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Best Ways to Lose Weight in HCMC
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Chuc mung nam moi! It’s a new year, so why not start it off well? To get the best results from...

Vietnam Scoops 21 Awards at the World Luxury Hotel Awards Gala Ceremony
accommodation - Saigon/HCMC

The World Luxury Hotel Awards this year celebrated its 10th anniversary at the exquisite St. Regis D...

New World Saigon Celebrates Tet in Style
accommodation - Saigon/HCMC

For travellers and new residents of Saigon who haven’t experienced Tet, a whole new experience...

Lactalis & Président Bring World-Renowned Chefs to Vietnam
food - Saigon/HCMC

Lactalis is the world’s leading dairy company. The family business has amassed 237 factories a...

Envy Club Grand Opening
drink - Saigon/HCMC

With the red carpet rolled-out ready to be graced by the heels of Saigon's who’s-who, torrenti...

Soul Man: Mark Bell Fine-Tunes Saigon Music Classes
Activities - Saigon/HCMC

Six days a week, Canadian educator Mark Bell rides a scooter to District 3’s Soul Music & ...

Discover Your Inner Animal
Blogs - Saigon/HCMC

Nobody knows which country started the animal zodiac, though the Chinese can certainly lay claim to ...

Ben Thanh Roundabout to Fall Victim to Metro Construction
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

We all know there’s a metro being built in Ho Chi Minh City and anyone familiar with the city&...

Hue Imperial City to Open Its Gates at Night
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

Cultural night-time events are not common in Vietnam. The reason is simple: at night, Vietnamese pre...

Reminder: Vietnam’s Area Codes Change
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

Many have probably forgotten last year’s news about an extensive area code change to be conduc...

The Fast Track to Vung Tau
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

Boats are one of Vietnam’s most ancient means of transport. They are also its future means of ...

Is Uber Running Illegally in Vietnam?
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

After Uber’s unfortunate reaction to an anti-Trump taxi strike in New York some two weeks ago,...

Saigon: Dynamic City of the Future
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

This week it was announced that Ho Chi Minh City is the second most dynamic city in the world! A st...

Tourist Code of Conduct
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

There’s no question that tourism in Ho Chi Minh City has surged in recent years. Last year alo...

Sorae - Japanese Tea Ceremony

FREE MATCHA FOR EVERYONE Japanese Tea Ceremony on Feb 18th, 19th from 12:00 p.m. to 16:00 p.m....

The White House Saigon - Whisky Night

Whisky Night - Tuesday 14th February 2017 Whisky tasting with cold cuts & cheese plate Entranc...

The Reverie Saigon - Valentine's Day

R&J ITALIAN LOUNGE & RESTAURANT Italian Carneval In honor of the traditional Italian festi...

Eon51 - Valentine's Day Events

In order to celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day, Café EON, EON51 Fine Dining an...

Le Dîner en Blanc

The 2017 Edition of Le Dîner en Blanc – Ho Chi Minh City is fast app...

Hanoi Opera House - Season Opening Gala

The Season Opening Gala will take place the 23th and 24th February 2017 at 8 p.m. at Hanoi Opera Hou...

Hanoi Opera House - Spring Gala Concert and Ballet

The Spring Gala Concert & Ballet will take place the 16th and 17th February 2017 at 8 p.m. at Ha...

Novotel Phu Quoc - Valentine's Promotion

'Say It With Dinner': FREE MUD CAKE ON VALENTINE'S DAY Valentine’s Day - sweetest day of the ...

Eon 51 - 20% discount

BE MORE DELIGHTED WITH A 20% DISCOUNT FOR YOUR LUNCH BILL From now on, we're pleased to offer a 20%...

Sunway Hotel Hanoi - All for One

ALL FOR ONE One price, enjoy unlimited choice from a la carte menu at The Allanté and The Ba...

Happy Tet at Di Mai

For Vietnamese people, Tet is always a special occasion for family gatherings or reunions. No matter...

San Fu Lou Celebrates Lunar New Year

SAN FU LOU CELEBRATES LUNAR NEW YEAR Lunar New Year is a meaningful occasion for everyone to gather...

New villas for Tet holiday

We are launching our new villas: - 3, 4 and Presidential 5 Bedroom Villas Open 20th January! - EVE...

Artinus 3D Gallery

For Tet, come visit us and have a change to write your wishes for the New Year on our wishes tree. ...


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Steve Raymond expert in: PHAN THIET EXPERT
Steve Raymond

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

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

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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. In 2003, he fashioned Bassac Cruises with his wife Ánh, 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 way of life.

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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. Expert 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 is an expert in the breeding and preparation of oysters. He also distributes oysters throughout Ho Chi Minh City. His brother, an oyster farmer in Nha Trang and owner of La Maison Restaurant, introduced Vo to Fin De Claire oysters from France several years ago, which are now thriving in Vietnam’s warm climate. He is excited to introduce more French oysters to the Vietnamese market.

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Antoine Sirot expert in: DALAT EXPERT
Antoine Sirot

Antoine, currently managing An Lam Saigon River, was the general manager of the Dalat Palace Hotel from 2002 to 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. His research led him deep into the history of Dalat. Until today, he is one of the most knowledgeable experts on this beautiful highlands city.

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

Lawson Dixon started his career with the News Limited media company in the 1980s but has spent more time out of his home country Australia than in since. He has a background in automotive advertising and worked with Ford and Chrysler. He started selling Ducati motorcycles 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 brand’s first dealer in the country.

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

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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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 head teacher. Having studied and worked in several different countries in North America, Europe and Asia, she has a wide knowledge of the education system here and a keen interest in creating a supportive international school community.

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Mauro Gasparotti is executive director at Alternaty real estate consultant group. He specialises in hotel investment and consultancy, feasibilities studies, cash flow analysis, market analysis, project consultancy and operator selection.

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

Chef Sakal has been working as one of the finest head chef’s in South East 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 the hotel’s Saigon branch. He then set out for Beijing and Phnom Penh, before returning 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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TAO HO expert in: 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. Ever since, he has collected teas from all over the world, learning more about the drink as he travelled. 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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Katie Rigney-Zimmermann expert in: School Curriculum Expert
School Curriculum Expert
Katie Rigney-Zimmermann

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

Italian in origin, 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 of the city’s most luxurious five star hotels – The Reverie Saigon.

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

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
English Education Expert
Stephen Thomas

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
Wine Expert
Francois Carteau

Francois Carteau has been the director/sommelier at the Wine Embassy in HCMC for the past 4 years. Prior 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.

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