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Top bars to watch FIFA World Cup 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City

The FIFA World Cup 2018 will take place in 12 stadiums in Russia from June 14 to July 15. Finally, The Vietnam Television (VTV) has earned the right to broadcast live all 64 matches of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in the country, it announced on June 8.

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If you are living in Vietnam, it’s so great to watch on VTV’s channels with many interesting programs. In Ho Chi Minh City, the football fans also can enjoy live matches at the coffee shop, bar, club, food store, etc. Check out these sports bars in Ho Chi Minh City which will be showing the FIFA World Cup football games:

Game On Sports Bar Saigon show all the FIFA World Cup games. Game On Saigon Bar has loads of large TV screens to watch all the action. Game On Sports Bar is located at their new address at 81 Nguyen Cong Tru St, Nguyen Thai Binh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh.

Phatty’s Sports Bar show all the FIFA World Cup games with 7 large screens to watch all the action. Phatty’s is located at 46-48 Ton That Thiep Street District 1 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Bar 5 Saigon Sports Bar will be showing all the FIFA World Cup games. Bar 5 Saigon is located at 44-46 Pasteur, Bến Nghé, Quận 1 District 1 Ho Chi Minh City.

Blue Gecko Aussie Sports Bar show all the FIFA World Cup games. Blue Gecko is located at 31 Ly Tu Trong District 1 Ho Chi Minh City.

Dtwo Sports Pub will be showing the FIFA World Cup games. Dtwo Sports Pub is located at 55 – 57 Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh.

Guru Sports Bar will be showing the FIFA World Cup games. Guru Sports Bar is located at 10 Kỳ Đồng, Phường 09 District 3 Ho Chi Minh City.

Any interesting bar else in HCMC? Let’s share your favorite place with us!

Source: tripAtrek

June 18, 2018 / by / in
How to extend/renew visa in Ho Chi Minh City?

Many expats are living and working in Ho Chi Minh City right now. Therefore, visa is very important for them during the staying here. This article will show you how to apply to their visa extension for the temporary staying permission. It’s for the purpose for visiting relatives, traveling, business or others.

Extending visa must be applied some days before your visa expired date. That is, it takes 5 working days to finish as submitting your passport and requirement at the Immigration Department Office. You have opportunity to extend your stay in Vietnam by visa extension and renewal. So what is difference between a visa extension and renewal?

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  1. Visa extension: means that you will have new staying duration permission in Vietnam. Please remember that you are allowed to stay more in Vietnam without reentering if you exit Vietnam before your visa expired. So it means you must apply new visa if you wish to come back Vietnam after leaving. Hence the extension fee is much cheaper than renewal fee.

In order to apply visa extension, your current visa has to meet some requirements of Vietnam Immigration Department. Your current visa type has to be correspondent to your staying extending requirement.

Stay in 1 more month: If your current visa is 1 month single, 1 month multiple, 3 month single or 3 month multiple entry visa, you are allowed apply to extend visa in 1 more month.

Stay in 3 more months: If your current visa is 3 month single or 3 month multiple entry visa, you can apply to extend visa in 3 more months

  1. Renewal Vietnam visa: means that you are granted a new visa stamp and visa sticker on your passport with the new duration permission. The staying length is valid maximum in 3 months. Moreover the visa renewal fee is higher than the visa extension fee because we have to pay stamping fee and visa sticker fee for you. Visa renewal is ready for someone who:

– Entered Vietnam with visa exemption.

– Has current visa is not correspondent to your staying extending requirement.

If you would like to upgrade your current visa from 1 month to 3 month, you have to apply to renew 3 month single entry or 3 month multiple entry. If you would like to upgrade your current visa from single entry to multiple entry, you have to apply to renew visa.

– Wish to get multiple entry visa in 1 month and 3 months.

NOTE: Where to apply the document of visa extension/renewal in HCMC?

Add 1: 196 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Ward 6, District 3

Add 2: 254 Nguyen Trai Street, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1

May 8, 2018 / by / in
Top interesting things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most attractive city all over the world. There are many interesting places and activities for the visitors to explore it. In case of having some days to visit it, the visitors can consider the following things to explore this great city.

  • Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnel complex is actually part of a larger tunneling network that runs almost throughout complete Vietnam. In these tunnels, Vietcong moved and lived right under the nose of the American army during the war.

  • War Remnants Museum

The War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City is focused mainly on the Vietnam War, but also on the war of French Indochina. The collection of the museum consists of many vehicles, objects and images of the Vietnam War.

  • Notre-Dame Cathedral of Saigon

Notre-Dame Cathedral of Saigon is one of the architectural highlights of Ho Chi Minh City. Saigon used to be called the Paris of the East, but unfortunately many of the old French buildings were lost in the war.

