Promotions and news in HCMC and beyond…
PIU PIU OPENS
PIU PIU (97 Hai Ba Trung, D1) is made of three floors with different vibes: The Club (an intimate club with music), The Craft (an open-air space serving craft beers and filled with fun games) and The Smokey Jungle (a rooftop with the specificity of being the first Molecular Cocktail bar in Saigon).
JIBES BEACH CLUB PROMOTION
Jibes Beach Club in Suoi Nuoc is offering 15 percent off on all watersport rentals during May and September. Watersport equipments available are: catamaran sailing, wind surfing, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, and boogie boarding. Suoi Nuoc beach is a 10-minute drive from the center of Muine.
HOI AN HISTORIC HOTEL SUMMER PACKAGE
Hoi An Historic Hotels introduces reduced rates from VND2,850,000++ per room, includes a two-night stay in a superior room, breakfast buffet at The Oak Terrace and tour packages to Cham Island. Other discounts include 20 percent of for dining services in Hoi An Historic restaurant, and 30 percent off on spa services. When staying at the Hoi An Historic Hotel guests also can use the free shuttle bus to Cua Dai Beach. There are also free tai chi classes and Vietnamese classes held periodically to provide a unique travel experience for visitors. For more info, contact email@example.com or 3920 4625.
RENAISSANCE RIVERSIDE SAIGON PROMOTIONS
Atrium: Afternoon Tea—Choose from either the Rose Tea Set (VND200,000++) or the High Tea Set (VND220,000++). Valid till June 30. Liquid Sky Bar: Are you seeking a place to chill out with cocktails as the sun goes down and enjoy the iconic city vistas? Live DJ performance every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Order any two bottles of Liquid Gold Vodka or Prosecco from the list, and get another bottle free. Valid till June 30.
CENTRAL VIETNAM PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
A three-day photography workshop focusing on people, landscape and night photography will run once a month until August. Starting in Hoi An, the workshop will take participants to remote villages and to the amazing Tam Giang lagoon. There is a 20 percent discount for expats living in Vietnam. Visit www.picsofasia.com for more info.
THE ANAM IN NHA TRANG OPENS
Combining colonial era charm and service with 21st century design and luxuries, The Anam welcomes you to a yet-to-be-discovered stretch of Vietnam’s glorious sun-drenched coastline. Set on a private beach and staffed with Vietnam’s finest butlers, valets and concierges, The Anam reaches new levels of sophistication with supreme service, comfort and charm. With a range of stunningly appointed suites and villas, including beachside accommodation and private pools, The Anam presents old world elegance in a new world setting. Surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens and serene pool areas, we invite you to relax in space and in a stillness only broken by the ocean breeze.
MADE IN NEW ZEALAND
More than 50 new products from New Zealand were offered to Vietnam’s top buyers at a private event held by the New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) last month. Frozen desserts, fresh seafood and sheep milk gelato are some of the latest products expected to reach Vietnam in 2016.
“Food hygiene and safety are serious concerns in Vietnam, making New Zealand’s fresh, safe and traceable food an ideal fit, especially seafood and fruit,” says Tony Martin, Trade Commissioner and Consul General, Vietnam.
Among the most exciting newly-launched Kiwi products and brands were Spring Sheep Milk Co., which creates luxurious, creamy and healthy New Zealand sheep milk products, including gelato and milk powder suitable for lactose-intolerant individuals; Talley’s, who has brought New Zealand’s amazing seafood harvest to the plates of diners across the region, in particular signature Greenshell Mussels found only in New Zealand; and The New Zealand Dessert Company creators of Dollop Kitchens frozen desserts, the perfect on-the-go fresh, creamy and delicious cheesecakes and dessert pots.
BABA’S KITCHEN OPENS IN HOI AN
Baba’s Kitchen (115 Phan Chu Trinh), one of the city’s most popular Indian restaurants, has shed the shackles of Saigon, opening a restaurant in Hoi An. For travelers and expats who need their fix of mutton korma, onion pakora or chicken tandoori and garlic naan bread. One of the best things about Baba’s Kitchen is that its food has no predetermined levels of spiciness. If you crave a tear-fuelling mouth-burning experience, just ask. But if your taste buds are overly sensitive to hot spice, then say the word and you, too, can enjoy the delicately blended spices of India without downing spoonfuls of yogurt after every bite to cool the pain.