Brian Letwin

in Saigon

Every Morning, I'm Grateful for My Carless Ride to Work on Hoàng Sa Street

In the decade-plus of Saigoneer’s existence, we’ve had six offices strewn across different parts of Districts 1 and 3. Over that period, my homes have been located in Bình Thạnh and Thảo Điền, requiring significant commuting time.

Paul Christiansen

in Saigon

The Nhiêu Lộc-Thị Nghè Canal's Comeback Story

Water has no hometown.

Paul Christiansen

in Saigon

Our Toxic Relationship With Saigon Traffic: A Diagnosis

There is no way to describe Saigon traffic literally and have it understood by someone who has not experienced it.

in Hanoi

Sweating for a Good Cause at the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation Walk in Hanoi

I learnt of the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in my first year living in Hanoi, through friends that had worked for the fantastic organization, or that were regular donors supporting it. This year, I was super excited to see their “Blue Dragon Marathon Walk” annual fundraiser announced, with the main Hanoian event looping around Thống Nhất Park's lake. Embracing the opportunity to contribute, I put my hand up for a 10K walk and enticed friends and family from around the world to send donations to the wander-for-a-cause.

in Vietnam

In the Mekong Delta, Ferries Are Childhood Friends and Daily Companions

The Mekong Delta is called Đồng bằng Sông Cửu Long in Vietnamese — the Nine Dragons River, for the way the mighty Mekong splits into multiple strands as it nears its final destination, the East Sea.

in Hanoi

Glide Over Hanoi in the Calmness of the Cát Linh-Hà Đông Metro Line

In many countries, urban metros are a mundane convenience — so ordinary that their users often take them for granted. But until the birth of Hanoi’s Cát Linh-Hà Đông Metro Line, residents of Vietnam had enjoyed no such air-conditioned, traffic-immune method of transportation.

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Brian Letwin

in Asia

9 Taiwanese Face Charges for Anal Gold Smuggling

Well, this is impressive. South Korean customs officials have announced that they have broken up a gold smuggling ring. The kicker? The mules would bring in the gold through their anuses. According t...

Brian Letwin

in Roundups

Morning Links: Vietnam Traffic Violator Seized After 4km Chase, Cops Criticized for Endangering Road Users

A struggling Vietnamese rock music industry in a booming economy [Astroawani] Vietcombank CEO named Vietnam central bank deputy governor [Thanh Nien] US federal agencies banned from buying Viet...

Brian Letwin

in Roundups

Morning Links: Vietnam Cops Using Thugs for Protection?

- City moves to alleviate overcrowding in bus stations [VNS] - Overseas Vietnamese wins TV's Master Chef [VietnamNet Bridge] - Vietnam province opens world’s largest cave to tour...

Brian Letwin

in Saigon

City Authorities to Demolish Hundreds of Illegal Homes

Over the next three weeks, city authorities will demolish 500 illegally-built houses in Binh Chanh, Thu Duc, Binh Tan, Cu Chi, Hoc Mon, Go Vap and Tan Phu Districts. A few weeks ago, city authorities...

Brian Letwin

in Vietnam

What the Phở Happened Last Weekend? 10 Stories You May Have Missed

- HCM City: Explosion at U.S. Consulate General store kills one [Vietnam Net Bridge]  - Vietnam 'Running Man' says he was invited by Arsenal to UK [Global Post] - American busine...

Brian Letwin

in Saigon

Saigon Couples Encouraged to Make More Babies

Even though Vietnam’s population has been steadily growing the last few decades, a declining birth rate has prompted HCMC officials to encourage couples to have more than one child.

Brian Letwin

in Roundups

Morning Links: Vietnam to Invest Over $300m in Cinema Industry

Good morning, Saigoneers! Here's what's making news around Vietnam this morning:  - McDonald's faces challenges in late entry to Vietnam [CampaignAsia] - Police find 3 behind banker a...

