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Hanoia: Hanoi’s Temple to Traditional Crafts
Shopping - Ha Noi

Walking down Hang Dao in the centre of Hanoi’s Old Quarter both sides of the street are lined ...

Gyumaru Hamburg & Steak: American Cuisine Going Japanese
Dating - Saigon/HCMC

When you think of Japanese cuisine, a few things probably come to mind: clean-cut sushi, for example...

Design Meets Nature: A Wildlife Artist in HCMC
Education - Saigon/HCMC

Drawing is my lifelong hobby, and nature’s stories are my passion now. The two didn’t me...

ibis Saigon Airport: The First Choice for Business Travellers
Services - Saigon/HCMC

Most people think of airport hotels as having grungy carpets, questionable sheets and a nondescript ...

Where to Learn Martial Arts in HCMC
Activities - Saigon/HCMC

Not only in HCMC, self-defence has fast become one of the most popular ways to stay fit and healthy,...

IT in Vietnam: Students Desperately Needed!
Working - Saigon/HCMC

Vietnam is embracing technology with open arms, and the Vietnamese government has big plans to make ...

Technology in School: Why Your Children Need That Laptop
Education - Saigon/HCMC

Five years ago, when parents at Saigon South International School in Ho Chi Minh City’s Distri...

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...

Saigon’s Backpacker Street Bui Vien to Be Turned into a Pedestrian Zone
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

Saigon’s (in)famous backpacker street and nightlife hotspot Bui Vien is going to be a pedestri...

Admiring Liberation Fireworks @ Eon51
March 24, 2017 - May 1, 2017

April 30th, 2017, Forgetting all the worries this quickly growing city have developed in you just t...

Glow Thyself @ Eon51
March 21, 2017 - May 1, 2017

  April the 30th, 2017, The youngsters of Saigon are getting excited and ready to plan for th...

Remix Your Weekend @ The Grand Ho Tram Strip
March 20, 2017 - April 30, 2017

Is life getting just a little too normal? All a little mundane? Same old songs on the rotation? For ...

Food & Hotel Vietnam 2017: Latest Trends in the Food and Hospitality Industries
April 25, 2017 - yesterday

  From 25th to the 27th April 2017, The Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre’s 10,...

Caravelle Saigon - Spotlight on Michelin-Starred Chef Andrea Spagoni
March 12, 2017 - April 17, 2017

On the evenings of April 14, 15 and 16, the Italian-born Chef, Andrea Spagoni will prepare for the d...

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,...

April Concert @ Hanoi Opera & VNAM Grand Concert Hall
March 7, 2017 - May 1, 2017

In April 2017, It is our pleasure to present the concerts at Hanoi Opera House and VNAM Grand Conce...

Miss Di Mai @ Di Mai Restaurant
March 27, 2017 - Oct. 31, 2017

Wanna be Miss Di Mai with special prizes? 1 private cooking class for 4 persons 1 surprise chef ...

Reunification & Labor Day 2017 @ Tan My Design
March 26, 2017 - June 1, 2017

  From April 28th to May 31st 2017, For Reunification & Labor Day, Tan My Design giv...

 Promotion @ The Landmark Health Club
March 21, 2017 - June 30, 2017

Until June the 30th, 2017, Buy 6-months, get 1-month free. Buy 12-months, get 2-months free. Offe...

Easter Sunday Celebration @ The Reverie Saigon
March 12, 2017 - April 17, 2017

  April 16th, 2017, CAFÉ CARDINAL Café Cardinal offers an Easter Sunday Brunch...

New Vietnamese Menu @ Di Mai
March 10, 2017 - May 1, 2017

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

Summer Escape to Mui Ne
March 4, 2017 - Nov. 1, 2017

This Package Includes: Two-night stay in a Superior room for two adults and two children under 12...

Alaskan Salmona la Italiana @ R&J Italian Lounge and Restaurant
March 23, 2017 - April 30, 2017

Through April 2017 R&J Italian Lounge & Restaurant is introducing a refined dinner of fresh...

 

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PATRICIA MARQUES expert in: CORPORATE COFFEE EXPERT
CORPORATE COFFEE EXPERT
PATRICIA MARQUES

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
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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BENOIT PERDU expert in: MEKONG DELTA EXPERT
MEKONG DELTA EXPERT
BENOIT PERDU

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 expert in: OYSTER EXPERT
OYSTER EXPERT
VO TIEN CUONG

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
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 expert in: REAL ESTATE EXPERT
REAL ESTATE EXPERT
MAURO GASPAROTTI

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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ELLEN THOMPSON expert in: EDUCATION EXPERT
EDUCATION EXPERT
ELLEN THOMPSON

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
TEA EXPERT
TAO HO

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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