Saigoneer

BackStories » Saigon

in Saigon

Saigon’s Immigration Office Relocated To District 3

Starting today, Vietnamese who want to get or renew their passports and foreigners needing visa paperwork will need to visit Saigon’s new immigration office in District 3.

in Saigon

More Road Closures For Downtown Saigon Ahead Of Tonight's Fireworks Show

There will be only a slight reprieve from road closures today in downtown Saigon with the city announcing that it will block off vehicle traffic to streets near the Bitexco Tower in advance of tonight...

in Saigon

It’s Official: The World’s Oldest Woman Lives in Saigon

The World Records Association (WRA) has recognized 122-year-old Saigon resident, Nguyen Thi Tru, as the world’s oldest woman.

in Saigon

Saigon Losing 33% of Its Tap Water Due To Leaky Pipes

It may be hard to tell during the rainy season when Saigon’s streets are flooded with rainwater, but a new study shows that the city loses a great deal of its tap water due to leaky pipes.

in Saigon

Saigon Expands Reunification Day Roadblocks At The Last Minute

Yesterday, city authorities announced that the area that will be cordoned off to vehicle traffic for Reunification Day festivities has been expanded.

in Saigon

Saigon Begins to Move Its Power Lines Underground

Saigon has begun to move its notorious tangled nests of electricity wires underground.

in Saigon

Saigon’s City Center To Be Blocked Off For Reunification Day Celebrations

Navigating your way around downtown Saigon will be a tad nightmarish over the next week, as numerous streets will be closed off for the upcoming Reunification Day celebrations.

in Saigon

As Saigon’s First Pedestrian-Only Street Prepares To Open, Details and Criticisms Emerge

As construction of Nguyen Hue Street’s pedestrian-only promenade nears completion, new details about its operation as well as critical voices have emerged in the Vietnamese press in recent weeks.

in Saigon

Saigon’s Central Post Office Goes Back To Its Original Color

After complaints from street vendors to architects, the Saigon Central Post Office is finally back to its colonial color scheme following a VND5 billion (US$233,013) repainting.

in Saigon

Video Shows Daily Physical Abuse At Center For HIV-Positive Children In Saigon

Tuoi Tre recently published an exposé cataloguing the abuse of HIV-positive children at a care center in Saigon’s Thu Duc District.

in Saigon

“Haunted” 727 Tran Hung Dao To Be Demolished

606 Tran Hung Dao isn't the only historic building on the street to be threatened by the wrecking ball. In a move that was seemingly inevitable, the decaying apartment block at 727 Tran Hung Dao will ...

in Saigon

Another 'Dead' Saigon Canal Will Soon Be Revived

Running over 10 kilometers through four districts (Tan Binh, Tan Phu, 11 and 6), Tan Hoa is one of Saigon's longest canals. Like many of the city's urban waterways, it has been receiving treatmen...

in Saigon

Nguyen Hue Pedestrian-Only Promenade To Open This Month

It’s been months since crews began to tear up Nguyen Hue Street in order to transform it into the city’s first pedestrian-only thoroughfare. It looks like we’ll only have to put up with this construct...

in Saigon

90,000 Vietnamese Workers on Strike at Factory That Supplies Nike, Adidas

Changes to social insurance laws have sparked a massive worker’s strike in Saigon’s Binh Tan District, shutting down a garment factory that makes shoes and clothes for companies including Nike and Adi...

in Saigon

Saigon McDonald’s Chaos The Result Of “Dud” US$40 Million Marketing Campaign

If you happened to pass by the Dien Bien Phu McDonald’s on Monday night or anytime Tuesday, you probably found yourself in a massive plume of motorbike traffic headed directly for the fast food restau...

in Saigon

[Photos] McDonald’s Giveaway Event Causes “Absolute Chaos” In Saigon

Thousands of people showed up to the McDonald’s restaurant on Dien Bien Phu Street this week for free food and swag, resulting in massive crowds, traffic jams and as one resident described it, “absolu...

in Saigon

The Saigon Post Office Is Being Repainted. Again.

When it comes to urban beautification projects in Vietnam, Hanoi’s recent tree massacre has been getting all the press. However, it wasn’t long ago that the Saigon Post Office’s new paint job was grab...

in Saigon

[Map] The 10 Most Dangerous Intersections In Saigon

The good news first – there has been a significant decrease in the number of accident-prone hotspots in Saigon over the past year. The bad news? There are still 10 left.

in Saigon

VN Aviation Firm Hopes To Offer Sightseeing Flights Over Saigon

Talks between city officials and Hai Au Aviation are hinting at the possibility of aerial tours of Saigon by seaplane.

in Saigon

[Photos] Large Fire Rips Through District 4

A large fire in an alley behind the District 4 People’s Committee yesterday morning destroyed eight homes and damaged two others.