Saigoneer | Stories https://saigoneer.com/ Sat, 24 Feb 2024 03:31:29 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) In the Mekong Delta, Ferries Are Childhood Friends and Daily Companions http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/26155-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.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Morgan Ommer. Photos by Morgan Ommer..) Mon, 02 Oct 2023 09:20:25 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/26155-in-the-mekong-delta,-ferries-are-childhood-friends-and-daily-companions
'Engaging With Vietnam' Conference Ruminates on Heritage in Huế http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/26389-engaging-with-vietnam-conference-ruminates-on-heritage-in-huế

“Living with Heritage, (Re)Creating Heritage: Vietnam and the World” is the title of the 14th Engaging with Vietnam conference, a series of activities including academic panel discussions, keynote talks, art installations, music and fashion performances, workshops, curated visits to heritage sites and more.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Mon, 03 Jul 2023 03:59:34 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/26389-engaging-with-vietnam-conference-ruminates-on-heritage-in-huế
Vietnam Reports First-Ever Test-Taker Attaining 9.0 for All 4 IELTS Skills http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/26350-vietnam-reports-first-ever-test-taker-attaining-9-0-for-all-4-ielts-skills

As more institutions and enterprises in Vietnam adopt IELTS results as an official assessment of students' and employees’ grasp of the English language, high IELTS scores have gradually become a sought-after mark of prestige.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Fri, 09 Jun 2023 04:56:39 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/26350-vietnam-reports-first-ever-test-taker-attaining-9-0-for-all-4-ielts-skills
Pride Fest, Cambodia's Most Ambitious LGBT Event to Date, Is Coming This Week http://saigoneer.com/asia-news/26303-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.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Joshua Zukas. Photos by Bong Nac Studio via Pride Cambodia.) Mon, 22 May 2023 05:20:30 GMT http://saigoneer.com/asia-news/26303-pride-fest,-cambodia-s-most-ambitious-lgbt-event-to-date,-is-coming-this-week
The Simple Pleasures of Kite-Flying in Thủ Thiêm http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/26299-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. 

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paul@saigoneer.com (Paul Christiansen. Photos by Paul Christiansen.) Mon, 22 May 2023 07:47:58 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/26299-the-simple-pleasures-of-kite-flying-in-thủ-thiêm
Summer 2023 Is the Hottest on Record in Vietnam Due to El Niño http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/26276-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.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Photo by Alberto Prieto.) Mon, 08 May 2023 05:28:22 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/26276-summer-2023-is-the-hottest-on-record-in-vietnam-due-to-el-niño
On Finding Flavors of Home in Takadanobaba, Tokyo's 'Vietnam Town' http://saigoneer.com/asia-news/26236-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.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Oliver Newman. Photos by Oliver Newman.) Fri, 14 Apr 2023 09:28:34 GMT http://saigoneer.com/asia-news/26236-on-finding-flavors-of-home-in-takadanobaba,-tokyo-s-vietnam-town
Plan to Put Canopy Over Treeless Lê Lợi Pavement Sparks Debate http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/26189-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.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Photo by Lê Thái Hoàng Nguyên.) Wed, 29 Mar 2023 13:03:41 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/26189-plan-to-put-canopy-over-treeless-lê-lợi-pavement-sparks-debate
Vignette: For Cafe 81 and the '404 Not Found' Places of Our Lives http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/26134-vignette-for-cafe-81-and-the-404-not-found-places-of-our-lives

We all have them.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Paul Christiansen.) Mon, 06 Mar 2023 04:52:17 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/26134-vignette-for-cafe-81-and-the-404-not-found-places-of-our-lives
Vignette: The Nhiêu Lộc-Thị Nghè Canal's Comeback Story http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/26130-vignette-the-nhiêu-lộc-thị-nghè-canal-s-comeback-story

Water has no hometown.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Paul Christiansen. Photos by Alberto Prieto.) Thu, 02 Mar 2023 04:26:18 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/26130-vignette-the-nhiêu-lộc-thị-nghè-canal-s-comeback-story
Ở đó ở đây Sài Gòn — A Love-Hate Letter to the Maze of Paradoxes http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/26092-ở-đó-ở-đây-sài-gòn-—-a-love-hate-letter-to-the-maze-of-paradoxes

Editor's note: Adrien Jean is a Saigon-based photographer and a frequent contributor to Saigoneer's Darkroom series. His photos often depict the precise moments in time when the visual elements of our daily life line up just right to evoke a special feeling. In this special photo collection, which contains all of Jean's favorite shots of Saigon, he penned a loving ode, titled 'Love/Hate Letter to Saigon.'

