Celebrating Vietnam New Years Eve 2014

By: Vinh Dao

fireworks in Saigon - celebrating for new yearWhere to party for New Years Eve 2014

With so many restaurants and hotels running New Year's Eve specials, it’s hard to find the perfect one for your tastes. To help you along with your decision, City Pass Guide has accumulated a list of some of the tastiest venues to go for your New Year's holiday meal.

They fill up quite fast so it’s recommended to book your reservation in advance.

New Year's Eve in Hanoi

Cafe Lautrec

Come celebrate this special andmemorable occasion with us in the hotel’s inner courtyard with our New Year’s Gala Buffet Dinner event  featuring our live jazz band, performing seasonal favourties.
New Year's Eve Gala Buffet Dinner
VND 1,900,000 Nett per adult
VND 850,000 Nett for children below the age of 12
Discount 10% for reservation before 10th Dec.

Hotel de L'Opera Hanoi - MGallery - 29 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem

La Fee Verte

Countdown to 2014 in style at Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi’s 2013 and New Year Countdown featuring Vietnam’s top DJ SLIM V. Savour special New Year’s Eve cocktails and dance the night away to the tunes you love at La Fee Verte Bar. 
*No Entrance Fees

Hotel de L'Opera Hanoi - MGallery - 29 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem

Le Beaulieu Restaurant

Celebrate New Year at the oldest French restaurant in Vietnam with menu designed by Chef de cuisine Olivier Génique

New Year's Eve Gala Dinner: VND 4.100.000++
"The First Brunch of the Year": VND 2.400.000++
French Gourmand Dinner: VND 2.200.000++ for 4 courses & VND 1.750.000 for 3 courses.

Sofitel Legend Metropole - 15 Ngo Quyen, Hoan Kiem

Spice Garden

In December Spices Garden Restaurant offers a savoury taste of Vietnamese tradition :

New Year's Eve Vietnamese Gala Dinner: VND 2.900.000++
New Year's Day "Hanoi Street Buffet": VND 690.000++
"Vietnamese New Year Dinner" dine from our à la carte menu 

Sofitel Legend Metropole - 15 Ngo Quyen, Hoan Kiem

Le Club 

Le Club’s festive offerings bring you a relaxed and stylish retreat where you can dine, drink and be merry!

New Year's Eve Dinner Buffet: from VND 2.500.000++
Christ mas Day lunch: dine from our à la carte menu

Sofitel Legend Metropole - 15 Ngo Quyen, Hoan Kiem

Angelina Restaurant

Get into the festive spirit with our delectable menus and enjoy exquisite Italian fare in chic and stylish surroundings. 

New Year's Eve Italian Gala Dinner: VND 3.350.000++
New Year's Eve Countdown party: no entrance fees
New Year's Day Italian Gourmand Dinner served from our à la carte menu

Sofitel Legend Metropole - 15 Ngo Quyen, Hoan Kiem

Pots'n Pans

Enjoy a delicious degustation New Year's Eve dinner
Food only: 1,190,000vnd++/per person
Paired with wine: 1,890,000vnd++/per person
Pots'n Pans - 57 Bui Thi Xuan, Hai Ba Trung District

New Year's Eve Dinner

Madame Hien 

Just celebrate to welcome New Year 2014 with joy, hope and success.
New Year's Eve Menu: from VND 630.00++/person

Madame Hien - 15 Chan Cam, Hoan Kiem

Press Club

Your New Year’s Eve sparkling shoes should take you directly to Press Club for a luxurious six-course dinner

New Year's Eve Party: VND 1,880,000++ per person.

Press Club - 59A Ly Thai To, Hoan Kiem

Moevenpick Hotel Hanoi

On one of the most magical nights of the year, we invite you to a celebrating New Year Eve dinner at the Moevenpick Hotel Hanoi. Let our creative Chefs surprise you with an array of exceptional delicacies

New Year's Eve Dinner: VND 1.300.000++/person
New Year's Day Lunch: VND 735.000++/person
New Year's Day Dinner: VND 735.000++/person

Moevenpick Hotel Hanoi - 83A Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem

Maison d'Hanoi Hanova Hotel

Special Buffet Dinner awaits you, complete with: welcome cocktail, tea or coffee, New Year’s carol, New Year’s Gift and live music

New Year's Eve Dinner: VND 735.000++/person

Maison d'Hanoi Hanova Hotel - 37 Hang Trong

Hotel Nikko Hanoi

Bring in the Cheer and Welcome the New Year at the La Brasserie international restaurant & Tao-Li Chinese restaurant. Fun with our lucky draw and sink your mind in live music (31/12)

