Best Places to Spend Christmas & New Year in Saigon 2020

By: Laura Hill

One of the Best Bars in the World?

A touch of Christmas magic!

Saigon’s Best Rooftop?

With Christmas suddenly upon us after what has surely been the longest year ever, you’d be forgiven for not having made plans for the big day yet! Luckily for you, CityPass Guide and #iAMHCMC have been putting in the leg work and researching the best places to spend Christmas and New Year in Saigon.

Whether you’re looking for a 5-star festive feast or a casual Christmas Dinner, we’ve got a selection of options to ensure a very merry Christmas, plus a variety of New Year party destinations that are sure to kick off 2021 in style!

Caravelle Saigon

19 - 23 Lam Son Square, District 1

Christmas has always been a special time of year at the Caravelle, as the historic hotel first opened its doors on Christmas Eve in 1959! 61 years later and the celebrations are still as stylish as ever. This year you can enjoy either a spectacular Christmas Buffet at the flagship restaurant Nineteen, or a sumptuous Christmas Eve Dinner at award-winning Reflections Restaurant.

christmas and new year in SaiGonImage source: Caravelle Saigon

On New Year’s Eve, Reflections Restaurant will not only offer beautiful views over the Opera House, but a stunning six course Gala Dinner, whilst up on the rooftop Saigon Saigon provides a less formal, but no less spectacular venue to see in the new year, with a drinks and canapes package available for VND 990,000++ per person.

For full details of all Christmas and New Year Events at Caravelle Saigon contact Caravelle Festive Counter on (84) 28 3824 7155 or (84) 906 900 523 or email festive.desk@caravellehotel.com

The Deck

38 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, District 2

Moving from rooftop to riverside, The Deck is a beautiful location for a leisurely, yet sophisticated Christmas on New Year celebration. With the option of arriving at ‘one of the best bars in the world’ by boat, The Deck certainly offers plenty of opportunity to celebrate in style. A seafood and Champagne brunch is available between 23rd and 30th December, and with spectacular Set Menus specially prepared for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve (VND 1,850,000++ per person) , The Deck is certainly a strong contender for best venue for the festive season.

christmas and new year in SaiGonImage source: The Deck

For full details of all Christmas and New Year Events at The Deck Saigon click here, call 84 (028) 3744 6632 or email info@thedecksaigon.com

Hotel Des Arts Saigon

76 - 78 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 3

A perpetual contender for the title of Best Brunch in Saigon, it is no surprise that Social Club at Hotel Des Arts is also in the running for the title of Best Christmas Dinner in Saigon too!

With a 5-Course Set Menu Dinner (VND 1,688,000++ per person) with the option of a wine pairing being served on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, a spectacular ‘Festive Epic Brunch’ including free flow Tattinger Champagne on December 27th (VND3,400,000++ per person) and a New Year’s Eve Champagne Brunch (VND 3,888,000++ per person) served, unsurprisingly, on New Years Eve, it might just be worth moving in to Hotel Des Arts for the festive period. 

christmas and new year in SaiGonImage source: Hotel Des Arts

With Saigon Kitchen Restaurant also offering a traditional Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Lunch, complete with a visit from Santa, Hotel Des Arts also has a shout at claiming the crown for best place for a family Christmas in Saigon.

For full details of all festive events at Hotel Des Arts click here, call (+84) 28 3989 8888 or email h9231@accor.com

Mekong Merchant

23 Thao Dien, District 2

A regular haunt for Thao Dieners, Mekong Merchant may not have the wow-factor of a 5 star hotel, but if you are looking for a comfortable, affordable and fuss free Christmas Dinner, ‘M.M.’ must be considered one of the best options in the city. 

christmas and new year in SaiGonImage source: Mekong Merchant

If you are looking for an option that allows some flexibility in regards to what you eat, but would prefer a sit down dinner rather than a buffet, Mekong Merchant’s Christmas Day menu, is certainly worth considering. Starting at VND 690,000+ per person for two courses, Mekong Merchant is certainly more affordable than many options, and if Turkey doesn’t float your boat, you can choose from Salmon, Beef Wellington or Pumpkin Involtini for your main, and from Traditional Christmas Pudding, Pavlova or Christmas Parfait for dessert.

Continuing the theme of being totally flexible, the choice to add a starting sharing platter and wine package, or free flow package is also available on the day.

