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Vietnam allows foreigners to buy real estate from July 2015

Vietnam allows foreigners to buy real estate from July 2015

Vietnam, previous off-the-radar for foreign property buyers and investors, has approved legislation allowing limited ownership of property by foreigners from July 1, 2015.

The move could herald the start of more foreign ownership law changes throughout the region ahead of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC 2015) which comes into force in one-year from now.

The Vietnamese government’s aim is to inject action in what has been a broadly stagnant real estate sector whilst boosting economic growth at the same time.

The law will allow foreigners with a valid visa, as well as foreign companies and international organisations operating in Vietnam, to own houses and apartments. Previously, only foreigners married to Vietnamese nationals and those making contributions to the country were allowed to purchase property. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 13, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Twenty reasons to visit Ho Chi Minh City

A visit to Ho Chi Minh City is an encounter with exotic food, French colonial architecture and memories of war, writes Guy Wilkinson.

1 Cheap eats

Ho Chi Minh City (also still called Saigon) is famous for its pho (traditional Vietnamese noodle soup) and pork rolls. Often the best places are shops and stalls named after family members, such as “Aunty” or “Chi” (meaning sister) followed by a number representing their order in the family and, finally, their name. Though many chains, such as Pho24 and Pho 2000, do big business these days, you can’t beat family-run outfits for the real deal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Stay in Saigon, exciting and interesting city.

Saigon is dirty, crowded, and a bee hive of activity. However, it is a great hub for traveling around southern Vietnam, and it has a few great attractions and hidden gems that are worth visiting.

I spent four days in and around Saigon during September 2003. Soon after arriving in town and checking into our hotel, my friend Vince and I began wandering around the congested streets. Little did we know how pedestrian un-friendly HCMC is, or how convenient the motorcycles are! Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on August 19, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Food service prices shoot up in Ho Chi Minh City

Although food prices have cooled down since the Lunar New Year, many eateries and food services around Ho Chi Minh City have scrambled to increase their prices.


Many customers are shocked to see that prices skyrocketed by as much as 60 percent compared to the pre-Tet period.

Most eatery and food service owners reasoned that the price increase is due to rising input costs, including cooking gas, employee wages, or rental fees. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Living in Saigon, Uncategorized


Contemporary Vietnamese Traditional Weddings

The pace of change
Modern traditional weddings in Vietnam differ significantly to those in the past. The most obvious change is the cost – the social pressure of ‘face’ leads some families to spend up to the equivalent of ten year’s salary. Another obvious difference is the average age of the couple.

In the past, a groom of 20 with an 18-year-old bride would be considered an ideal couple. Today, education, a degree of female emancipation, and the need to pursue a career have raised the figures by five or even ten years for middle-class city dwellers. Working class couples tend to marry earlier.

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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Uncategorized


The Introduction of the University Entrance Examination in Viet Nam!

University Entrance Examination is very important in Vietnamese students. High school graduates have to take it and get high results to be admitted to universities. The pressure on the candidates remains very high despite the measures that have been taken to reduce the heat around these exams, since securing a place in a state university is considered a major step towards a successful career for young people, especially those from rural ares or disadvantaged families. In the year 2004, it was estimated that nearly 1 million Vietnamese students took the University Entrance Examination, but on average only 1 out of 5 candidates succeeded.Normally, candidates take 3 exam subjects, and each lasts; 180 minutes for the fixed groups of subjects: Group A: Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry; Group B: Mathematics, Biology, and Chemistry; Group C:Literature, History, and Geography; Group D: Literature, Foreign Language, and Mathematics.
In addition to universities, there are community colleges, art and technology institutes; professional secondary schools, and vocational schools which offer degrees or certificates from a-few-month to 2-year courses.
According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training, there are currently 23 non-public universities, accounting for 11% of the total number of universities. These non-public universities are currently training 119,464 students, or 11.7% of the total number of students. The government is planning to increase the number of non-public universities to 30% by 2007.
Saigonstay – According to  Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training
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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Uncategorized


USD50 to flight Hanoi – HCMC

Vietnam Airline has launched a new promotion program in which fares to many domestic destinations are discounted significantly. In which promotion fares between Hanoi ; HCM City/ Nha Trangg/ Buon Me Thuat are fixed at VND1,100,000, route Ho Chi Minh ; Hai Phong/Vinh VND1,100,000 and route Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh; Da Nang/Hue VND650,000.

There are many uncourageous promotions on other routes can be found on Vietnam Airline official website. The tickets are supposed to be purchased two weeks before departure, with departure day from now on until December 31, 2012.

Interested customers should learn that the fares have not been included taxes, fees and charges and not applied for peak time an holidays. Each ticket is supposed to go with certain condition.

Vietnam Airlines, the national flag carrier of Vietnam, is now the most reputable among aviation firms in Vietnam. However in the context of downward economy, the airline continuously offers promotion tickets, especially in summer time, when travelling demand as usual rises.
SaigonStay – According to Vietnamonline


Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Uncategorized