Measles Outbreak in HCMC

By: City Pass Guide

Several cases of measles have appeared in Ho Chi Minh City in recent days, in the context of an epidemic in Vietnam.

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection. Transmission is mainly by air.

The virus is transmitted either directly to a patient or sometimes indirectly because of the persistence of the virus in the air or on a surface contaminated by nasopharyngeal secretions.

Clinical signs

After exposure to the virus, the onset of a rash manifests after a delay of 14 days on average (7 to 18 days).

The invasion phase lasts 2 to 4 days and is marked by the appearance of a fever at 38.5°C, respiratory signs (cough, rhinitis, conjunctivitis) accompanied by a general malaise with abnormal physical weakness or lack of energy.

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The rash lasts 5-6 days. The contagious phase begins the day before the appearance of the first respiratory signs and extends until 5 days after the onset of the eruption.

Complicated forms are more common in patients less than 1-year-old and over 20 years old.

The leading cause of death is pneumonia in children and acute encephalitis in adults (about 1 case per 1000).

Prevention and vaccination

In infants and children, the immunization schedule includes a first dose of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine at 12 months of age and a second dose before the age of 2 years.

A vaccine catch-up (total of 2 doses of triple vaccine) is recommended for all persons over 24 months of age and born since 1980.

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More: Schedule of vaccinations and vaccination recommendations according to the opinion of the High Council of Public Health.

Quarantine of the patient is recommended throughout the contagious period, ie up to 5 days after the onset of the eruption.
The vaccine catch-up, as recommended above, performed within 72 hours after contact with a case can prevent the occurrence of the disease in the vaccinated.

What are the recommendations?

Only vaccination prevents the occurrence of measles.

- Check your vaccination record. Immunization with 2 doses of the MMR vaccine is recommended to anyone born since 1980, or in the absence of a personal history of measles.

If there is no vaccination or incomplete vaccination, consult your doctor.

- In case of contagion with a patient presenting with a measles diagnosis, or in case of fever associated with respiratory signs and/or rash, consult your doctor.

For further information, here is the reference page of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs:

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5 Ways to Stay Healthy in Saigon

By: City Pass Guide

Antoine Yvon, Head Nutritionist at CMI, tells us five ways to stay healthy in Ho Chi Minh City.

1. Do NOT Wear a Mask

It has almost become a cultural matter in Vietnam, but wearing a mask is actually making things worse. With a mask you are in hyperventilation, you breathe more, which increases the volume of air you inhale. This in turn exposes your lungs to more harmful particles. Masks also require you to breathe too much carbon dioxide, which is not good for your blood, your body’s acidity or your brain. It is better to get a bit of dust in your face (your bronchus and your nose have cilia and mucus that protect you against it) than breathe and re-breathe grubby air. However, if you still feel more protected by wearing a mask, you can always buy a carbon industrial mask that will protect you against micro-particles.

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2. Banish Industrial Seasoning and Sauces

If you do not know what the sauce is made of, avoid it. Except the real soy sauce or nuoc mam, most seasonings in restaurants contain a lot of sodium (from salt or glutamate), sugar and oil, as well as a huge quantity of food additives (colouring, flavouring, among others). All together, these ingredients create a cocktail that’s not very healthy for you. Even the more classical sauces (ketchup, mayonnaise, sriracha, peanut sauce) are not really healthy. Be light with sauces and seasonings, and rarely use them.

3. Drop your Screens, Move and Bounce

Tablets, smartphones, TVs, computers. They’re everywhere. Raise your head and look up, move around your street, your district, your city and even the country. The human brain is the biggest of all primate brains because our very far ancestors stood up on their feet and increased their territory. By this behaviour, they also enhanced their energy expenditure. The need-to-move feeling is in our genes. It does not come from your dietitian or training coach, but from your inner nature. However long you’ve lived in Vietnam, there is always a new place to visit, even more so right here in Saigon.