International Dinner Buffet: VND 1.200.000
Traditional Chinese & Dim-sum Buffet: VND 1.000.000

Hotel Nikko Hanoi - 84 Tran Nhan Tong

New Year's Eve in Saigon

Yu Chu Restaurant

At Yu Chu, we’ve added something extra special to your celebration to elevate your meal into a fantastic dining experience. Just relax and enjoy these special moments with friends, family and loved ones on New Year’s holiday

New Year's Eve Chinese Buffet Dinner: VND 1.088.000++
Yu Chu's Well-known Peking Duck: VND 850.000++ 

InterContinental Asiana Saigon - 39 Le Duan, D1 

New World Hotel

Celebrate the last day of the year in style, enjoy a fantastic dinner buffet live entertainment and dancing at our ballroom.

New Year's Eve party: VND 2.520.000++ with free drinks & special prizes.
New Year's Eve Chinese Set Menu: VND 1.365.000++
New Year's Eve Dinner Buffet: VND 2.520.000++
New Year's Day Brunch Buffet: VND 1.512.000 ++

New World Hotel - 76 Le Lai, D1

Restaurant Nineteen

On eye-level with the festivities in Lam Son Square, Nineteen Restaurant is holding a culinary celebration of its own on December 31 and January 1, 2014

Nineteen's early dining dinner buffet: VND 1,280,000++
New Year's Eve Gala Dinner: VND 2,280,000++.
New Year’s Day Lunch or Dinner at The Caravelle: VND 1.280.000++

Caravelle Hotel - Ground Floor, 19 Lam Son Square, D1

Duxton Hotel Saigon

May the warmth of joy at New Year feel your heart with happy cheer at Duxton Hotel Saigon
New Year's Eve Buffet Dinner &countdown lobby party 
VND 1.560.000++ /Adult
VND 890.000++ / Child
New Year's Eve Salsa Gala Party: 
VND 1.800.000++ /Adult
VND 890.000++ / Child
Duxton Hotel Saigon - 63 Nguyen Hue, D1

Atrium Café

Ring in the New Year in sparkling style with extravagant novelties and exciting live entertainment. Attractive prizes await lucky diners.

New Year's Eve Gala Buffet Dinner: VND 1.800.000++
New Year's Buffet Brunch: VND 1.200.000++
New Year's Day Buffet Dinner: VND 1.300.000++
Lotte Legend Hotel - 2A-4A Ton Duc Thang, D1 

Lotte Legend Hotel

Come and celebrate New Year's Eve at the poolside of the Lotte Legend Hotel.
New Year's Eve Gale Buffet Dinner: VND 1.800.000++ with free drinks, wines & attractive prizes.

Lotte Legend Hotel - 2A-4A Ton Duc Thang, D1

Yoshino Japanese Restaurant
Let's enjoy the festive atmosphere at Yoshino Japanese Restaurant.

New Year's Eve: VND 1.370.000++
New Year's Day Lunch: VND 1.370.000++
New Year's Day Dinner: VND 1.770.000++
Lotte Legend Hotel - 2A-4A Ton Duc Thang, D1

Pullman Saigon Centre

Make the last day of 2013 a very special celebration with friends and loved ones. Our Executive Chef has created a lavish upscale buffet with a modern touch. 
VND 1,800,000++ per person with includes free flow of drinks

Pullman Saigon Centre - 148 Tran Hung Dao, D1

Chit Chat at the Café

As we near the final hours of 2013, awaiting you at Chit Chat at the Café is a stunning and delicious array of dishes to toast the last 12 months and usher in a new year.

New Year's Eve Dinner: VND1,590,000 ++ per person 
New Year's Day Brunch: VND 890,000++ per persom
Hotel Equatorial - 242 Tran Binh Trong, D5

Orientica Seafood restuarant & bar

We invite you and your family to our award-winning restaurant where a fantastic New Year's menu is accompanied by first-class wine selections to make for a special night.
New Year's Eve Dinner: VND1,250,000 ++ per person 

Hotel Equatorial - 242 Tran Binh Trong, D5 

Flo Lounge

After enjoying some exquisite cuisine at our restaurants, diners can join us for a fabulous Masquerade Party at Flo Lounge with F&V Band taking us into 2014. Dance the night away as we say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014.

