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A Successful Restaurant Recipe – The Asif Mehrudeen Way
food - Saigon/HCMC

Soon after wrapping up his career as an executive chef, Asif has now become one of the city’s ...

Chef Lorraine on HCMC’s Culinary Scene
food - Saigon/HCMC

Chef Lorraine Sinclair is the Culinary Director at Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers. Twenty-five y...

2016 News Recap
Blogs - Vietnam

January: Toxic Cheap Coffee The new year saw a story break that sent shudders down the spine of ma...

Mangii Custom Made Shoes
shopping - Saigon/HCMC

It is not necessarily a well-known fact, but shoes are the most important articles of clothing that ...

Fanny Ice Cream
food - Saigon/HCMC

World class ice cream maker Fanny has opened a prestigious new shop in the fashionable Thao Dien war...

Di Mai Restaurant
food - Saigon/HCMC

Di Mai is not what you would expect from a typical Vietnamese restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City: a slee...

The New Saigon Café Restaurant
food - Saigon/HCMC

The first buffet of its kind in Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon Café Restaurant is being headed by S...

A Successful Restaurant Recipe – The Asif Mehrudeen Way
food - Saigon/HCMC

Soon after wrapping up his career as an executive chef, Asif has now become one of the city’s ...

Chef Lorraine on HCMC’s Culinary Scene
food - Saigon/HCMC

Chef Lorraine Sinclair is the Culinary Director at Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers. Twenty-five y...

2016 News Recap
Blogs - Vietnam

January: Toxic Cheap Coffee The new year saw a story break that sent shudders down the spine of ma...

Mangii Custom Made Shoes
shopping - Saigon/HCMC

It is not necessarily a well-known fact, but shoes are the most important articles of clothing that ...

Fanny Ice Cream
food - Saigon/HCMC

World class ice cream maker Fanny has opened a prestigious new shop in the fashionable Thao Dien war...

A Successful Restaurant Recipe – The Asif Mehrudeen Way
food - Saigon/HCMC

Soon after wrapping up his career as an executive chef, Asif has now become one of the city’s ...

Chef Lorraine on HCMC’s Culinary Scene
food - Saigon/HCMC

Chef Lorraine Sinclair is the Culinary Director at Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers. Twenty-five y...

2016 News Recap
Blogs - Vietnam

January: Toxic Cheap Coffee The new year saw a story break that sent shudders down the spine of ma...

Pollution in Ho Chi Minh City is Causing Serious Problems
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

Pollution in Ho Chi Minh City is causing serious problems. As residents race headlong into car owner...

Rise in Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission - News on 02 December 2016
Daily News - Vietnam

HCM City sees rise in mother-to-child HIV transmission Many hospitals in HCM City have detected mor...

Policy for Vietnam - Singapore 3 project adopted - News on 01 December 2016
Daily News - Vietnam

Policy for construction and trading of infrastructure of Vietnam-Singapore III project adopted Prim...

Mekong Delta Tourism Plan 2020 Approved - News on 30 November 2016
Daily News - Vietnam

Mekong Delta tourism plan 2020 approved The Prime Minister has approved the master plan for develop...

Vietnam Faces Big Deficit in HIV/AIDS Funding - News on 29 November 2016
Daily News - Vietnam

VN faces big deficit in HIV/AIDS funding Việt Nam will face a huge budget deficit in health service...

Foreign Tourists to Vietnam Hit Record High - News on 28 November 2016
Daily News - Vietnam

Foreign tourists to Vietnam hit record high Arrivals in the first 11 months of 2016, beat the full-...

Con Dao Corals Recover Naturally
Daily News - Vietnam

Côn Đảo corals recover naturally Around 200 hectares of bleached corals around Côn Đảo ...

Pollution in Ho Chi Minh City is Causing Serious Problems
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

Pollution in Ho Chi Minh City is causing serious problems. As residents race headlong into car owner...

Rise in Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission - News on 02 December 2016
Daily News - Vietnam

HCM City sees rise in mother-to-child HIV transmission Many hospitals in HCM City have detected mor...

Policy for Vietnam - Singapore 3 project adopted - News on 01 December 2016
Daily News - Vietnam

Policy for construction and trading of infrastructure of Vietnam-Singapore III project adopted Prim...

Mekong Delta Tourism Plan 2020 Approved - News on 30 November 2016
Daily News - Vietnam

Mekong Delta tourism plan 2020 approved The Prime Minister has approved the master plan for develop...

Vietnam Faces Big Deficit in HIV/AIDS Funding - News on 29 November 2016
Daily News - Vietnam

VN faces big deficit in HIV/AIDS funding Việt Nam will face a huge budget deficit in health service...

