With an average annual income of $90,408, nine out of 10 expats said in Vietnam they are as happy as or happier than at home, according to the 11th annual Expat Explorer issued by HSBC on Wednesday. Foreigners enjoy working in Vietnam for many benefits: 55 percent of respondents said they take more holidays, 41 percent live in a better home and 39 percent have more household staff compared to their home country. Fifty-seven percent said their employment contracts include an annual allowance to fly home or to another place, higher than the global average of 17 percent. Forty-two percent get an accommodation allowance while the global average is 18 percent, and 73 percent receive health and medical allowances compared to 43 percent elsewhere. Vietnam ranks first in the world with 72 percent saying moving to Vietnam helps them save more and 72 percent also saying they have more disposable income than they did in their home country. Both are higher than the global average: 52 percent … [Read more...] about Vietnam 19th best country in the world for expats: HSBC survey
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Viet Nam News The new VinFast cars, which are on display at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, offer a top-level engine that is comfortable and safe, saving fuel while minimising pollution. Günter K. Fraidl, Senior Vice President of AVL, a leading engine and powertrain designer that has partnered with VinFast to revise the famous BMW N20 engine, speaks with local media about the advanced engines. As Senior Vice President in charge of powertrain systems for AVL, could you tell us more about the role of AVL in designing and manufacturing VinFast automobiles? The VinFast engine was developed based on technology and components licensed from BMW. Magna Steyr has been selected as VinFast’s engineering partner for the development of their new vehicles. AVL has also been selected to help develop the powertrain, in close collaboration with Magna Steyr. When did AVL start co-operating with VinFast? How do you evaluate the feasibility of the new Vietnamese brand? VinFast started … [Read more...] about VinFast uses one of the best engines in the world
Travel and Leisure has announced its annual 2018 list of the world’s best cities and Vietnam’s Hoi An is on it. Hoi An in Quang Nam province has been ranked eighth among the 15 most thrilling destinations in the world, released by the Travel and Leisure, a US travel magazine based in New York City. The survey is based on the responses of Travel and Leisure readers about architecture, distinctive restaurants, a rich array of cultural offerings, a intriguing shops, a teeming street life, a friendly population, etc. In 2018, Mexico reigns supreme. For the second year in a row, San Miguel de Allende, a colonial oasis in the country’s central highlands, takes the first place. Meanwhile, Oaxaca has climbed to the second place, and Mexico City is making a welcome return to the top 15. Earlier, Hoi An has been named among list top 16 of the most relaxing places in the the world. It's no surprise the UNESCO-protected ancient town of Hoi An in Vietnam's central coast is a … [Read more...] about Hoi An shines in Travel and Leisure’s 15 best cities in the world list 2018
By Ngoc Dinh  July 19, 2018 | 10:37 am GMT+7 Four Seasons The Nam Hai in Hoi An. Photo courtesy of Four Seasons The Nam Hai The Four Seasons The Nam Hai Hotel & Resort in Vietnam has been listed as one of 100 best hotels in the world. The only Vietnamese hotel in the annual list compiled by the famous Travel + Leisure magazine is a 15-minute drive Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Thousands of readers took part in the magazine’s survey, selecting their favorite hotels based on different criteria including rooms/facilities, location, service, food and value. The Four Seasons The Nam Hai Hotel & Resort was 89th in the list of top 100 hotels. Standing near Ha My beach in the central province Quang Nam, the resort carries a combination of Asian and modern architecture in a complex of 100 villas. This year’s list is dominated by Asian hotels with 27 places, while Europe has 18. Topping the list is another hotel in Asia, the Four Seasons … [Read more...] about Vietnam resort hotel ranked among the best in the world
When it comes to a sandwich, which is best? Are you a BLT kind of guy? Or perhaps cheese and tomato is more your thing? Over in Hoi An there’s only one place to go when it comes to a tasty snack and that’s Banh Mi Phuong. Six years ago, the late chef Anthony Bourdain popped in and described his banh mi as a ‘symphony in a sandwich’ – and it seems food lovers the world over took note. His critique has done the store no harm at all and business has boomed since that day. There are now as many customers coming for selfies as they are for sandwiches. Tourist Julie Chapman from New Zealand said: “This place was recommended and a lot of people want to come here so that’s good for the family that owns the restaurant. “I think it’s the way they cook the meat and I don’t think I could recreate that at home. I would give it a crack but I’m not sure it would taste as good.” Phuong Lan, whose … [Read more...] about Is this the best sandwich in the world?