Despite not having an office in Vietnam, Google is still intent on spreading its virtual tentacles here. And in this instance it’s the inaugural Vietnam Google in Education Summit, which will take place on the weekend of Sep. 14 and Sep. 15.
Imagine climbing 1,914 steps. Not the easiest of tasks. Now imagine doing it in a race format and competing against 500 people to be the fastest to the top.
This is the vertical run, and on Sunday Sep. 15 it returns to Vietnam for its third outing, its second in the capital.
Canadian garage-rock duo Japandroids are sweeping across the world and spreading their infectious good-time rock. Landing in Ho Chi Minh City Aug. 21 as part of the Loud Minority series, they will soon be bringing their overdriven sound and scorching stage presence to Q4.
One of France’s best known choreographers, Jean-Claude Gallotta, will be bringing his version of Stravinsky’s ballet, The Rite of Spring, to Vietnam at the end of June. Marking 100 years since the first performance of what is one of the most controversial ballets ever written, Word caught up with the man behind the performance. Photos by Guy Delahaye
The Ghost Inside’s Asian tour started out like most western bands’ Asian tours, with stops in China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Japan, while Vietnam watched from the sidelines. On May 14, it turned into this — 150 sweat-soaked Vietnamese metalheads circle-pitting the floor of Hard Rock, as lead singer Jonathan Vigil intoned dire death growls in songs and uplifting crowd banter before the next.
Returning for their third trip to Vietnam, psychedelic rock-cum-Cambodian 1960s pop outfit Dengue Fever will be playing Cargo Bar (7 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Q4) on Jun. 7. Word catches up with band co-founder and guitarist Zac Holtzman.
Just ahead of the development at Ho Tram Strip, Banyan Tree has grand-opened the first integrated resort in Vietnam. A cocoon of luxury, nearly 300 rooms, suites and villas divided between two hotels are spread over 280 hectares of land, all framed by 3km of gold sand beach and the sweaty peaks of the Annamite Mountains behind. Laguna Lang Co will eventually encompass six more planned hotels and residences, a shopping district, many other up-in-the-air possibilities, all connected by pan-Asian restaurants, golf carts and a ferry along a resort-wide canal. Nick Faldo designed their golf course, and by the look of things, many other clever minds have been at work.