Kiss You 1,000 Times

Reliving love and war through letters  Few accounts of life in northern Vietnam as it was during the wartime era are available in English, and those that have been published are usually political in nature. The book we officially released early in June at an intimate launch party, held in the original L’Usine on Dong … Read more

What a Knockout !

In conversation with martial arts film legend Gary Daniels “Talking about movies, it really saddens me that people believe so much of what they see,” says Gary Daniels, one of the world’s most accomplished action heroes and the star of countless martial arts films—the kind you’ll surely have seen on late-nite TV. “I hear a … Read more

Island of Immigrants

An exclusive with Ngoc Thanh Tam, the star of The Way Station—winner of best film at the 2017 ASEAN International Film Festival And Awards In a film market dominated by light comedies, last month’s theatrical release of Hong Anh’s brooding directorial debut The Way Station (Dao Cua Dan Ngu Cu, based on a short story … Read more

Restaurant Review: Stellar

Indulge in decadent continental—with delicate touches of Thai flavors—cuisine in a picturesque colonial villa Many restaurants in this town have tried their hardest to put on the face of luxury; few have succeeded. Secluded in a quiet Thao Dien back street, Stellar (43 Tran Ngoc Dien, Thao Dien, D2) has done its best to attempt … Read more

Restaurant Review: Ember

From teppanyaki grilled steaks to burgers and pastas, Ember aims to please everyone They warn you to avoid trying to be all things to all people, but there are some rare instances in which this not only works, it’s also necessary. If you’ve ever dithered about where to take someone out to dinner for more … Read more

Teacher Dad

Is teaching children in the home really a viable alternative to traditional schooling? Homeschooling parent and professional teacher Ian Kutschke shares his views and experiences. The father of two boys, Ian Kutschke’s decision to homeschool in Ho Chi Minh City was made back home in Canada before the family arrived. When Ian’s wife Lizzy found … Read more

Restaurant Review: ‘NAMO Artisanal Pizzeria

Discover gourmet Italian cuisine in the heart of downtown Saigon On March 28th, ‘NAMO Artisanal Pizzeria (74/6 Hai Ba Trung, D1) marked its first anniversary by launching a new menu that draws on the seafood cuisine of the Mediterranean coast. Oi Vietnam was there to explore the venue’s new tastes of Italy. ‘NAMO’s corporate chef … Read more

Restaurant Review: Panam – The Backroom

Panam brings the iconic French-style kebab to Saigon You’ll have to do a little hunting to find Panam – The Backroom (91 Pasteur, D1; Tel: 0122 733 0235) since it moved from its tiny location on Le Thanh Ton into Cuba la Casa del Mojito’s Backroom on Pasteur in District 1. With building management mysteriously … Read more

Behind the Music

The ups & downs and personal & professional life of local celebrity Kyo York It’s pretty easy to prise open a locked scooter compartment if you know what you’re doing—just force the seat up at the right angle, and there’s a distinct clack; everything inside is yours, and you’re gone well before the bike’s owner … Read more

Reset for Tet

As urbanization increases and more people are moving to the cities and abroad, some of the traditions are dying out Despite the broad-ranging changes that have occurred in Vietnamese society over the last quarter century, there’s a distinct air of reverence for the Tet festival that’s hard to miss if you happen to be here … Read more