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Authorities: Woman Sets Herself on Fire in Front of Reunification Palace to Protest Chinese Oil Rig

According to Le Hieu Truong Hai, District 1's Vice Chairman, a 67-year-old woman from Binh Thanh District set her self on fire in front of Reunification Palace at 6am this morning to protest the Chine...

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Saigon’s Caravelle Hotel Set to Undergo Major Renovations

The Caravelle Hotel is about to undergo a major facelift starting this summer as it begins its most significant renovation in 15 years, according to AmCham Vietnam.

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HCMC to Celebrate Reunification Day with Fireworks Display

In celebration of Reunification Day, a fireworks show will be held at 9:00pm on the Saigon River tomorrow night, according to Tuoi Tre.

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Ben Thanh Market Celebrates its 100th Birthday

Last Saturday, city authorities held a ceremony to mark Ben Thanh Market’s 100th birthday. Although it is one of the city’s oldest buildings, the market itself is significantly older, tracing its root...

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Giant, Globetrotting Duck Coming to Saigon this Month

Continuing its international tour, the world’s largest inflatable duck will be making its way to Saigon this month.

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HCMC to Build 30 Lakes to Prevent Flooding

As the realities of HCMC’s vulnerability to climate change are becoming increasingly apparent, the city is finally taking serious steps to address chronic (and worsening) flooding.  

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300 Motorbikes Destroyed in HCMC Parking Lot Fire

A fire roared through a District 8 parking lot on Saturday afternoon destroying hundreds of motorbikes, leaving a scene that resembled a warzone with hundreds of burnt out bike frames littering the sc...

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Honest Scrap Collector Hands Over US$50,000 Found in Rusty Box

In late 2013, a complete stranger sold scrap vendor Huynh Thi Anh Hong an iron box for 100,000VND ($4.70). When Hong opened the to see if she could sell it, she found a staggering 5.2 million yen (US$...

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After 23 Years, Lufthansa to Close HCMC Route

Lufthansa, Europe’s largest airline, will close its Frankfurt-HCMC route after 23 years, reports the Saigon Times.

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[Updated] End of an Era? Authorities Reportedly Crack Down on Bui Vien Street Drinking

[Update Below] Bui Vien, the land of drunken backpackers and general debauchery, underwent a makeover yesterday when police removed motorbikes and plastic furniture from the area’s sidewalks, accordin...

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Vietnam’s First McDonald’s Has Served More than 400,000 Customers

Henry Nguyen, owner of Good Day Hospitality, which operates McDonald's in Vietnam, announced yesterday that the company’s first Vietnamese branch served over 400,000 customers in its first month of op...

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Cheating Man Lured Home with Promise of Car. Has Penis Cut by Wife Instead

Well, here’s your penis slashing story for the month. On Saturday morning, a man was brought to HCMC’s 115 People’s Hospital with his member nearly sliced off. The man’s wife, angry with his cheating ...

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HCMC Cabbie Arrested for $11,100 Theft

A Vinasun taxi driver was arrested last Saturday for allegedly stealing a bag containing US$11,100 of cash, gold and diamonds from a customer on her way to Tan Son Nhat, reports Thanh Nien.

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HCMC Experiencing Strong Economic Growth in 2014

Ho Chi Minh City is currently experiencing a period of strong economic performance, according to a report from Vietnam Briefing, with a diverse set of business sectors seeing “robust” growth compared ...

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HCMC to Name Street After Marxist Icon, Che Guevara

Ho Chi Minh City is set for a massive street renaming program in honor of historical figures from both Vietnam and abroad, according to Tuoi Tre. Along with the obvious Vietnamese heroes, such as gene...

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Australian Man Dead After 14 Story Fall from Sheraton Hotel in HCMC

On Monday morning, a 50-year-old Australian man fell to his death from the 20th story of the Sheraton Hotel. According to VietNamNet, hotel guests panicked when they saw the unidentified man fal...

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HCMC to Relocate 1,300 Households at Risk of Natural Disasters

City authorities have identified 1,294 households across 62 locations that are particularly susceptible to natural disasters such as floods and landslides. To ensure that the 5,075 people in these hig...

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Dairy Queen Opens First HCMC Locations

While McDonalds’ entry into the Vietnamese market has been getting a ton of press, another American fast food chain just made its Vietnam debut – Dairy Queen.

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Farewell, Cold Weather: Saigon Set to Warm up Before Tet

If you’re tired of getting out of the shower cold and shivering we’ve got some good news - Saigon is set to warm up with the arrival of Tet.

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Chemical Explosion Blamed for the Death of 4 HCMC Students

Well, this isn’t the news we like to see as Vietnam gears up for the Tet holiday. Last weekend, 4 students were killed when a blast tore through their District 10 house. Based on witness interviews, p...