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paul@saigoneer.com (Adrien Jean.) Tue, 21 Mar 2023 05:34:52 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/26092-ở-đó-ở-đây-sài-gòn-—-a-love-hate-letter-to-the-maze-of-paradoxes
Inside the Sawdust Heaven in D8 Where Old Furniture Goes to Get Reincarnated http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/26085-inside-the-sawdust-heaven-in-d8-where-old-furniture-goes-to-get-reincarnated

My lungs began to heave with raspy coughs as I ventured deeper into the alley of 124 Phạm Thế Hiển.

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uyendo@urbanistvietnam.com (Uyên Đỗ. Photos by Lê Thái Hoàng Nguyên.) Sat, 29 Apr 2023 07:44:13 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/26085-inside-the-sawdust-heaven-in-d8-where-old-furniture-goes-to-get-reincarnated
Saigon, Hanoi (Almost) Bottom out World Ranking of Public Bathroom Coverage http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/26068-saigon,-hanoi-almost-bottom-out-world-ranking-of-public-bathroom-coverage

Vietnam’s bountiful abundance of street eats and hip cafes might satisfy even the pickiest visitors looking to ingest delicious things at any price range, but even its biggest metropolises would struggle to provide for the most low-maintenance tourists when it comes to public bathrooms.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Mon, 06 Feb 2023 07:44:34 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/26068-saigon,-hanoi-almost-bottom-out-world-ranking-of-public-bathroom-coverage
A Visual Homage to the Water Buffalo's Practical and Symbolic Importance in Vietnam http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/26055-a-visual-homage-to-the-water-buffalo-s-practical-and-symbolic-importance-in-vietnam

The second animal sign in the 12-year cycle of the Vietnamese zodiac, trâu, has symbolic and practical importance in Vietnam.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Adrien Jean. Photos by Adrien Jean.) Wed, 22 Mar 2023 07:34:36 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/26055-a-visual-homage-to-the-water-buffalo-s-practical-and-symbolic-importance-in-vietnam
In 2022, Vietnam's Domestic Tourism Flourished, but International Arrivals Lagged Behind http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/26054-in-2022,-vietnam-s-domestic-tourism-flourished,-but-international-arrivals-lagged-behind

The most recent Tết holiday witnessed an outstanding performance by Vietnam’s domestic tourism sector, while international tourism had a year of underwhelming figures.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Photo by Khôi Phạm.) Mon, 30 Jan 2023 09:14:08 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/26054-in-2022,-vietnam-s-domestic-tourism-flourished,-but-international-arrivals-lagged-behind
Year in Review: Saigoneer's Picks for Favorite Features of 2022 http://saigoneer.com/news/26023-year-in-review-saigoneer-s-picks-for-favorite-features-of-2022

In 2021, we decided to expand on the enduring appeal of our food series Hẻm Gems by coming up with new collections of articles zooming in on specific aspects of Vietnamese society and culture. Last year was a time for delving deeper into these series.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Wed, 11 Jan 2023 10:26:06 GMT http://saigoneer.com/news/26023-year-in-review-saigoneer-s-picks-for-favorite-features-of-2022
Saigon's Metro Line 1 Went on Its First Test Run Last Week http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/26001-saigon-s-metro-line-1-went-on-its-first-test-run-last-week

Last week, the Saigon Metro project took a major step in realizing many Saigoneers’ long-awaited dream of experiencing their own urban railway line.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Mon, 26 Dec 2022 06:26:00 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/26001-saigon-s-metro-line-1-went-on-its-first-test-run-last-week
Đà Nẵng Cafe Sparks Heated Online Debate for Refusing to Serve Children Under 12 http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25992-đà-nẵng-cafe-sparks-heated-online-debate-for-refusing-to-serve-children-under-12