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  • Enjoy street food

If you walk through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, it seems that you can eat at every corner of the city. Street food is not a marketing term here, but just a part of daily life.

  • Have a beer in Bui Vien street

Bui Vien street it is bursting with bars, restaurants and sellers. If you want to spend a good night out and want to party with other travelers then this is the place to be.

  • Reunification Palace

The Reunification palace (independence palace) is the palace where the South Vietnamese president lived. It is also the place where the Vietnam-America war ended on April 30, 1975, when a tank drove through the gate. Nowadays, it is a museum.

  • Bitexco Financial Tower

The Bitexco Financial Tower is at 265.5 meters Ho Chi Minh City’s highest building and Vietnam’s third tallest building. A striking feature of the building is the helicopter platform that extends 22 meters from the building on the 52nd floor and the Skydeck.

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  • Saigon Central Post Office

Opposite the Cathedral of Saigon (Notre Dame) stands the beautiful Central Post Office in colonial style. In the hall is a huge map of Indo-China and a giant portrait of Ho Chi Minh. The interior is more like a train station.

  • Ben Thanh Market

If you love shopping, then this is definitely one of the top things to do in Saigon. Here you will find many markets and department stores. Especially, Ben Thanh Market is the most famous market where you can buy a various stuffs and souvenirs, besides its local food.

  • Chinatown (Cholon)

Cholon is rich in a lot of beautiful pagodas, old shops and the famous Binh Tay market. Furthermore you will discover many lanes and commercial streets that make Cho Lon such a vibrant neighborhood.

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April 4, 2018 / by / in
Benefits of Serviced Apartment For Rent in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Privacy

A once weekly maid service means your apartment can be kept clean whilst you retain your privacy without constant interruptions. That being said, if you would prefer a more regular service, we can arrange this at the time of reservation. Besides, usually the serviced apartment for rent in Ho Chi Minh City has a washer already; therefore, you can do laundry by yourself. Because there’s extra space, you can organize your apartment into separate areas for work, rest and sleep, safe in the knowledge you’re not going to be interrupted.

  • Space

The average one bedroom serviced apartment is around twice the size of the average hotel room, giving you the space to live your life as you would at home. All serviced apartments have kitchen facilities and a living area so you have separate areas for cooking, sleeping and unwinding. There are some types of serviced apartment for rent such as studio, 1BR, 2BR or rooftop unit. You feel free to choose which ones suitable for you.

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  • Flexible

At home you can eat what you want, when you want. It’s the same in a serviced apartment. Kitchen facilities mean you can cook whatever you feel like making, whether it’s a midnight snack or a three course meal. It’s far easier to entertain guests when you have your own space. This means you can hold meetings with clients in your living room, or work at the apartment. You can also have your friends and family to visit. Especially you can stay in both of short-term and long-term, even 1 month, 2 month or 1 year, it’s up to you.

  • Cost

The serviced apartments for rent in Ho Chi Minh City usually include the cleaning service and internet fees in the rental. They involve fewer extra charges and are usually cheaper than hotels for a number of reasons. Even that all serviced apartments have a kitchen and a washer, the tenant also can cut costs on restaurant and laundry. While most hotels charge for internet at an additional cost, the serviced apartments provide it free of charge. Moreover, the longer your stay in a serviced apartment, the cheaper the rate will be.

 

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October 31, 2017 / by / in
Living in District 2 of Ho Chi Minh City, why not?

Tired of the crazy life in District 1? Yes, well many people are. For a lot of people the endless hubbub of Saigon’s center is just too much after a while, and to retreat to a more quiet, slower pace of life is a welcome relief. They like to be able to hear birds, to share the street with bicycles rather than roaring mopeds, to sit by a quiet river or relax in a local cafe where everyone knows everyone because there aren’t that many people in the area. Therefore, living in District 2 will be a favorable option!

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  1. Accommodation:

District 2 is the ideal neighborhood for your family home. Many expat families live here due to the high concentration of international schools and the comparative safety of its streets. Facilities are aimed at the expat community – from shopping malls to small businesses and hair salons – and the majority of people here are foreign. There are a various types of accommodation including apartments, serviced apartments, houses, villas and rooms for rent. Almost of them are brand-new, modern and full of utilities.

  1. Transportation:

It’s quite convenient and less traffic jam as the center of HCMC. Once one of the poorest districts in the city, District 2 is now a fast-developing hot spot. Passing under the Saigon Tunnel on Mai Chi Tho Street and seeing the cranes in the distance will give an indication of the city’s plans to create a second CBD. With its close proximity to D1, D2 will also be the first stop on the city Metro Line.