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4. Turn Down your Air Con

You live in a hot country but you breathe cold, dry air from your air con every day. It’s like wearing a cap on sunny days, isn’t it? Really, it is not the solution. The dry and cold air could affect your bronchus and your lungs, and when we start thinking about the bacteria and mold that may be in these uncleaned pipes, it’s easy to begin to understand the health risks.

A good way to use your air con is to always maintain a temperature not lower than 4-5°C compared to the temperature outdoors. It is enough to be comfortable, but not so low as to cause minor health problems. However, a fan is really the best way to go if you need to cool down.

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5. Be Careful with Alcohol and Diversify your Diet

Alcohol is extremely caloric (seven kilocalories per gram). A can of beer or a glass of wine are almost as caloric as a can of coke, and cocktails are even more energetic. If you have five to six drinks in a day then you’ve already reached the suggested daily intake (from 350 to 800 kilocalories). My advice is not to exceed 10 glasses of alcohol a week, and to alternate with a glass of water during your parties.

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Alcohol dehydrates you a lot, and to avoid being sick you should drink two times the volume of water that you’ve absorbed in alcohol. Drinks are not expensive in Vietnam, but your health’s value does not change. So be reasonable; you only have one life (and one liver).

The best way to avoid deficiency or chemicals, and to optimise nutrient consumption is to enjoy a variety of different cuisines. In other words, diversity is your best friend. Do not automatically turn towards healthy meals or superfood. Really, you do not need them that much. The marketing strategies are as strong in the food industry as they are on the side of healthy food, so be smart and do your own research.

Also, think about smart snacks. Avoid sugary foods and go for fresh fruits, raw nuts bread with grains and seeds with jam, cheese or peanut butter. For a balanced mental and physical life, gastronomic diversity is key!

Hoan My Sai Gon Hospital: Treatment with Respect

By: City Pass Guide

Hoan My Sai Gon Hospital was started in 1999 as the first private hospital in HCMC, and has since grown to become one of the most significant leaders in privatised healthcare.

Hoan My is a one-stop-shop hospital, due to the fact that they have highly qualified specialists in nearly every field, a vast and modernised range of imported medical equipment, and the staffing power to take care of every individual need of each patient.

VIP Package

Hoan My has just recently launched their premiere VIP medical facility on the 11th and 12th floors of their hospital in Phu Nhuan. Encapsulating the concept of a “Hotel Hospital”, this spotless, luxury healthcare unit adheres to international standards while providing ethical and cutting edge treatment for each patient. From the waiting room to the inpatient and outpatient areas, visitors are able to enjoy the comfort of a high-end hotel atmosphere. The lobby has carpeted floors, relaxing leather sofas and HD televisions to keep you occupied as your loved one receives meticulous, expert treatment. The inpatient and outpatient rooms also contain HDTVs, top of the line furnishings, and an ambiance that leaves you feeling calm. In case of immediate assistance, each room is equipped with an electronic call system for your convenience.

Unlike most hospitals, where you are relocated to different floors and sometimes even other hospitals for different procedures, the VIP wing is all-inclusive. You will not need to be transferred anywhere and any kind of treatment needed can be delivered on the same floor, saving you the hassle and headache of having to move around.

Patients also have the option to set up their appointments online and select the specialist of their choice; scrolling through the online profiles of each doctor gives patients the ability to overview their work experience and credentials. All doctors in the VIP area can speak English and visitors can feel comfort knowing there will not be a communication barrier.

Training and Staff

There are approximately 120 top doctors (many of whom are internationally trained) and 300 nurses currently employed at Hoan My Sai Gon. Doctors must have at least five years of working experience before being considered for employment and all specialists must have a PhD in their field, practical training and great competance in accordance with their degree. Nurses are also required to have a nursing degree or a certificate from nursing school, as well as undergo heavy-handed development courses in international patient Safety Goals.