Entrance fee: VND300,000 per person

Hotel Equatorial - 242 Tran Binh Trong, D5 

Rex Hotel

Dining in the most popular terrace in the world – Rooftop Garden Bar with our lavish buffet that reflects festive season, includes roasted turkey, buche de Noel, sumptuous fresh seafood and detectable Asian flavors.

New Year's Eve Party: 2.900.000 VND/adult & 1.450.000 VND/child.

Rex Hotel - 141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, D1

Hotel Nikko Saigon

Ring in the New Year with a sumptuous festive menu to tantalise your taste buds then get ready for the party

New Year Eve Buffet dinner – La Brasserie: 1.600.000 VND ++
New Year Countdown party - The Lounge: 1.400.000 VND ++
New Year's Day Buffet Brunch - La Brasserie: 1.100.000 VND ++
New Year's Day Buffet Dinner - La Brasserie: 1.300.000 VND ++

Hotel Nikko Saigon - 235 Nguyen Van Cu, D1

Grand Hotel Saigon

Grand Hotel Saigon is honor to celebrate New Year with you!
Gala Buffet Dinner (31 Dec) - Chez-Nous Restaurant & Grand Cafe
 Adult: $80USD or 1.680.000 VND
Child:,$60USD or 1.260.000 VND (Child-under 1m2)
New year entertainment show & fire work show - Chavigny Restaurant
VND 630.000 nett/ Adult & VND 420.000 nett/ Child – under 1m2

Grand Hotel Saigon - 8 Dong Khoi, D1

Li Bai Chinese restaurant

Treat yourself and your loved ones on New Year’s Eve at Li Bai for a sumptuous buffet dinner.
New Year’s Eve Dinner: 
VND 1,680,000++ per person
VND 880,000++ per child (4 - 11 years)

Sheraton Hotel - 88 Dong Khoi, D1

La Mezzanine 

New Year's Seafood Gala Buffet Menu (31 Dec)
Adult: VND 890,000 ++/ pax
Children from 5 to 13 years old: 445,000 ++/ pax
Children under 4 years old: Free
Free flow of Soft drinks & Tiger draught beer & Tea/Coffee
New Year's Day Lunch & Dinner (1 Jan)
Adult: VND 729,000 ++/ pax
Children from 5 to 13 years old: 364,500 ++/ pax
Children under 4 years old: Free
Free flow of Soft drinks & Tiger draught beer

StarCity Saigon Hotel - 144 Nguyen Van Troi, Phu Nhuan District

The Signature restaurant

Enjoy a delectable seven-course degustation dinner by our expert chefs at the Signature restaurant on level 23 on New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve Dinner: VND 2,980,000++ per person

Sheraton Hotel - 88 Dong Khoi, D1 

Catwalk Club

New Year's Eve Party: VND 380.000 nett
inclusive of 2 standard drinks, 1 lucky draw ticket, 1 party favor.

Catwalk Club - 76 Le Lai, D1 

New Year Brunch

New Year's Eve in Phan Thiet - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Danang

Restaurant Epice - Danang

Restaurant Epice will be hosting a breakfast/ brunch on New Year’s Day like no other. Come and sink into the lounge and gaze over the East Sea and enjoy

VND 400.000 nett/Adult
VND 200.000 nett/ Child ( from 6 - 12 years old)

Pullman Danang Beach Resort - Truong Sa, Khue My Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Danang City

Sandy Beach Resort – Danang

Enjoy Vietnamese and international Gala Dinner with a wide array of sumptuous dishes and cuisine while enjoying well performed entertainment in our splendid and unique atmosphere at beautiful Garden Pool and Garden area.
New Year's Eve Gala Dinner: VND 1.600.000 net/person

Sandy Beach Resort Managed by Centara - 255 Huyen Tran Cong Chua, Danang 

Seahorse Restaurant - Phan Thiet

Located right by the sea, this restaurant is the perfect place for a unique party with your other half or family.
New Year's Eve Gala Dinner:
Adult: VND 2.700.000
Children: VND 1.350.000

Du Parc Phan Thiet Ocean Dunes & Golf Resort - 1 Ton Duc Thang, Phan Thiet

Lantern Town - Hoi An

International Classic and Vietnamese style Festive menus both with sensational cuisines  including a glass of Mulled wine or house wine of your choice, 3 courses, sorbet, coffee...
Festive Menu: Only 630.000 VND
Lantern Town - 49 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An


Tickets: VND 1,300,000 / adult. VND 900,000 / child
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Havana Nha Trang Hotel - 38 Tran Phu. Nha Trang

