See You In Court!

Keep calm and find an alternative method to settling legal disputes in Vietnam Dear Marijn, My name is Azad and I work for a Turkish manufacturing company. We’ve been operating in Vietnam since 2008 and throughout the years we’ve been involved in a few minor business disputes. Once, we even started court proceedings in Ho Chi … Read more

Taxation Elimination

The European Union-Vietnam free trade agreement, what’s in it for me? Dear Marijn, I am an importer of dairy products from Europe. Initially, I focused on butter and buttermilk, but more recently I have started importing dairy spreads and blue-veined cheese as well. I saw an item on the television about a new free trade agreement between the European Union … Read more

The Viet Kieu Treatment – Perks of having dual citizenship

Dear Marijn, I recently started working in Ho Chi Minh City as an architect. I have heard the term “Viet Kieus” used a lot but I don’t really know what it means exactly. I’ve also heard that they enjoy many benefits, for example with investment. Is that true? Even though the Vietnamese term is widely used in practice, … Read more

Safe Eating

Ensuring the quality and safety of street food in Vietnam is easier said than done Dear Marijn, My name is Daniel and I’ve been working in Ho Chi Minh City as a journalist for about three years now. I love eating street food and I have even written a few stories about it. My friends … Read more

Salary, health and fair employment practices

Dear Marijn, I’m Italian and two months ago I opened a wood oven pizza place in HCMC where I currently employ five locals. They are all doing an amazing job, and they even started singing Italian opera when baking pizzas. My ‘pizzaioli’ work long hours six days a week, but I pay them well and … Read more