of customers.

  • Spring collection

    Spring collection

    Designer Hoang Quyen’s Tiny Ink brand has introduced its new ‘Tiny Ink Spring 2018’ collection, with inspiration coming from a young woman’s romantic yet strange date in a rose garden.

  • Airy outdoors

    Airy outdoors

    Xiec Coffee (Circus Coffee) just opened in November next to the circus at Gia Dinh Park in Phu Nhuan district in HCMC.



  • 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


    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    December 04,2017 10:20 AM

    Dental tours have been introduced by the tourism and dentistry sectors in HCMC. Such tours combine teeth cleaning services and a visit to HCMC, teeth cleaning and visits to HCMC and the Mekong Delta’s Tien Giang province, and teeth cleaning and visits to HCMC, Mui Ne, Hanoi, or Sapa. Clinics in HCMC can also conduct complicated dental procedures such as gum and bone grafts and implants. The Vietnam Dental Tourism Organisation has 14 dental clinics attracting 250,000 patients a year, 25% of which are foreigners or overseas Vietnamese. The organisation’s membership will increase to 50 clinics able to serve 850,000 patients next year and 56 clinics with 3.5 million patients by 2020. Dental tourism has been identified as one of HCMC’s main medical tourism products and a service the city is keen to develop to attract more tourists.

  • Tan Son Nhat among world’s best airports for a sleepover

    Tan Son Nhat among world’s best airports for a sleepover

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    December 04,2017 10:26 AM

    Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCMC has been voted as one of ‘Top 25 Most Sleep Friendly Airports’ by The Guide to Sleeping in Airports website. Tan Son Nhat, the largest airport in Vietnam, opened its first-ever sleeping zone after expanding the waiting area at its international terminal last year. The 100 sq m zone is equipped with long wooden chairs and 20 free sleeping chairs. Those who need more privacy can pay $7 (VND150,000) an hour to use one of ten mini sleeping pods. Each sleeping pod is four sq m and can accommodate an adult and a child under seven years old. Drinking water and cold towels are part of the package. Next to the sleeping zone lies a play area of 40 sq m for kids.

  • Art Exhibitions

    Art Exhibitions

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    December 09,2017 12:00 AM

    The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre will present the diversity of art life in HCMC at three art events. From 9 December to 11 February, the Centre will introduce two exhibitions. ‘Empty Forest’ by Tuan Andrew Nguyen is a menagerie of animalistic forms, where the voices of the endangered are enshrined, sitting on the edge of extinction between the spirit world and human consciousness. There will also be an artist talk on 13 December. Another exhibition will show ‘Remnant’ pictures by Le The Lam, about an inner world where lies psychological anxiety towards a society booming with economic and technological advancements, in spite of its post-war unreconciled memories. The exhibition also features an artist talk, on 5 January.

    On 20 December, the centre continues its Public Program - Talk: A Cinemagraph by Morgan Ommer. Meet Morgan Ommer and listen to what he has to say about this new project: ‘Madame Ching’, the untold story of Ching Shih, a 19th century Chinese woman who commanded the greatest armada of pirates in history and was a feminist before Feminism existed. Undefeated, she negotiated her retirement from piracy. Shot entirely in cinemagraphs.



    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    December 04,2017 10:53 AM

    The HCMC Ballet and Symphony Orchestra’s unprecedented, record-breaking show, and convincingly so, ‘Nutcracker’ keeps reinventing itself every time it appears to the public, from staging and casting to performance. Over three consecutive evenings, ‘Nutcracker’ will feature two fresh appearances from Japan, Yuki Hiroshighe as Dewdrop and Naoki Tomikawa as the Cavalier, and child actors from the Sasa Ballet School. The two scenes of Waltz of the Flowers and Divertissement will be greatly rejuvenated so as to win over both ballet lovers and new audience members alike.

    Returning to Vietnam from the land of snow, Norwegian conductor Magns Loddgard will also bring his Scandinavian musical identity, obscurely charming as it is, to ‘Nutcracker’. A native of the beautiful port city of Trondheim, Magnus is no stranger to HBSO fans and performances alike, as he has batoned A Night of Film Music, Edvard Grieg’s famous Peer Gynt Suit, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute, to name just a few, and yet his fame is forever associated with ‘Nutcracker’. Baton down, he also performs piano and coaches languages as a professional, demonstrating the breadth of his musical talent.

    Tickets are from VND400,000 to VND800,000 and only VND150,000 for students. For bookings and delivery, call (028) 3823 7419 or Ms Ngoc on 0903 604 539.

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