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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 […]

By |August 7th, 2016|Business, Legal Ease|0 Comments
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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 […]

By |July 3rd, 2016|Business, Legal Ease|1 Comment
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Southeast Asian Integration

What to expect from ASEAN and the AEC?

Dear Marijn,

I’m a music teacher from Sweden and have been living in Vietnam for five years now. Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Economic Community […]

By |June 7th, 2016|Business, Legal Ease|0 Comments
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Own it

Reading the fine print on foreign ownership of real estate in Vietnam

Dear Marijn,

I hope you can shed some light on this. A few months ago, I found the apartment of my dreams in Nha Trang. I paid for it, moved […]

By |May 9th, 2016|Business, Legal Ease|0 Comments
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Waterlogged

Protecting your deposit from an unreasonable landlord

Dear Marijn,

I currently rent a serviced apartment in District 2. About a month ago, I came back from work one evening to find pots and pans floating around in my kitchen. The service […]

By |April 12th, 2016|Business, Legal Ease|0 Comments
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Un Espresso, Per Favore

Dear Marijn,

I used to worked and lived in Hoi An with my family before moving back to Italy where we currently reside. Now that our children have moved out to attend universities, my wife and I often daydream about returning […]

By |January 19th, 2016|Business, Legal Ease|0 Comments
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Bad Neighbors

What to do when your neighbors are a nuisance?

Dear Marijn,

I’m an Australian engineer and I’ve been living in HCMC with my wife and two kids for about a year now. Our life has been peaceful and happy until we recently […]

By |December 14th, 2015|Business, Legal Ease|0 Comments
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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 […]

By |November 22nd, 2015|Business, Legal Ease|0 Comments
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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. […]

By |October 18th, 2015|Business, Legal Ease|0 Comments
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Is marriage a legal prerequisite to cohabitation?

Dear Marijn,

My name is Simon and until very recently I was enjoying Ho Chi Minh City life as a single foreign language teacher. Things have changed since I met this wonderful Vietnamese girl. I think she could be the […]

By |October 3rd, 2015|Business, Legal Ease|1 Comment