What is it like to work in Vietnam?

A lot of my friends have been asking me what it is like to work in Vietnam. The below summarises my experience and observations of the working style of the Vietnamese in Vietnam. Hours vs. productivity The Vietnamese love to work (read spend long hours in the office). They claim they are busy – all …

Women of Vietnam

A lot of my friends I have spoken to have asked me to write about the kind of people I meet. My first write-up on this topic is on Vietnamese women. The below has been collated based on my observations as well as observations of my male expat friends. The Vietnamese purpose of motorbikes mirrors …

Ten tips on what to do in Ho Chi Minh, a city that has not much to offer

A lot of tourists that come to Vietnam either don’t bother visiting Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon – the westernised version of the original Vietnamese name Sài Gòn that’s still used in daily speech nowadays) or they do and the verdict seems to be the same - “there isn’t much to do”. While I …

Vietnam survival guide or how to assimilate to the life in Vietnam

No one has ever said “I love living in Vietnam”. No one has ever said “I hate living in Vietnam” either. The majority of the expats who have assimilated into this country “accept” living here and those who haven’t, leave. The cognitive process of assimilation in Vietnam could be broken down into three stages, as …