Brian Letwin

in Saigon

[Video] Dozens of Drivers Tripped Up by Pothole

Driving in Saigon becomes truly hazardous when it rains - flooded streets disguise potholes, and breaks are rendered ineffective at short distances. These are the elements that came into play last wee...

Brian Letwin

in Stories

Fan Chases Arsenal Team Bus - Gets Invite to Come Aboard

Well, it looks like Arsenal wasn't able to avoid fans after all. After spending most of their trip in quarantine conditions, not meeting with fans or eating local food, the British football team allo...

Brian Letwin

in Roundups

Morning Links: Diabetes in Vietnam Surges

- Vietnam airports fill up fast [TTRWeekly]  - Viet Nam Steel giant reports large losses in H1 [SteelGuru] - Traditional markets make Hanoi special, why eliminate them? [Tha...

Brian Letwin

in Vietnam

It’s Official – McDonald's Coming to Vietnam in 2014

The Big Mac cometh... After years of speculation and rumor, it appears that McDonald's, the world’s largest fast food chain, will open up its first location in Vietnam in 2014. McDonald's will join o...

Brian Letwin

in Roundups

Morning Links: ‘Cow Bank' Project Assists Poor Farmers in Escape From Poverty

- ‘Cow Bank' project assists poor farmers in escape from poverty [Vietnam Net Bridge] - Japan leads in FDI projects in Vietnam [Saigon GP Daily] - Granny’s Gold Bars Are Key to Vietna...

Brian Letwin

in Vietnam

No Love for Fans or Vietnamese Food as Arsenal Arrives in Hanoi

Arsenal’s much published friendly with the Vietnam national team will take place at Hanoi’s My Dinh National Stadium on July 17th. While the club’s first visit to Vietnam will bring premier football t...

Brian Letwin

in Vietnam

What the Phở Happened Last Weekend? 9 Stories You May Have Missed

- Vietnam's Economy to Grow 5.3 Percent in 2013 [Malaysia Sun] - Vietnam concerned over HIV donor funding cuts [IRIN] - VN firm wins management contract for Myanmar skyscraper [V...

Brian Letwin

in Stories

Slideshow: When Capitalism Returned to Vietnam

When Vietnam opened it's doors to capitalism and the free market in the mid 90s, almost overnight, multinational corporations such as Coca-Cola, Visa, Kodak and Pepsi rushed to exploit the country's u...

Brian Letwin

in Roundups

Morning Links: Obama Invites Vietnam President for Rare Trip

- Bonus marks for Vietnam Heroic Mothers at university exams [Vietnam Net Bridge] - Italian communist leader on visit in Vietnam [Tuoi Tre] - 7 arrested in Vietnam for fatal brawl ove...

Brian Letwin

in Roundups

Morning Links: The Real Owner of Highlands Coffee

- China remains largest rice consumer of Vietnam [CRIEnglish] - The real owner of Highlands Coffee [Vietnam Net Bridge] - 576 undocumented people granted Vietnamese citizenship [Tuoi ...

Brian Letwin

in Roundups

Morning Links: Vietnam Bigwig to be Charged in Fatal Drunk-Driving Accident

- New shrew discovered in Vietnam forest [Mongbay] - Vietnam bigwig to be charged for fatal drunk-driving accident [Thanh Nien] - Vietnam faces challenges of increasing work forc...

Brian Letwin

in Stories

Chicken Smuggled From Vietnam to China Had Been in Storage Since 1967

If you’re eating, you’ll probably want to stop for a moment. Chinese authorities have raided a food storage facility in Nanning, China and found tons of substandard meat, imported from Vietnam. Oh, an...

Brian Letwin

in Roundups

Morning Links: Where Driver’s Licenses are Bought

- Vietnam losing shine in attracting FDI to regional rivals: Minister [Tuoi Tre] - Vietnam, Laos complete border demarcation [Saigon GP Daily]  - Where driver’s licenses are...