Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City?


It is one of those questions that pop up whenever there is a new gathering of expatriates in Vietnam. Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City? Which do you prefer?

This time it was at a soiree the day after Christmas, or “Boxing Day,” as the Brits call it.  Around the table were folks from Europe, North America, South America and New Zealand. As the young German explained his preference for Hanoi, I nodded my concurrence. Continue reading

A home in Hanoi?


HANOI – Vietnam’s overbuilt real estate market, we are told, has bottomed out and is showing signs of life. Smart money, it is said, is again searching for deals in commercial and residential property. The bubble that burst about three years ago has perhaps been repaired and, fingers crossed, will not inflate too past. Continue reading