A seemingly innocuous notice by a coffee shop in Đà Nẵng has sparked polarizing responses from netizens across Vietnam.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:45:08 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25992-đà-nẵng-cafe-sparks-heated-online-debate-for-refusing-to-serve-children-under-12
Votive Dongs Must Be 50% Smaller or Twice Bigger Than Real Dongs, State Bank Says http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25829-votive-dongs-must-be-50-smaller-or-twice-bigger-than-real-dongs,-state-bank-says

To help citizens better distinguish between Vietnam dong bills for the living and the dead, the State Bank of Vietnam has put forth a draft law detailing specifications replicas must follow.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Photo by Thi Nguyễn.) Thu, 13 Oct 2022 08:58:09 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25829-votive-dongs-must-be-50-smaller-or-twice-bigger-than-real-dongs,-state-bank-says
Storm Noru, the Strongest in Recent Years, to Hit Central Vietnam This Week http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25798-storm-noru,-the-strongest-in-recent-years,-to-hit-central-vietnam-this-week

Around 370,000 residents are being prepared for evacuation in advance of Storm Noru, which is expected to be one of the worst storms to hit Vietnam in the last 20 years.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Mon, 26 Sep 2022 09:55:02 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25798-storm-noru,-the-strongest-in-recent-years,-to-hit-central-vietnam-this-week
Huế Announces Plan to Transform Hồ Thủy Tiên Waterpark Into Public Space http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25794-huế-announces-plan-to-transform-hồ-thủy-tiên-waterpark-into-public-space

Authorities are planning to turn the long-abandoned Hồ Thủy Tiên Waterpark into a public space with the construction of a walking path, lighting, drainage system and water supply.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Photos by Alberto Prieto.) Fri, 23 Sep 2022 07:20:11 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25794-huế-announces-plan-to-transform-hồ-thủy-tiên-waterpark-into-public-space
A Saigon Restaurant Poisoned Dozens of Stray Cats. What Happened to Those That Survived? http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25778-a-saigon-restaurant-poisoned-dozens-of-stray-cats-what-happened-to-those-that-survived

Almost 10 months ago, my life was turned upside down as our household welcomed a new feline member.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Uyên Đỗ. Photos by Lê Thái Hoàng Nguyên, Đỗ Anh Chương and Lê Hoàng Nguyên Anh.) Wed, 21 Sep 2022 06:29:32 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25778-a-saigon-restaurant-poisoned-dozens-of-stray-cats-what-happened-to-those-that-survived
Cô Tô Island District Says No to Single-Use Plastics From September http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25744-cô-tô-island-district-says-no-to-single-use-plastics-from-september

With insufficient waste management facilities, many island localities in Vietnam face literal barrages of trash.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Tue, 30 Aug 2022 07:28:39 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25744-cô-tô-island-district-says-no-to-single-use-plastics-from-september
Bình Dương Gang Drives Car, Steals Mooncakes, Eats Almost Everything Before Arrest http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25707-bình-dương-gang-drives-car,-steals-mooncakes,-eats-almost-everything-before-being-arrested

If you ever feel overwhelmed by mooncake gifts this Trung Thu, remember that there are underprivileged others who might have to resort to driving their car to steal bánh Trung Thu.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Tue, 16 Aug 2022 05:40:05 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25707-bình-dương-gang-drives-car,-steals-mooncakes,-eats-almost-everything-before-being-arrested
Vietnam Will Add Birthplace to New Passport Design After EU Visa Rejections http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25700-vietnam-will-add-birthplace-to-new-passport-design-after-eu-visa-rejections

A temporary solution has been proposed for holders of Vietnam’s new passports, but it’s unclear at the moment when the state government will come up with a design update to include the missing “Place of Birth” field.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Wed, 10 Aug 2022 09:26:41 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25700-vietnam-will-add-birthplace-to-new-passport-design-after-eu-visa-rejections
Saigon Extends Notre-Dame Cathedral Renovation by 4 Years to 2027 http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25698-saigon-extends-notre-dame-cathedral-renovation-by-4-years-to-2027

