in Asia

Pride Fest, Cambodia's Most Ambitious LGBT Event to Date, Is Coming This Week

On a steamy evening in downtown Phnom Penh, Rebecca Chan takes the stage. The crowd — mostly Cambodian millennials and Gen Z's — is riled up from previous performances, but Chan’s composure tames their energy. She prowls around the raised platform in knee-high boots. Her skin-thin dress flaunts the contours of her body. She circles calmly and seductively to tantalize the hushed audience below. They track her every move in anticipation of what’s to come.

Paul Christiansen

in Saigon

The Simple Pleasures of Kite-Flying in Thủ Thiêm

One of the most elegant means to observe the textured heft and untethered strength of otherwise-invisible wind — there is plenty one could say about the poetry of flying kites. 

in Vietnam

Summer 2023 Is the Hottest on Record in Vietnam Due to El Niño

While the past weeks have felt like living in a sauna for Saigoneers, north-central Vietnam provinces experienced even hotter temperatures this summer.

in Asia

On Finding Flavors of Home in Takadanobaba, Tokyo's 'Vietnam Town'

A bánh mì stand to the left, signs for Bích Karaoke above an alley across the street, an open shopfront lined with bottles of Chin-Su chili sauce and G7 coffee sachets, a laid back restaurant where waiters dish out steaming bowls of noodles to customers perched on plastic stools.

in Saigon

Plan to Put Canopy Over Treeless Lê Lợi Pavement Sparks Debate

Late last week, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Planning and Architecture unveiled a proposal to install canopies across Lê Lợi Boulevard’s pavement.

in Vietnam

In the Mekong Delta, Ferries Are Childhood Friends and Daily Companions

The Mekong Delta is called Đồng bằng Sông Cửu Long in Vietnamese — the Nine Dragons River, for the way the mighty Mekong splits into multiple strands as it nears its final destination, the East Sea.

Paul Christiansen

in Saigon

Vignette: For Cafe 81 and the '404 Not Found' Places of Our Lives

We all have them.

Paul Christiansen

in Saigon

Vignette: The Nhiêu Lộc-Thị Nghè Canal's Comeback Story

Water has no hometown.

Back Stories

in Vietnam

From April, Vietnam Will Impose up to VND3m Fine on Pet Abusers

The new decree is a positive development in the road towards ethical treatment of pets and farm animals in Vietnam.

in Roundups

Morning Stories: Direct UK Flights, Foreign Visitors Down 98.7% and National Heatwave

Stay connected with Saigoneer on Twitter and Instagram and like us on Facebook. Each morning, we select some of the most important stories from Saigon, the rest of Vietnam and beyond, and digest them...

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Morning Stories: Q1 GDP up 4.48%, HCMC Drainage System Expansion and VN Mobile Transactions to Triple

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Weekend Stories: HCMC Fertility Rate Increase, Airline Bailout and Master Climate Change Plan Approved

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in Vietnam

2 Vietnamese Who Entered Phu Quoc Illegally Test Positive for Covid-19

Here we go again?

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Morning Stories: VN Eyes July for Intl Tourists, E-Cig Ban and FPT Dividend

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Morning Stories: Can Tho Sinking, VNA Eyes Direct US Flights and Online Visas for Foreign Residents

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in Vietnam

Vietnam's Internet Much Cheaper but Slower Than Asian Peers', Report Shows

A new report from Broadbandchoices, a UK-based service provider for broadband, television, and mobile companies ranked internet accessibility for 169 countries, with Vietnam ranked 56th. One of the fa...

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Morning Stories: High-Speed Rail, Domestic Vaccine Launch and Hanoi Bars and Clubs Reopen

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in Vietnam

Vietnam Jumps 4 Places to 79th in UN World Happiness Ranking

Even with the catastrophes caused by COVID-19 last year, Vietnam’s overall happiness improved, albeit not by much.

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Morning Stories: Thu Thiem Bridge 2 Delayed, Hanoi Limits High Rises and New Airports

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Weekend Stories: Vaccine Passport, Foxconn Vinfast Partnership and UN Security Council Seat

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in Vietnam

Da Lat Is Getting First-Ever Traffic Lights to Help With Congestion

Wild times in Da Lat.

in Roundups

Morning Stories: VN Insects for EU, Airlines Increase Flights, 9,000km of Expressway

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Morning Stories: Q4 VN Vaccine, Metro Line Trial, Hai Duong Eases Lockdown

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Morning Stories: Giant Whale Dies, Nguyen Dynasty Library Opened and Metro Line Faults

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Morning Stories: Metro Line 2 Kick-Off, Ship Sinks and Vitamin Shoppe Comes to VN

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in Vietnam

Hanoi Identifies Teens Suspected of Harassing Women in Tay Ho

This follows a string of assault and harassment allegations focused around West Lake.

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Weekend Stories: Can Gio Airport, VN Clones Pigs and Huge Foxconn Investment

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Morning Stories: New TSN Terminal, VN Food IG Famous and Vietnam Airlines Bailout

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