Medical Technology

Having proper up-to-date medical technology is the key to providing international quality services, and this is one of the biggest advantages of having treatment at Hoan My Sai Gon. All their medical equipment is 100% imported and no more than four years old. Hoan My Sai Gon also has extensive cardiac and bypass equipment as this department undertakes a large number of patients with heart-related issues. An expert biomedical technology team is brought in to routinely check all equipment each month to ensure its proper function.

Patient Care

Quality patient care is the primary mission of Hoan My Sai Gon. For every one patient there are three staff members to assist each person in need. On average, patients will wait five minutes before they are initially seen by a professional. In lieu of avoiding overcrowding, doctors and nurses arrive before opening hours in order to assist people already waiting. They have also furnished their space with an above average volume of beds in order to keep patients comfortable as they await further treatment.

Quality Control

In order to attain the status of a premiere hospital, CEO Dr. Tram Em has implemented strict and comprehensive protocols that all employees must follow. Each week clinical audits are made; if standards are not met retraining will occur. Patient identification is another standardised process that inherently requires double and triple checking of personal health profiles of each visitor to avoid problems with allergies, bad medications or misdiagnosis. As a result of intuitive strategic management, Hoan My Sai Gon is able to provide complete support to every patient that visits their hospital, and the results clearly speak for themselves.

Contact information:



Hotline: +84 28 3995 9860

Phone booking: +84 28 3990 3995

Address: 60-60A Phan Xich Long, Phu Nhuan District

Traditional Medicine: Snake Oil or Miracle?

By: City Pass Guide

Once the preserve of the poor in Vietnam, Traditional Vietnamese Medicine [TVM] has taken on a new popularity amongst the middle and upper classes of Saigon.

People are returning to traditional medicinal roots in droves, keen to experience the combination of Western medicine and the ancient practices of their ancestors.

Witch Doctors or The Future of Medicine?

TVM practitioners may seem like witch doctors to some. The idea of an unqualified mystic talking about energy and using plants to cure disease is frequently dismissed (sometimes correctly) as absurd.

The reality is somewhat more complex. Modern TVM takes elements of Western medicine and incorporates them with the treatments practiced in Vietnam for centuries. This may seem quite contradictory. Practices such as acupuncture and herbalism are often labeled placebo-effect treatments rather than proper medicinal procedures.

However, to dismiss the potential benefits of TVM would be foolish. To understand this, consider aspirin. Present in the leaves of willow trees, aspirin has in one way or another been used for pain relief for over 2,400 years. In 1763, Scientist Edward Stone completed the first successful study on an extract of aspirin as a cure for fever. Credit has been given to Felix Hoffman, a scientist at Bayer for the first chemical synthesis of Aspirin in 1897.

Today aspirin is used to treat a huge variety of ailments, from headaches to heart conditions. All this from a leaf used through the millennia by herbalists who knew that certain plants had beneficial properties.

Modern TVM doctors are trained with rigorous discipline. As Le Hoang Son, Director of the Traditional Medicine Hospital explains (on behalf of his doctors), “To become a TVM doctor in Vietnam, a student needs seven and a half years to six year to study and 18 months to practice in hospital to get the license.”

Southern vs Northern TVM

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It’s important to make the distinction between souther TVM (Thuoc Nam) and northern TVM (Thuoc Bac), which is more akin to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).

Southern TVM, unlike northern TVM, is more based on the use of fresh herbs than reductions and tinctures. Primarily focused on herbalism, with a combination of plant-based cures and noninvasive procedures, it is somewhat more benign than its northern cousin. In extremely rare cases silkworms may be used, but plants are by far the most common medicinal source.

There is also a marked difference in the botany of the regions, with the plants of the north more similar to those found in China than the South, and some variance in the types of diseases experienced between regions.

The Godfather of Modern TV

If modern TVM - that is the combination of Western and traditional medicine - can be ascribed to anyone, it is probably Nguyen Van Be (or “Ong Ba Dat Phen”- meaning, roughly, “Man in the second position in the family on the Acid Land”).

