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Top 10 Things to Do in Saigon

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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Living in Saigon


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Food service prices shoot up in Ho Chi Minh City

Although food prices have cooled down since the Lunar New Year, many eateries and food services around Ho Chi Minh City have scrambled to increase their prices.


Many customers are shocked to see that prices skyrocketed by as much as 60 percent compared to the pre-Tet period.

Most eatery and food service owners reasoned that the price increase is due to rising input costs, including cooking gas, employee wages, or rental fees. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Living in Saigon, Uncategorized


Dining Etiquettes

Vietnamese usually have breakfast, lunch and dinner without tea or coffee break in between. Because most Vietnamese are early risers, breakfast is eaten before 9, though many restaurants serve breakfast until much later. Foods for breakfast are as diverse as you can imagine. Some of the most popular are the “notorious” pho- noodle soup; baguette stuffed with pate, bbq porked and veggies; rice congee with minced pork; banh cuon (rice crepes); xoi (sticky rice). Contrary to the Western diet, breakfasts inVietnaminvolves more salt than sugar.

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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Living in Saigon


HCMC guide

Once dearly called Diamond of the Far-east with the luxury level overriding that of Hongkong orBangkok,Ho Chi Minh Cityis now the most populated city inVietnam. Modern office skyscrapers, Chinese style pagodas and food stalls along the street, create a dynamic urban area in very special sense. It is not oddly tidy like inSingapore, nor is urban slumps omnipresent like inIndia.

Ho Chi Minh City’s architecture and lifestyle is the reconciliation between American and Chinese influence, with many dots of modernity yet without losing Vietnamese traits and as much historical as it is modern.

Reunification Palace is definitely the place to visit, for its significance and archival of Vietnam War. If this building still does not impress you enough, rest assured that museums are abound and the admission fees are generally low. Among the most recommended ones are: Ho Chi Minh Museum, Revolutionary Museum and Vietnam History Museum.

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Posted by on July 13, 2012 in About Saigon, Living in Saigon


Train fare HCMC – Nha Trang and Hue discounted by 10%

Saigon Railway Passenger Transport Company has implemented a promotion campaign for passengers on route from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang and Hue. The promotion is applied for all trips from July 7 to August 30.

In detail, a 10% discount rate on ticket fare is offered for all carriages from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue, while Passengers having trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang are beneficial from discount rate with 10% for seat ticket and 5% for berth tickets.

Tickets can be purchased online at or booked free of charged from anywhere within a 7km radius of ticket outlets.

This summer, Vietnam has reported a massive number of promotion campaigns from various companies related tourism industry such as transportation, travel agents or accommodating suppliers. The industry is considered doing well in the context of downward state of the whole economy.

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Posted by on July 12, 2012 in Living in Saigon


Vietnam starts refunding VAT to foreigners

Laura and Sarah, from Switzerland, chose a good day to end their three-week holiday in Vietnam.

As of Sunday, the country now refunds value-added tax to foreigners, opening official counters at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

This fulfills a decree the Ministry of Finance issued in April in an effort to boost sales. It stipulated that, to qualify for the 10-percent VAT refund, foreigners must present receipts worth at least VND2 million (roughly US$100) apiece.

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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Living in Saigon



Good news! You can use your phone with VinaPhone pre-paid SIM card in Thailand and Hong Kong. VinaPhone is continuing corporate with many other partners with a hope to help you more successful and happier with your trip

Before the trip, you must register international roaming service to use IR service. Please consider following steps:

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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Living in Saigon


Wet market in Vietnam

Leave Vietnam for merely half a year and sometimes one will just be shocked by how many things have managed to change in such little time.But if he asks what has mostly stayed the same, 20 years plus after the country rejoins the world, the answer is likely going to be the wet market.

More than 70% of the country population is still employed in the agriculture sector Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and other big cities of Vietnam all have their in which farmers grow their crops and herd their livestock. The close proximity allows for fresh produce to come in the cities everyday, in a matter of few hours. This makes for no shortage of recently-butchered meats and just-picked vegetables.

The majority of these foods are sold at wet markets scattered across towns. Big cities like Hanoi often house up to hundreds of such open fairs, which range in size, from small gatherings that take up only a few square yards, to several-hectares ones in some places like Hanoi’s all-too-famous Thanh Cong market.
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Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Living in Saigon


Vietnam money and cost

One of the constant worries for non-package tour travellers is to budget for the trip. The good news is, it is relatively cheap both to live in and to travel in Vietnam. A 5 star hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, for example, would cost you the same as what you pay for a 2 star hotel in New York or Toronto. The rule is that Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will be more expensive than smaller cities like Hue or Hoi Anand much more costly than the countryside area.  

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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Living in Saigon


Vietnam pregnancy guide

Whether you are travelling to Vietnam for a quick period of your pregnancy, or Vietnam is the place you see your whole pregnancy and childbirth happen, with this guide we hope to provide you with some tips and insights so as you can enjoy both the idea of having a baby and the joy of travelling, all together.

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Posted by on June 21, 2012 in Living in Saigon