Originally scheduled for completion in 2020 and then delayed once to 2023, repairs to the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon's roof, windows, flooring, exterior and core wooden structure are now expected to be finished in 2027.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Mon, 08 Aug 2022 14:27:29 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25698-saigon-extends-notre-dame-cathedral-renovation-by-4-years-to-2027
While Seeking Lost Pets, Nha Trang Man Rescues 31 Dogs From Slaughterhouse http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25684-while-seeking-lost-pets,-nha-trang-man-rescues-31-dogs-from-slaughterhouse

A man living in Nha Trang has earned kudos from animal lovers across Vietnam for saving 31 local dogs. 

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Mon, 01 Aug 2022 07:54:52 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25684-while-seeking-lost-pets,-nha-trang-man-rescues-31-dogs-from-slaughterhouse
Nearly 50% of Produce Sampled at Saigon Wholesale Markets Contains Pesticide Residues http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25679-nearly-50-of-produce-sampled-at-saigon-wholesale-markets-contains-pesticide-residues

Nearly 50% samples of fruits and vegetables gathered from Saigon wholesale markets were found to contain pesticide residues, while significant amounts of seafood tested positive for dangerous metals and banned antibiotics.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Photo by Thi Nguyễn.) Fri, 29 Jul 2022 04:16:14 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25679-nearly-50-of-produce-sampled-at-saigon-wholesale-markets-contains-pesticide-residues
Airport Officer Suspended After Passenger Brings Knife on Flight to Prepare Mango Snack http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25670-airport-officer-suspended-after-passenger-brings-knife-on-flight-to-prepare-mango-snack

A passenger's seemingly innocent in-air fruit snack has called into question the effectiveness of Tân Sơn Nhất's security screenings.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Fri, 22 Jul 2022 08:00:37 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25670-airport-officer-suspended-after-passenger-brings-knife-on-flight-to-prepare-mango-snack
Tân Sơn Nhất Airport's New Terminal Will Have Áo Dài-Inspired Design http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25659-tân-sơn-nhất-airport-t3-terminal-áo-dài-design

After years of existing on paper, Tân Sơn Nhất’s third terminal (T3) has slowly materialized in the form of visual renderings.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Tue, 19 Jul 2022 06:09:08 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25659-tân-sơn-nhất-airport-t3-terminal-áo-dài-design
Vietnam Consumer Protection Watchdog Asks Grab to Explain New 'Hot Weather' Fee http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25656-vietnam-consumer-protection-watchdog-asks-grab-to-explain-new-hot-weather-fee

A “hot weather” fee is Grab’s latest surcharge on a shopping list of other additional fees the ride-hailing giant tacks on to each ride.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Photo by Kevin Lee.) Fri, 15 Jul 2022 06:30:49 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25656-vietnam-consumer-protection-watchdog-asks-grab-to-explain-new-hot-weather-fee
At Saigon's Oldest Ornamental Fish Market, Fish Are Friends, Not Food http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25653-at-saigon-s-oldest-ornamental-fish-market,-fish-are-friends,-not-food

It is a street, not a river, that comes to mind when people talk about vibrant fish in Saigon. Located in District 5, Lưu Xuân Tín Street is only approximately 500 meters long, but it is home to dozens of aquarium businesses.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Trần Duy Minh. Photos by Trần Duy Minh, Lê Thái Hoàng Nguyên, and Đỗ Anh Chương.) Sat, 01 Oct 2022 12:39:53 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25653-at-saigon-s-oldest-ornamental-fish-market,-fish-are-friends,-not-food
Saigon Police Want Nhậu Eateries to Report Drunk Customers Who Try to Drive http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25650-saigon-police-want-nhậu-eateries-to-report-drunk-customers-who-try-to-drive

