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Begging should be for locals only

With foreign tourists recently seen begging for money in Vietnam and Thailand, readers are divided over whether it's an act of entitlement or simply someone needing help.
February 2, 2023 | 11:28 pm PT

The art of asking questions

I took German as my third language when I was 22 years old. By definition I was an adult language learner, but I believed I was not disadvantaged by my age.
February 1, 2023 | 03:48 pm PT

Nga Than

When it comes to noisy karaoke, silence isn't golden

If we all speak up about the issue in a concerted effort, I believe something can be done.
READERS' VIEWS January 31, 2023 | 05:08 pm PT

Concrete pavement more practical than stone

I live in Palo Alto, California, where almost all the city's pavement is made of concrete blocks connected by grout to avoid cracks.
January 30, 2023 | 04:44 pm PT

Trinh Phuong Quan

Vietnam reopens to tourists without fixing its problems

Foreigners expressed disappointment coming to Vietnam post-Covid and seeing many problems persist, or get worse.
READERS' VIEWS January 25, 2023 | 06:15 pm PT

I refuse to drink alcohol during Tet visits and everyone looks at me like I'm a weirdo

Bing drinking, which is common during the Lunar New Year holiday, is not culture and does not prove one as a "stronger man," according to readers.
READERS' VIEWS January 24, 2023 | 11:09 pm PT

Vietnam dreams of becoming world's next factory. But at what cost?

"Do you think Vietnam has the potential to become the world's next factory?"
January 24, 2023 | 05:00 pm PT

Ho Quoc Tuan

Vietnam is scaring tourists away with poor quality of services

I recently received a group of 10 French tourists who went on a cruise tour of Ha Long Bay for two days and one night.
January 20, 2023 | 05:00 pm PT

Pham Ha

Language schools desire to have westerners as clowns instead of real teaching

People from any country can teach English as long as they are qualified. Many others from native countries do not have qualifications and not because they are native means they have good grammar.
READERS' VIEWS January 20, 2023 | 03:31 pm PT

Let's have a serious talk about those silly Tet mascots

As the Year of the Cat approaches, cities and provinces across Vietnam have erected large public statues of giant cats in celebration of the Tet Lunar New Year festival.
January 18, 2023 | 03:29 pm PT

Trinh Phuong Quan

To foreign tourists, be brave and ask for food you do not know from home

I stand by the fact that I am afflicted by prejudices of the West. But I have wonderful memories of my visit to Vietnam a few years ago.
READERS' VIEWS January 17, 2023 | 06:22 pm PT

Vietnam's GDP growth: relieved and concerned

Never before has the country's GDP growth rate made me both happy and sad, relieved and concerned like the 8% figure for 2022.
January 16, 2023 | 03:31 pm PT

Can Van Luc

Problem with Vietnam's language centers: unqualified teachers

I would like to bring your attention to what I consider the degradation of ESL teaching (English as a second language) in Vietnam.
READERS' VIEWS January 15, 2023 | 05:13 pm PT

People don't come to places like Sa Pa for relaxation

Coming to Sa Pa to experience a resort-style getaway is a mistake. The signature characteristics of this land are its natural beauty and culture.
READERS' VIEWS January 14, 2023 | 10:48 pm PT

Strict law enforcement could improve behavior in Vietnam

I was surprised when my coworkers, who had numerous bad habits, suddenly became civilized and courteous while traveling abroad.
January 13, 2023 | 03:29 pm PT

Le Ngoc Huy

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