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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

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

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

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

Tourism in Vietnam is not that bad

Walking down the streets, so the common refrain goes, is like entering a battlefield. But you might think otherwise when you consider the annual statistics for accidents in Vietnam.
READERS' VIEWS January 11, 2023 | 04:48 pm PT

Excitement turns to frustration in Sa Pa after 20 years

Sloppy landscapes, streets full of trash, vendors constantly bothering tourists... I was incredibly disappointed when I returned to Sa Pa.
READERS' VIEWS January 9, 2023 | 05:03 pm PT

'Foreigners are being asked to pay money for every free service'

Following recent incidents of foreign tourists being overcharged by a taxi in Hanoi, a restaurant in Sa Pa, and allegedly being asked for tips at Noi Bai Airport, readers shared their stories.
READERS' VIEWS January 7, 2023 | 03:28 am PT

In Saigon, no phone signal, no worries

If somebody had asked me a month ago which item I would miss the most if I did not have it, they would have been spot on with my reply with my mobile phone.
READERS' VIEWS January 5, 2023 | 07:36 am PT

Our experience of Vietnam as fleeting transit passengers was excellent

We traveled to Melbourne from London via Vietnam at the beginning of December 2022. I did not recognize any of the complaints many are making.
READERS' VIEWS January 1, 2023 | 06:29 pm PT

My daughter won't leave room after body shaming at school

I am a 39-year-old single mother with a 14-year-old daughter. After my divorce, I brought my daughter with me abroad.
READERS' VIEWS December 29, 2022 | 04:49 pm PT

My impression of Vietnam's largest airport: frustrations and exhaustion

Immigration procedures are complicated and slow. Waiting for luggage is tiring and time-consuming. And airport taxi fares are unreasonably expensive.
READERS' VIEWS December 27, 2022 | 05:12 pm PT

'It's the little things that get to you': Readers on Vietnam tourism problems

While some readers seem to have lost patience with Vietnam's tourism services, others said there are certain things the country can fix to rise from a good base.
READERS' VIEWS December 22, 2022 | 08:54 pm PT

How will Vietnamese food cope with toxic TikTok?

Is it acceptable for YouTubers and TikTokers to use images of restaurants without their permission to profit from videos that disparage said eateries?
READERS' VIEWS December 20, 2022 | 04:39 pm PT
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