Khôi Phạm

in Natural Selection

Trái Thị: The Fruit of Heavenly Smell and Infernal Taste

If you had to pick a national smell that represents Vietnam, what would it be? There are a host of strong contenders: durian, lotus-scented green tea, fragrant pandan sticky rice, that enticing aroma of shallots crisping up in hot oil. It’s hard to say no to tasty things, but for me, that honor unequivocally belongs to trái thị, the golden apple of Vietnam.

in Ẽplain

A Brief Primer Into the History of K-Pop Chế in Vietnam

My middle school memories are often peppered with the honking voices of adolescents chanting some silly chorus about household cleaning.

in Development

Saigon Metro Line 1 Announces July Launch Date, Free Rides in Phase 1

Will 2024 be the auspicious year when our legs could finally step on the metro platform for the first time?

in Health

Sweating out My Sadness on the Canal's Exercise Machines

We're all unlucky in love sometimes. When I am, I go jogging. The body loses water when you jog, so you have none left for tears.

Paul Christiansen

in Environment

Charting the Flow of the Nhiêu Lộc Canal From Start to Historical Start

When I fall in love with an album, I seek out the artist's first mixtapes and demos. When I come to admire a poet, I hunt down their early poems and chapbooks. I even linger over the old highlight reels of my favorite football players' college games. Understanding where something starts allows me appreciate it more. So it is with the Nhiêu Lộc–Thị Nghè Canal.

Khôi Phạm

in Society

Nhiêu Lộc Canal Hosted Trudeau's Night Run. Why Is It Not as Famous as Obama's Bún Chả?

You know how much Vietnamese culture revolves around food by the fact that one of the first questions we pose to any foreign visitor is “What’s your favorite Vietnamese dish?” Asking about other aspects of the country could invite honest opinions that some of us might not be prepared to hear. Deep down, more than anybody else, we know that our air quality is subpar and our urban cleanliness leaves much to be desired, but our food is the one thing every Vietnamese can trust to make us proud. What easier way to foster diplomacy than to center the conversation around deliciousness?

in Architecture

In Hanoi, a Family Home Balances Commercial Hustle With Spiritual Haven

If many Vietnamese families often opt to reserve one room in their house plan for ancestor worship, this household in Hanoi decided to dedicate an entire backyard to their family altar.

Paul Christiansen

in Environment

An Homage to the Mekong Delta and Its Bag-Wearing Fruits

Rats, mice, mosquitos, snakes, centipedes, caterpillars, snails, beetles and slugs: the more fertile a region is, the more pests inhabit it.

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in Tech

$189m Plan to Give 300,000 HCMC Students Tablets Draws Criticism

Last week the HCMC Department of Education proposed a plan to equip 300,000 primary students with tablets for the coming school year, reports Thanh Nien. With a pricetag of VND3 million – VND 5 m...

Brian Letwin

in Development

A Look At The Progress Of HCMC's First Metro Line

Now that ground has been broken on the underground stations in District 1, construction of HCMC’s first metro system is in full swing. But with a number of major construction sites across nearly 20km ...

Brian Letwin

in Development

Future Saigon: VINATEX Tower (Võ Văn Kiệt Street)

Vietnam Textile and Garment Group recently announced plans for this mixed residential/commercial tower, which will go up at the corner of Võ Văn Kiệt and Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa Streets.

in Tech

Google Street View Arrives In Saigon (Sort Of)

This pseudo Google Street view map of Saigon is the brainchild of photography studio, QuangCao360.

in Health

Dengue Fever On The Rise In HCMC

According to Thanh Nien, doctors in HCMC have noticed an alarming rise in the number of dengue fever cases in recent weeks, especially among adults. To complicate matters, the virus is often misdiagno...

in Tech

‘Watch Your Video’ Virus Hits Vietnamese Facebook Users

Last week, Facebook locked thousands of users accounts following what’s been labeled as the biggest information hack in the history of the internet.

in Tech

'Flappy Bird' Creator To Release New Game Tomorrow

Well, Nguyen Ha Dong, the Vietnamese app developer who at one point was pulling in $55,000 per day, is officially back in the spotlight. After releasing a new version of ‘Flappy Bird’ earlier this mon...

in Development

Design Competition Seeking Your Ideas On How To Make Saigon More Beautiful

Saigoneer is proud to be the media sponsor for Saigon Makeover, a new design competition for graphic designers, artists and young people at large to share their creative vision of how different parts ...

in Tech

Zero Gravity Flights Coming To Asia

Ever wish you could float like an astronaut in space? Soon you may be able to do so without having to leave Asia.

in Development

Hanoi’s Beautiful 'Greenfall Renovation'

Yeah, we know. Vo Trong Nghia Architects seems to get all the press when it comes to unique housing design in Vietnam, but for good reason. They’re constantly pushing the envelope and seem unafraid of...

in Tech

Vietnamese Telecos: Don’t Expect 4G Anytime Soon

Hoping to see the text “4G” atop your mobile phone screen? You’ll have to wait a bit longer. Instead of upgrading their mobile data networks to 4G, Vietnamese telecommunication companies are focusing ...

in Development

Experts Say Saigon Needs A Plan To Preserve Ancient Trees

Saigon residents voiced their displeasure after 51 trees, some 150 years old, were uprooted and axed to make room for the new Saigon Opera House metro station. This sentiment was echoed by urban tree ...

in Tech

Facebook Locks Vietnamese Users’ Accounts, Asks Them To Change Their Passwords

This morning, many Vietnamese Facebook users woke up to a surprising message, notifying them that their accounts had been locked and requesting that they change their passwords, reports VN Express.

in Development

Future Saigon: The Nexus Complex

One of Saigon’s most desirable areas when it comes to real estate is Tôn Đức Thắng Street. Like in any emerging city, locations along the water are ripe in the eyes of developers. Especially when a su...

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[Photos] Views From Vietnam’s Second Tallest Building

At 267m, Hanoi’s new $400 million Lotte Center offers some pretty amazing views of the capital. Recently, Zing sent one of their photographers up to the building's 65th floor where they captured image...

Brian Letwin

in Development

Green Dreams: FPT University Administration Building

Vo Trong Nghia architects are back in the spotlight, this time for their FPT University administration building. It's green checkerboard design is so inviting, it almost makes us want to go back ...

in Health

Tour de An Phu Bike Ride @ The Bike Shop

From the organizer: This is a fun ride suitable for Adult and Teen riders of all levels. As this is an evening event, and we are sharing the road with other vehicles, for safety reasons it is strongly...

in Development

[Photos] Changes Over Time: Saigon's Canals (2005 - 2014) Part III

A major feature of Saigon’s recent urban development has been the implementation of major infrastructure projects including upgrading canals across the city.

in Health

Rooftop Vegetable Gardens Catching On In Hanoi

We’ve always thought that Saigon’s rooftops were the perfect place to grow vegetables, especially given the questions about food safety that have cropped up over the past few years. Though they probab...

in Tech

Da Nang Launches Free, City-Wide WiFi Network

In the works since 2003, Da Nang’s free WIFI network has been officially launched after a successful year-long trial, reports DTI News.