Rooms Available

I’m from Spain and have been working over the past years here with the purpose of starting a hostel close to Pho Nha Ke Bang natural reserve. What company structure would best suit this business and what steps should I take to start? Pho Nha Khe Bang is such a beautiful place for a peaceful retreat—nice project. Vietnam’s legal framework contains

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The Duel for Duality

Tackling the issue of dual citizenship for foreigners. Dear Antoine,  I’m an Australian citizen and would like to become a Vietnamese citizen because I’ll be marrying a Vietnamese woman and have decided to settle down here permanently. Can I apply for Vietnamese citizenship right after our marriage without having lived in Vietnam for the past

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Coined it in

Everything you wanted to know about Bitcoin but were afraid to ask Are Bitcoins and cryptocurrencies suitable for my retirement portfolio?  This is quite a loaded question, and the answer could be wildly subjective and would depend largely on how much you know about the asset class and your tolerance for volatility. If you don’t know what volatility refers to, then Bitcoin and

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How to obtain special permits and licenses for your business

Starting a new business will always involve obtaining a set of special permits and licenses. These will allow you to perform the general business activity and any other particular and regulated activities, in compliance with the rules and regulations set forth by the regulatory agencies in your country of choice. The business license, or the

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Assisted Reproduction

Alternative options available in Vietnam for couples who want to be parents Dear Antoine, My boyfriend and I are over 30 now, and we think it is time to start a family. Unfortunately, we are not able to have our own babies therefore we’re thinking about using assisted reproduction  methods here in Vietnam. However, we have

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Money On My Mind

Tips for saving money when starting your career in Southeast Asia Saving money is one of the major benefits of living and working in Southeast Asia—professionals in countries such as Vietnam are fortunate enough to earn high salaries, while benefiting from low cost of living at the same time. According an HSBC survey, expats in

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The Golden Years

Visa requirements to retire in Vietnam Dear Antoine, I’m a French retiree who had recently visited Vietnam as a tourist for three weeks and I’d really love to go back. I heard that in Thailand there is a special long-stay visa for retired foreigners; is there a same arrangement in Vietnam? If not, how can

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The Visa Vortex

Matching the many different types of visas with the right person Dear Antoine, I’m looking to open a business in Vietnam in the next few months and wanted to discuss some of the ambiguous Vietnamese visa laws. Although the visa situation is constantly changing, do you know with what visa I can open a business in

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Real at Stake

Five perilous myths of property investment You will have heard term “safe as houses”—this is exactly how many people describe their attitudes towards property investing, believing that it’s the safest haven for their money and an appropriate platform to shelter long-term savings. Indeed, property can be a worthwhile investment. Owning a number of properties, mortgage free, in a robust market, with all your rentable space

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