Welcome to the ILV Activities page!
We have an awesome array of activities planned every week and at least one outing a month. There is something for everyone! Sign up sheets and more information will be available for all activities and outings at each Thursday Coffee Morning. If you are on your phone, be sure to scroll down the page to find information on our weekly activities.
If you have any suggestions for a new activity or a monthly outing or if you would like to head up a new activity, please click here and let us know about it!
Terry Fox Run
The Terry Fox Run Vietnam is a 5km run/walk that will be held at Tan Trao Street in District 7 on Sunday, November 5th. A few ILV members will be walking together in this important event.
Registration will open on-site at 7am and the Run will begin at 8am. Individual t-shirts can be purchased at 7am at the Terry Fox Run (sizes first come first serve), or online with delivery (with a small delivery fee). Shirt purchases include registration.
If you would be interested in walking with the group, please email Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know so she can coordinate the group.
Vietnamese Cooking Class
On Wednesday, November 8th, at 9:45am, meet at M.O.M. 39A Co Bac Street, D1, Level 2.
Learn to cook sweet & sour soup with Red Snapper, pineapple, and tamarind with local vegetables, Lotus Stem salad with celery, carrot, pork and prawns, BBQ’d pork with vermicelli, and a surprise dessert.
This outing is 600,000 VND for ILV members, 700,000 VND for non-members. This includes all costs and a fabulous lunch. We should be finished by 1:00pm, to give all the moms in the group time to be home before the end of the school day.
Sign up with Mary at Coffee Morning
Nga's Laquer Ware Factory
Wednesday, November 15th, from 9:30am to 1:00pm
Meet at An Phu Supermarket. We will travel approximately 20 minutes by private cars. We appreciate ILV members who have cars and drivers accommodating the rest of us who do not.
The lacquer ware process is interesting to see. Nga will offer us a 20% discount on any purchases. Her lacquer ware is of a high export quality.
No charge for ILV members, cost to non-members is 100,000VND, payable to Mary at Coffee Morning.
Sign up with Mary at Coffee Morning or email her at email@example.com
QLM Factory Tour
Wednesday, November 22nd, from 9:00am to 1:30pm
The factory manufactures a vast range of labels: primarily self-adhesive labels (ie stickers) for many companies including Lotte Chewing gum, Enchanteur cosmetics and Bong Mai Foods. They also make soft-fold cartons, garment labels and tags. The variety of products means there is a big range of press capabilities. The factory is modern and climate controlled.
A tour of the factory takes about 90minutes. We’ll enjoy an early lunch at a restaurant nearby the factory and return by 1:30 PM.
Cost for the bus will depend upon numbers, but possibly 200,000 VND for ILV members, 300,000 for non-members. Lunch cost will be up to the individual. The Australian owner looks forward to hosting us.
Sign up with Mary at Coffee Morning or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
September Outing - Marou Chocolates
On September 20th, Mary took a group to see how chocolates are made at Marou Chocolates. There was a tour and a snack. Photos have been posted in the Photo Gallery. Have a look!
August Outing - Xa Loi Pagoda and the
Jade Emperor Pagoda
On August 30th, a large group from ILV visited the Xa Loi Pagoda, the site that was the center of opposition in August 1963 when 400 monks and nuns were arrested. We also visited the Jade Emperor Pagoda, which was built in 1909 by the Cantonese community in Saigon and has statues depicting dieties from the Buddhist and Taoist religions.
We had a wonderful time on this outing! A big Thank You to Mary for setting up this outing, and to Cindy for getting us all together and giving the group such great background information on Buddhism and Taoism. Photos have been posted in the Photo Gallery. Have a look!
July Outing - Womens' Museum, July 12, 2017
This is a fascinating museum dedicated to the women who were significant in the struggles and history of Vietnam. We met at the museum (202 Vo Thi Sau, D3), and enjoyed a good day learning about the women who have played major roles in Vietnam.
June Highlights - A Month Long Project:
Over several weeks, ILV members gathered a collection of items to donate to a shelter in Dong Nai that provides care to mentally and physically disabled residents of all ages, from children to the elderly. We had a large outpouring of support for this project. Thank you to all who donated. A special thanks to all of you who volunteered to take the items to the shelter. Your efforts were greatly appreciated!
June Highlights - Part 3: Workshop on Online Security on Thursday, June 8
Fifteen ladies attended the workshop, which was given by Brian Caleda, Director of iknow. We learned about online security threats, how to identify them, how to get rid of them, and most importantly, how to prevent them from happening in the first place. It was a really good workshop, and we hope to have Brian return for more workshops in the fall. Thanks for sharing your expertise, Brian!
