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The Kids are not Alright

What to do if you suspect child abuse

Dear Antoine and Caroline,
I hear my neighbors yelling all the time. They have a kid and I have seen him several times with bruises on his body. I am very worried about […]

By |October 21st, 2016|Business, Legal Ease|2 Comments
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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 […]

By |September 11th, 2016|Business, Legal Ease|0 Comments
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Estate of Affairs

Navigating the pros and cons of investing in the real estate market

Hi Sven,

I’m a French citizen currently living in Ho Chi Minh City. I would like to invest in local assets. I’ve tried to open a stock trading account with a […]

By |August 28th, 2016|Business, Money Talks|0 Comments
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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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Houston, We Have A Problem

Comparing investment risks between here and abroad

Dear Sven,

What advice do you have for a Vietnamese/US dual citizen who wants to buy a house in the US instead of saving money in Vietnamese banks or investing in domestic assets in such […]

By |July 23rd, 2016|Business, Money Talks|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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It’s Permanent

Investing in a foreign country in exchange for citizenship

Dear Sven,

I am a 40-year-old South African who’s been working in Vietnam for the last three years. I have been an expat for the last 10 years and have around 40 percent […]

By |May 23rd, 2016|Business, Money Talks|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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Vroom Vroom

Hit the brakes, sir. Is that cash or credit for the car?

Dear Sven,

I’m American and my wife is Vietnamese. We’ve decided to buy a car. I’ve never purchased a new one in Asia. We definitely want to buy new. […]

By |April 24th, 2016|Business, Money Talks|0 Comments