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.

SaigonStay – According to Vietnamonline

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Posted by on July 12, 2012 in Living in Saigon


Five interesting competitions for animals

Besides traditional competitions for animals like cock fighting and buffalo fighting, dog racing, pig racing, cow racing and elephant racing have become new tourism products of some provinces in Vietnam.

Dog racing
The coastal city of Vung Tau is a well-known tourist site in Vietnam. At weekends, besides swimming in the sea, enjoying entertainment and amusement activities and visiting beautiful areas, visitors can watch dog racing, a fun and unique sport. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Entertainment


The Introduction of the University Entrance Examination in Viet Nam!

University Entrance Examination is very important in Vietnamese students. High school graduates have to take it and get high results to be admitted to universities. The pressure on the candidates remains very high despite the measures that have been taken to reduce the heat around these exams, since securing a place in a state university is considered a major step towards a successful career for young people, especially those from rural ares or disadvantaged families. In the year 2004, it was estimated that nearly 1 million Vietnamese students took the University Entrance Examination, but on average only 1 out of 5 candidates succeeded.Normally, candidates take 3 exam subjects, and each lasts; 180 minutes for the fixed groups of subjects: Group A: Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry; Group B: Mathematics, Biology, and Chemistry; Group C:Literature, History, and Geography; Group D: Literature, Foreign Language, and Mathematics.
In addition to universities, there are community colleges, art and technology institutes; professional secondary schools, and vocational schools which offer degrees or certificates from a-few-month to 2-year courses.
According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training, there are currently 23 non-public universities, accounting for 11% of the total number of universities. These non-public universities are currently training 119,464 students, or 11.7% of the total number of students. The government is planning to increase the number of non-public universities to 30% by 2007.
Saigonstay – According to  Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training
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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Uncategorized


USD50 to flight Hanoi – HCMC

Vietnam Airline has launched a new promotion program in which fares to many domestic destinations are discounted significantly. In which promotion fares between Hanoi ; HCM City/ Nha Trangg/ Buon Me Thuat are fixed at VND1,100,000, route Ho Chi Minh ; Hai Phong/Vinh VND1,100,000 and route Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh; Da Nang/Hue VND650,000.

There are many uncourageous promotions on other routes can be found on Vietnam Airline official website. The tickets are supposed to be purchased two weeks before departure, with departure day from now on until December 31, 2012.

Interested customers should learn that the fares have not been included taxes, fees and charges and not applied for peak time an holidays. Each ticket is supposed to go with certain condition.

Vietnam Airlines, the national flag carrier of Vietnam, is now the most reputable among aviation firms in Vietnam. However in the context of downward economy, the airline continuously offers promotion tickets, especially in summer time, when travelling demand as usual rises.
SaigonStay – According to Vietnamonline


Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Uncategorized


July 8 :Viet-Parisian pianist returns for charity show

French-Vietnamese pianist Gabriel Tran Phuong Nam will perform his third concert in Vietnam on July 8, this time to support a clinic for ethnic minorities.

All proceeds from the Ho Chi Minh City performance will go to the Cao Thuong (“Nobility”) clinic in the mountainous province of Kon Tum’s Dakbla commune to help 20,000 people of ethnic minorities.

The 23-year-old musician will play works by Beethoven, Chopin and Maurice.

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Posted by on July 5, 2012 in Entertainment


Pho in Varieties

Most people know Pho as the most famous dish in Vietnamese culinary art. There are lots of people who fall in love with Pho right at the first time they taste it. However, there is a secret not everyone knows. Pho depending upon its geographical origin, is cooked and eaten in a way different from the other. Specifically, Pho in the North of Vietnam (Pho Bac) is not similar to Pho in the Southern Vietnam (Pho Nam).
First, the soup is one of the main factors of a successful bowl of Pho. The soup, however, is cooked in different ways. Hanoians often boil only the beef’s bones to make the soup. Saigonese people, besides using beef’s bones, sometimes use chicken’s bones and dry squids to make the soup more flavorful. That is the reason why when looking at a bowl of Pho we can recognize its origin. The broth of Hanoi’s Pho is clearer than Saigon’s Pho. Due to more ingredients added, the broth of Saigon’s Pho does not look as pure as Hanoi’s Pho. In addition, Northern people tend to add more seasonings in the soup than Southern people. Northern people tasting Saigon’s Pho find it too sweet for them to finish the soup. In contrast, Southern people tasting Hanoi’s Pho find it too salty.

The second difference is the noodles used in Pho. When eating a bowl of Pho in Hanoi, customers do not have options of noodles. They just have only one kind of noodles which is big in width and thin in depth. In Ho Chi Minh City, when having a Pho, they would ask what kind of noodle you would like to have: the primary one (like Hanoi’s Pho) or the thinner one both in width and in depth.

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Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Entertainment