“Ong Ba” fought in the American War. During his service he developed a fascination for herbalism as a solution to the lack of medicine in war-torn rural areas. Due to his interest in medicine, the government sent him to the North to study Western medicine. He studied hard, graduated with merit and returned to Ho Chi Minh City to continue his medical studies at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy. It was here that he began his studies in the capabilities of plants to cure snake poison, not a new concept but one which Ong Ba had been sceptical of until this point.

Hidden Risks of TVM's New-found Popularity

Modern TVM’s popularity amongst Vietnam’s middle and upper classes makes sense, it takes the best of both worlds and seems to be making great headway in delivering provable results.

However, this has led to less well-off Vietnamese getting their medical advice and treatment from pharmacies, which in turn has led to a rise in the use of antibiotics for even minor ailments. There are serious negative implications therein, such as an increase in bacterial resistance to antibiotics which, combined with a lack of funding for new antibiotics, could lead to a rise in antibiotic-resistant diseases.

TVM vs Western Medicine

While the empiricism and scientific processes behind Western medicine are central to their effectiveness, it is absurd to imagine that all alternative medicines are ineffective. Traditional remedies, if considered effective for the treatment of any ailment should be put through the rigours of Western empirical study to ascertain their effectiveness. With so many people dying of disease every day we should be doing more to finding cures in unorthodox areas.

Le Hoang Son explains: “Each type of medicine - Western and TVM - has its own advantages. Western medicine is good in acute diseases and surgery, while TVM has strong points in chronic diseases. Besides, [traditional medicinal] herbs were used for a long time and are popular ingredients in daily meals (ginger, garlic, etc.). Moreover, TVM has many non-drug treatments (acupuncture, acupressure, Yoga, and others) that are effective and affordable.”

By combining the disciplines of East and West, it is possible we could be able to cure any number of diseases. It may just require a little more cooperation and a little less cynicism.

What Hospital Should I Go to in Saigon?

By: Molly Headley

Our Healthcare Experts in Ho Chi Minh City

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On the left: Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong, Chief Medical Officer of Victoria Healthcare as well as a specialist in gastroenterology and hepatology
In the centre: Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon, Legal Representative and CEO of FV Hospital
On the right: Dr Nicolas Lagüe, Medical Director - General and Tropical Medicine - CMI (Centre Médical International)

Life is sweet in Ho Chi Minh City until something happens like an illness or an emergency that throws us into a panic. What hospital to go to? What doctor should I see? How can I pay for this?

Rather than jumping onto the expat forums to try to find answers to these hard questions, we asked these three experts to weigh in on where to go and what to do when every moment counts.

The Best Local and International Hospitals in Saigon for Emergencies

Where Do I Go if I Have an Accident (Motorbike or Other)?

FV Hospital; Cho Ray or Vinmec - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

The short answer is that you should go to the hospital that is closest to you in the event of an emergency and let them refer you if need be. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

Dengue Fever, Malaria or another Tropical Disease?

For hospitalizations: FVH; Cho Ray; Vinmec; Hospital of Medicine and Pharmacy University.

For consultations: CMI; FMP (Family Medical Practice); Raffles - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Go to a clinic nearby your home if it is out-patient. However, if you need to be hospitalised Vinmec in District 1 or FV in District 7 have good services. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong


It depends on the type of surgery but FVH, Hospital of Medicine and Pharmacy University are good choices - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Medical University; FV; VinMec International Hospital are all good for that. Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

*Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong also noted that in the case of stroke, patients should go to 115 Hospital or any other hospital nearby. Patients must have Embo Thrombosis therapy within four to six hours.

The Best Local and International Hospitals in Saigon for Chronic Illnesses

Heart Disease?

