The Village of Artists


The village of artists, called Ham Long, is located near the windy Sai Gon River, 10km from the hub of Ho Chi Minh City. It has this name because most of the owners of houses in the village are artists. Visiting the village, tourists have a chance to behold houses built in the traditional architectural style of the Vietnamese people, such as a Hue Ruong house, a house-on-stilts of the Muong ethnic people and ancient houses of the South. Each house is an artistic architectural complex that is designed beautifully by its owner. A garden in the shade of trees overlooks the Sai Gon River. The most striking feature of the village probably is the houses owned by painters Nguyen Hoai Huong and Ly Khac Nhu. The house of Nguyen Hoai Huong was built in the style of a Hue Ruong house that looks solemn and private while the house of Ly Khac Nhu looks rustic with a simple leave-covered roof. The artists arrange many works of art and unique miniatures in their living spaces, such as … [Read more...]

The village for artists on Saigon River bank


VietNamNet Bridge - In the last 15 years, the village of Ham Long in District 2, with charming landscape, has become the home to many Saigon artists. "It's great that amid a big city, a valuable art space like this is still preserved. I feel this is the pride of Vietnam," a Taiwanese tourist said. The tourist said that this was his second visit to the village, this time with his family. The village was built 15 years ago by a group of Saigon painters. In late '90s, a group of artists, mostly painters wandered to find a quiet, beautiful place to work. A wide strip of land along the bank of the Saigon River, in Thanh My Loi ward, District 2, HCM City, held their feet by its romantic and wild beauty. Late painter Nguyen Thanh Chau named it Ham Long (Dragon Jaw) based on the shape of the land. Watercolor painter Ly Khac Nhu - one of the founder of Ham Long Village - recalled: "Initially, I just dug a pond to breed fish and built a tent here, as a place to work. Gradually I loved the … [Read more...]

City to launch new river tours


In Ho Chi Minh City, home to a diverse system of canals and rivers, officials are focusing on developing seven new river routes to meet the demand of both domestic and foreign visitors, a Phap Luat (Law) newspaper report says. According to the report, these will include three short routes tours crossing inner-city rivers and canals, two medium routes connecting suburban areas and neighboring provinces, and two long routes linking the city with Mekong Delta provinces to the south and Cambodia. Nguyen Thi Hong, vice chairwoman of the city People’s Committee, told Phap Luat that the launch of new river tours is the city’s first priority in 2013, and is aimed at diversifying local tourism in a bid to attract more visitors to the city. One of the first tasks that local government will take care of this year is the building of more piers and terminals at stopover stations on the tour connecting Ben Nghe in District 1 and Tau Hu in District 8. Nguyen Viet Anh, head of the … [Read more...]

The art of a village


Of the thousands of villages scattered all around the country, a young community stands out because of its residents' creativity. Ly Khac Nhu smiles proudly at his house, a lush garden manor on the bank of the Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh City's District 2. Every house in the Ham Long village is an art museum … [Read more...]

Tram Chim, a bird paradise


For many tourists from Ho Chi Minh City and beyond, the Tram Chim National Park is an increasingly popular weekend getaway where they can go through melaleuca forests on boats, enjoy the fresh air and see birds sitting on treetops and meadows near lotus swamps. Located in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, Tram Chim (literally melaleuca (and) bird) is home to 231 species of birds, including 32 protected ones, like the famed sarus crane, cormorant, and darter. Up to 60,000 birds, mostly waterfowl, live here in the peak rainy season from June through December, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). But Tram Chim wasn’t always home to such an abundant bird population. The park, which spreads over an area of 7,300 hectares, or about 1 percent of the size of the once extensive wetland known as the Plain of Reeds, was established in 1998 by the Vietnamese government to preserve the eco-system of the Plain. The move came as the rapidly burgeoning population in … [Read more...]

List of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment

VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a list of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment from now to 2020. The projects are categorized into five: technical infrastructure, social infrastructure, agriculture, processing and preserving and production-service sectors. No.ProjectLocalityTotal Capital(million USD)Investment modelContactI. TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE 1.1 Traffic infrastructure I.1.1 Roads 1 North-South expressway project, Ninh Binh - Thanh Hoa segment and Thanh Hoa - Nghi Son segment. Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa 1,867 PPP Management Board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 2 Dau Giay - Phan Thiet expressway. Dong Nai, Binh Duong 757 PPP Management board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 3 Bien Hoa - Vung Tau expressway. Dong Nai, Bà Rịa - Vung Tau 1,175 PPP, ODA … [Read more...]

Viet Nam Tourist Guidebook – the 7th edition

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(TITC) - For further promotion of Viet Nam tourism and meeting needs of readers, Tourism Information Technology Centre - Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism has completed the 7th edition of Viet Nam Tourist Guidebook (English version). This is a prestigious publication for over 10 years and also a useful guidebook for every one, especially tourists and tourist guides. The book focuses on introduction about history, culture, art, custom, cuisine, beauty of the country and Vietnamese people as well as famous relics and landscapes of 63 provinces and cities. In addition, the book also provides useful information about immigration and customs procedure, visa, addresses of oversea Vietnamese embassies and foreign embassies in Viet Nam, transportation (air, sea, land, train), tour operators, hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment places… Besides, the tourist maps have been corrected and updated according to the latest change. … [Read more...]

