Your DSP Relcoations Asia Offices in Vietnam

DSP Relocations Vietnam
Office Locations : Hanoi
#101, 39A Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho District

Tel        : +84 4 37186714
Fax       : +84 4 37186716
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Office Locations : Ho Chi Minh City
Duong so 2, KCN Dong An Thuan An Binh Duong, Vietnam

Tel        : +84 650 376 6861
Fax       : +84 650 376 6863
E-mail  :

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Capital : Hanoi (Ha Noi)
Location : Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, and South China Sea, as well as China, Laos and Cambodia.
Total Area : 331,210 sq km
Climate : Tropical in south, monsoonal in north with hot, rainy season (May to September), and warm, dry season (October to March)
Population : 91,519,289 (July 2012- estimated); Kinh (Viet) 85.7%, Tay 1.9%, Thai 1.8%, Muong 1.5%, Khmer 1.5%, Mong 1.2%, Nung 1.1%, others 5.3%
Government Type : Communist state
Official Languages : Vietnamese (official), English (increasingly favored as second language), some French, Chinese, and Khmer, mountain area languages (Mon-Khmer, and Malayo-Polynesian)
Religions : Buddhist 9.3%, Catholic 6.7%, Hoa Hao 1.5%, Cao Dai 1.1%, Protestant 0.5%, Muslim 0.1%, none 80.8 %
Currency : Dong (VND)
Country Code : +84
About 2,000 years ago people in North Vietnam began growing rice in the Red River Valley. However in the 2nd century BC the Chinese conquered and ruled northern Vietnam for more than 1,000 years and Chinese civilization had a great impact on the Vietnamese. In South Vietnam there was Indian influence. From the 1st century to the 6th century AD the southernmost part of Vietnam was part of a state called Champa. In the early 16th century the power of the Le dynasty declined. During the 17th and 18th centuries two rival families effectively held power, the Trinh in the north and the Nguyen in the south. The Nguyen family conquered the Mekong Delta from the Khmer Empire. Nguyen Anh took Hanoi in 1802 and made himself Emperor Gia Long. Under him Vietnam became a strong united kingdom. Meanwhile the Portuguese reached Vietnam by sea in 1516. In the late 19th century Vietnam became a French colony. The French captured Saigon in 1858 and in 1862 the emperor was forced to surrender 3 provinces to France. Finally in 1882 Vietnam was forced to become a French protectorate. In 1867 the French took the rest of South Vietnam. In 1887 it became part of the French colony of Indo-China. On 2 September 1945 Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam independent. In the north, started Communist regime while in the south Ngo Dinh Diem became ruler. Early 1960s South Vietnam was rocked by demonstrations and 1963 Diem was ousted. Early 1950, the US sent military advisors to South Vietnam. In January 1968 the Vietcong launched the Tet offensive in South Vietnam. Jan 1973 American troops withdrew. South Vietnam continued to fight Vietcong alone and collapsed on 30th of April 1975. Since then Vietnam was reunited under Communist rule till today!
Visitors to Vietnam should be aware of the following special beliefs :
  • Greetings are no different to western countries, there are no cultural formalities that as a foreigner you would be expected to know or practice.
  • Vietnamese dress conservatively, especially for business mettings. Not only for the prevailing weather, but also not to cause offence to the local people. Despite the heat, it’s best not to show off too much skin. If you do, especially girls, you’ll only draw stares from the locals.
  • Dress well when visiting pagodas (no shorts or tatty beer t-shirts). Shoes are fine, and rarely will you have to remove them. If unsure, just follow what the locals do.
  • Travel with recommend tour agencies. Even if you plan to buy tickets when in country, research your journey a little first on the Internet.
  • Store your cash, credit cards, airline tickets and other valuables in a safe place.
  • Take a hotel business card from the reception desk before venturing out from your hotel. This will make your return to the hotel in a taxi or cyclo much easier.
  • Carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack on long excursions from your base hotel. You never know when you might need it!
  • If invited into a home, always remove your shoes at the front door when entering.
  • Ask for permission when taking a photograph of someone. If they indicate that they do not want you to, then abide by their wishes.
  • Remember that age is still highly value
  • Do try to eat what you’re served
  • Handle business cards with two hands
  • Do expect an element of corruption and bribes
When interacting with Vietnamese people, don’t :
  • Never carry more money than you need when walking around the streets.
  • Do not wear large amounts of jewelry. There are two reasons for not doing this :

    i.   It is considered impolite to flaunt wealth in public;
    ii.  It is more likely that you may become a victim of a pickpocket or drive-by bag snatcher.

  • Don't be paranoid about your security, just be aware of your surroundings.
  • Don't wear singlets, shorts, dresses or skirts, or tops with low-neck lines and bare shoulders to Temples and Pagodas. To do this is considered extremely rude and offensive.
  • Never sleep or sit with the soles of your feet pointing towards the family altar when in someone’s house.
  • Never lose your temper in public or when bargaining for a purchase. This is considered a serious loss of face for both parties. Always maintain a cool and happy demeanor and you will be reciprocated with the same.
  • Do not try to take photographs of military installations or anything to do with the military. This can be seen as a breach of national security.
  • Never take video cameras into the ethnic minority villages. They are considered to be too intrusive by the local people.
  • Physical displays of affection between lovers in public are frowned upon. That’s why you may come across couples holding hands but not hugging or kissing.
  • Remember, this is Vietnam, a developing country, and things don’t quite work as you are maybe used to;-

    -   Don’t carry your passport a leave it in the safety box. A photocopy will be sufficient.
    -   Don’t give knife, towel, watch or clock as gift because these are considered bad luck gifts.
    -   Don’t talk about religion, politics, or the Vietnam War
    -   Don’t say anything to offend the Vietnamese government
    -   Don’t expect to reach an agreement quickly
    -   Don’t touch a person's head
    -   Don’t accept an on-the-spot invitation to dinner at someone’s house
    -   Don’t accept a compliment
    -   Don’t cause someone to lose face in front of others