For full details of all festive events at Mekong Merchant click here, call (+84) 028 3744 7000 or email info@mekongmerchant.com

Intercontinental Saigon

Corner Hai Ba Trung St. & Le Duan Blvd, District 1

Another hotel, yes. Another budget busting buffet, perhaps not! Basilico at Intercontinental Saigon may not offer a traditional turkey dinner, but with an abundance of exquisite festive treats including veal, salmon, beef, cold cuts and cheeses being served alongside Prosecco, house wines, beers and soft drinks, the Christmas Eve Dinner (1,390,000++ per person) and Christmas Day Brunch (1,500,000++ per person) are certainly worth considering. 

christmas and new year in SaiGonImage source: Intercontinental Saigon

If you simply cannot call it Christmas without a slice of turkey, Market 39’s buffet has got you covered. This may also be a great choice for anyone with children who need to let off some steam before going to bed on Christmas Eve as Market 39 is offering balloon modelling, a magic show and a visit from Santa in addition to a delicious Yuletide buffe on the big night! I’m tired just thinking about it!

For full details of all festive events at Intercontinental Saigon click here, call (+84) 28 3520 9999 or email saigon@icsaigon.com

N21

21 Ngo Thoi Nhiem, District 3

With a reputation for serving up one of the best Sunday Roasts in Saigon, N21 was bound to be a strong contender for best Christmas Dinner. With a focus on sourcing responsibly produced and sustainable ingredients of the highest quality, N21 not only promises to serve up a fantastic festive feast, but a side of guilt-free indulgence too! 

christmas and new year in SaiGonImage source: N21

Available on December 24th and 25th, N21’s 3-course Christmas Feast Menu (VND 850,000k per person) definitely ticks the boxes for a traditional European style Christmas Dinner. Duck fat potatoes, creamed brussel sprouts, honey glazed carrots all appear, as do pork chipolatas and smoked bacon, which, for many people, is what makes Christmas the most wonderful time of the year. 

With Mulled Wine also being included in the menu, N21’s mouthwatering menu has a good chance of being considered the most authentic and traditional option for Christmas dinner in the city.

For full details of all festive events at N21 click here, call 028 3930 0840 or email booking@n21saigon.com

Park Hyatt Saigon

2 Lam Son Square, District 1

In addition to offering the usual festive buffets and set menus that you would expect from a top hotel, Park Hyatt Saigon is also offering two rather unusual events this Christmas that may just make it the best place for anyone looking to enjoy the magic of the Christmas season, young or old!

Magic at The Park is the first and only private magic show series in Vietnam, and provides opportunity for families to enjoy a uniquely magical experience this Christmas. Combining magic, the funfair spirit and the joys of the festive season, this limited period performance is certainly an exciting addition to the Christmas calendar in Saigon.

If you prefer your magic to come with a side of gastronomy, Le Petit Chef will also be spending Christmas at Park Hyatt Saigon. Combining cutting edge 3D technology with an authentic fine dining experience, Le Petit Chef is sure to delight diners regardless of their age. However, with the Le Petit Chef Festive Edition with Wine Pairing Package priced at 6,500,000 VND++ per person, this package may need to be a Christmas gift for someone very special!

christmas and new year in SaiGonImage source: Park Hyatt Saigon

For full details of all festive events at Park Hyatt Saigon click here or call the Festive Desk on +84 9 6269 0471 or email saigon.festive.desk@hyatt.com

R&J Italian Lounge & Restaurant

The Reverie Saigon (level B1), 22-36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1

For anyone looking for a peaceful, intimate place to enjoy Christmas or New Year, R&J Italian Lounge & Restaurant is an excellent option. An air of calm sophistication greets all who walk through the doors and with a dress code and no admittance of children under 12 policy, R&J is certainly a venue that offers an alternative to the boisterous festivities that are par for the course at many other venues.

christmas and new year in SaiGonImage source: R&J Italian Lounge & Restaurant

On 24th and 25th December, a 5-course dinner (VND 2,888,000 ++ per person) featuring the exquisite Italian fare for which R&J is well known will be served between 6pm and 10pm and on New Year’s Eve the Felice Anno Nuovo menu (5- courses with wine pairing VND 4,288,000 ++per person) promises to make your year end celebration one worth remembering!

