Business in Vietman
Today, more and more foreign businesses are investing in Vietnam and setting up offices and factories there. You should set up appointments prior to your visit and exchange business cards with both hands. Lunches can be long in Vietnam so therefore it is better not to schedule appointments between 11.30am and 2.00pm. However offices do tend to open early (7.30/8.00am) and close around 5.00pm/6.00pm.
There is an endless amount of cyclos, motorbikes and bicycles around the city streets. To cross, just walk very slowly, don't panic and rush across,s and you will find that you can get across safely. It actually does work!
Chinese Bakeries (II)
These are the shops I was talking about. So colourful and mysterious... and all the same all over Saigon. They seemed to sell the same kind of stuff, a kind of marzipan, sweet, with a hard surface... delicious!!
You will find many in Cholon, the Chinese district, but also in many places around town.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Since I first arrived to HCMC, I felt curious of those chinese bakeries, with all those red boxes in the windows, and all those pastry things with strange names...
So 1 day I decided to try. I bought one of those mysterious red boxes, and see what came out!! (see pic), a cutty little pig, with eyes and mouth!!
I first thought of keeping it as a souvenir, but too difficult to carry, and I was hungry too... so I had to "sacrify" it... delicious, try it if U have the chance ;-)) Kind of sweet marzipan...Related to:
- Food and Dining
Tipping is usually not necessary in Vietnam. Especially, in the small cafe's that dots almost every street corners of Saigon(HCMC). If you decide to leave tips, I suggest that you hand it to the person that serviced you. I, myself, is use to the western custom of leaving my tips on the table. So, that's what did the first time I visited Vietnam. I tip this young girl, about 12 years of age, at a small cafe....hahaha...As I was leaving, she frantically chased after me, thinking that I have forgotten my money...So, from then on I always hand my tips to the person directly. Besides, leaving your tips on the table is not such a good idea in Vietnam anyway. Your tips might not even reach its rightful owner, the person you intented to tip.
Well, while I was in Vietnam I notice something I thought other travelers wouldn't like. Have you ever tried to stand in line to purchase a train ticket? I notice that people don't even have a line at all...Especially, when it's peak season. They just seem to pile up on each other at the ticket window. Everyone else seem to be okay with it, but I felt very uncomfortable having people breathing down my neck. Luckily, I had cousins who lives in Vietnam, so they did all the lining up for me. So, if this happens to you, just try to understand that it's an acceptable thing for the locals.
Remove your shoes
Remove your shoes before entering Buddhist pagodas. Small donations placed in the boxes found in temples are appreciated. It is acceptable to keep your shoes on within Chinese pagodas. Never let the soles of your feet face other people or any sacred monument, such as a statue of Buddha..
The latest in fashion for Vietnamese girls includes a hat either as shown or baseball cap along with a scarf over the face. This both protects them from fumes while riding and also is used to prevent tanning as light skin is considered preferable.
Many (but not all) Vietnamese...
Some (but not all) Vietnamese people you meet in the tourist district are persistent in making offers to you whether it be transportation, bars, etc. Quite a lot of patience is required if you stay in those districts. Be open but be careful.
It is monsoonal in the north, bringing a hot, rainy season from mid-May to mid-September and a warm, dry season from mid-October to mid-March. Occasional typhoons from May to January bring extensive flooding to the middle regions of Vietnam.
You, You, You!!!
Not long after walking around, you'll notice that people will say "you, you, you" to get your attention. It's seems a little rude, but I assure you they're not trying to be. In Vietnamese, women are called em, co, chi, or ba. Men are called anh or ong. All translate to "you" in English, which explains all the 'you'ing.
I've noticed at restaurants that waiters stand and wait for you to make your decisions rather than leave you alone for a few minutes. This was a little disconcerting at first. I found it very difficult to make up my mind while someone was standing there staring at me. I've found that politely asking them to come back in a couple minutes helps.
Motorcycles are made in China,...
Motorcycles are made in China, Thailand or Japan. Is not possible to see american ones, do you know why??
There is not ped crossing, but it doesn´t matter, because if you cross the street, all the vehicles move and avoid you, even if you cross with your eyes closed (anyway i am not responsible of the last).
My friend Nguyen, I met her in...
My friend Nguyen, I met her in one market in Saigon, She is working in a very original shop, were i bought a Cobra Liquor, an powered drink for all kind of purpose.
I actually have a fluent contract via e-mail, and we share lot of impression about Viet Nam, history, rules, culture and future of the country.
I am learning lot of thing from this very intelligent girl that i met in the market.
Check it out the bahaviour of...
Check it out the bahaviour of the people right there, you have to believe me if i tell you that street life is the only way to live there because house are very small, and people is poor, even the police and shop manager!!
anyway, when I was doing shoppin, i found beautiful scopes to share with you, these pekinese dogs, horrible but nice
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