Now that public gathering is no longer a health hazard, Saigon’s drunk driving epidemic is back in full swing.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Photo by Alberto Prieto.) Mon, 11 Jul 2022 09:19:26 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25650-saigon-police-want-nhậu-eateries-to-report-drunk-customers-who-try-to-drive
Bắc Giang Farmers Successfully Grow Seedless Lychees http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25640-bắc-giang-farmers-successfully-grow-seedless-lychees

After years of experimenting, Bắc Giang has finally succeeded in growing seedless lychees.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Fri, 08 Jul 2022 05:13:56 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25640-bắc-giang-farmers-successfully-grow-seedless-lychees
Saigon Zoo Starts Making Chemical-Free Paper From Elephant Poo http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25622-saigon-zoo-starts-making-chemical-free-paper-from-elephant-poo

One kilogram of elephant dung yields about 20 sheets of paper for use in Saigon schools.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Top photo by Alberto Prieto.) Tue, 05 Jul 2022 09:06:40 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25622-saigon-zoo-starts-making-chemical-free-paper-from-elephant-poo
All Aboard Bus 146, Home of Plushies, Rubber Chickens and a Side of Humanity http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25611-all-aboard-bus-146,-home-of-plushies,-rubber-chickens-and-a-side-of-humanity

“Cute” doesn’t seem like a fitting descriptor for any mode of public transport, but a bus in Saigon is driving straight into the heart of Saigoneers for being the quintessence of “smotheringly adorable.”

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uyendo@urbanistvietnam.com (Uyên Đỗ. Photo by Albie Prieto.) Fri, 24 Jun 2022 08:22:44 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25611-all-aboard-bus-146,-home-of-plushies,-rubber-chickens-and-a-side-of-humanity
In a D6 Hẻm, Saigon's Last Remaining Broom-Making 'Village' http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25595-in-a-d6-hẻm,-saigon-s-last-remaining-broom-making-village

Nestled in a hẻm on Phạm Phú Thứ Street, District 6 is Saigon’s last remaining broom-making village.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Tuyết Nhi. Photos by Tuyết Nhi.) Mon, 13 Jun 2022 08:52:40 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25595-in-a-d6-hẻm,-saigon-s-last-remaining-broom-making-village
Huế Launches Public Bicycle Trial Program With 7 Stations, 250 Bikes http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25583-huế-launches-public-bicycle-trial-program-with-7-stations,-250-bikes

This Monday, Huế launched the pilot phase of its public bike rental system.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Wed, 08 Jun 2022 08:04:18 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25583-huế-launches-public-bicycle-trial-program-with-7-stations,-250-bikes
Saigon Restaurant Faces Boycott Over Gruesome Poisoning of Stray Cats http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25567-saigon-restaurant-faces-boycott-over-gruesome-poisoning-of-stray-cats

Over the past week, animal lovers in Saigon were shocked to learn of a deliberate poisoning aimed at stray cats living in a local apartment complex. 

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Mon, 30 May 2022 05:07:25 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25567-saigon-restaurant-faces-boycott-over-gruesome-poisoning-of-stray-cats
Saigon Plans to Add 10ha of Public Parks by End of 2022 http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25565-saigon-plans-to-add-10ha-of-public-parks-by-end-of-2022

The additional parks are part of a goal to have 3–4 square meters of green space per Saigon resident by 2030.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Photo by Alberto Prieto.) Thu, 26 May 2022 06:35:14 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25565-saigon-plans-to-add-10ha-of-public-parks-by-end-of-2022
Controversy Brews Over 'Minh Mạng' Herbal Tea Brand's Song Joong-Ki Packaging http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25528-controversy-brews-over-minh-mạng-herbal-tea-brand-s-song-joong-ki-packaging

A tea product featuring the face of a South Korean celebrity has turned into a royal pain for its manufacturer.