June Highlights - Part 2: An Informative (and Fun!) Outing on Wednesday, June 7: Water Treatment Facilities
Here in Ho Chi Minh City, we receive around 90% of our drinking water from two treatment plants on the Dong Nai River and the smaller Sai Gon River. There were eleven of us who got to visit the plants to see how their work is done. It was a super trip, and everyone had a great time. Thanks, Mary, for another awesome outing!
June Highlights - Golf Outing
This month's golf outing was on June 6th at Song Be golf course. Tee off time was 8:00 a.m., and the group of four chose to go with 18 holes. Song Be kindly provided a a 10% discount.
If you are an experienced golfer and want to join our next golf outing, you can sign up with our golf coordinator, Petra van Walt Meijer-Pen, at the next Coffee Morning.
May Highlights - D2 Coffee, May 31th
The D2 Coffee Morning was a great success. It was held at Art Space (3rd Floor, 104A, Xuan Thuy St., Thao Dien, D2).
We occasionally hold Coffee Mornings in districts outside D1, for current ILV members and newcomers to Saigon who live in other districts and would like to know more about joining ILV. The cost is typically 100,000VND, which includes coffee, water, fruit, and cake. Watch this page and the ILV Facebook page for information on upcoming events.
May Highlights - An Outing to the Mekong Delta on
Wednesday, May 17th
A great time was had by all ILV members who attended the Mekong Delta outing! See the Photo Gallery for lots of photos of this fun event.
April Highlights - ILV Member Jee Hee Kim performed a piano recital on April 22, 2017
ILV's own Jee Hee Kim, an internationally recognized concert pianist, performed a beautiful piano recital at the HCMC Conservatory of Music (112 Nguyen Du, Phuong Ben Thanh, D1).
March Celebration - 25 years of ILV luncheon on Mar 22, 2017
ILV celebrated its 25th Anniversary in style with a 5-course lunch at the Grand Hotel. It was a wonderful time, and we thank everyone who attended and helped make it a fabulous day!
For more information on our 25th Anniversary Week and ongoing celebrations in 2017, see our ILV 25 Years page.
February Outing - Coffee Tasting on Feb 22, 2017
Date: Wednesday February 22, 2017
Location: PJ’s Coffee, 145-147 Nguyen Co Thach, D2 (Near the SALA Residences)
PRESIDENT'S LUNCH for NEWCOMERS
Every third Thursday of the month at 12:30 p.m. (after ILV Coffee Morning) at the Hard Rock Cafe, D1.
The President's lunch is primarily for those who have become ILV members in the past three months, but all members are invited to join in.
It is an opportunity for new members to learn more about ILV and about living in Saigon, including the best places to shop or dine or have a coffee, where to get what, and all the questions you want to ask. You will also meet some of our Committee members and other newcomers. An E-vite will be sent to ILV newcomers about a week before the lunch. Watch your inbox for the E-vite, or let us know if you haven't received it by emailing Jay.
DRIVING RANGE GOLF
Every Monday, 10:00AM - noon at Him Lam Driving Range, (Binh Thanh). There is a charge. Clubs can be rented. The sign-up sheet will be available at Coffee Morning. Once you sign up, you will be added to Lori's Whatsapp group for updates about the outing.
MONDAY AFTERNOON TEA & BOOK CLUB - Every fourth (or last) Monday of the month.
Next book club is on November 27th at 2 pm at Villa Royale Downtown Antiques & Teahouse (25 Ho Tung May, D1). The book to be discussed is The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng.
There will be NO BOOK CLUB in DECEMBER.
The first Book Club of 2018 will be on Monday, January 29th. The location will be the same. The book to be discussed is We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.
Sign up via the button below or at the Coffee Mornings. Reminders are sent by E-vite to everyone on the book club list. Please remember to RSVP to the E-vite!
MAHJONG & INTERMEDIATE BRIDGE
Every Tuesday, 10:00AM until noon. Sign up at Coffee Morning then show up at Norfolk Mansion to get in on the action.
Generally once per month. A round of golf (9 or 18 holes) at different area golf courses. Sign up and get more information at Coffee Morning. After you sign up, you'll be contacted by our Golf Coordinator, Petra van Walt Meijer-Pen two weeks ahead of each planned outing with information on the date and location. Note: These outings are for golfers with experience. Watch this page for information on driving range outings for those new to the game.
Every Wednesday at 10:00AM. Sign up at Coffee Morning!
Every Friday from 10:30AM to noon at the Estella, D2. Cowboy hat and boots not required! Any comfortable shoes will do. Sign up at Coffee Morning.
Every Friday at noon.
Lunch followed by cards at different restaurants. Sign up at Coffee Morning.