For full details of all festive events at R&J Italian Lounge & Restaurant at The Reverie Saigon click, call 028 3823 6688 or email restaurant@thereveriesaigon.com

Shri Restaurant & Lounge

23rd Floor, Centec Tower, 72-74 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 3

So much more than a rooftop restaurant, Shri is one of the best places in the city to spend any evening, let alone a special evening like Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. With fantastic views of downtown Saigon and one of the most extensive wine lists in the city, Shri could well be the best place to enjoy Christmas and New Year for anyone who is looking for effortless sophistication this festive period.

christmas and new year in SaiGonImage source: Shri Restaurant & Lounge

A 5-course Christmas Set Menu (VND 2,000,000++ per person) featuring Fois Gras, Lobster Bisque and Salmon Tartare is available on 24th, 25th and 26th December, whilst a 4-course Festive Season Menu is available throughout the month of December. A delicious Vegetarian Set Menu is also available (VND 1,100,000++ per person) as is a Kid’s Set Menu.

On New Year’s Eve, Shri’s spectacular terrace will likely be one of the best places to be as the clock strikes 12 but with details still unannounced, you’ll have to wait to find out exactly what delights are in store!

For full details of all festive events at Shri Restaurant & Lounge click, call 028 3827 9631 or email info@shri.vn

Of course in Saigon, we are spoiled for choice with so many excellent restaurants and venues to choose from. In the coming, week’s we’ll be updating this list with more fantastic options for your Christmas and New Year celebrations, so be sure to check in with us regularly!

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Escape Hunt and Ubiquest in HCMC

By: Aleksandr Smechov

City Pass tries out two of Saigon’s most popular live detective games, Escape Hunt and Ubiquest, playing the role of a hard-nosed detective investigating a murder mystery.

Outside of theatre and video games, you don’t see much role play or interactive activities in Ho Chi Minh City. Luckily, we uncovered two detective games that drop you in the middle of a murder mystery, letting you live out those Sherlock Holmes fantasies (minus tobacco pipe and risk of death). Escape Hunt and Ubiquest are difficult (to an extent), immersive and rewarding – read on to find out exactly why they are some of the most fun you will have in Saigon.

Escape Hunt

Located somewhat furtively above The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is the quietly decorated lobby area of Ho Chi Minh City’s Escape Hunt office. Four rooms sit at various angles, blocked off by tall curtains. These are the escape rooms, and you will know nothing about them until you walk in, have the door shut and locked on you, and be given one hour to solve the mystery and find the key to unlock the door.

Escape Hunt HCMC

Escape Hunt is the brainchild of an English Psychologist who, after experiencing health issues and moving to Thailand, developed the idea of a detective game that has 2-5 players pitted against an intricate mystery.

Escape Hunt now has 25 locations, with a slew of others set to open in North America. The Ho Chi Minh City Escape Hunt branch was opened in September and has been popular with teens, universities, companies, tourists and expats.

Escape Hunt Saigon

Three of our staff stopped in for a 60-minute sleuth session. We were ushered into a low-lit room, explained the rules and left to solve the mystery and find the key to the door within an hour timeframe.

We heard the door sadistically lock and some moody music creep up. The game master was available for hints, but each time we asked for help from her we got minutes shaved from our remaining time.

Escape Hunt in Ho Chi Minh City

The puzzles are tricky, teamwork-oriented, and require some outside-the-box approaches. Few if any have solved the mystery and escaped the room without at least a few hints from the game master. Finding the next clue or coming upon an item you were searching for feels highly rewarding, and you get sucked into the role quickly. Time flies as you use a whiteboard to jot down notes and figures, collect pieces of evidence and nervously glance at the large LED clock ticking away.

It’s thrilling, addictive and relies on individual strengths working in unison rather than outsmarting the other person. As a team-building exercise or a rainy-day diversion, Escape Hunt is ace.

To check out available mysteries and booking options, check out the Escape Hunt booking page.

Ubiquest

Ubiquest Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City’s second live detective game takes players outside the claustrophobic confines of a room and throws them in the streets of Saigon.

This doubles as a self-directed walking tour, but you may want to do the tour part after the live game – you’ll be too busy role playing a hard-nosed detective, questioning actors in various roles, finding mafia-tied ancient artifacts or any of the other challenges Ubiquest presents.

For our experience, we chose the Urban Tales game, a murder mystery set in Cho Lon, Ho Chi Minh City’s China town. We were picked up by a cute yellow 1967 Citroen 2CV, a happy-go-lucky young driver creaking away at the ancient dashboard. We arrived at a dilapidated living space, escorted up to the top floor and into one of the rooms, a few curious residents peeking at us through open doorways.

