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The Armchair Traveler

How reading can inspire a love for travel

I was a completely unabashed bookworm as a kid. Nothing brought me greater happiness than a trip to the library where I could load up with a stack of books to devour. Long […]

By |April 13th, 2016|Life's A Trip, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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Welcome Home to Ho Tram Strip’s Gallery Villas

The Ho Tram Strip’s Gallery Villas, where golf meets luxury living

With the Ho Tram Strip’s Gallery Villas throwing the doors open earlier this month, we took the opportunity to talk to three of the people behind Vietnam’s most talked-about new […]

By |March 23rd, 2016|News, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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Fly Cheaply

Tips to getting the best airfare possible

Who doesn’t love getting a great deal on airfare? With increased competition, lower energy costs and more discerning travelers, cheap fares are there to be had. That said, there are tools and tips that […]

By |March 20th, 2016|Life's A Trip, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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Diary of a Backache

A slightly overweight 40-something chronicles his journey to wellness

Day 1

It started as a niggle in my lower back two days ago, something I chalked up to sitting for too long, the occupational hazard of being a writer, I suppose. […]

By |March 7th, 2016|Family, Health|0 Comments
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The Language of Friendship

More than a language exchange, Mundo Lingo fosters community

It’s just after 7pm on a Tuesday night and two giggly 20-somethings nervously walk up to a small desk in front of the narrow Cube Bar (31B Ly Tu Trong, D1; free; […]

By |February 14th, 2016|Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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Understanding Vietnamese Culture and Customs

Reviewing the 2016 edition of Vietnam – Culture Smart!

In the recently released eighth edition of the HSBC Expat Explorer survey, Vietnam placed 25th overall out of 39 popular expat destinations based on economics, experience and family, according to responses collected […]

By |February 14th, 2016|Features|0 Comments
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Review: Café-Restaurant HCMC

Café-Restaurant HCMC merges Continental Kitchen with comfy living room chic

Renovated from two heritage shophouses on Calmette (171 Calmette, 1st floor), just south of the Ben Thanh traffic circle, Café-Restaurant revives the art of the Grand Café, a stylish place to […]

By |January 19th, 2016|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Food promotions at Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon


Jan 01, 2015 – Mar 31, 2016

Dinner Buffet – Spring Seafood

18:00 – 22:00

VND 900,000++/person (free flow beer & soft drink)

*** Group booking from 20 people will enjoy free flow of Prosecco, beer, soft drinks, house wine, selected spirits […]

By |January 15th, 2016|News|0 Comments
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Walking Beijing

Exploring one of the world’s greatest cities on foot

It’s been called by many names: Jicheng when it was first known to be settled more than 3,000 years ago; Zhuojun, the northern terminus of the 1,776 km- long Grand Canal; Dadu, […]

By |January 15th, 2016|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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Food for Thought

An interview with Vietnamese-Australian celebrity chef Luke Nguyen

Luke Nguyen is everywhere. The Vietnamese-Australian chef has had three television series, multiple cookbooks, runs two restaurants (in Sydney and Brisbane), makes appearances on MasterChef Australia and MasterChef Vietnam, leads culinary tours, is […]

By |December 29th, 2015|Wine & Dine|0 Comments