  1. Facilities:

The facilities of District 2 have developed very quickly recently with many supermarkets (Big C, Mega Mart, etc.), shopping centers (Vincom Mega Mall) or hospitals like the Family Medical Practice. Especially, the district’s expat enclave, Thao Dien Ward, has two of the most prestigious international schools, as well as villas and compounds and a fair few Western restaurants and bars. Because of its international schools, D2 is home to many expats with young families. Its ambience is more suburban than big city, despite rapid development, and the streets are less crowded than in the CBD.

  1. Where to eat:

District 2, particularly Thao Dien Ward, is home to a variety of coffee shops and restaurants. It’s a great area of town for a nice family dinner, or a nice ladies’ brunch. Check out the restaurant and bar at Thao Dien Village, which offers a range of Italian, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine as well as a delicious tapas menu.

  1. Things to do and nightlife:

Saigon’s arts hub and one of the city’s best spots for live music is located in Thao Dien Ward, District 2. Saigon Outcast offers a variety of workshops from figure drawing to cooking contests, hosts a number of festivals and events, nurtures Ho Chi Minh City’s hottest up and coming musicians and celebrates the arts in this city. Their monthly urban flea market is a great day out for the kids, with its variety of boutique clothes stalls, artists, delicious foods and cute little gifts.

 

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September 18, 2017 / by / in
Useful advice for the foreigners to own the property in Vietnam

According to the Housing Law, the foreigners can buy and own the property in Vietnam. However, they have to know well about the regulations. These are 7 tips for them to consider carefully.

First, the buyer must be qualified under the applicable laws. According to the Housing Law, the condition is now so relaxed that a foreigner who lawfully enters Vietnam can be eligible to own residential housing. As such, the buyer needs to prove that his entrance is legally permitted.

Second, he should keep a track record for the money he brings to Vietnam for buying the house. This would make it easier for the buyer to remit the money back after selling the house at a later date. For this purpose, he should open an account at a bank in Vietnam to which the money will be transferred, and from which the payments for the house should be made. In case the money is his salary or income earned from working or doing business in Vietnam, he should keep documents that track his/her income.

Third, the buyer should get to know which property projects that he or she is permitted or not permitted to buy in order to avoid future risks. Please note that foreign buyers are only permitted to buy houses from new housing development projects, not in existing residential quarters. This job is not difficult for foreign buyers if he or she consults with a reputable property agent.

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Fourth, foreigners should make sure that the property developers they are contracted with are qualified to sign housing sale and purchase agreements with buyers. In principle, the property developers are allowed to enter into housing sale and purchase agreements once (i) the housing project is properly approved; (ii) the foundation work of the house is completed, and (iii) the terms and conditions of the agreement for selling a condo have been registered at the Vietnam Competition Authority (under the Ministry of Trade and Industry). An agreement may be void if failing to meet one of these conditions, and thus, the interests of the buyer may not be properly protected.

Fifth, buyers should pay careful attention to the implementation of a housing sale agreement with housing development projects, since this may be not similar to the transaction practice in his native country. He should seek advice from lawyers to avoid risks.

Sixth, according to the Housing Law, foreign housing owners have the same full rights as Vietnamese over the house, such as leasing, donation, a capital contribution, etc. However, it should be noted that the foreign owner can exercise these rights only after he or she has obtained a “land use right certificate and/or property ownership” for the real estate. Therefore, in the respective contract, the obligation to apply for the certificate of ownership and/or the land use rights by the seller should be clearly stipulated. Also, when leasing the real estate, the foreigner owners must register the lease agreements with the local government (district-level administration committees), and properly declare his/her income tax for the earned rents. By complying with these requirements, the foreign buyers’ incomes will be treated as legitimate income which can be remitted abroad. In addition, when renting out a house, it is also required that the owners must register the temporary residence of tenants with relevant local authorities.

Seventh, if the foreign owners no longer want to own the house, what can they do? They can sell it. However, currently there is no clear guidance from the State Bank of Vietnam on how foreign owners can remit the sale proceeds from selling the house. Again, to navigate through such procedures, buyers should consult with a lawyer specializing in real estate.

Source: VIR

June 29, 2017 / by / in
How to rent a motorbike in Vietnam?

If you live and work in Vietnam, renting a motorbike is a great opportunity to get off the beaten track and discover on your own. Especially, there are many agents in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi having bikes for rent. You will need to fill out a form to rent the bike along with leaving your passport as a deposit. Besides, most places usually offer a selection of manual shift and automatic shift motorbikes. The rentals will also come with a helmet. Remember that using helmet is mandatory in Vietnam.

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Here are 5 tips of renting a motorbike for you:

  1. Check your bike

Test the your turn signals and lights and take a quick test drive around the block. When you park in a public area, don’t lose that ticket. If you lose it, you will need to verify the ownership of the bike, which means contacting the place you rented the bike. In Vietnam, people usually use Honda, Nouvo, Lead, etc. from 100cc to 250cc.