Allezboo Beach Resort & Spa - Phan Thiet

Located along a stretch of white sandy beach and surrounded by breathtaking views of the ocean, Allez Boo is an ideal place for relaxation, and is the perfect getaway from the chaos of modern life.
New Year gala dinner (31st Dec): VND 2,000,000 ++ / per adult
(children from 6 to 12 years: 20% off)

Allezboo Beach Resort & Spa - 8 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet

Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa

With a stunning sea vies, the Hotel promises to deliver the most wonderful Christmas festivities and New Year’s celebration with an exciting year-end extravagant party.
New Year's Eve
Adults: VND 2,580,000++
Children VND 1,290,000++ 

Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa - 26, 28 Tran Phu, Nha Trang

Novotel Nha Trang

On this Christmas and New Year 2014, let’s come to experience the memorable gala dinner with us at Novotel Nha Trang. The party menu is well prepared by our Executive Chef to select sumptuous international festival dishes.
New Year’s Eve (31st Dec): VND 1.470.000++/ person
New Year Day 1 Jan 2014
Buffet Lunch VND 250.000 ++
Buffet Dinner VND 630.000++ 

Novotel Nha Trang - 50 Tran Phu, Nha Trang

Grand Mercure Danang

Indulge yourself in a sumptuous buffet followed by a countdown party at 2nd floor terrace overlooking the pool and the marvelous Tran Thi Ly Bridge.

New Year's Eve Party: only VND 890,000 net/person

10% discount for full payment before 20th Dec.
50% off for kids from 6-12 years old
Grand Mercure Danang - Lot A1 Zone of the Villas of Green Island, Hoa Cuong Bac, Hai Chau District, Danang 

Brilliant Hotel

New Year Eve Gala Dinner with a wide range of dishes:
VND 590.000 nett/Adult
VND 300.000 nett/Child

Brilliant Hotel - 162 - 164 Bach Dang, Danang

Louisiane Brewhouse

New Year Eve Dinner: 490.000 VND/pax

- Exotic Pumpkin Soup
- Steam Shrimp with cocktail sauce
- Lamb Cotelette with Honey & Ginger Sauce, Ratatouille
- Chocolate Pie
New Year Day Dinner: 450.000 VND/pax
- Fisherman Soup
- Smoked Duck Breast Salad
- Pork Tendeloin with Green Peppercorn Sauce, Risotto
- Apple Pie
Inludes of your choice of: 1 glass of Sparkling wine, dancing...Live music... And more... Come and join us for a tast of exciting holiday
Louisiane Brewhouse - 29 Lot Tran Phu, Nha Trang

Novotel Danang Premier Han River 

Start your New Years celebration off right and join us at Novotel Danang for parties with your family and loved ones. 
*The Square restaurant
New Year's Eve seafood buffet: VND 735.000++
New Year Brunch: VND 735.000++
New Year's Day Dinner: VND 525.000++
*Pier 36: New Year Eve Tapas with an acoustic band
*Splash: New Year Eve with Live DJ's
Entrance fee: VND 250.000++

Novotel Danang Premier Han River - 36 Bach Dang, Danang

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2016 Valentine’s Day Deals in Vietnam

By: Trung Vo

Love is everywhere this season! Valentine’s Day is approaching fast - do you know what you’ll be doing for you special someone? Check out our lovely Vietnamese Valentine’s Day deals below - we chose the most romantic venues and the best offers so you won’t be running around like mad this February 14th. Moreover, for local insight and extra information about great dining places, lovely sights and cool drinks, see the rest of our website, where you can always find some places to fit you and your partner. Put on your best suit/dress and impress your loved ones with your marvelous preparation.


Time: 6th - 14th February

Oven D’or Restaurant

  • VND1,300,000 ++/ set, includes 01 glass of Rose sparkling wine, free flow of beer, wine and soft drinks.

Hemispheres Restaurant

  • VND3,000,000++/set (wine pairing set dinner)

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Summit Romance

A magnifique date with roses, flavorful cocktails, desserts with live entertainment under the star-studded sky.

- Venue: Summit Lounge, 20th floor

- Price: VND880,000++/couple

Romantic Dinner

A lovely dinner with Champagne Cocktail, Seafood and Carvery Buffet plus special gifts for the ladies and live violin performance.

- Venue: Brasserie Westlake Restaurant

- Price: VND2,250,000++/couple

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Some Enchanted Evening

Venue: Cafe Lautrec

Price: VND1,400,000++/person, five-course menu and a glass of champagne.

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Immersed in a truly romantic atmosphere, enjoy this special menu for Valentine’s Day with your loved one at Hilton Hanoi Opera.

