My first Đêm Giao Thừa in Vietnam Tet

The Lunar New Year (Tết) holiday can be a reality check for longer term foreign residents in Vietnam like me. No one enjoys donning the tourist label indefinitely. Make an effort ... Continue Reading →
Street vendors unsettle foreign visitors in Saigon

Street vendors unsettle foreign visitors in Saigon

Blocking their way, holding back, clinging to purchase goods everywhere are the problems of foreign visitors in Ho Chi Minh City for many years.   In recent years, the number ... Continue Reading →
The joys of crossing paths

The joys of crossing paths

Explaining the traffic in Vietnam is an unreasonable expectation if your audience has never experienced it. After all, how do you explain a skyscraper to a mole? Instead you must resort ... Continue Reading →
Stan (centre) and his students in Hue

“Vietnam always in my heart”

Despite having faced some initial difficulties since he first set foot in Vietnam, young Frenchman Stanislas Deffrennes now considers the S-shaped country an indispensable part of his ... Continue Reading →

Foreign wives

It’s no longer strange to see a Vietnamese man and a foreign woman walking hand in hand on the street. The obstacles their marriage normally encounters, however, are numerous. In ... Continue Reading →
Koto Bike Ride to raise funds for street kids

Koto Bike Ride to raise funds for street kids

The 10th Koto Bike Ride organized by KOTO (Know One Teach One) on November 10 involves a 55km journey from United Nations International School (UNIS) in Tay Ho District to Son Tinh ... Continue Reading →
Foreigners working and living in Vietnam

Foreigners working and living in Vietnam

As many as 75,000 foreigners from over 60 nations are living and working in Vietnam, according to recent statistics. The main reason is living cost in this Asian country is much lower ... Continue Reading →
Hanoi at night

Hanoi at night

Hanoi comes alive at night. The day’s oppressive air cools and draws out the people. The city lights up in glorious colors as lanterns glow around Hoan Kiem Lake. Motorbikes cease ... Continue Reading →
Getting the kinks out

Getting the kinks out

With endless construction, roads clogged by seas of motorbikes, and a growing number of cars, Ha Noi is definitely not the most conducive city for exercising outdoors. The capital ... Continue Reading →
Romantic autumn in Hanoi

Romantic autumn in Hanoi

The scorching heat has gone and a temperate climate has pervaded Hanoi, particularly at night and in the early morning as a sign of the start of autumn – or the romantic season ... Continue Reading →
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