Lanterns was established in early 2008, born out of an idea by Robert, who after a few visits to some local orphanages & a lengthy stay at Huong Duong Warm House in Nha Trang, felt a deep desire to help children access continuing education & be given the best opportunity to achieve their dreams. We are proud of our association with the local Orphanages/Charity Schools & committed to helping those in need with the many initiatives we undertake.


None of these dreams would ever be possible without the help of all our staff, who embrace our vision & help us achieve our goals together. Whilst we've been very lucky to have some key long term members of staff, our success is driven by the fact that everybody buys into our philosophy & commits to the high standard we set ourselves.




A resident of Melbourne, Australia, Robert worked all his life in Finance and Accounting before starting Lanterns. His family background is Italian and he now shares his time equally between Vietnam and Australia.  A regular visitor to Vietnam since 2006, he works closely with the various orphanages and minority villages and  his main role is the community aspect of Lanterns.  He decided to start Lanterns as a way to help finance his dream of doing charity work in Nha Trang and beyond.

Email:   robertcostabile70@gmail.com
Contact Number:  +61425 788 556 (Australia) or +84979 782 923 (Vietnam)



Owner/General Manager

Originally from Cam Pha, about 25kms North of the beautiful Ha Long Bay. Hien moved to Nha Trang in 2010 to oversee the day to day operations of all the charitable and community activities that Lanterns run in Nha Trang and within the Khanh Hoa Province  A vital link between Vietnam & Australia, she is responsible for monitoring the ongoing progress of all charitable/restaurant work undertaken and also working on new community initiatives as they arise. A real favourite with the children we work alongside, she is often called ‘mother’ by many of the kids. Her soft demeanor makes her the ideal person to look after this important role.

Email: hienfan81@gmail.com

Contact Number:  +61452 238 255 (Australia) or +84979 782 923 (Vietnam)



Restaurant Manager

Originally from Phan Thiet, about 250kms South of Nha Trang, Nam is the Senior Manager of the daily operations at Lanterns.  She worked at a few other local restaurants/bars in Nha Trang before we were lucky enough to have her join us in 2010. Starting as a waitress, quickly promoted to Supervisor, it wasn't long before her true potential was noticed and she became the full-time Manager in 2011. Nam is responsible for all things relating to the restaurant & the face of Lanterns, which since opening it’s doors has quickly developed it’s fine reputation for fresh tasting Vietnamese food in Nha Trang.  She has played the biggest part in turning Lanterns into one of the more popular local restaurants in the area, helping design & develop the menu, ensuring all our staff provide an exceptional level of service to all our guests. She is a true leader, by example.

Email:   pnam1702@yahoo.com

Contact Number:  +84946 677 993 (Vietnam)