Price: VND1,355,000++/couple (included 02 glasses of champagne/wine/beer)

Additional beverage packages:

- VND300,000++/person for free flow of champagne, house wine, beer, soft drink.

- VND200,000++/person for free flow of house wine, beer, soft drink.

Express your feeling to your sweetheart in a unique way and make this an unforgettable day for both of you.

Combo of Valentine cakes with tea/coffee: VND250,000++ at Lobby Lounge Hilton Hanoi Opera

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- Package 1: The Cupid's Arrow – Priced at VND 1,999,000++/couple 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at The Square Restaurant (level 4)

- Package 2: Endless Love – Priced at VND 2,333,000++/couple 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Premier Executive Lounge (level 29)

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Be my Valentine

Special dinner by the pool for VND 735,000++/ person, includes chocolate, 5 dishes with pairing wines and romantic live acoustic music.

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In the Mood for Love

Time: 14th February 2016

- Parkview: Lunch buffet for VND610,000++/person- Dinner buffet for VND910,000++/person, feature seafood including lobster, sparkling wine, chocolate, and a keepsake photo to mark the occasion.

- Dynasty: Set menu for two for VND1,500,000++/ couple, inclusive of complimentary sparkling wine, on-premise photos and a takeaway gift.

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Valentine 2016 is coming along with the Lunar New Year, on this 14 February, choose out of the couple Romantic Valentine’s dinners at Le Méridien Saigon:

- Latest Recipe – Dinner Buffet from VND1,100,000++ per person

- Bamboo Chic – Set Menu from VND1,300,000++ per person

Complimentary a lovely rose and a glass of Champagne for couples.

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Romantic Valentine’s Day

February 14th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

- Market 39: Buffet dinner from VDN1,688,000++/person, includes free flow of champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks.

- Residences: Romantic Set Menu for VND1,488,000++/person and VND2,800,000++/couple, includes two glasses of Bollinger Rose champagne, free flow of beer or house wine.

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Sweet Indulgence, Sweet Valentine

Time: February 1st- 15th

Accommodation: VND1,800,000++/couple, inclusive of:

- Accommodation with an upgrade to Deluxe Room for an overnight stay or day use

- Breakfast Buffet for 2 persons

- Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine when dining at the Grand Buffet Dinner or enjoy 25% off our Grand Buffet Dinner

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A Sweet Love Story on a “Tree - House”

A detectable candlelit night out filled with roses, indulge in the irresistible flavors of premium culinary cuisine at the unique rooftop dining space.

- Set Menu: VND1,400,000++/pax, 5 courses featuring Duck Breast Stuffed With Foie Gras Served With Melon Salad In Honey Sauce, Grilled Lobster In Orange Butter Sauce, Baked Tenderloin In Apple Sauce...

- Buffet dinner: VND1,600,000++/pax dinner with more than 120 amazingly delicious dishes. Full of choices from fresh seafood such as lobsters, oysters, crabs…to an array of mouthwatering international dishes, freshly made soups, salads and even dim sum.

Price includes free flow of soft drinks

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Special Valentine Menu prepared by Chef Thierry Mounon

Price: VND1,990,000++/person (violin players during dinner)

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Christmas specials in Vietnam

By: Quang Mai

Christmas specials in Vietnam

With so many restaurants and hotels running Christmas specials, it’s hard to find the perfect one for your tastes. To help you along with your decision, City Pass Guide has accumulated a list of some of the tastiest venues to go for your Christmas holiday meal.

They fill up quite fast so it’s recommended to book your reservation in advance.

Club Opera Novel

One of the only places in Hanoi with an exclusively Vietnamese themed-menu with an option of free flow sparkling wine.

17 Trang Tien 04 3972 8001
Click to see details

Fortuna Hotel

The chef’s own 4-course set dinner showcasing the finest ingredients.

6B Lang Ha st. 04 3831 3333
Click to see details

Hotel L’Opera

An international buffet will delight your tastebuds while traditional Christmas songs are played live in the background.

29 Trang Tien 04 6282 5555
Click to see details

Mercure Hotel

Two different menus for Christmas Day and Eve are available and children under four eat for free.

94 Ly Thuong Kiet 04 3944 7766
Click to see details

Silk Path Hotel

A family friendly five course dinner with entertainment such as interactive games, a clown and magician along with an appearance by Santa Clause.

195-199 Hang Bong o4 3266 5555
Click to see details


A sophisticated French inspired six course Christmas Eve dinner makes Camargue one of the most sought after dinners in town.

