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​Saigon Proposes Mandatory Cashless Payments at Major Restaurants

In a move that would help realize Saigon's dream of a cashless society, the city’s tax department has proposed the replacement of cash payments with mandatory point-of-sale (POS) machines at restaurants and other high-end services as a means to improve the collection of tax.

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Weekend News Roundup: Mu Cang Chai Named Among World's 19 Most Beautiful Mountains

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▪ Remains of Vietnamese kidnap victim return to Vietnam [Inquirer]

▪ Mu Cang Chai among world's 19 most beautiful mountains [VietnamNet]

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4 Saigon Districts to Experience Water Outage This Weekend

Residents of four Saigon districts will experience water outages or low water pressure this weekend.

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Morning News Roundup: HCMC Hopes to Open More Pedestrian Streets

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▪ HCM City hopes to open more pedestrian streets [VietnamNet]

▪ HCMC scraps proposed ban on jeans in public offices following opposition [VnExpress]

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Vietnam's Private Sector Has the Fastest-Growing Salaries in ASEAN: Survey

A regional job recruitment website has found that private-sector salaries are increasing faster in Vietnam than anywhere else in Southeast Asia.

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North Korean Defector Given Free Lifetime Supply of Choco Pies

South Korean confectionery giant Orion has announced that it will bestow a lifetime supply of Choco Pies to a North Korean soldier who recently defected.

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Hanoi Book Company Slammed for 'Book Hotpot' Event Which Offers Books by the Kilogram

A book company’s year-end sale event has become the center of contention for its allegedly disrespectful marketing tactics.

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Morning News Roundup: HCMC Gives Uber 10 Day Ultimatum to Pay Back Taxes

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▪ Record number of Tet flights planned for Tan Son Nhat Airport [DTI]

▪ Ho Chi Minh City gives Uber 10 day ultimatum to pay back taxes [Tuoi Tre]

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Hanoi Hipster Railway Cafes Shut Down by Local Police

Several cafes that allowed customers to sit directly on the railroad tracks running through central Hanoi have been closed down by police.

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Saigon Tax Department Orders Facebook Cosmetic Vendor to Pay $400,000 in Back Taxes

An online retailer in Saigon has been ordered to pay an unprecedented VND9.1 billion (US$400,000) in back taxes.

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Morning News Roundup: Vietnam’s Economy to Reach $300bn by 2020

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▪ Vietnam’s economy to reach 300 billion USD by 2020 [DTI]

▪ Inspectors find no silk in top Vietnamese silk brand's products [VnExpress]

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