We were briefed, told to search the evidence room and given our gear (map, notebook, water, etc.), including cell phones for further instructions from the head detective.

Urban Tales takes three to four hours to complete. Be sure to go when the wind blows and the sun’s behind the clouds – you can easily get exhausted walking around in the unbearable heat on a cloudless day. Sun block and a decently wide hat are all but mandatory. You’ll be provided water but it’s a good idea to bring a bottle of your own too.

Ubiquest detective game

For entirety of the game, we set out into the streets of Cho Lon with our map and collection of evidence, going from actor to actor, uncovering details of the murder. The characters drop you clues and hints when you press them for information, sometimes refusing you if you don’t put enough pressure or reasoning into your argument. The acting is hilariously campy, and the game would benefit from some natural English speakers with an acting background, but the campiness is tolerable in the grand scheme, and allows you to play out your own amateur detective fantasies without judgment.

Ubiquest Cho Lon

We were pitted against two other teams, and although we were the first to find out the murderer, another team found the sacred artifact before us. Afterwards we all took cyclos to a Chinese restaurant for free lunch.

Urban Tales is an eclectic way to discover Cho Lon – or any other part of Saigon – just be sure to go when the sun isn’t blazing.

For more games, check out the official Ubiquest page.


Best Things to Do with Kids in Saigon

By: Barbara

Many of Ho Chi Minh City's things to do are suitable for families with kids of all ages. If you are living in Vietnam as an expat or just visiting, we list the 10 best things to do with your children in Saigon.

Don’t forget to comment below to let us know what are your recommendations!

City Parks and their Playgrounds

The city's parks are places where childish exuberance, which can be hard to contain in a hotel room, can be unleashed. Van Thanh Park in Binh Thanh District has paths and a field for little people who just need to run, as well as a small playground and a swimming pool. While the kids are busy being energetic, adults can relax in a bamboo hut over a small pond or work up a sweat on the tennis courts.

Saigon Parks

Listening to Songbirds

Tao Dan Park in downtown District 1 also has room to move, making it a popular spot for city dwellers to take their morning and evening exercise. And it's not just people who visit the park. Songbirds are taken to the park's little cafe (fronting Cach Mang Thang Tam Street) every morning, their cages hung from purpose-built frames to encourage them to sing. It's a fascinating experience to visit the bird cafe, especially watching the bird owners take their beloved pets home by motorbike.

Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre

The park, which has large playground and an indoor play centre, is a short walk from the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre. The 55-minute water puppet shows, all in Vietnamese, need to be booked a few days ahead.

You could continue the bird theme with a visit to Pet Me Coffee in Phu Nhuan District. This small drinks-only cafe has a resident mini-owl and several parakeets, which can be petted, as well as some larger more exotic birds who hang out at the front of the coffee shop.

Photo Source: Golden Dragon Theatre

Family-Fun in Suoi Tien Amusement Park

One of the city's wackiest attractions in town is the Buddhist-themed Suoi Tien Amusement Park. Allocate a full day here, especially if you plan to visit the vast water park section. The amusement park can be quite baffling if you're not well versed in Buddhist stories because there is limited signage in English. Still, a stroll through the strange displays, which include a wish tree and The Royal Herbal Wine Palace, can be very entertaining. There is also an aquarium, 4D cinema, a dolphin show and the Snow Castle, the perfect place to escape Ho Chi Minh City's heat ... by plunging into a sub-zero world of ice and snow.

Photo Source: Suoi Tien - Andrea Hale

Pretending to Be Adults in Kizciti

Younger kids will enjoy learning about the world of work at Kizciti in District 4. The staff here usually has enough English to explain how each activity centre works. Each child receives a small amount of kizo, the Kizciti currency, on entry and they must decide how to manage it. Some activities cost kizo, and some earn it. A small open-air cafe serves basic food and coffee to sustain the "kiz" and their parents through a long day of "work", which can entail learning to be a pilot, a paediatrician, a delivery person or a firefighter.

Photo Source: Kizciti

Indoor Kid’s Play Centres and Playgrounds

Ho Chi Minh City has several indoor play centres and amusement arcades. In the city centre, Vincom Center has a play area and a game zone in its basement. In District 2, there's a play area in the garden of Snap Cafe and in District 7 there's an air-conditioned indoor playground inside Bee Bee Premium Kid's Cafe (4th floor, 96-98 Cao Trieu Phat, Phu My Hung).

