A Taste of Oz: Authentic Australian Pubs in Vietnam


Vietnam’s tourism industry is booming. The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism recently revealed that 658,325 international travelers flew into Vietnam in July alone, representing an increase of 28.5% from the same period during the year before.

Travelers from other China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan made up the bulk of the country’s visitors. It appears, however, that visitors and tourists from Australia showed the largest year-on-year increase with over 50% more visitors from Australia coming in during the July 2013 period compared to July 2012.

Australians aren’t just coming to Vietnam for a quick visit, too. According to the expat social networking site InterNations, there are almost 500 Australian expats living in Vietnam. It doesn’t seem like any of them are in a hurry to hit up DialAFlight and book a flight to Australia, either, as Vietnam now has a number of places that offer authentic Australian cuisine and culture.

In Ho Chi Minh City, for example, is where you can find Phatty’s Sports Bar & Grill. If you’re an Australian looking for a local pub where you can feel totally at home then Phatty’s might be the place for you. Phatty’s offers a wealth of authentic Australian food and has seven big screens for sports fans to glue their eyes to.

If you’re ever in Da Nang, check out the Billabong Pub and Restaurant. This Australian themed restaurant is designed as an “old outback pub” and offers a healthy mix of Asian, Italian, Australian, and Scottish cuisine. You can drop by for the food or just chill and watch an AFL game.

These are but two of the many restaurants, bars, and clubs that Australians can visit in Vietnam. There are a lot of Aussie expats who have opened up dining establishments in pretty much every major Vietnamese city, so chances are any Australian visitor won’t be left wanting if they’re ever in the mood for a little taste of home.

This post is a guest post by Amber Cooper.

Note from Heather: I haven’t visited any of these pubs yet, but so far the best beer I’ve had in Vietnam has been at Louisana Brewhouse in Nha Trang. Thanks Amber, for sharing about this interesting phenomenon!


Feature image by Quinn Dombrowski

2 Comments on “A Taste of Oz: Authentic Australian Pubs in Vietnam

  1. I just found your blog while researching pubic bone pain. I have had six babies and recently had a hysterectomy. I am recovering well from the surgery other than cant stand for long, walking the speed of a toddler, and the horrific pain I had in the recovery room returns every once in awhile. Wasn’t til today that I had my post op visit that I realized there truely is an issue with this pain.
    I immediately contacted my very helpful chiropractor that I will see next week.
    The post I read is where you first learned what your pain was. Wondering if you could share any info/helpful things to try with a fellow pained lady!!

    • Hi Kath!

      For the benefit of other readers, I’m guessing you’re referring my posts on parenting.expatheather.com, where I discuss my experience with diastasis pubis symphysis. I’ve ‘met’ several other ladies online who have suffered the same problem and a few of them created an online support forum and resource center. Most of them experienced DSP as the result of a birth, but if your symptoms are similar then I think you’ll find the forum helpful.

      Have you had an x-ray to confirm whether you have an abnormal gap between the pubic bones? Your chiropractor should be able to check the x-rays and help you figure out what’s going on.

      All the best, and I hope you’re walking better each day.


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