Ho Chi Minh City is experiencing a heat wave, like other places in the country, with temperatures soaring to 34-37 degrees Celsius. RealFeel temperature, which indicates how hot it feels outdoors, was around 40 degrees Celsius, or 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The dry season is expected to last at least until mid-May. The baking weather has spurred many families to buy air-conditioning devices, although an air-conditioner is not cheap at VND8 million ($344) to VND15 million ($646). The base average salary of Vietnamese workers is just VND4.6 million ($200) a month. Dien May Xanh, an electronics retail arm of HCMC-based Mobile World Investment Corporation (MWG), one of the country’s major sellers of mobile phones, reported a record-breaking surge in the sales of air-conditioners this month. People inspect air-conditioners at a store of Dien May Xanh. Photo acquired by VnExpress During the three-day April 13-15 holiday break to commemorate the Hung Kings, the electronics … [Read more...] about In Saigon’s hot weather, cool things sell like hot cakes
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Towards the end of the last lunar month, the corner of Pham Ngoc Thach - Nguyen Thi Minh Khai streets in District 1 signals the arrival of spring with bright yellow Mai blossoms. The Ong Do Street is another Tet season hotspot, attracting locals and foreigners for 13 years with its specially created traditional space. Dozens of artificial yellow Mai trees with a lot of flowers line the road. Women in particular like to come here in the traditional dress ao dai and have their photographs taken, mostly selfies now. Sophie from Belgium, in Vietnam for the first time, said she was very excited to be dressed in traditional Vietnamese clothes. "The atmosphere is very exciting. I feel very happy to be able to part of it." A young woman in an ao dai walks across a street with a pack of red li xi envelopes in hand. On resident of the city’s Tan Binh District said: "Cars and people crowd the place, but I’m happy to see it because it means another Tet is coming." This year, … [Read more...] about As Saigon blooms yellow, foreigners join multitudes on its streets
Market research firm Kantar Worldpanel says RTD (ready-to-drink) and RTS (ready-to-serve) teas are twice as popular as coffee in Saigon. Tea-based drinks are consumed by over half the Saigonese population, while only one third consumes coffee. The most popular tea-based drink is milk tea, with one out of every five Saigonese buying this drink at least once since last month, the study found. Other top tea-based drinks include peach tea and matcha (green tea). The report also noted that consumers are willing to pay 1.5-2 times the price of other tea-based drinks for the top three tea drinks. Vietnam’s milk tea market has been heating up in recent years. The number of franchise tea stores has exploded, going from street corners into shopping malls, thanks to many foreign players who have been expanding their operations in the country, especially in major cities, said the report. As such, the bubble tea market is expected to enjoy robust growth with more brands launching a greater … [Read more...] about Tea-based drinks trump coffee by far in Saigon: study
Around Town Multiple ways to escape heat in town Thanh Hoa - Hoang Phong Thursday, Mar 15, 2018,23:51 (GMT+7) Multiple ways to escape heat in townThanh Hoa - Hoang Phong Visitors flock to Snow Town on Dong Van Cong Street in HCMC’s District 2 to escape the scorching heat - PHOTOS: THANH HOA HCMC has been facing scorching heat for several days with its average temperature edging up to 35 degrees Celsius, which has driven people crazy. Hence, city dwellers are bracing for multiple ways to hide from the blistering hot weather. While some people follow the traditional way of going to swimming pools and water parks on sweltering days to shy themselves away from the heat wave of Saigon, others come up with the idea of rushing to artificial snow-covered entertainment venues where visitors can get a feel in a winter-like atmosphere. For example, Snow Town, a newly-opened entertainment venue on levels 3 and 4 of the … [Read more...] about Multiple ways to escape heat in town
VietNamNet Bridge - ROBO Café, the first café in Hanoi where visitors were served by a robot named Mortar, no longer exists. Customers drink coffee and fish swim below The robotic coffee shop attracted a large number of customers with a robot serving drinks to the tables. The robot was controlled by a touchscreen. It used a battery and moved along a metal line on the floor. But it shut down just after six months of operation. The temperature inside Ice Coffee is always at minus 10oC. Visitors to the café these days have to wear coats to keep warm, while Hanoians suffer from the summer heat with the outdoor temperature reaching 40oC. However, ROBO had to compete with hundreds of other cafes. RELATED NEWS Hanoi's icy coffee shop proves popular during heat wave Amazing coffee shops in Saigon Mai Chi … [Read more...] about Ice, robot, reptile cafes: how long can they last?