Let’s Go For Dim Sum

Gather a hungry crew to feast on dumplings, steam buns, egg tarts and more In her 2010 article for the Wall Street Journal, Samantha Cooper wrote of exploring Saigon’s Chinatown, a part of the city that even today is rarely ventured into by fine diners for its culinary offerings—even though it’s widely (and correctly) presumed that some of the best Chinese food in the … Read more

Small is The New Big

Saigon’s newest restaurant serving creative Italian cuisine and big dreams It’s often true that the most memorable dining venues aren’t the ones that are easiest to spot. You won’t walk past Small Vacancy – Lounge & Dining —it’s hidden away in the corner of the alley at 178/4B Pasteur, D1—but this striking venue with its intimate lighting, discrete seating, bold teak color scheme and melding of traditional British … Read more

Hybrid Haven

Saigon’s newest restaurant dishes up the best blend of French and Vietnamese cuisines Local childhood friends Phuong and Long have teamed up to introduce Saigon’s latest fine dining restaurant The Haven (37A Tran Khanh Du, D1), an experimental French/Vietnamese fusion venue inspired just as much by Long’s former experiences at Stoker’s (where he studied under Head Chef Julien Thibault) as it is by the … Read more

The Chocolate Who Can Sing

Meet Doan Trang, Vietnam’s Latin pop singer “This is the best year of my life” beams Doan Trang, one of Vietnam’s most charismatic popular singers of recent decades. She’s just hit one of the most universally dreaded milestones of anyone’s lifetime, clocking into her forties in early February—yet for a performer whose youthful confidence has always been the core of her stage presence, she … Read more

Crazy for Crustaceans

Outbound to District 11 for possibly Saigon’s biggest and most succulent lobsterfest It takes a lot to drag cuisine lovers out of their comfort zones and steer them toward venues far from the central districts, but sometimes that long Uber ride across town is richly rewarded. This is one of those times and places— out in one of the more … Read more

The Italian Approach

The children are at the center – strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge This January, guests of Aurora International School Of The Arts (www.aurorareggio.com) were treated to a fascinating presentation by visiting Pedagogistas Tania Bertacchi and Alessandra Ferrari, experts in the Reggio Emilia approach practiced at the school. Those who attended had the opportunity to learn … Read more

ISHCMC academic results higher than World average

Exam marks are no longer considered the be-all-and-end-all of education, but when a school is performing consistently higher than World average in terms of academic results, you can be sure they’re getting something right. At International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC), when pass rates in 2016/17 Academic year for the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB … Read more

That’s what she said

A documentary film featuring three transgender women that explores the male-to-female transition within themselves and Vietnamese society. As a force that has been gathering in momentum for the past decade, the movement to address LGBT issues in Vietnam is undergoing a historic transition. While there have been distinct signs of a thawing in the legal framework that discriminates … Read more

The Sky is the Limit

Cathay Pacific’s new country manager discusses expansion, their customer-centric approach and living a #lifewelltraveled 2017 may have been a difficult year for the aviation industry in general, but Cathay Pacific’s new country manager Lance Kwong has arrived in Vietnam to oversee exactly the opposite of what you’d expect at times like these—an expansion of the airline’s services. Last July, Cathay Pacfic … Read more