74/7D Hai Ba Trung st. District 1 08 3520 4888
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Grand Hotel

Choose from a BBQ rooftop buffet or a Christmas Gala buffet complete with gifts, a magic performance and a lucky draw.

8 Dong Khoi District 1 08 3915 5555
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Hogs Breath

Not content to only having your Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve? If not then head to Hog’s Breath where a Holiday Set Dinner runs from the 15th of December to the 25th.

2 Hai Trieu st. District 1 08 3915 6066
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Hotel Equatorial

Enjoy your Christmas buffet while being serenaded with carols with a real Christmas tree in the background.

242 Tran Binh Trong (08) 3839 7777
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La Brasserie De Saigon

A four course Christmas dinner featuring a glass of sparkling wine and fresh seafood awaits you at Le Brasserie De Saigon.

38 Dong Du 08 6291 3657
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La Cuisine

Take in a five course Christmas Eve dinner at this Miele guide listed restaurant.

48 Le Thanh Ton District 1 08 2229 8882
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La Villa

Violin and guitar players entertain while you feast on a six course dinner.

14 Ngo Quang Huy St District 2 08 3898 2082
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Monsoon Restaurant

A very Asian Christmas set dinner complete with a glass of sparkling wine.

1 Cao Ba Nha District 1 08 6290 8899
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My Place

Choose from a three course lunch or five course dinner for Christmas.

195 Dien Bien Phu District 3 08 3829 8301
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New World Hotel

A plethora of festive events for the holiday season including special room rates and private parties.

76 Le Lai District 1 08 3822 8888
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Renaissance Riverside Hotel

Dine at 21 floors or have a cozy gathering of friends on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

8-15 Ton Duc Thanh District 1 08 3822 0033
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Sofitel Saigon Plaza

There are options galore at the Sofitel Saigon with buffet and set menu options. Also celebrate at home with the “french touch” menu available for delivery.

17 Le Duan District 1 08 3824 1555
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StarCity Saigon Hotel

Enjoy the festive holiday with an abundant seafood buffet and unlimited Tiger beer and soft drinks. Book early and get a 15 percent discount.

144 Nguyen Van Troi Phu Nhuan District 1 08 3999 8888
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A special French-Vietnamese buffet with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine at Vatel.

120Bis Suong Nguyet Anh st District 1 08 5404 2220
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Wine and Brandy Bar

A five course dinner with paired wine suggestions for the wine lover.

38 Dong Khoi District 1 08 3829 3968
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Le Bouchon De Saigon

Enjoy Christmas dinner at the friendly casual French bistro with homemade foie gras and Christmas turkey.

40 Thai Van Lung District 1 083 829 9263
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Mui Ne Unique Resort – Mui Ne

Enjoy a beachside BBQ buffet for Christmas at Mui Ne Unique Resort. Dancers, musicians and an international DJ will provide entertainment along with a special appearance by Santa!

20 B Nguyen Dinh Chieu 062 374 1617

Call for details

Guava – Nha Trang

Enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner with roast turkey with all the trimmings for VND400,000/person.

17 Biet Thu 058 3524 140

Call for details

Kozak Mamay - Vung Tau

Celebrate a quiet Christmas eve in traditional Russian style with a traditional goose and all the trimmings

06-07 H3, Nguyen Tri Phuong

084 356 3776

Top 5 dishes to eat in Hanoi

By: Vinh Dao

Hanoi is a foodie’s paradise offering plenty of cheap yet delicious eats. Heartier and indicative of the cooler temperatures of the north, the nuanced flavours of Hanoi cuisine can be a welcome relief to it’s brash cousin to the south. Nowhere is this more indicative than in the Old Quarter. The maze like streets are crammed with makeshift stalls and storefronts that offer one or two dishes handed down from generation to generation. They have spent years perfecting these dishes so when you sit down on that little plastic blue chair, take whatever they give you. You won’t be disappointed.
We have listed five must eat dishes while in Hanoi.

Bun Cha Hanoi

Bun Cha Hanoi

You will probably smell this dish before you see it.  Sliced pork along with seasoned pork patties are grilled over hot coals and served in a sweet and salty sauce. It is served with a garnish of fresh herbs, noodles, chopped chili and garlic. Beware, once you have this dish, it will haunt your dreams. Local insight: Grab a side of Nem Cua Be, crab spring rolls that are traditionally served with this dish.

