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What’s Your Sign? The Importance of Astrology in Vietnamese Culture
Blogs - Vietnam

As you visit famous pagodas in Vietnam, or simply walk down the streets of Hanoi and Saigon, you pro...

Your Guide to Saigon’s Most Popular Traditional Medicine Techniques
Health - Saigon/HCMC

Traditional medicine is recognised by many as a way to cure diseases in Vietnam. Often dismissed as ...

Vietnam’s Flickering Red Light Districts
Blogs - Vietnam

Known as the world’s oldest profession, prostitution is something that some consider a necessa...

Your Guide to a Weekend in Cai Be
Blogs - Mekong

If you live in Saigon, or are travelling around Vietnam, the big cities aren’t the only things...

The Best Bánh Mì in Hanoi
food - Ha Noi

Who’s selling the best bánh mì in Hanoi? Let’s find out in this virtual to...

14 Vietnamese Phrases for The Clueless Foreigner in Saigon
Blogs - Saigon/HCMC

Not long ago, we published an article with 15 Vietnamese phrases for the English monolingual (read: ...

How to Experience Vietnamese Comfort Food
food - Vietnam

Living in Hanoi, Vietnam, a tropical country with a lot of sun and rain, has conditioned me to enjoy...

What To Do This Weekend? 29 September - 1 October
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

The week is nearly over, so what better way to celebrate its end than by enjoying a glorious weekend...

What To Do This Weekend? 22 - 24 September
Daily News - Vietnam

The week is nearly over, so what better way to celebrate its end than by enjoying a glorious weekend...

What To Do This Weekend? 15 - 17 September
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

The week is nearly over, so what better way to celebrate its end than by enjoying a glorious weekend...

15 Important Vietnamese Phrases for The Clueless Foreigner
Daily News - Vietnam

If you clicked on this after reading the title, there’s a pretty high chance that you’re...

From “Dzô!” to “No!”: The Scourge of Fake Alcohol in Vietnam
Daily News - Vietnam

Alcohol plays an important social role in Vietnam, from bia hoi in Hanoi to the surge of craft beers...

Notorious Cabbie Finally Gets Caught With His Pants Down
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

In what could possibly be a contender for Public Temper Tantrum of the Year, a notorious unlicensed ...

Dri-VinFast: Vietnam Set to Launch Its Own Car
Daily News - Vietnam

Vietnam is officially going to have its very own automobile brand soon. The country’s leading ...

Street food at Bui Vien
food - Saigon/HCMC

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Michelle Phan discovering her Vietnamese roots
attractions - Vietnam

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11 Best Hanoi Street Foods
food - Ha Noi

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36 hours in Hanoi
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How a 700$ apartment look like in Saigon
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Vietnam: travel of a lifetime
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Vietnam: Amazing destination by National Geographic
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Video source: TripAsean Tours

Annam Gourmet Celebrates Oktobeer’s Freshness
Oct. 18, 2017 - Oct. 31, 2017

Oktobeer’s Freshness, a meetup for beer lovers across Saigon, was successfully organised and l...

Halloween with DJs From Mars @ Lush Saigon
Oct. 13, 2017 - Oct. 27, 2017

Pack your bags because we are taking you to outer space this Halloween, starting off the weekend wit...

Three Michelin Star – Four Hands Dinner @ Chill Dining
Oct. 10, 2017 - Oct. 19, 2017

It's our great honor to be a part of the "Four Hands Dinner" challenge with a celebrity Three Michel...

Canadian Thanksgiving Day @ Nineteen Restaurant
Sept. 25, 2017 - Oct. 9, 2017

Celebrate precious moments from the past year with family, friends, and a beautiful buffet in the he...

Halloween Party @ Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar
Sept. 25, 2017 - Oct. 31, 2017

The 10th floor of the Caravelle Saigon is the place to be at the stroke of midnight this Halloween. ...

Annam Gourmet Market Reopens its Hai Ba Trung Branch
Sept. 21, 2017 - Oct. 5, 2017

Annam Gourmet Market at Hai Ba Trung has reopened with new features bringing convenience and a pleas...

Saigon Gastronomy Week @ Le Meridien Saigon
Sept. 20, 2017 - Oct. 8, 2017

Let 07 culinary masters from all over the world guide you through the beautiful feast of “Saig...

Extravagant Seafood Buffet @ Pullman Saigon Centre
Oct. 19, 2017 - Oct. 31, 2017

1. Taste the ocean treat Good news for seafood lovers, Wednesdays and Saturdays are just for you! C...

LM High Tea @ Le Meridien Saigon
Oct. 16, 2017 - Nov. 30, 2017

Enjoy a set of signature LM High Tea with assorted sweet and savoury treats complemented by a servin...

The Burger Challenge @ Pullman Saigon Centre
Oct. 5, 2017 - Nov. 30, 2017

The burger challenge is back but with a new twist! Finish 15 mini burgers made from the finest ingr...

Creepy Chicken Burger @ Pullman Saigon Centre
Oct. 5, 2017 - Oct. 31, 2017

This October, Urbane Lounge brings you the spookiest burger in town. Saigon's hipsters can devour a ...

Caravelle Executive Traveller @ Caravelle Saigon
Oct. 4, 2017 - Oct. 31, 2017

Deluxe from VND 4,150,000++ (USD 180++) with the following benefits: - Complimentary daily Bre...

Superb Value Serenity at The Spa @ The Reverie Saigon
Oct. 4, 2017 - Oct. 31, 2017

The Spa at The Reverie Saigon is a haven of peace and serenity in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Enj...

Vietnamese Fusion @ Reflections Restaurant
Sept. 25, 2017 - Oct. 30, 2017

Enter the exciting world of modern Vietnamese cuisine through a seven-course tasting menu, designed ...


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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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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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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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