Heart Institute (D10); Cardiology Hospital Tam Duc (D10); FVH (D10, they have an interventional room for few months); Vinmec hospital - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

For Hypertension you should find a doctor near your home to monitor you regularly. In the case of a heart attack, the University Medical Hospital can do an emergency assist. Victoria Healthcare has a CT scan for heart attacks and can do an emergency assist but does not deal with thombolism. FMP in D1 and D2 do not have ECG machines, so they cannot diagnose a heart attack. If the patient needs to be admitted, they can go to Medical University or Tam Duc Cardiology Hospital because they can do a cardiac catheterization there. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong


FVH; Cho Ray; Hospital of Medicine and Pharmacy University - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Any Clinic of international standards. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

The Best Local and International Hospitals in Saigon for Diagnostic Medicine

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I recommend Dr Pierre Jaillot at FVH for a closed MRI or Vinmec has two open MRI machines - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

It depends on the case. For example, for pediatrics sedation is necessary to do an MRI. Pediatrics Hospital 1 and 2 are good choices. Vietnam Singapore Clinic on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai has an MRI machine for adult patients in D1. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

Internal Medicine?

FVH; FMP; CMI for some cases. - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Victoria Healthcare. I am the GI specialist there. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

The Best Local and International Hospitals in Saigon for Children and Women’s Health

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Where do I go for Pediatrics?

For Consultations: CMI; FMP/ For Hospitalisations or other: FVH; Cho Ray; VinMec. - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

For Consultations: Victoria Healthcare / For Hospitalisations or other: FV; VinMec; City Children’s Hospital - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

Gynecology and Maternity?

Gynecology: CMI; FVH; Hanh Phuc Hospital / Pregnancy: Hanh Phuc Hospital; CMI; FVH - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Gynecology: Victoria Healthcare / Maternity: Hanh Phuc; International OB-GY hospital; Từ Dũ Hospital -Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

The Best Local and International Hospitals in Saigon for Dental and Dermatology

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FVH; Stanford Skin Center - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FV Hospital - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Victoria Healthcare - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

Plastic or Reconstructive Surgery?

FVH - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FVH- Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Not much experience but FVH is a good choice. -Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong


Starlight; Maple Healthcare (Australian clinic); FVH- Dr Nicolas Lagüe

FVH- Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

West Coast for dental; Victoria Healthcare also does dental surgery. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

Frequently Asked Questions about How to Get Good Healthcare in Saigon as a Foreigner

When would you advise a patient to seek care outside of Vietnam?

When we cannot treat the disease in Vietnam. Question is too large. It depends on the disease. In the case of cancer, FV Hospital is a good place to start. But the patient might need an medevac or to go back to their country of origin. - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

On rare occasions, we do refer patients to Singapore for certain eye conditions that require complex surgery that we cannot perform at FV. Some very high-risk pregnancies are also referred to Singapore (especially when surgery on the newborn is foreseen). - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

We don’t usually refer the patient outside of Vietnam if it is an emergency. We will admit the patient and make a detailed review then decide if we need to refer the patient elsewhere. Some patients require a very high standard of service. It is not for the quality of treatment but for the service that they request to go overseas. Sometimes I send my patients with early cancer overseas for minimally invasive treatment. Usually,I refer them to Parkgroup in Singapore or National University Medical (NUH) in Singapore. I worked in Singapore before I came to Vietnam, so usually I refer my patients to a specific doctor not to a hospital. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

What advice would you give to foreigners seeking healthcare in Vietnam?

Check on internet forums for advice. Check on consulate websites for recommandations. - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

Honestly, if they want quality and serenity they should come to FV - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

First, to make sure they have insurance that covers outpatient. Second, they should choose a clinic that they know and try to find a regular family doctor that can give them advice whenever something happens. It is important to have someone that you can call if you need advice and a referral. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

What hospitals are only open to Vietnamese nationals (not foreigners)?

The new policy is to start opening departments to foreigners. We should see more Vietnamese hospitals such as Cho Ray, Hospital of Medicine and Pharmacy University, Heart Institute and Hospital Tam Duc, completely opening their doors to foreigners soon. - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

I don’t know of any hospital that is restricted to Vietnamese. - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Every district has their own hospital called a District hospital and there they don’t like to take in foreigners because they have limited space and experience. In an emergency, they will stabilise the foreign patient and then refer them to another hospital. These hospitals are required to receive all patients but then they try to refer foreign patients to another hospital. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

What hospitals can foreigners go to that are less expensive than an international hospital?