Pho Bac

Pho Bac Hanoi Top 5 Dishes Must Eat

You can’t mention Vietnamese food without mentioning the country’s national dish, pho. The pho in Hanoi is very different from the pho from the South. Pho Bac  is beefier and tends to be cleaner tasting than it's southern kin, Pho Nam.
Local insight: Less is more with Pho Bac so don’t dilute the taste of the broth with extra condiments.

Banh Cuon

Banh Cuon Hanoi Top 5 Dishes to Eat

Traditionally served as breakfast, this rice crepe is filled with minced pork, wood ear mushrooms and chopped onion. Garnish can consist of fried shallots, fresh basil, beansprouts and steamed pork pate. Served on the side is the obiquitous nuoc cham dipping sauce.
Local insight: Though traditionally served for breakfast, this is also popular late night snack.

Cha Ca La Vong

Cha Ca La Vong Hanoi - Vietnam Food

Served in a skillet, this fish dish combines tumeric, a heavy dose of dill, fish sauce and shrimp paste to create a flavourful dish that is nuanced yet bold in taste. Typical of Vietnamese cuisine, the fish is only a part of the equation with noodles, fresh herbs and nuoc cham sauce rounding out the dish.
Local insight: The shrimp paste can be a bit strong and most restaurants will omit it in the preparation if you don’t care for it.

Xoi Xeo

Xoi Xeo Hanoi Delicious

Photo Source: Hanh Le - Tue Vien

This dish combines yellow sticky rice with ground mung bean and fried onion. Traditionally served for breakfast and lunch, some Hanoi stalls serve this as an afternoon snack.
Local insight: Some stalls serve this dish with steamed eggs or shredded chicken breast

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By: Quang Mai

Our writer makes you discover his top 3 Vietnamese soups you must try if you travel to Vietnam.

In my opinion, one of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the discovery of new cuisines. I guess that’s why I always gain weight during my holiday. Having traveled across Vietnam, I have tasted and discovered many new cuisines which I consider not-to-be-missed. I believe that traveling independently is perfect for me. If I took a package tours which usually has set menus for meals, I would never discover the different tastes (even unpleasant ones) of special local dishes.

My favorite type of soups are the sour ones because they are said to be cooling during hot weather in tropical countries like Vietnam. Furthermore, they are especially nutritious and refreshing. Here are my top 3 Vietnamese soups:

Catfish and Vegetable Sour Soup (Canh chua cá bông lau) - South Vietnam :

Thanks to a wealth of vegetables, this sour fish soup is very colorful. The sour taste comes from tamarind and indian taro, okra, spring onions, along with herbs bring out the taste of the catfish.

The same recipe and process can go with many types of ray-finned fish but Catfish is much better than others. The soup only contains the head and tail of the fish and is served with an array of vegetables and flavorings. The rest of the fish is usually served in combination with the soup on the side so you can experience the combinations of different flavours in one meal. It is usually served simply on a side dish with fish sauce or gets caramelized and served in a clay pot. The tastes will last for a long time in your palate so prepare to drink much water during and after the meal.

Do not feel distraught when you only see the head and the tail in the bowl of soup. The restaurant includes them on purpose. It may look weird to westerners unfamiliar with Vietnamese cuisine but this is the way canh chua is done in the south. This happened to Charly, City Pass's marketing manager. On his first time seeing a fish head in his "canh chua", he complained to the restaurant because he thought they didn’t have any fish fillets to put in the soup so they put in what they had left. But in fact, locals consider the head to be the best part of this soup.

I will recommend you to try this one first if the trio are placed up at the same time. But hey, don’t think that I am region-biased. It is said that this is the traditional dish that welcomes travelers to southern locales, so it’s worth it to have this soup first.

Sour Bamboo Shoot Soup (Canh măng chua) - Central Vietnam:

Sour Bamboo Shoot Soup

Fish also features in this soup, but light sour flavor complements due to the pickled salted bamboo shoots. A bit of green onions and dill are added and the soup is served with raw vegetables. This soup is very healthy.

Carp is usually served with this soup to make a perfect combination of sweet from the fish and salty and light sourness from the bamboo shoots. The soup has a light sour taste which makes it different from the strong flavours of the Southern version which definitely puts your taste buds at ease.

Mussel Soup (Canh chua hến) - North Vietnam

Mussel Soup

A species of small freshwater mussel found on lake-and river-bottoms is used to make this tasty soup. After being cleaned, the tiny mussels are removed from their shells and cooked with tamarind. Spring onions and various herbs add to the sweet and sour flavor.

