Saigon puts a price on sidewalks as cleanup campaign peters out International

Ho Chi Minh City’s transport department has proposed hikes to fees for those wishing to use the city’s sidewalks for commercial purposes amid questions about its sidewalk campaign losing steam. The proposal sets the rent for sidewalk businesses from VND20,000 (nearly $1) a square meter a month in the most remote districts to VND100,000 in […]

Vietnam busts largest-ever drug cartel International

Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested more than 20 people believed to be members of what they call the country’s largest drug ring operating across the country. The ring, headed by Van Kinh Duong, 36, has allegedly produced nearly 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of ecstasy pills and other synthetic drugs. Duong, the alleged ringleader. Photo […]

Saigon’s post office, wartime tunnels voted into top Asian landmarks International

Ho Chi Minh City once again proved itself a must-visit place in Asia as travelers named its network of wartime tunnels and a 130-year-old post office among the top 25 landmarks of the region. TripAdvisor travelers have also picked from the ancient Angkor temples, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, the Buddhist temples […]

Move over Rome: Summer travelers turn to Saigon, Mumbai for fresh experience International

More travelers are looking outside their comfort zones and off the beaten paths for their summer vacations, a trend that is catapulting lesser known cities such as Saigon and Mumbai into new stardom. A MarketWatch report, citing data from American Express, showed that bookings to Vietnam’s largest city in April and May increased a whopping […]