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Photo Story: Wet Markets
Shopping - Saigon/HCMC

Markets and Saigon are two words that are bound to go together (this probably applies to the rest of...

Take a Trip to Little Saigon
Blogs - Vietnam

When people choose their next travel destination, all too often they just consider the broad strokes...

Good Music and Good Times in Vietnam
Blogs - Vietnam

Mot, hai, ba, dzo! Vietnamese people love to party. They’re no strangers to incredibly packed ...

Air Pollution In Vietnamese Cities Threatens Young Lungs
Daily News - Vietnam

Air pollution in urban areas is taking a toll on Vietnam’s next generation as a government rep...

Weekend News Summary: 22 - 23 July
Daily News - Vietnam

The weekend has passed with some both good and bad news. Here is a roundup of what happened in Vietn...

What To Do This Weekend? 21-23 July
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

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

Korean Culinary Fair @ Windsor Plaza Hotel
today - Aug. 13, 2017

Korean food is hugely popular here in Vietnam, and from 29 July to 13 August at the Windsor Plaza Ho...

Tropical Summer Party @ Air 360 Sky Lounge
July 19, 2017 - July 22, 2017

Immerse yourself in our super-hot Tropical Summer Party at Air 360 Sky Lounge on July 22, 2017. To b...

Ao Dai Fashion Show @ Lotte Observation Deck
July 19, 2017 - July 22, 2017

Held at the height of 270 meters on Lotte Observation Deck, the highest sightseeing spot in Hanoi, t...

Churrasco @ Nineteen
June 24, 2017 - Aug. 30, 2017

Get in on the churrasco action in August, as Nineteen brings a centuries-old style of spit-roasting ...

A Moment of Serenity at The Spa @ The Reverie Saigon
today - Sept. 30, 2017

Bringing a new experience, The Spa at The Reverie Saigon is a haven of peace and serenity at the hea...

Asian Macarons @ Café de l’Opera
today - Aug. 30, 2017

Taste the exotic essences of Southeast Asia in each bite of our Flavours of Asia Macarons at Caf&eac...


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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... Read More
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 D... Read More
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... Read More
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 i... Read More
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 (... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 groun... Read More
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. Read More
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, befor... Read More
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, Euro... Read More
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 behi... Read More
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,... Read More
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 provi... Read More
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 techni... Read More
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 premi... Read More
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&rsq... Read More
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 cult... Read More


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