Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City?

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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?

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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

A memorable Experience: Volunteer program in Vietnam.

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Have you ever heard about Volunteer programs in Vietnam? It is so meaningful, challenging and ultimately rewarding experience in one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant and enchanting cultures. This beautiful country extends along a narrow and long coast, bordering Cambodia, Laos and China. The landmark cities of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and Hanoi have attracted travelers for decades due to the classic Vietnamese cuisine, friendly people and colorful markets. Volunteering in Vietnam offers volunteers the opportunity to trek the dense jungles and stretching coasts, explore beautiful Halong Bay, and travel the Mekong Delta by boat. Continue reading