Cho Ray (but not always); Hospital of Medicine and Pharmacy University - Dr Nicolas Lagüe

All public hospitals are cheaper than the private ones. Second-tier hospitals like Hoan My or Anh Sinh are cheaper that first-tier hospitals like FV, VinMec or City International. - Dr Jean-Marcel Guillon

Saigon International Ob-Gyn Hospital is actually a local hospital but of very high quality; Van Hanh Hospital is good and is a good choice for foreigners. Some new hospitals have opened such as Hospital Tan Hung, which has quite a big facility in D7. Often the problem with foreigners going to local hospitals is that the doctors can’t speak much English. The facilities are good but it’s easier if you can speak Vietnamese. - Dr Nguyen Vinh Tuong

Ho Chi Minh City Emergency Numbers

Ho Chi Minh City Emergency Numbers







The Ultimate Guide to Clinics and Hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City

District 1 and Binh Thanh

International Clinics and Hospitals

Columbia Asia International Clinic - Saigon

8 Alexandre De Rhodes, Ben Nghe, District 1

+84 (28) 3823 8888

7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Columbia Asiana Gia Dinh Clinic

1 No Trang Long, Binh Thanh District

+84 (28) 3803 0678

Open 24 hours

HANH PHUC International Medical Building

97 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St, District 1

Tel: 19006765 or

+84 (28) 3925 9797

Call center: 19006765

Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

HCMC Family Medical Practice

34 Le Duan St., District 1

+84 (28) 3822 7848

Open 24 hours

Stamford Skin Centre

99 Suong Nguyet Anh, District 1

+84 (28) 3925 1990

Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sat: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sun: Closed

Victoria Healthcare

20-20BIS-22 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Dakao Ward, District 1

+84 (28) 3910 4545

Hotline: 19006576 (after business hours)

Mon-Sat: 7a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sun: 7 a.m. - noon

Vinmec International Hospital

208 Nguyen Huu Canh, Ward 22, Binh Thanh D.

+84 (28) 3622 1166

Open 24 hours

Westcoast International Dental Clinic

17-19-21 Ly Tu Trong, District 1

+84 (28) 3825 6999

Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sat - Sun: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Local Clinics and Hospitals (Minimum English Spoken. Best for patients who speak Vietnamese)

City Children’s Hospital 2

14 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe, District 1

+84 (28) 3829 5723

Open 24 hours

Ho Chi Minh City Medicine University Hospital

221B Hoang Van Thu, Ward 8, Phu Nhuan D.

+84 (28) 3844 2756

+84 (28) 3846 8938


Pediatrics Hospital 2

14 Ly Tu Trong St, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

+84 (28) 3829 8385

Open 24 hours

Saigon General Hospital

125 Le Loi, District 1

+84 (28) 3829 2071

+84 (28)3829 1711

7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Saigon International Ob-Gyn Hospital

63 Bui Thi Xuan, District 1

+84 (28) 3925 3619

+84 (28)3925 3625


District 2

International Clinics and Hospitals

Family Medical Practice (FMP)

95 Thao Dien, District 2

+84 (28) 3744 2000

Mon - Fri : 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sat : 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Sun : Closed

Starlight Dental Clinic

24 Thao Dien, District 2

+84 (28) 6282 8822

Mon - Sat: 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sun: Closed

Victoria Healthcare

*Coming Soon



Westcoast International Dental Clinic

27 Nguyen Ba Lan, Thao Dien, District 2

+84 (28) 3519 1777

Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sat - Sun: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

District 3 and Phu Nhuan

International Clinics and Hospitals

Centre Medical International (CMI)

30 Pham Ngoc Thach, District 3

+84 (28) 3827 2367

+84 (28) 3827 2366

7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Maple Healthcare (Chiropractic, Dental, Skincare)