Older kids can while away a few hours at Paintball Saigon, X-Rock Climbing, in the pool at Lan An Sports Club or at the bowling alley on the fourth floor of Diamond Plaza.

Photo Source: Snap Café

Visit a Witch-Themed Café

Younger kids can be entertained for hours at the witch-themed Ba Cay Choi (Three Broomstick) cafe on the third floor of The Vista Walk in District 2. Activities at the cafe, which can be entered via the stairs or a giant slide, include candle-making, baking, hat-making and painting. Make sure you order something with a suitably disgusting name from the food and drink menu, such as bug mud or ghost pumpkin spaghetti.

There are more cool cafés for you to bring your children to: A long rainy Saigon afternoon can be spent playing board games and snacking on poutine at Monopolatte Au Play Cafe, while a long scary evening can be spent eating ribs. (There's a pool in the outdoor section).

Photo Source: Witch Coffee

Playing Detective in Escape Hunt

Escape Hunt is a game played indoors with a group of two to eight people. You are locked inside a room with a mystery murder to solve. It is one of the best thing to do in Saigon for families with teenagers. You must work together to find clues that will help you find out who is the killer and how to escape.

Learning Arts in Vinspace

In the expat area of District 2, there is a range of activities for older kids. Some of the more interesting include taking a workshop or joining a summer camp at Vinspace art studio.

Photo Source: Vinspace

Saigon Reunification Palace

The Reunification Palace is a prime example of a must-visit family-friendly attraction that has a special appeal for kids. The roomy but slightly run-down public areas could be the backdrop for a princess fantasy, while the basement war rooms will appeal to hero-types. Making the palace even more appealing is its location, a short walk from the Haagen-Dazs ice cream cafe.

Families traveling to Vietnam with kids should not worry about things to do in Saigon. We only listed our top 10 attractions but there are many more great ideas that will make your stay memorable. You may also want to read our article What to Do in 24-hour in Saigon.


Arabian Night in HCMC

By: Quang Mai

Funds raised from the event will be donated to Nguyen Dinh Chieu School for the Blind in District 10 to renovate and buy equipment for a Multi-Sensory Room that supports 305 students here to develope their academic learning. Multi-Sensory Learning happens when more than one sense is used to acquire and retain information – so applicable for children with multi-disabilities.

Date:

Saturday, 15th September 2012

Time:

From 7pm till late

Venue:

InterContinental Asiana Saigon
Corner of Hai Ba Trung & Le Duan St., Dist. 1, HCMC

Ticket cost:

VND3,165,000 per ticket
VND31,650,000 per table of 10

Bookings:

events@auschamvn.org
Tel: (84-8) 3832 9912

Please click here to visit Arabian Night micro website

XO Tours: Much imitated but never replicated!

By: Barbara Dorothy Clarke

We all know that it is near on impossible to copyright an idea and protect intellectual property in Vietnam.

But what does that mean for your day to day business when you have an original idea and an excellent product?

Luckily although people can steal your ideas – in minute detail – and almost totally replicate your offering - it’s the little things that make a brand – and ensure that brand still stands head high above any pale imitations.

Spend 5 minutes with Tung who is the founder of XO Tours and his passion and enthusiasm for what he does is palpable. It is a simple idea – tourists want to see the real Saigon but not on the back of a grubby motorbike and behind an even grubbier driver. Step up XO Tours with female drivers with class, style and excellent English who are also able to provide a female perspective on life in Vietnam.

XO Tours was the first company in Vietnam to offer affordable motorbike tours with attractive female tour guides dressed in traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai. All the XO guides are handpicked and fluent in English but it is Tung’s focus on service that really sets XO Tours apart.

Tung invests heavily in every detail of his brand and his employees imbue the same high brand values. All his employees are trained to the highest standards – whether it is presentation, language skills, driving skills or personability . All employees are full time and their bikes are upgraded at Tung’s expense to ensure maximum comfort and safety for clients.

This is a business where the customer experience is king – people are buying memories and that is what he aims to deliver. Staff retention is key and bonuses and profit sharing make for motivated and loyal employees who are focused on growing the company by providing the best experience they can.

Customers come from all over the world and a high percentage of business comes from word of mouth – simply the best publicity you can get – being number 1 on Trip Advisor for 2 years can’t be bad either.

