The man behind the inflammatory blog Hanoi Watchdog dies of a heart attack.

Published in Briefings
Monday, 30 May 2016 05:45

The Future of Expat

It could be bright. But play it the wrong way and it could be terrible

Published in Briefings
Monday, 22 February 2016 10:07

Notes From Another City: Vung Tau

Front Beach Sand, sea, coffee and nightlife.  Front Beach is the place to go in  Vung Tau for some action…

Expats in Vietnam don’t rank Vung Tau highly on their lists of ‘must-visit’ places. They’re inclined to view it as a slightly run-down beach resort that may appeal to local weekenders from Ho Chi Minh City, but with nothing of note to attract a foreigner. At the risk of sounding like a know-it-all, they’re mistaken about that. Vung Tau is a pretty cool place.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 07:58

The Other Plate’s Got More Rice

If you’re having a ‘bad Vietnam day’ and think this country’s frustrating, for a bit of reality pie, try going home. It ain’t all that different on the other side. Words by Nick Ross

Published in The Final Say
Friday, 08 January 2016 08:04

On Leaving

When Vietnam sucks you in, you are a prisoner of one of the most distinctive countries on the planet. So what happens when you want to leave? Words by Nick Ross

Published in The Final Say
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 19:17

On The Run

With the immigration crisis in full swing, we raise a question. Why do expats coming from lands of plenty choose to live in countries such as Vietnam?
Words by Alex Smyrnos

Published in The Final Say
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 19:01

Visa Privilege

If you’re Vietnamese, getting a visa to travel to the West is hard. Getting a visa to the US is even harder. Owen Salisbury helped a friend who went through the visa application experience and was turned down

Published in The Final Say
Monday, 07 September 2009 10:04

Relativists vs Colonialists

Colonialists vs. Relativists 

In my experience there are three types of expat in Vietnam. Those who – let’s call them relativists – think the whole country is wonderful and the people lovable and honest, and that even the bad things can’t be criticised as it’s their culture and we have no right to find fault with it.


Published in admin
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 18:42

Ten things to watch out for when you go drinking

Everyone’s out to make a buck, right? But sometimes, writes Stephen Cook, buck-making can go a bit below the line

Published in Briefings

After years of forking out “foreign” entrance fees at dozens of tourist attractions around Southeast Asia, Karen Hewell digs into what’s really going on behind the double standard — and if it’s really as unfair as it seems

Published in The Final Say
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