107B Truong Dinh,Ward 6, District 3

+84 (28) 3930 0498

Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sat: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Sun: Closed

Phòng Khám Ung Bướu Vietnam Singapore Clinic

97 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Pham Ngu Lao, District 3

+84 (28) 3925 1155

Monday - Saturday

8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Raffles Medical Ho Chi Minh

167A Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St, District 3

+84 (28) 3824 0777

Open 24 hours

Starlight Dental Clinic

2 Bis International Square , Ward 6, District 3

+84 (28) 3822 6222

Mon - Sat: 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sun: Closed

Victoria Healthcare

135A Nguyen Van Troi Street, Phu Nhuan District

+84 (28) 3910 4545

Hotline: 19006576 (after business hours)

Mon-Sat: 7a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sun: 7 a.m. - noon

Local Clinics and Hospitals (Minimum English Spoken. Best for patients who speak Vietnamese)

An Sinh

10 Tran Huy Lieu, W.12, Phu Nhuan D.

+84 (28) 3845 7777

Open 24 hours

Hoan My Saigon Hospital

60-60A Phan Xich Long, W.1, Phu Nhuan D.

+84 (28) 3990 2468

Mon - Sat: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sun: 6:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Traditional Medicine Hospital

179 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ward 7, D.3

+84 (28) 3932 6579

Mon - Fri : 8 a.m. - 11:30 p.m./ 1p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sun: Closed

District 4 and 5

Local Clinics and Hospitals (Minimum English Spoken. Best for patients who speak Vietnamese)

An Binh hospital

146 An Binh St., District 5

+84 (28) 3923 4260

Open 24 hours

Cho Ray

201B Nguyen Chi Thanh, District 5

+84 (28) 3855 4137

Open 24 hours

Hospital of Medicine and Pharmacy University

215 - 217 Hong Bang, District 5

+84 (28) 3856 6154

Mon - Fri: 6:30am - 4:30pm

Sat: 6:30am - 11:30am

Sun: Closed

Hospital for Tropical diseases

764 Vo Van Kiet, District 5

+84 (28) 3923 5804

+84 (28) 3923 8704

Open 24 hours

Mental hospital of Ho Chi Minh City

766 Vo Van Kiet, District 5

+84 (28) 3923 4675

Mo- Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sat: 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Sun: Closed

Medical University Hospital Campus 2

201 Nguyen Chi Thanh, District 5

+84 (28) 3955 5548

Mon - Fri: 6am - 5pm

Sat: 6am - 12pm

Sun: Closed

Pham Ngoc Thach hospital

120 Hong Bang, District 5

+84 (28) 3855 0207

Open 24 hours

Traditional Medicine Hospital - Branch 2

218K Tran Hung Dao B, District 5

+84 (28) 3950 9891

Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sat: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

District 7

International Clinics and Hospitals

Franco-Vietnamese hospital (FVH)

6 Nguyen Luong Bang St, Tan Phu Ward, District 7

+84 (28) 5411 3333

Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm

Sat: 8am - 12pm

Sun: Closed

Victoria Healthcare

Broadway D Building, 152 Nguyen Luong Bang Street, District 7

+84 (28) 3910 4545

Hotline: 19006576 (after business hours)

Mon-Sat: 7a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sun: 7 a.m. - noon

Local Clinics and Hospitals (Minimum English Spoken. Best for patients who speak Vietnamese)

Cardiology Tam Duc Heart Hospital

4 Nguyen Luong Bang, Tan Phu, District 7

+84 (28) 5411 0025

Open 24 hours

Hospital Tan Hung

871 Tran Xuan Soan, Tan Hung, D.7

+84 (28) 3776 0648

Mon - Fri: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sat: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Sun: Closed

District 10 and Other Districts

Local Clinics and Hospitals (Minimum English Spoken. Best for patients who speak Vietnamese)

115 People’s Hospital

527 Su Van Hanh, W.12, District 10

+84 (28) 3865 4249

Open 24 hours

Heart Institute

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Staying Healthy When Dining Out

By: Nat Paolone

With such a variety of enticing food options coercing our palates into gluttony, eating healthy outside your home proves quite challenging.