Pollution in Ho Chi Minh City is Causing Serious Problems
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

Pollution in Ho Chi Minh City is causing serious problems. As residents race headlong into car owner...

Rise in Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission - News on 02 December 2016
Daily News - Vietnam

HCM City sees rise in mother-to-child HIV transmission Many hospitals in HCM City have detected mor...

Policy for Vietnam - Singapore 3 project adopted - News on 01 December 2016
Daily News - Vietnam

Policy for construction and trading of infrastructure of Vietnam-Singapore III project adopted Prim...

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Patrick Gaveau expert in: Vietnam Tourism Expert
Patrick Gaveau
Vietnam Tourism Expert

Patrick Gaveau is the owner and creator of Citypassguide.com, Vietnam's leading travel information provider. A native of Africa, he is a French citizen.  Patrick followed the WICE (World Leisure International Center of Excellence) Master program of Social Science of Leisure, Tourism and Environment at Wageningen University (Holland). He graduated with Honours from Aix / Marseille II with a master's degree in Economics and the Finance of Tourism (France). He is currently living in Ho Chi Minh City with his Vietnamese wife and has two daughters.

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ANTOINE SIROT expert in: DALAT EXPERT
ANTOINE SIROT
DALAT EXPERT

Antoine, currently managing An Lam Saigon River, was the general manager of the Dalat Palace Hotel from 2002-2008, and has been in the travel industry for over 30 years. In 2002, on the 80th anniversary of the Palace, Antoine was tasked with finding out as much as possible about Dalat and the hotel for the journalists that would be flying in from all over. His initial research led him deeper into the history of Dalat. At this time, he is one of the most knowledgeable people in Vietnam about this beautiful highlands city.

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STEVE RAYMOND expert in: PHAN THIET EXPERT
STEVE RAYMOND
PHAN THIET EXPERT

Steve Raymond has been in the tourism industry since 1972. After a long slew of jobs in incentive houses and hotels, Steve was invited to be the general manager at Pandanus Resort in Phan Thiet. Deciding that life in Phan Thiet would be less stressful than working at his previous job, he accepted the position. Steve has been at Pandanus Resort for nearly a decade and has during this time amassed sizable knowledge on Phan Thiet.

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BENOIT PERDU expert in: MEKONG DELTA EXPERT
BENOIT PERDU
MEKONG DELTA EXPERT

French engineer and lay polymath Benoit Perdu landed in Vietnam in 1992. He moved to the Mekong Delta in 1997, started a joint-venture and built a gas terminal, before taking the head of a new agricultural insurance company. He fashioned with his wife Ánh Bassac Cruises in 2003, now one of the pillars of tourism in the Mekong Delta. When it comes to the Delta, there are few who match his keen insight and matter-of-fact observations on its tourism and its way of life.

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PATRICIA MARQUES expert in: CORPORATE COFFEE EXPERT
PATRICIA MARQUES
CORPORATE COFFEE EXPERT

Patricia has been in the coffee industry for over a decade. Starting out as a barista in California, she has moved up to the head of Starbucks in Vietnam. Navigating the tricky obstacles of establishing a big brand in a new country, Patricia understands the Vietnamese market and its desire for brand name international coffee. One of the most knowledgeable experts in making a big name stick amongst countless competitors, she has plenty of interesting insights on mixing international brand standards with local needs.

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VO TIEN CUONG expert in: OYSTER EXPERT
VO TIEN CUONG
OYSTER EXPERT

Vo Tien Cuong is an expert in the care, preparation service and eating of oysters. He also distributes oysters throughout Ho Chi Minh City. The proprietor of La Maison Restaurant, Vo’s brother is an oyster farmer in Nha Trang who introduced Vo to Fin De Claire oysters from France several years ago, which are now thriving in Vietnam’s warm client. He is excited to introduce more French oysters to the Vietnamese market.

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Giovanni Parrella expert in: Italian Food Expert
Giovanni Parrella
Italian Food Expert

As an Italian man, Napoli-born chef Giovanni Parrella lives up to his reputation as a man of love, food and passion. He first began working in the kitchen of a restaurant at the age of 12, starting his days at 6 a.m. He has been in the industry ever since, working 14 years with the Hyatt Group in some of the world’s most interesting food cultures. For the last four years he has been Executive Chef at one the city’s most luxurious 5 star hotels - The Reverie Saigon.

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Lawson Dixon expert in: Big Bike Expert
Lawson Dixon
Big Bike Expert

Lawson Dixon is an amiable Australian who started with the News Limited media company in the 1980s but has spent more time out of Australia than in since. He has a background in automotive advertising and has worked with Ford and Chrysler in the past. He started Ducati in Vietnam before finally getting the Harley-Davidson franchise off the ground in 2013. He beat 70 competitors to win the right to be the first Harley-Davidson dealer in the country.

