What's New in Vietnam

Si Hoang Show Highlights the Beauty of Ao Dai
activities - Saigon/HCMC

When you think of Vietnam, a few things probably come to mind: motorbikes, pho and, of course, the a...

Teaching That Which Can’t be Taught
Health - Saigon/HCMC

Rather than traditional book learning, being ‘educated’ first means learning professiona...

Exploring the Mekong Delta: A Travel Guide to Ben Tre
Blogs - Mekong

Just a short three-hour coach ride from Ho Chi Minh City (or a two-hour hair-rising motorbike ride i...

Delving into Saigon’s Food Scene
food - Saigon/HCMC

We all agree that Vietnam is a land of opportunity at the moment, and we see restaurants, bars and c...

Get a Taste of Belgium at the Belgian Beer Festival 2017
drink - Saigon/HCMC

When you think of Belgium, what comes to mind? Beer, of course! In Belgium, people take beer as seri...

How Employee Wellness Can Boost Your Business
Working - Saigon/HCMC

A healthy workforce is a productive workforce. In the USA, some 80 percent of companies have employe...

The Hottest Trends in HCMC’s Real Estate Market
Real Estate - Saigon/HCMC

The Big Role of Real Estate in HCMC’s Economy Real estate development and Ho Chi Minh City&rs...

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...

Government Orders Street Art Venue 3A Station to Close
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

“[W]e are very sorry to say that our company has received a notice from the authorities to cea...

Government to Tentatively Legalise Gambling for Vietnamese
Daily News - Vietnam

For the first time in Vietnamese history, Bloomberg reported, local residents above the age of 21 an...

Coffee Shops and Stores to Be Banned from Saigon’s 42 Nguyen Hue
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

In two weeks 42 Nguyen Hue, one of Saigon's top coffee shop spots, will return to what it had b...

City Officials Support Plans for 15,000 Hectare ‘New City’ in Cu Chi
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

Authorities have added a new mega-project to Saigon’s already-ambitious city planning. Accordi...

Vietnam Names 11 Officials Responsible for the Formosa Scandal
Daily News - Vietnam

Do you remember the Formosa scandal? In April 2016, Formosa Ha Tinh Steel, a unit of the Taiwanese ...

Major Tan Son Nhat Expansion to Be Carried out This Year
Daily News - Saigon/HCMC

Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport is notorious for being overloaded in eve...

Yellow Claw @ Envy Club

Friday, 14th April, 2017 ENVY Club is proud to bring you Yellow Claw, one of the most talented DJ...

Sherwood Residence - Hearth Hour

Saturday, 15th March, 2017 The Sherwood Residence is doing its part in the global climate change aw...

Air 360 Sky Lounge - April Fool's Party

Saturday, 1st April, 2017Here comes the most interesting holiday and do you have any plans to celebr...

Chill Skybar - Pre-Easter Day Party

Saturday, 15th April, 2017 In the atmosphere to celebrate Easter Season, We invite the party-goers ...

Chill Skybar - King Royal Party

Thurday, 6th April, 2017 If you are fan of Singer ST.365, the King Royal Party at the Chill Skybar ...

Chill Skybar - April Fool’s Day

Saturday, 1st April, 2017 Do you have any plans for the April Fool’s Day? On this interestin...

Caravelle Hotel Saigon - Earth Hour

March 25th, Caravelle Saigon joins others around the world to show its commitment to protect the pla...

Alaskan Salmona la Italiana @ R&J Italian Lounge and Restaurant

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

Wild Alaskan Salmon @ Cafe Cardinal

Through April 2017 Café Cardinal is delighting your senses with a selection of imported wil...

Easter Sunday @ The Reverie Saigon

CAFÉ CARDINAL Café Cardinal offers an Easter Sunday Brunch of French and regional del...

Imperial Birds Nest Specialties @ The Royal Pavilion

Through April 2015 The Royal Pavilion is presenting a gourmet offering of Imperial Birds Nest Speci...

Complementary massage @ The Spa at The Reverie Saigon

From April until 30th June, 2017 The Spa at The Reverie Saigon will be offering your choice of comp...

Linner Special Promotion

Starting in March, you can now enjoy 3 hours of free flow champagne and seafood on EVERY FIRST SATUR...

Sorae - Revamped Snack Menu

Something exciting is brewing at Sorae every night! We are proud to present our REVAMPED snack ...


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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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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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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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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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