Saigon’s New Prince of Pork

Gustafson working the grill on a recent evening. PHOTO: CALVIN GODFREY

Mark Gustafson, 41, hand makes almost everything that gets served at Quan Ut Ut, the new American-style barbecue restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City. PHOTO: CALVIN GODFREY Mark Gustafson rolled into Saigon like some sort of seventeenth century porkmancer. He brought knowledge of rib smoking, bacon curing and beer brewing to a town that had little. In a matter of six months, he has unleashed it all at the impressive riverfront eatery, Quan Ut Ut (roughly: "The Oink Oink Tavern") which he opened with partners Tim Scott and Albin Deforges. … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Add: 164 Dong Khoi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Tel: (08) 3822 4053; Fax: (08) 3822 3221 Email: Website: Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Promotion Center Add: 140 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City Tel: (08) 3824 2903 (171,172,173) … [Read more...]

Suoi Tien Amusement Park

Thien Dang Bao Thap - the highest tower in Vietnam (2005).

Suoi Tien Amusement Park in Ho Chi Minh City is famous at home and abroad for its airy and fresh space and the harmonious combination between nature and human creativeness, between old and contemporary architecture. All these create a fascinating tourist site which is modern and full of the cultural identities of the Vietnamese people. «Some of Vietnam's records set by Suoi Tien Amusement Park: - Tien Dong Sea: The only salt water lake in the water parks in Vietnam (2004). - Thien Dang Bao Thap: The highest tower in Vietnam (2005). - Goddess of Mercy Statue made of ebony: The heaviest statue in Vietnam (2005). - Avalokitesvara Statue: The biggest statue in Vietnam (2010). - The Southern Fruit Festival 2011 is a festival which has the greatest number of artworks made from fruits and the greatest number of fruit in Vietnam (2011). » Suoi Tien Amusement Park is situated on an S-shaped hilly area and covers about 200,000m2 in Tan Phu Ward of District 9, nearly 20km from the … [Read more...]

New requirements from Canada’s immigration system

(CPV) - Beginning from December 11, visitors to Canada from several countries, including Vietnam, will be required to provide fingerprints and a digital photograph when they apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit. This new requirement will not only help protect the safety and security of Canadians while helping facilitate legitimate travel, it will also protect prospective visitors by making it more difficult for others to forge, steal or use an applicant's identity to gain access to Canada. It will put Canada in line with other countries which are already collecting this information from visitors, including the US, the United Kingdom, Australia, countries in the European Union Schengen zone, and Japan. In the long run, the use of this information will make entry to Canada easier by providing a reliable tool to readily confirm a person's identity. According to a press release issued by the Embassy of Canada in Hanoi on December 4, applicants will need to go in person to a … [Read more...]

Opportunity to meet foreign importers in Vietnam

(VEN) - As part of the National Trade Promotion Program 2013 which was approved by the Minister of Industry and Trade via Decision 7988/QD-BCT dated October 29, 2013, the Vietnam Cashew Association will organize a meeting between domestic businesses and foreign importers. 1. Objective - Providing customers with information about the Vietnamese cashew sector, its achievements and processing technologies - Visits to cashew processing facilities will make customers feel secure about the safety of products - The development potential as well as the processing capability of the Vietnamese cashew sector will encourage customers to sign sales contracts - Tightening the relations and increasing mutual understanding between producers, exporters and importers - Customer opinions will help the Vietnamese cashew sector take necessary measures to boost its development 2. Proposed number of participants: >100 businesses 3. Time: November 27-30, 2013 4. Venue: Victory Hotel, Ward 6, … [Read more...]

Customs Authorities, Foreign Investors to Meet in HCM City

The Investment and Trade Promotion Centre of Ho Chi Minh City (ITPC) will host a dialogue forum for enterprises in Ho Chi Minh City to review customs policy implementation in the past time. At this forum, enterprises can send their opinion to customs leaders to have effective solutions for the current period and in the future. The forum is set to take place on November 26, 2013 at the Hotel Grand, Ho Chi Minh City. Companies interested in this forum, please contact: Investment Promotion Department, ITPC, 51 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Tel: (08) 3911 1314 - 3823 6738; 0913 723 232 (Mr Phong) Fax: (08) 3910 4374; Email: … [Read more...]

Japan Business Roundtable Meeting 2013

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Japan Business Roundtable Meeting and the 40th founding anniversary of Vietnam - Japan diplomatic relations, the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre of Ho Chi Minh City (ITPC) in collaboration with the Japan Business Association in Ho Chi Minh City (JBAH) will organise the Japan Business Roundtable Meeting 2013 at the Grand Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City on December 20, 2013. The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for leaders of the governing Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee and Japanese investors in the city to have a look back on foreign investment situations, apply solutions to existing weaknesses and seek measures for future development. Companies interested in this meeting, please contact: Investment Promotion Department, ITPC, 51 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Tel: (08) 3910 1302 - 0903 367 567; Fax: (08) 3910 4374 … [Read more...]