Bristling with new ideas, Tung started with basic tours – he was the first to do night tours – then first to do foodie tours. Now others are jumping on the bandwagon - some good -some not so good….

In spite of this, XO Tours is expanding and bookings are full – anything between 18-24 guests go out on any one night.

So competitors can steal his ideas, follow the same routes , and visit the same areas, cosy up to the same suppliers…..

Imitate they may – replicate never!

Do you know of any businesses with similar experiences?


Saigon Artbook Did It Again!

By: Phuong Tran

Saigon Artbook Did It Again!

Saigon Artbook is a quarterly publication that catalogs the work of three artists who live in the Saigon area, in the hope of promoting innovative and undiscovered artists. With each catalog, Saigon Artwork hosts a party where people can come to meet the artists and enjoy their work. For more information, visit Saigon Artbook Webpage.

The third Saigon Artbook, held on 24 and 25 April at 2 Le Cong Kieu Street, District 1 in Saigon, attracted a huge number of spectators and fans to the illustrations of Kristopher Kotcher (Frenemy), Khoa Le and Laurent Judge. Strong interest during the first two Artbooks had prompted the organizers to hold the third Artbook over two days. Given the success, they may have to extend future events even further.
The exhibition was only open to people who had registered online for a limited number of free tickets, but such was the interest that all tickets had been claimed within the first half-hour! This proved the effectiveness of Saigon Artbook’s viral marketing.
With each ticket, a person was given two coupons: one for a bottle of Peroni beer and one for the beautifully designed book featuring artworks of the three artists – the main reason most people come to the quarterly exhibition.

Saigon Artbook third versionTwo coupons were used to exchange for one Peroni and one artbook copy

The building that Saigon Artbook chose was a run-down, old-style house on Le Cong Kieu Street in District 1. They had spent several days painting and decorating it, and I was surprised at how they virtually turned it into a new house.

Saigon Artbook third versionFrenemy Artwork on the rooftop

On the first floor, right after a typically French, narrow stairway, was a big room with a yellowish wall offset by windows painted red. This provided a good background for the artworks.

Most people could lurk around this exhibition area, have a chat, exchange their coupons for a beer and the book, and of course talk to the artists.
Each artist had their own ways to express their skills and artistic sense. Kristopher (or Frenemy) occasionally chose a random wall to draw on. Khoa Le created an awesome body-painting on a female model. Meanwhile, Laurent was busy signing fans’ books – well, he not only signed but drew: every single one of his signatures was an artwork in itself.

Saigon Artbook third versionLaurent's signature (I think this one is specially for me!)
Saigon Artbook third version

 


Frenemy was busy with his iconic cartoon creatures

The second floor was the rooftop where people could enjoy the DJ’s performance and watch Khoa Le’s body-painting model (many guys took photos with her as well). This was a great place for people to relax in the fresh air while sipping Peroni beer and having a good chat with new friends.
I went to the last two Saigon Artbook parties but this one was the biggest and it just keeps growing. I really look forward to introducing my foreign friends to this must-see event in Saigon.

City Pass Guide caught up with the three illustrators:

From left: Frenemy, Khoa Le and Laurent

City Pass Guide: Could you define your style in one sentence?

Frenemy: Cartoonist, colorful with a mixture of graffiti.
Khoa Le: Pop-surrealism meets illustration.
Laurent: Many, many styles mixed together but mainly impressionism and surrealism, I think. 

CPG: What is your source of inspiration?

Frenemy: From the cartoons and comic books that I watched and read when I was a kid. I have read a couple of manga titles before but never get into it much because I don’t like the style.
Khoa Le: From many things, music, film, cartoons, books, novels, magazines, etc. I particularly listen to Radiohead and Muse.
Laurent: I basically read, watch and observe whatever exists around us.
 
CPG: What is your favourite artwork out of all the ones displayed here today? And why?

Frenemy: Each of my artworks communicates a different message and has its own beauty and characteristics. It would be unfair if I favour this over that.
Khoa Le: It would be my “Deep Sleep”. It completes my satisfaction.
Laurent: It is “Lightning Bolt” because it comprises many styles: impressionism, surrealism, cubism, etc. I also have all the times and a huge variety of objects combined altogether. Its details are so rich that one can easily get lost while looking at the piece.Saigon Artbook third versionDeep Sleep by Khoa Le


Saigon Artbook third versionLigtning Bolt by Laurent Judge

 

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