Mussels aren’t as expensive as fish but in term of taste, they bring a very special flavour to anyone who has not tried them before. The mussels are fried with garlic and other spices until the flavours meld together. Then the mussels are poured into a sour broth of carambola or green banana. Though it has a light sour taste, the inherent sweetness of the mussels make this soup different than the others in the country.

These are my top three Vietnamese Soups, are you ready to try one of them? Share me your top 3 so that I can put on my "must try" list for my next holiday!

Why Is Food So Cheap in Vietnam?

By: Arik Jahn

A bánh mì for VND15,000? A coffee for VND15,000? If you’re on a budget, look no further than Vietnam! Prices for food and drinks, as well as the general cost of living, are so unbeatably cheap that Vietnam was recently named the world’s most affordable country for foreigners. And the best part is: you’ll eat well!

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Accommodation, transport, sightseeing, food and drinks… budget tourism site Price of Travel has recently estimated a backpacker’s daily expenses in Hanoi at VND500,000. That’s less than the entrance fee to visit the Tower of London—in pounds!

Online institution Numbeo estimates that the cost of living in Vietnam is 45.71 percent lower than in the US.

Food makes up a good part of this. The usual Saigonese office lunch, for instance, offers a range of local specialities from cơm tấm to hủ tiếu at VND35,000, often including a soup as a starter and a small dessert. While portions are not US-sized, this three-course meal does fill you up; and it is delicious!

If you think these bargains are limited to street food, think again. Even more sophisticated eateries up to Vietnam’s dining temples are highly affordable compared to international prices. For local fare, you’ll rarely pay more than VND250,000 per dish.

One simple question arises:

Why Is Food in Vietnam So Cheap?

Vietnamese Food Is Inexpensive by Nature

Vietnamese cuisine is fresh and light in character. Following a deeply rooted food philosophy that aims at harmonising yin and yang through nutrition, nearly all Vietnamese dishes perfectly balance out greens and vegetables, proteins and carbohydrates. Portions are not humongous like in other parts of the world, but stomach-filling.

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The recipes, on the other hand, have often been passed down from previous generations who lived a simple life, relying heavily on locally sourced ingredients you’ll find on pretty much any street market at prices that truly amaze.

A 10-pack of eggs merely puts you back VND25,000. You could easily buy a whole bagful of vegetables like carrots or local greens, or fruits like bananas or passion fruits and not spend more than VND60,000. And a country with a coastline of 3,440 kilometres is never short of the freshest and cheapest seafood.

Nature is so kind to abundantly provide Vietnamese gastronomy with everything it needs. A trip to the Mekong Delta is enough to understand just how rich and fertile the Vietnamese soil is. This country is quite simply a food paradise on earth!

Cheap Work = Cheap Food

Another reason for the cheap food prices is the same as for the affordability of life in Vietnam in general: wages are rising, but still low on an international scale. Consequently, the labour cost that goes into your lunch is considerably lower than in other countries, which beats down the prices and also creates a demand for reasonably priced food. If you earn VND4 millions per month, you won’t spend more than a dollar or two on your daily eating. So there are also vendors who cater to that demand.

Check the video below for cheap and tasty street food under $1 in Saigon:

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A Lack of Food Safety?

Lastly, there’s also a downside to the spectacular prices: food safety is not Vietnam’s strong suit. Paying less attention to hygiene ultimately means a lower cost. The main problems are the use of pesticides, lack of refrigeration and insufficient storage systems, as well as hygiene violations during food processing and cooking.

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While any consumer in Vietnam should keep this in mind, it would be wrong to distrust the whole industry—and even more wrong to refrain from indulging in all the goodness offered on the street side! Just use your common sense. If a place looks dirty or obviously lacks proper hygiene standards, don’t go. Well-frequented street vendors and restaurants are usually safe.

Eating Well

The good news is: Vietnam—and especially its urban centres Hanoi and Saigon—gives you all the options. If you want to have lunch for VND20,000, you’ll find that. If you’re willing to pay top prices for top-quality international fare, you’ll also find that, cheaper than in many other countries. However, the best choice is, as so often, the happy medium.

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Vietnam has plenty of mid-range street restaurants that are fixed in a house or on a street corner. Prices hover around VND30,000-70,000 per dish, food quality is good and the taste is to drop to your knees for. And after all, three dollars for a full-blown, savoury meal is not too bad, is it?

So do look out for those charming little bún chả or cơm tấm, cao lầu or bún bò Huế, mì quảng or bánh xèo places that get crowded at lunch- and dinnertime. This is where you’ll truly experience the culinary genius of Vietnam’s multifaceted, healthy and flavour-bursting cuisine.

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