♫ July 1st, 2012 11:00 pm
Vietnam has now opened the eyes of many multinational companies around the globe as they begin to view this nation as a cheaper alternative to India and China to set up their call centres and factories. While multinationals eye Vietnam as the favoured destination for their industry needs, Vietnam itself has to compete with full force to capture this foreign investment.
Many companies can take new opportunities to invest in Vietnam’s emerging market especially due to the less controlled economy and a young labour force. With this burgeoning young labour market, companies overseas see Vietnam as a good opportunity to employ them on their manufacturing sites. The young Vietnamese are known for their natural entrepreneurship and this makes Vietnam a unique destination to tap on given the global marketplace companies deal with in recent times.
Vietnam, which is now known as the raising market for new opportunities presents the biggest opportunities for exporters. IT has been noted by the Vietnam Customs Office that exports of items like textiles and manufactured goods along with oil, IT services and shoes are flourishing where exports are concerned. Vietnam encourages foreign investment by providing incentives for businesspeople setting up their businesses in Vietnam. Some of these benefits include tax incentives between Vietnam and her neighbours.
In all, Vietnam offers a window of opportunities for business to invest. The robust economy, if maintained, will ensure that businesses will be able to reap profits while being in Vietnam. They can tap on the several manufacturers and suppliers available in Vietnam itself and make a headstart.
♫ June 13th, 2012 7:32 am
The nighttime fun doesn’t just extend to drinking. You can always catch one of the many beautiful culture shows which present the important and rich facets of Vietnamese culture. Nighttime entertainment choices include the famous Vietnamese Water Puppet Show and traditional dance shows.
Bars and coffee shops in Hochiminh City
1. Seventeen saloon – Let’s go west.
You do not have to “Go West”, you can still throw a western-style party in the heart of Saigon. Stepping through the doorway, you are welcomed by a pretty cowgirl in boots and cowboy hat. You may find you mind swaying with Rock & Roll, Pop Rock, R&B and heavy metal while friendly cowgirls are serving you drink and popcorn. The stage is in the centre of this wild looking saloon with its interior design nicely imitating a cowboy bar. This saloon is also a recommended place for young folk looking hang out at special events such as thanksgiving, American Independence Day and Charismas eve. Every night form 7 pm till 9pm, buy one tiger beer get one free. Light snacks like BBQ and cowboy corndogs are also served. Price starts from VND 74 900. Open 7 pm until late.
2. Wild Pub – go wild, free style.
Situated at the heart of Pham Ngu Lao, this small pub gives us a heartburn with its crazy pink girl Cocktail, a combination of Rum and cola. Free style decoration, with chair and table creatively made from recycled material and walls painted with graffiti apparently form the uniqueness of the pub. Red Saigon Beer, Cuba Libre and Jager Bomb are well known drinks of this place. The capacity is only about 40 customers, as small as a bar in a cowboy movie. Price of drinks ranges from VND 20 000 to VND 60000. If you are lucky you may come on the day a local rock band is performing, to entertain you with folk rock and acoustic songs. The kind owner of this pub is ready to offer 10 % off for those who visit during happy hour from 6 pm to 8 pm. Open daily from 10 am to 11 pm
3. Da Tung Thay – Reminiscence of the past.
Da Tung Thay is a place where many young Vietnamese gather to share recycling ideas. Professional band come to play acoustic guitar songs every Saturday night. From 11.30 am to 1.30 pm lunch serves for only VND 40 000/ person. Customers can enjoy a lunch set comprising steamed rice, soup, fried vegetables and drinks. The shop is also well known for its coffee. By serving coffee Buon Ma Thuot style (Strong black coffee with single ice cube) and gridding the coffee beans upon request, the coffee is free chemical contaminants and retains its original taste. All furniture is classic. On the wall, some black & white pictures and old clocks are hung to record the timeline of one’ life. On the second floor, where a small library is, wall paper is made of old books. In the hope that customers can find some things that once, belonged to them, the shop’s decoration focuses on vintage style. Open 8 am to 11pm daily