Ngoc Son Ngo Luong Nature Reserve is home to an innovative new ecotourism destination. Located 150km southwest of Hanoi, in between Cuc Phuong National Park and Mai Chau, in Tan Lac and Lac Son, Hoa Binh, a range of homestays and nature and culture-based activities are now open for visitors.
The newly opened 247-room Novotel Saigon Centre (167 Hai Ba Trung, Q3) features an international buffet restaurant, The Square, a lobby lounge, a rooftop bar and a wellness centre which includes swimming pool, gym, sauna and spa.
The first German fitness and yoga centre in Saigon has opened this month with brand new and modern equipment developed by SportsArt. Fit24 (Thien Son Plaza, 800 Nguyen Van Linh, Q7, www.fit24.vn) offers yoga, group fitness classes and sauna sessions.
Stix (15 Le Quy Don, Q3) is a new fine dining restaurant with a two-storey wine cellar and a wide selection of settings, including an al fresco terrace, lounge, open-air rooftop, indoor semi-private booths and widely spaced common area within a four-storey building.
Recently opened, Operation: TEA (335/31 Dien Bien Phu, Q3) will be serving their line of high quality teas from Japan, China and around the world, as well as traditional favourites such as English Breakfast and Jasmine.