Wednesday, 05 April 2017 06:49

Laser Egg Smart Air Quality Monitor

A Beijing-based technology start-up has launched an air quality monitor in Hanoi called the Laser Egg.

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Saturday, 01 April 2017 19:04

La Habana is back!

The wait is finally over. Latin-inspired veteran of the Saigon bar scene La Habana has found its new home on Le Lai opposite the park across from Pham Ngu Lao. Although the venue has changed, the great drinks, food and service remain the same. Happy hour is until 8pm every day with Tiger draft (VND25,000), a selection of German beers from VND100,000 and 50% off cocktails and other drinks. Food options include tapas, paella, German sausages, schnitzels and more.

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 10:30


Set up by an expat in Hanoi who was tired of paying more than the locals do, Arrowprice is a price comparison website, aimed at giving you the best deal for your money on all things food and drink.

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 08:51

The Hanoi Zine Library


The Hanoi Zine Library is a free arts library project that was created to give people in Vietnam access to the types of cool international arts-and-culture materials that are often only locally available on the internet. These small, creator-made books about niche interests have been donated overseas and carried over in people’s spare luggage allowance. This is the only dedicated space for the medium in Vietnam.

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 08:33

Jetstar to Australia

In January, Jetstar announced direct services connecting Ho Chi Minh City with Australia’s two largest cities — Sydney and Melbourne. The new service aims to continue the large growth in two-way travel between Vietnam and Australia.

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Friday, 27 January 2017 06:27

The Last Hydrofoil?

With licenses awarded on a temporary basis until the various companies operating the route between Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau could prove the safety of their boats, one company effectively went out of business on Dec. 31, 2016 with the sailing of their last hydrofoil from Vung Tau to Ho Chi Minh City.

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016 09:47

Saigon Cyclo Challenge


This year’s Saigon Cyclo Challenge organised by Saigon Children’s Charity at Celadon City (Tan Phu) attracted around 2,000 attendees and raised almost US$25,000 to support Saigon Children’s Charity in its mission of ‘Eliminating Poverty through Education’. Working towards its 25th Anniversary next year (1992 to 2017), SCC is aiming to provide 2,500 scholarships and build 16 schools during 2016.

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:54

What’s That?

Giant metal spools on Tran Nao. Photo by Nick Ross

Giant metal spools have just landed on the centre strip of Ho Chi Minh City’s Tran Nao Street. We Googled the hell out of them — what follows are our educated guesses on what they’re doing there 

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Timely news for those frequent flyers doing visa runs from the capital or wanting to catch performances by Andrea Bocelli in April or Katy Perry in May in Bangkok. Jetstar Pacific now have direct flights between Hanoi and Bangkok.

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As part of a global publicity stunt designed to boost lagging sales, McDonald’s treated thousands of Vietnamese customers to a free meal at its District 1 location. The promotion, which began at 8pm on Mar. 24 and continued until the following evening, saw thousands of motorists clog the restaurant’s drive-through lanes at all hours.

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