The 4th edition of the HCMC Run — The City Marathon took place on Sunday, Jan. 15 in Phu My Hung, offering a range of distances for runners of all levels. Powered by Taiwan Excellence and organised by Pulse Active, runners chose from the staple distances of 5km, 10km and 21km, as well as a full distance marathon of 42km.
International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) played host to two annual, city-wide mathematics contests last semester as part of the Saigon Mathematics Competition.
Hanoi’s rainbow of restaurants just got a new colour and Batavia is quickly becoming the go-to place for people needing their fix of rendang or nasi goreng.
Hoi An-based French photographer Réhahn has just unveiled the culmination of five years’ work that has seen him meet and document the lives of 45 of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups.
With licenses awarded on a temporary basis until the various companies operating the route between Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau could prove the safety of their boats, one company effectively went out of business on Dec. 31, 2016 with the sailing of their last hydrofoil from Vung Tau to Ho Chi Minh City.
The Targeted Innovation Challenge (TIC) Challenge Day, held in early December in Danang, was a roaring success. After a course of eight weeks, innovator teams submitted their final work product aimed at solving issues with handline tuna fishing in the East Sea. The challenge was featured in the November issue of Word.
Well-known bag brand, Ipa-Nima has just opened a new retail shop on Ly Tu Trong. The shop stands out with walls decorated with artworks by 90 KINS and Liar Ben.
Decked out on the second floor of a former apartment, Layla joins the growing selection of restobars in this city.
With an outdoor garden overlooking Dong Khoi, and an indoor space furnished with a long bar counter and wooden high tables and chairs, there is also a U-shaped couch area for after work drinks or private parties.
While wine starts at VND65,000 per glass, cocktails are set at VND95,000 for any option. There is also beer on tap including Stella Artois (VND50,000) and Hoegaarden (VND60,000).
Layla is on Floor 2, 63 Dong Du, Q1, HCMC and opens from 4pm to 1am every day
We’re bound by rules, fenced in at work, and jaded by the opinions of others. The world is a tiring place full of things that drag us down. Sometimes you just want to jump off something. Well now you can, but without the mess.
Jump Arena is the first trampoline park in Vietnam where everyone can jump for fun, fitness or to conquer fears. There’s a ton of activities for the whole family, including a Spider Wall, Foam Pit, Leap of Faith, Sky Ladder and a designated place for kids called Junior Jump.
Jump Arena is open seven days a week from 9am to 8pm. Jumping sessions are a minimum of 30 minutes and start on the hour and half hour.
Sessions start at VND80,000 for 30 minutes on weekends and weeknights, and VND60,000 for 30 minutes on weekdays until 4.30pm.
Lovers of books, coffee and silence will be pleased to know that Tranquil, the much adored book-filled café, has just opened at a second location.
The new space can be found on the second and third floors at 18B Nguyen Bieu, Ba Dinh, Hanoi. The dilapidated stone staircase needed to access it gives no hint to the quaint, charming café which lays at the top.
“The books aren’t for sale or to lend,” explains co-founder Khuat Tuan Anh. “They’re just for people to enjoy here.”
The new café will host live music nights every Wednesday, with the piano and violin to feature prominently.
A latte, made with Dalat beans, costs VND52,000, while the signature apple pie frappe costs just VND58,000. The menu also includes a variety of teas, blended juices and hand drip coffee.
Open daily from 8am to 10.30pm. For more information, call 0989 384541 or visit facebook.com/cafetranquil