Oasis Dining

A calm and soothing restaurant that feeds the stomach and relaxes the soul Situated evenly between bustling Xa Lo Ha Noi and Xuan Thuy Streets is the serene oasis of Laang Restaurant (22 Dang Huu Pho, Thao Dien, D2; www.laangsaigon.com). Its location perfectly echoes the meaning of its name, an interpretation of the Vietnamese word, … Read more

The Hive Saigon Official Launch Party

The Hive is Asia’s widest network of coworking office spaces, where creative businesses thrive. A thriving community of startups, entrepreneurs & freelancers which spans over 7 countries and they are expanding! They are excited to announce the launch of their 17th global location and 2nd here in Vietnam – the Hive Villa. Located right in the heart of … Read more

Xin Ciao

Two classic cuisines—Italian and Vietnamese — come together beautifully at this charming eatery in District 2 We headed over to Pho Ong Tay (39 Vo Truong Toan, Thao Dien, D2; 090 246 2934), for a late lunch. I knew little about Pho Ong Tay, only that they specialized in Italian and Vietnamese food—pho and spaghetti. Pulling up outside the first thing we … Read more

Nine+ Lives

An entertaining story about rescuing and adopting stray cats in Vietnam During an 18-month stay in Viet Nam, my girlfriend and I become sidetracked by an orphaned kitten suffering from a broken leg and living by a bridge where dog-and-cat-thieves roam. After rescuing the kitten and arranging for it to be sheltered, however, we grow increasingly … Read more

Restaurant Review: BoatHouse

Picturesque river views, ice-cold beers and delicious comfort food this side of District 2 A year ago owner Jeff decided to take BoatHouse (40 Lily Road, APSC, 36 Thao Dien, D2) on as a personal project, utilizing his 20 some years of experience in the hospitality industry to revamp and turn the restaurant into a haven … Read more

Home Invasion

The affluent An Phu area is a prime target for break-ins Text by Michael Arnold Image by Quinn Ryan Mattingly Mother’s Day this year took on a particularly sad note for recently-arrived An Phu resident Irene Wong and her family. Three weeks after moving into what appeared to be a properly-secured compound with 24-hour security … Read more