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A Renegade of Dentistry at Elite Dental Vietnam
Health - Saigon/HCMC

Dr. Tan Hung Lam is principal dentist at Elite Dental Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. Already as a chil...

Tearing Down Old Buildings in HCMC Is A Smarter Plan
Real Estate - Saigon/HCMC

Over 75% of buildings in Ho Chi Minh City are currently unsound or unsafe. Many of the buildings in ...

Bring on the Green Energy: LEED Construction in HCMC
Real Estate - Saigon/HCMC

Go out on any warm day and you’re likely to hear the collective “whoosh” of the ci...

Experience the Grueling Wonders of Mui Ne's Ta Cu Mountain
attractions - Mui Ne/Phan Thiet

Not too long ago, the hard-working souls of City Pass Guide banded together to enjoy a colourful, bl...

Best Souvenirs to Buy in Saigon
shopping - Saigon/HCMC

Successful souvenir buying is a lost art to many. The knack of picking an item that embodies somethi...

Foreign Property Ownership: What You Need to Know
Real Estate - Saigon/HCMC

What are the rules on foreign property ownership in Vietnam? Taking effect from July 2015, the revis...

Meet the Heavy Hitters in HCMC Construction
Real Estate - Saigon/HCMC

With massive foreign investment and dizzying density, Saigon’s real estate sector is developin...

The Grand Ho Tram Strip Wins Prestigious Golf Hotel of the Year Award
Daily News - Ho Tram

Attention golfers! The Grand Ho Tram Strip in Ho Tram, a mere one-hour drive away from the beach des...

New Vietnamese Menu @ Di Mai Restaurant
food - Saigon/HCMC

Located in the heart of bustling Ho Chi Minh City, next to Ben Thanh Market, Di Mai restaurant is a ...

New Chef & New Singer @ R&J Italian Lounge & Restaurant
food - Saigon/HCMC

The recently redesigned R&J Italian Lounge & Restaurant at The Reverie Saigon welcomes a new...

Vietnam Named Fourth Most-Improved Country to Visit
Daily News - Vietnam

With a forecasted 1.8 billion (!) international travellers to traverse the globe by 2030, tourism ac...

Ho Chi Minh City to Publicly Display Air Quality Readings
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

We all know that the air quality in Ho Chi Minh City is anything but good. Residents learn to live w...

Kayaking Services Suspended in Halong Bay: Uproar in the Tourism Sector!
Daily News - Vietnam

The World Heritage site Halong Bay is undoubtedly Vietnam’s top attraction, visited by million...

Pan Pacific Hanoi Introduces New Executive Chef
Daily News - Ha Noi

Pan Pacific Hanoi is delighted to welcome Chef Simon Volante to the hotel’s team. With 30 year...

Father’s Day @ Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
April 22, 2017 - June 18, 2017

  Give thanks to your father this Father’s Day. A special treat awaits all father’...

Children’s Day @ Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
April 22, 2017 - June 4, 2017

  Bring your kids to Oven D’or for a memorable Children’s Day. Apart from the kid-...

Mother’s Day @ The Reverie Saigon
April 17, 2017 - May 19, 2017

  R&J ITALIAN LOUNGE & RESTAURANT On 14 May 2017, celebrate Mother’s Day with a...

Wine Fair @ Annam Gourmet
April 10, 2017 - June 4, 2017

Every Friday and Saturday (6.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.) until June 4th, Write your own wine story a...

Mini Glow Golf – The First Time in Vietnam!
March 11, 2017 - May 11, 2018

  Mini Glow Golf is a premier 3-D adventure miniature golf course, complete with black lights,...

ISSP - Summer Camp 2017
March 3, 2017 - July 14, 2017

Join Summer Camp 2017 with Saigon Pearl International School. Time: June 19th - July 14th Program:...

​​Urban Tales Cholon
March 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017

Halfway between a life-sized investigation, an original walking tour and a treasure hunt, Urban Tale...

Alaska King Crab Set Menu @ Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
April 23, 2017 - June 30, 2017

Discover different taste of Alaska King Crab in the Set Menu prepared by our talent chefs. Deal sta...

Wagyu Rump @ Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
April 23, 2017 - June 30, 2017

  Hemispheres Restaurant is honor to introduce the world-class “Wagyu Rump”. 400gr...

Bring a friend for free @ Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
April 22, 2017 - June 30, 2017

  The highly anticipated “Bring a friend for free” is back! This June, gather your...

The Sunday Brunch @ Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
April 22, 2017 - June 30, 2017

  Fullfill your appetite with our lavish food spread of our Sunday Brunch. The children will b...

Crab Delicacies @ Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
May 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017

  Immerse in the temptation crab dishes at our Oven D’or Restaurant, from Vietnamese Cra...

Room Discount @ Ibis Saigon Airport
April 16, 2017 - Dec. 31, 2017

  Enjoy our Standard Rom: From VND 1,346,000++. Price is excluding 10% VAT and 5% service ch...

Meeting Package @ Ibis Saigon Airport
April 16, 2017 - Dec. 31, 2017

  Meeting Package: From VND 180.000 per person for group of 5 - 20 people. Include: One lun...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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