International Furniture Fair Singapore – IFFS 2014

(VEN) - The Vietnam Trade Office in Singapore would like to present the information about the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS 2014). IFFS 2014 will consist of the 31st ASEAN Furniture Show (AFS 2014), the Decor Show 2014 and the Hospitality 360 Show. Websites:;; Time: March 13-16, 2014 Venue: Singapore International Exhibition Center Organizer: International Furniture Fair Singapore Pte Ltd. Exhibits: - IFFS/AFS: Indoor, outdoor tables and chairs, furniture for bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, children's rooms and offices, decorative items and accessories. - Decor Show: Handicrafts, interior decoration items, ornamental lights, mirrors, pictures, photo frames, wall decoration items, floor carpets - Hospitality Show: Equipment for bathrooms, spas and bedrooms, floor carpets, wall decoration items, fabrics and yarns, interior designs, outdoor tables and chairs, canvas, architectural and design … [Read more...]

Reversible coffee drying oven


Energy and Agricultural Machinery center under Agriculture and Forestry University of Ho Chi Minh City designed and produced a reversible coffee drying oven successfully. The kiln was designed with productivity and equivalent quality compared to the conventional static drying ovens. Special features of the reversible drying oven is the ultimate humidity difference of lower products; easy operation, it does not rake coffee in the drying process. Therefore, it reduces the cost of drying, small and tidy structure, and the surface area for installing stoves. Besides the use of coffee drying, reversible drying kiln can dry many different products (especially the sticky materials, hardly scratching such as shrimp, fish, squid, groundnuts, cassava, etc). For further more information, pleasecontact: Energy and Agricultural Machinery Center - Agriculture and Forestry University of Ho Chi Minh City Quarter 6, Linh Trung ward, Thu Duc district, Ho Chi Minh city, Tel / Fax: 08.37220725 (MA. … [Read more...]

Business Opportunities with South Korean Firms

The Ho Chi Minh City Investment and Trade Promotion Centre (ITPC) and Incheon Business Assistance Centre (IBA) have collaborated to organise a business exchange for Vietnamese and South Korean companies on October 29, 2013. The event will take place at New World Hotel. Ten South Korean companies will attend the event. Companies interested in the event please contact: ITPC, 51 Đinh Tien Hoang Street, Da Kao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Tel: (08) 3910 4565 - 3823 6738 (ext. 303 or 203), Fax: (08) 3910 1303 Gia Phuc … [Read more...]

WATEC Israel 2013

(VEN) - The Water Technology and Environment Control Exhibition and Conference (WATEC) will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, from October 22-24, 2013. WATEC is a biennial event. In 2011, WATEC attracted 27,000 visitors from 104 countries in the world and the participation of 270 businesses. WATEC Israel 2011 was attended by 40 ministers of water resource management from five continents. WATEC Organizing Board Chairman Shimon Tal said that reducing the pressure on natural resources and ensuring effective exploitation of natural resources such as water, land, energy and minerals is very important. New technologies and smart solutions have contributed two thirds of the amount of water required in the world for the next three decades. The development of the Israeli water sector, based on the experiences of managing exhausted water resources, has been internationally recognized. WATEC 2013 will be a meeting place of politicians, researchers and businesspeople from many countries and … [Read more...]

VASEP to Attend Seafex Fair 2013 in Dubai

To facilitate small and medium companies to strengthen, develop and expand the Middle East market, VASEP Company will organise a 90-square metre international booth at the Middle East and Africa Seafood Exhibition 2013 (SEAFEX) to be organised in Dubai World Trade Centre in the United Arab Emirates from November 17 to 20, 2013. Dubai is today considered one of the main gateways to enter the world's wealthiest business realm. Despite huge potential, there is however no professional playground for Vietnamese exporters in this market. Companies interested in the exhibition please register with the following address prior to July 26, 2013. VASEP Services Consulting Company (VASEP Co.) - 218 Block A, Road No. 6, An Phu An Khanh Project, An Phu Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. Tel: - Fax: … [Read more...]

Family reunion for Exotissimo’s 20th anniversary in Hoi An


Twenty years old… For all, an age to look back at your achievements, but also to look forward full of projects, the best part of your life still to come! And for sure, a day to celebrate! Earlier this month, Exotissimo staff from Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Japan, China, Indonesia, and of course Vietnam, united at the Palm Garden Resort in Hoi An for a memorable family gathering. Beach sports, treasure hunt in the ancient town, stage performances, and of course gala dinner and disco party… The story starts in 1993 in Vietnam, when Olivier Colomès, Eric Merlin and Denis Colonna fell in love with the country and decided to share their discovery to travelers from all over the world. They created what would soon become the first foreign company to be granted a tourism operating license in Vietnam. Since then, Exotissimo has developed in 8 countries over Asia, creating high standard trips for happy travelers from Europe, America, Australia… and Asia itself. Their … [Read more...]