Editor’s Note: Stivi Cooke is an Australian expat based in Hoi An Ancient Town in central Vietnam. He is working as an English language and hospitality teacher in the town. Bad habits in Vietnam huh? We could be here all day talking about this one! Hmm… Picking your nose in public? Especially if you work in a restaurant? Nah – that’s being covered. Men peeing in the street in full view of the public? Ha! Must have been mentioned before! Loud music? Throwing stuff on the floor in a Vietnamese restaurant? I really don’t know where to start… Oh, yes I do! Sticking to a plan! Time is a good example. I used to tell people to come to my office at 10:00 am, only to find myself waiting in total confusion for up to an hour and sometimes more. If I said 10:00 am – Vietnamese will leave their houses around 10-‘ish’ and turn up with ten minutes before lunch which starts at 11:30 am, depending on the road conditions, whether they’ve read and replied to all their emails and texts or have planned to go to the market and visit seven friends recovering from motorbike accidents in hospital….
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