Looking at the menu, densely packed with highly caloric, over-sized portions (which we have become accustomed to in our modern world) we succumb and gorge. Busy lifestyles and poor choices while eating out often lead to further weight gain. Let’s have a look at how we can better deal with this and make better choices at the restaurant.

Societal Pressure

Socio-economics definitely influence our food choices both in selecting a restaurant/cafe and what we decide to order. We like to “fit in,” and eat what our friends munch on.

We’ve all heard too often from friends and family, “Oh come on, just eat it! You only live once, it won’t kill you…” Seemingly when you choose to eat healthy, you may become the outcast among your friends. This compounds matters as striving for acceptance is human nature.

Why all the talk of sociological factors when we just want healthy eating tips? Because the challenge is largely psychological and habitual. Most of it is really common sense but unfortunately eating substandard food has simply become socially accepted.

Right then, let’s get into making some better nutritional choices.

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Local Food Suggestions

Vietnamese grilled fish and meats are ideal dishes, as well as soups and hot pots. Many Japanese and Korean restaurants around Saigon have solid, healthy choices in contrast to the majority of most Western menus offered throughout the city.

Next time you enjoy your favourite pho or bun bo, ask for less noodles in order to maximise your healthy diet. In regards to MSG, well, you know what it is, and we must accept that it’s nearly unavoidable when eating out in HCMC. Goi cuon (chicken spring roll), goi xoai (mango salad) and ca nuong la chuoi (grilled fish with banana leaf) are a few healthy Vietnamese options.

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Indian food doesn’t have to be heavy. Go for the tandoor chicken breast or lamb as long as you make sure to request it with no butter or cream. Choosing brown rice over naan is also another way to manoeuvre around the fattening dishes lingering at your table. When eating Italian, skip the primi and go straight for secondi.

Sugar and excess carbs are fundamentally problematic. Lower these and increase the veggies and proteins. For all the lovely vegetarians, choose protein rich beans and legumes. This is a challenge in Vietnam as most vegetarian restaurants do not include beans on the menu. Sure tofu is good, but this protein packed veggie has a long history of nutritional controversy.

Portion size is paramount. Share a pizza instead of having a whole one, as so many of us are carb junkies consuming these saccharides voraciously, reducing portions is the goal.

How Unhealthy is Alcohol?

Alcohol! The ultimate socially accepted evil. What? Nothing wrong with a few glasses of wine paired with your meal you say? Well, not exactly. Regarding weight gain, alcohol is more than a double whammy. This potion is broken down into acetate, which your body will use first for energy before anything else you eat or drink. Alcohol is metabolised, fat oxidation stops, weight gain may occur and slowed metabolism may result.

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An average glass of wine has 150 calories, and beer has about the same. People who drink alcohol with a meal often eat up to 30% more food, and considering the culture of pairing food and drink in HCMC, this may cause a problem for many.

Juices and Sodas

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Fruit juices are commonly thought to be a healthier choice over soda. Studies show that the effects on our bodies are virtually the same. According to a recent publication in the Nutrition journal, fruit juice has a fructose concentration of about 45.5 grams per litre, slightly less than the average of 50 grams per litre for sodas.

"The human body isn't designed to process [fructose] at such high levels. Fructose is processed almost entirely in the liver where it is converted to fat, which increases risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and liver disease,” says Michael Goran, Director of Childhood Obesity Center in Southern California.

Essentially sodas and fruit juices should be avoided altogether. Eat fresh fruit instead, which includes fibre, slowing down absorption of sugars and allowing the normal metabolism of fructose. As an alternative, drink lots of local fruit smoothies (like avocado) but without condensed milk or sugar. Try an avocado smoothie for healthy fats.

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” - Mark Twain