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Ho Chi Minh

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Traditionally Tokyo

Sunday, 21 November, 2010, 12:00am

Big deal

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City with United Airlines (united.com) for only HK$1,560 or HK$1,360 per person for two tickets or more. Tickets must be purchased before September 30 so you will need to be quick. Travel must be completed by November 30; taxes and fuel surcharges apply. United offers daily non-stop flights between Hong Kong and the Vietnamese city.

24 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Battle for hearts and minds has long way to go

Propaganda has long been a weapon of warfare, but it can be a double-edged sword. The demonisation and psychological stereotyping of enemies can come back to haunt the perpetrator.

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Swathed in silk and song, Pyongyang's propaganda easy to swallow in Vietnam

In the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's southern commercial hub, is a little piece of North Korea.

The Pyongyang Taedonggang restaurant - owned by a state trading firm from Pyongyang and staffed by a highly trained female propaganda troupe - is packing them in nightly in an upstairs room on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street on the edge of the city's downtown.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Ring out the bells

Despite being a nation of Buddhists, the Vietnamese throw themselves into Christmas celebrations with as much verve - if not as much biblical know-how - as any God-fearing Christian, writes Bradley Winterton.

There is nothing quite like Christmas Eve in Saigon, as Ho Chi Minh City is still commonly called. It starts quietly.

23 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Vietnam to use HK system in HIV battle

Hong Kong's methadone programme will soon be replicated in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City in an effort to stem the spread of HIV among intravenous drug users.

The virus in the Vietnamese city is still mostly concentrated among high-risk groups, including intravenous drug users and prostitutes. The programme will be the first of its kind in the country.

5 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Hanoi, adieu - A Bittersweet Memoir of a Frenchman in Indochina

Hanoi, adieu - A Bittersweet Memoir of a Frenchman in Indochina

by Mandaley Perkins

Fourth Estate, HK$155

15 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Ho Chi Minh City set for its 'moment in the sun'

Keep an eye on Ho Chi Minh City. Talk to residents, businesspeople and city officials, and there is a palpable sense of momentum surrounding its development, a belief that the point of no return has been reached in terms of progress and reform.

17 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

The road to riches

Over the next few days, a delegation of Japanese investors will travel through Guangdong and Guangxi to cross the Vietnamese border by road. They will continue their travels through the mountains and rice via the historic Highway One to Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, crossing the heart of a region finally emerging from years of war, poverty and neglect.

7 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Motor city

'There are eight million people in [Vietnam's] Ho Chi Minh City and six million of them ride motorbikes,' says my guide, Toan, in a voice so soft I can barely hear him above the din created by the swirling sea of motorbikes around us.

20 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

New leadership from south region

Vietnam's inner circle of power has a distinctly southern, younger, and more business-friendly face after yesterday's conclusion of the Communist Party congress.

Seven of the 14 newly announced members of the elite Politburo are from the entrepreneurial south of the country, including Nguyen Minh Triet the man tipped to become the next president.

26 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Japan breaks the ice

Thanks, in some degree, to tone-deaf foreign-policy insensitivity at the top levels of the current government in Tokyo, Japanese popularity in Asia is not exactly at an all-time high.

3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Gossip and intrigue in Vietnam on who's in ... and out

It is known as the art of 'Kremlinology', Hanoi-style.

Once every five years, the businesspeople, diplomats and scholars watching Vietnam's leadership start to plot the possible changes ahead of the Communist Party's congress. The game of who's up and who's down involves rounds of gossip and intrigue - and not always a great deal of fact.

11 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Anna Bui

Meet the region's leading fashion designers

Vietnamese fashion designer Anna Bui Khac Loan Chau graduated in chemistry from the University of Ho Chi Minh City and worked in the banking industry for almost 10 years. The mother of two was about to be promoted to branch manager when she resigned to design her own fashion lines.

When did you launch your label?

12 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Park Hyatt Saigon

What is it, and where? Ho Chi Minh City's swankiest hotel by a mile, the Park Hyatt, which has just undergone a soft opening, towers over the ornate, red-roofed Opera House in central downtown.

2 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

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