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Stephane Faure expert in: Metro Support Expert
Stephane Faure
Metro Support Expert

Stephane Faure is the project manager handling the support structures for Ho Chi Minh City’s upcoming metro. The affable family man has 20 years of experience with these kinds of projects, having worked in South and Central America, North Africa, the Middle East and now Vietnam. A true expert in his field, Stephane knows the ins and outs behind the giant stone support system that will hold the city’s trains safe and secure.

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ELLEN THOMPSON expert in: EDUCATION EXPERT
ELLEN THOMPSON
EDUCATION EXPERT

US citizen Ellen Thompson has lived in Ho Chi Minh City for 14 years. She came to teach English originally, and liked Vietnam and the people so much that she stayed. Saigon Star International School opened its doors in 2006. Ellen joined two years later as Headteacher. Having studied and worked in several different countries in North America, Europe and Asia, she has a wide knowledge of the education system here, a broad outlook on life and a keen interest in creating a supportive international school community.

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MAURO GASPAROTTI expert in: REAL ESTATE EXPERT
MAURO GASPAROTTI
REAL ESTATE EXPERT

Mauro Gasparotti and Rudolf Hever are both executive directors at Alternaty real estate consultants. Mauro specialises in hotel investment and consultancy, feasibilities studies, cash flow analysis, market analysis, project consultancy and operator selection. Rudolf specialises in alternative ownership structuring and hotel and resort consulting. We sat down with them for a deep exploration of Ho Chi Minh City’s real estate scene.

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TAO HO expert in: TEA EXPERT
TAO HO
TEA EXPERT

Tao grew up in the north of Vietnam and over the years became seriously interested in different teas and brewing methods. His first encounter with professional tea brewing was in Malaysia in 1998, where he learned about brewing times for teas. Ever since, he has collected teas from all over the world, learning more about the drink as he traveled. He is now the owner of Tea Maison on Dong Khoi, as well as heading his own work safety consultation company.

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Sakal  Phoeung expert in: Restaurant Business Expert
Sakal Phoeung
Restaurant Business Expert

Chef Sakal has been working as one of the finest head chef’s in SE Asia for more than 15 years. From 2000 to 2012 he ventured around Asia working for branches of the Sofitel Hotel, beginning his gastronomical journey in Vietnam as the Executive Chef for Saigon’s Sofitel branch. He then set out for Beijing, then Phnom Penh, and shortly after he he returned to Saigon in 2012. In 2016, he decided to put his expert skills to the test and open his own fine dining restaurant, Le Corto, which offers a select collection of unique Western dishes.

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Charles  Gallavardin expert in: Green Architecture Expert
Charles Gallavardin
Green Architecture Expert

Charles and his wife are two of the three founders of T3 Architecture, a company with branches in HCMC and Marseille, France. They specialise in green architecture projects, contemporary interior design and heritage preservation. Charles arrived in Vietnam in 2011 to begin his venture, working to promote awareness for sustainable development techniques. His team has worked on many notable projects such as the Kokois Concept Store, Sofitel Metropole, and Fulbright University Offices.

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Stephen  Thomas expert in: English Education Expert
Stephen Thomas
English Education Expert

Stephen Thomas has been working with VUS since 2001, and is currently the head of Human Resources for all campuses. He received his MA in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from California State University-Bakersfield. He specialises in assessing and training foreign teaching staff and has thorough knowledge of the skills needed in order to provide top notch educators. He has provided VUS with in-depth strategic planning and has efficiently developed their well respected curriculum.

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Francois  Carteau expert in: Wine Expert
Francois Carteau
Wine Expert

Francois Carteau has been the Director/Sommelier at the Wine Embassy in HCMC for the past four years. Previous to his employment at the Wine Embassy, he was the Retail Director at the Red Apron, a fine wine and spirits distribution channel. As Sommelier at Wine Embassy he personally selects wine directly from their vineyards upon visitation to each premise. Just recently, he made a trip to some of the renowned wine regions of France and Italy where he discovered many unique additions for his already impressive collections of world class wines.

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Katie Rigney-Zimmermann expert in: School Curriculum Expert
Katie Rigney-Zimmermann
School Curriculum Expert

Katie Rigney-Zimmermann has been the Director of Admission and Marketing for Saigon South International School since July 2010. Previous to this she served as the Head of Admissions at Mont’Kiara International School from November 2008 to December 2009. In 2010 she acquired her Masters in Secondary Education from Jones International University. She specialises in staff development, curriculum design, strategic planning and education technology. She has a vast knowledge of all the types of curriculums that are available in Vietnam’s international schools, and is an expert guide to help parents and students find the best educational path possible.

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