Restaurant Review: Pho Ong Tay

For topnotch creative phos and pastas, head directly to Pho Ong Tay It may be difficult to find Pho Ong Tay (39 Vo Trung Toan, D2), located on the fringes of Thao Dien in District 2, but it’s well worth the effort for an unconventional eatery that’s decidedly delicious. The offerings are widespread—in addition to … Read more

The Future is Bright

Bright Solutions offers vulnerable women an opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty “It was a call on my heart to come to Vietnam,” says Fiona Briers, founding director of NGO Bright Solutions. “[Vietnam] is progressing rapidly, and giving many young people brighter futures. Through access to higher level education, English acquisition, international studies and … 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

Kidsnschools

British Education Startup to Launch a Learning Community in Vietnam Like almost every major city worldwide, HCMC is home to a burgeoning array of modern international schools serving both local and Expat families. For the learning communities that surround international schools, the launch of Kidsnschools fills a white space in the market. This compelling concept … 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

Keeping Vietnam Cool

Architect Charles Gallavardin speaks about bioclimatic architecture and the decline of air conditioning On a typically sweltering saigon day, the type that makes you thankful for air conditioning, the office of T3 Architecture Asia is cool and comfortable, located down a lush alley in the Thao Dien neighborhood. Not surprisingly for a firm that has … Read more

A Woman Abroad

Building trade, social capital and security through culture in Asia Oi met with Karen Lanyon, the Australian Consul-General, to discuss Vietnamese-Australian relations and the ongoing development of Vietnam. Lanyon was posted to Ho Chi Minh City in January 2016, returning to Southeast Asia following a three-year period spent in Los Angeles as Consul-General. Most of … Read more

Gearing Up For 2017

Make driving legally in Vietnam your New Year’s resolution Many of our friends and acquaintances have shared their worries about driving a motorbike in Vietnam without a proper license. So, we thought it would be a good idea to remind all foreigners about the basic legal requirements in Vietnam in this field. Most foreigners wonder … Read more

Hot Topic

Charlie Page hopes his passion for heritage and quality will see him take his hot sauce to the rest of Asia, and the world The chili buzz is a unique phenomenon: the pleasure pain of the intense sensation. Maybe it’s the ultimate in Yin Yang balance; the burn of the initial taste, the satisfaction of … Read more