Jewels of Ha Long Bay

com. The first 100 to register will receive a free sandcastle T-shirt.

Arsenal Football Comes to Vietnam

Sofitel Saigon Plaza Wins Coveted Award

Emeraude Classic Cruises has produced a 112-page narrative history detailing the adventure of a colonial French family and a history of paddle steamship. The Jewels of Halong Bay: A Tale of Adventure in French Indochina and a Curious History of the Emeraude tells the tale of three French brothers who tried to make a fortune in colonial-era Indochina. The Roque brothers lived in Indochina at a time of deepening French involvement, and the book combines these two threads into a rich story. The Jewels of Halong Bay will be available to the general public this month.

The International Hotel Awards 2013, recently held in Kualua Lumpur, gave the Sofitel Saigon Plaza the ‘Best Hotel Renovation/Refurbishment in Vietnam’s award. The renovation design was inspired by the shared heritage between Sofitel’s French heritage and Vietnamese history. The 286 newly refurbished rooms incorporate exotic details from the cultures of both countries, skillfully integrating colonial chic with colourful modernity. This award acknowledges the beautifully crafted interiors that guests can now enjoy, providing them with a truly unique experience.

On 17 July English Premier League club Arsenal, one of the world’s most popular, will face the Vietnam national team at the 40,000 seat My Dinh stadium in Hanoi. Tickets will become available on 7 July. The match is part of the club’s Asia Tour 2013, which also includes matches in Japan and Indonesia. Arsenal’s current lineup features world-class players like Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott, giving football fans in Vietnam the chance to see some of the best in action. For updated ticket information visit

Bloodsugar Politik to Rock HCMC

Rock, Paper, Scissors at Outcast

Meet Kiko, ARC’s Pet of the Month

On 7 July Saigon Outcast is hosting a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament that is open to all. The grand prize is VND 1 million, one pair of Converse shoes, a Converse T-shirt and cap, and loads of respect. The fee to enter is VND 20,000. Registration begins at 3pm and the competition starts at 4pm. Rounds will be best three of five, and losers will be punished in one of three ways: spin around three times, or drink a shot of lime juice or chilli vodka.

Bloodsugar Politik, an indie/ punk band from Myanmar, is set to play at Cargo Bar in District 4 on 12 and 13 July. The threemembers of the band have been performing together for a decade, mainly as the popular Yangon-based, Big Bag. While most of the songs are in English, Bloodsugar Politik is representative of Myanmar’s small but burgeoning music scene, which will likely grow as the country continues to open up. The time of the show, ticket prices and supporting acts have yet to be announced, but you can check Asialifemagazine. com/vietnam/ for updates.

Independence Day at Hotel Equatorial

Korean Air Bans Shark Fins

Kiko, aka Kee, is a gentle older dog with a puppy's heart. He is a German shepherd, probably around five years old, who has been with Animal Rescue and Care since March 2013. Kiko is very friendly with both children and other dogs and is ready for a forever home. If you are interested, email ARC at to schedule an interview. For more information or to learn about other animals in need of a home, visit

From 4 to 14 July the Hotel Equatorial is hosting a ‘Stars ‘n’ Stripes’ daily buffet with the cooperation of several US food associations. The buffet costs VND 840,000++ for adults, which includes free flow wine, beer and soft drinks. Half-price is applied for children from six to 12 years old, and kids under six eat free. During these two weeks the Orientica Restaurant will offer US lobster, imported beef, pork, chicken and seafood and more. At Flo Loung, tapas and US fries will accompany drinks during happy hour during this period.

Korean Air has announced its recent policy to suspend the carriage of shark fins on its cargo flights in a bid to protect sharks, one of the globally endangered marine species. Previously, Korean Air carried shark fins only under the condition that a valid CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) permit was fully obtained by the customer from the related national management authority. However, recently there has been a series of global movements calling to ban the carriage of shark fins in order to support the global call for

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