  1. Get the contact details

The contact information of the agency is very important if you rent their motorbike. This could be a lifesaver if your bike breaks down or something likes that. Please take the details into account when you decide which bike to hire, ask about bike model and year of manufacturing and don’t just look at prices.

  1. Make sure your helmet is good

Generally, the agency will give you the helmet because using it is compulsory in Vietnam. You should check the condition of this helmet and ask for alternative one if it is not good.

  1. Anticipate your surroundings

Vietnamese drivers don’t really use their wing mirrors so watch out for the traffic ahead of you. Also, slow down through intersections as stopping at a red is more like a guideline as opposed to a rule. The traffic in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi is quite busy and narrow, therefore, you should drive carefully.

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June 2, 2017 / by / in
Top 3 best reasons for doing business in Vietnam

Vietnam is a developing country in South East Asia. It is not only challenging but also advantageous for doing business here. Three following reasons will be useful for the businessman to choose Vietnam in his career:

Profound integration

Vietnam is in a profound integration process which results in many huge opportunities for foreigners doing business in Vietnam. Up to now, Vietnam is a member of ten free trade agreements. Five more agreements are still under negotiations. Significantly, European Union and Vietnam reached agreement on free trade deal on August 4, 2015. That is a milestone in financial, economic and investment corporation between Vietnam and EU. This agreement supports European investors doing business in Vietnam to expand their production and business activities. Thanks to the trade deal, the inefficient economy of Vietnam is hoped to have more reforms.

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Administrative reform

Most foreign investors find that complicated procedures are the most irritating when doing business in Vietnam. However, the government has determined to reform institutions and administrative procedures dramatically. That shall bring the better conditions for production and business activities. In fact, most of administrative procedures in finance sector have been reformed thoroughly, especially in taxation and customs procedures.

Geopolitical advantages and labor market conditions

Vietnam has geopolitical advantages in the region when locating on the sea route connecting Europe and North-East Asian countries. There are many main point habors such as Hai Phong, Da Nang, Cam Ranh and Sai Gon. Goods can be delivered from Vietnam to many places in the world. Besides, labour market with 54 million young workers is another attractive point to foreigners doing business in Vietnam.

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May 18, 2017 / by / in
Top 3 best apartments for rent in District 2

Need a new accommodation? Find a comfortable living space in District 2?
With these apartments, that no problem!

1. Masteri Thao Dien (Ha Noi Highway, Thao Dien Ward, District 2)

With 42 floors designed modern and friendly environmental, Masteri Thao Dien was honored in top 10 of the best real estate projects in Vietnam by Vietnam Investment Review. Its worth of remark is the prime location which just take 7 minutes to reach the central districts of city and easily access to other areas.

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2. Lexington An Phu (Mai Chi Tho Highway, An Phu Ward, District 2)

Lexington An Phu is located in the new urban area – An Phu, where is recognized as one of the most modern infrasture in Ho Chi Minh City. It is a prime position that is on Mai Chi Tho Highway and easily connects to Thu Thiem Tunnel and Thu Thiem administrative center. The design of Lexington not only has the mark of Asian Classic style but also bears the application of European art.

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3. Imperia An Phu (Mai Chi Tho Highway, An Phu Ward, District 2)

Imperia An Phu is the only apartment created about 72 percent of the area for green trees. It also is a group of luxury apartments, which built observed the international standard in the urban area City Horse, District 2. Therefore, residents can experience a high level of modern living conditions but still in harmony with nature.

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May 12, 2017 / by / in
How to find an apartment in Ho Chi Minh City?

If you are planning to move in Ho Chi Minh City for more than a few months, your options for accommodations are extremely varied. However, at first, you will have difficulties in finding an apartment in Ho Chi Minh City.

3 following ways will help you:

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  • Connect a Real Estate Agent

This is the best way to find your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City. A quick Google search will deliver many useful results to you. All you have to do is send them an email (or a text message if you’re in the country) with details of what you’re looking for (location, kind of apartment, size, budget, etc.) Then they will get back to you with some suitable options to choose. Finding a local agent is absolutely easy and quick for you to find an apartment in Ho Chi Minh City. It is necessary to connect them at least 1 week before you come to Vietnam.

  • Join in Facebook Group

Facebook is the most favorite social network which is popularly used in Saigon. You can join in some expats group such as Expats and locals in Ho Chi Minh City, Expats in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) or Saigon Expats & Locals-Internations Friends. These are very helpful for you to find an apartment because the news of accommodation can be posted every day. Many of real estate agents also suggest or give you advices about renting/leasing properties. Therefore, Facebook group is a good media for the expats to look for a favorable place to settle down.

  • Friends in HCM City

It is another option for the expats to find an accommodation in Saigon. If you have your friends living or working here, you can share the rooms of apartment together. Or they are able to help you find it. The expats community in this city has been developing and expanding, so you will not feel alone with its new life.

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