An Industry Economy

Today we visited two companies, VSIP and II–VI. Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park is the company that I had done research on prior to my visit to Vietnam, so I had a list of expectations that were not only met but surpassed. I knew that VSIP made industrial parks, but what I did not know is that…

Ports and Palaces: Day 10

This morning we visited Cat Lai Terminal, an international container terminal operator and logistics provider. The company┬áhas three core businesses, including port operations with trucks, logistic services, and sea transports.Their headquarters are in Ho Chi Minh City and they have over 30 branches and subsidiaries as they are spread throughout Vietnam. They also have 17…

The Right Side of A War Never Seems to Exist.

The Big Ben Tanh Market I’ve bartered before, but never to the extent of an entire grocery list. Today, we went to Ben Tanh market where I discovered the people of Vietnam are so much difference when it comes to shopping. It was endless rows of beautiful goods (and many counterfeit items as well). The…

VinaCapital does not own VinaMilk…

…Or any of the other companies that start with the shortened American prefix for Vietnam. They do have approximately 1.8 billion USD worth of shares though. In 2003, the large multi-asset management firm opened in 2003 in Ho Chi Minh City, the mecca of economic expansion. The firm has several shares on the stock exchange,…

History is Written by Victors…

Today, we visited the Cu Chi Tunnels, which were used in the Vietnam War for guerrilla warfare. The Viet Cong, fighting for the North, lived in these tunnels in the South so that they could attack soldiers by surprise. The tunnels were long, and very small, and some of them even led to underground bunkers,…

Mother River provides to all

The word Mekong is composed of two parts: “me,” meaning mother, and “kong,” meaning river. After our visit to the Delta, I can see why. The river irrigates the land, making the soil suitable for farming the majority of the nations rice, fruit, and vegetables. The agriculture grows successfully due to the reliability of the…

US Consolate:How to Travel for the Rest of Your Life and Get Paid

Today we visited the US Consulate General located in Ho Chi Minh City. While the embassy is located in Hanoi, they handle many of the diplomatic relations and issues with Southern Vietnam. The consulate helps United States issues with emergencies such as sickness, accidents, theft, and births abroad. They also assist the Vietnamese by educating…

Vung Tau and Mount Nho

Today, the group went to Vung Tau, a private beach resort located around an hour outside the city. The journey to the beach was typical. There were trees and random shops scattered along the highway, but of course with Vietnam there were some differences as well. Traffic, for example is something I’ll probably never get…

Game on, Vietnam.

5/10 6:29 PM Today we visited Glass Egg Digital Media, a software development company that seems to dominate the gaming industry. Glass Egg does the design work for many of the popular racing games, as well as other games too. The company is 17 years old and located in district 4, where all of the…

A Sight Visit that’s Quite The Site to See: Phu My Hung

Today I had the luxury of visiting Phu My Hung, a large development corporation that develops residential housing projects. To put this into perspective, the kind of homes developed by Phu My Hung are the kind that the wealthiest of America to even dare to consider living in. Phu My Hung apartments start at around…

Congratu-lei-tions! Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City!

May 8th, 2017 10:23 P.M.   Hey guys! Day one is finally done and man do I have a lot to say. First I’ll just give you a brief itinerary of today. This morning we sat down to a continental breakfast, and it was different to say the least. Eight different items labeled “cakes” and…

Meet Plus3 Vietnam 2017!

Welcome to the Vietnam Plus3 Study Abroad Program! During their two weeks in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, students will experience a dynamic mix of educational and cultural activities. Plus 3 participants will have the chance to be immersed into Vietnamese culture during the trip. The main academic portion of the Plus 3 program…