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uyendo@urbanistvietnam.com (Saigoneer.) Mon, 16 May 2022 04:29:03 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25528-controversy-brews-over-minh-mạng-herbal-tea-brand-s-song-joong-ki-packaging
Đàm Lê Đức, Educator Extraordinaire and Matriarch of 218 Lý Tự Trọng, Passes Away at 91 http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25525-đàm-lê-đức,-educator-extraordinaire-and-matriarch-of-218-lý-tự-trọng,-passes-away-at-91

If there’s such a thing as a celebrity teacher, Madame Đàm Lê Đức would be a shining example of Saigon’s educator extraordinaire.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Graphic by Phan Nhi.) Fri, 13 May 2022 07:22:13 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25525-đàm-lê-đức,-educator-extraordinaire-and-matriarch-of-218-lý-tự-trọng,-passes-away-at-91
Facing Another Removal Plan, Will Chợ Cũ Tôn Thất Đạm Survive 2022? http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25522-facing-another-removal-plan,-will-chợ-cũ-tôn-thất-đạm-survive-2022

After years of existing on paper, Saigon authorities’ plan to remove chợ cũ might become a reality this year.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Top photo by Alberto Prieto.) Wed, 11 May 2022 10:08:07 GMT http://saigoneer.com/saigon-news/25522-facing-another-removal-plan,-will-chợ-cũ-tôn-thất-đạm-survive-2022
Hanoi Woman Survives 7 Days in the Wild After Falling off Cliff During Pagoda Visit http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25494-hanoi-woman-survives-7-days-in-the-wild-after-falling-off-cliff-during-pagoda-visit

Would you be able to survive a week in the wilderness of Vietnam?

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer.) Wed, 04 May 2022 10:17:13 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25494-hanoi-woman-survives-7-days-in-the-wild-after-falling-off-cliff-during-pagoda-visit
Vietnam Removes Health Declaration Requirement for Domestic, International Travelers http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25476-vietnam-removes-health-declaration-requirement-for-domestic,-international-travelers

Citing Vietnam's continued success in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health announced domestic travelers will no longer need to make health declarations and restrictions will be eased for international arrivals.

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paul@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Photo by Alberto Prieto.) Wed, 27 Apr 2022 05:20:19 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/25476-vietnam-removes-health-declaration-requirement-for-domestic,-international-travelers
A Letter From Saigoneer http://saigoneer.com/news/25449-a-letter-from-saigoneer

Saigoneers ơi!

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Khôi Phạm. Graphic by Hannah Hoàng.) Wed, 27 Apr 2022 09:38:05 GMT http://saigoneer.com/news/25449-a-letter-from-saigoneer
Inside the Backbreaking Work of Quảng Ninh's Coal Miners http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/21058-inside-the-backbreaking-work-of-quảng-ninh-s-coal-miners

“I am a person with two skin tones.”

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Photos by Đồng Hiếu.) Fri, 15 Apr 2022 04:39:40 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/21058-inside-the-backbreaking-work-of-quảng-ninh-s-coal-miners
Hanoi Envisions 6 More Metro Lines for City Center by 2050 http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/21054-hanoi-envisions-6-more-metro-lines-for-city-center-by-2050

Earlier this week, Hanoi unveiled a general plan for the underground development of the city center which includes adding six metro lines and 81 underground stations. 

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paul@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Photo by Linh Phạm) Fri, 15 Apr 2022 06:53:15 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/21054-hanoi-envisions-6-more-metro-lines-for-city-center-by-2050
Hanoi to Establish Animal Control Squads to Catch Roaming Dogs, Cats http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/21053-hanoi-to-establish-animal-control-squads-to-catch-roaming-dogs,-cats

In a city-wide campaign to curb the spread of rabies, Hanoi authorities announced that the city will form squads dedicated to snaring stray dogs.

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khoi@saigoneer.com (Saigoneer. Photo by Alberto Prieto.) Wed, 13 Apr 2022 07:46:00 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/21053-hanoi-to-establish-animal-control-squads-to-catch-roaming-dogs,-cats
5 Biggest Cities Told to Restrict Motorbikes From 2030 http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/21046-5-biggest-cities-told-to-restrict-motorbikes-from-2030

Will motorbikes in downtown Saigon be a thing of the past in eight years?

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matatarski@gmail.com (Saigoneer. Photo by Alberto Prieto.) Sat, 09 Apr 2022 02:48:27 GMT http://saigoneer.com/vietnam-news/21046-5-biggest-cities-told-to-restrict-motorbikes-from-2030