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American expat recounts Vietnam visa run nightmare

The customs area at the Vietnam-Cambodia border gate is seen in this photo taken on August 9, 2015.

Editor’s note: Michael Tatarski, an American freelancer based in Ho Chi Minh City, retold his most recent visa run and explained why he did not hesitate to call it a nightmare. The story below reflects the author’s own view and experience. As an expat who works as a freelancer, it …

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Mourinho rues England’s poor Champions League start

Diego Costa celebrates with team mates after scoring the third goal for Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho was delighted that Chelsea made a winning start to their Champions League campaign on Wednesday, but said he was not happy that Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal had all lost their opening matches in this season’s competition. Chelsea, who have made a poor start to the defence …

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Workshop focuses on Nguyen Dynasty mandarin’s life

Workshop focuses on Nguyen Dynasty mandarin's life

About 48 research works by scientists highlighted the life and contributions of mandarin Nguyen Thuat (1842-1912) at a workshop held on September 15 in the central Quang Nam Province. Thuat served as a high-ranking mandarin under Nguyen Dynasty Kings Tu Duc (1874-1883) and Duy Tan (1907-1916). Mentioned in historical materials …

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Vietnam turns first sod on $522mn potash salt project in Laos

A state-run Vietnamese chemical giant on Sunday held a groundbreaking ceremony for a potash salt mine exploration project in Laos, which will free Vietnam from potassium fertilizer imports upon its completion.

A state-run Vietnamese chemical giant on Sunday held a groundbreaking ceremony for a potash salt mine exploration project in Laos, which will free Vietnam from potassium fertilizer imports upon its completion. The project, to be developed by the Vietnam National Chemical Group (Vinachem) at a total cost of US$522 million, …

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Vietnam eager to foster ties with US: National Assembly chairman

Vietnam hopes to deepen its multifaceted relations with the United States, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung has said.

Vietnam hopes to deepen its multifaceted relations with the United States, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung has said. The top Vietnamese legislator made the statement during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington on Wednesday evening (Vietnam time), according to the Vietnam News Agency. Economic …

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Who says Saigon is boring at night?

Foreigners pose for a group photo at a bar in Ho Chi Minh City.

I read an article recently that stated that nightlife in Saigon was pretty much non-existent. Was this the same city in which I chose to live two and a half years ago? I found it hard to believe. The same city where I have frequently stayed up for 24 hours, …

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Fly in style for Tet with Vietjet for free

The airline will give away 500,000 promotional tickets from just from midday to 2 p.m. on September 16-18. The travel period for this promotion is January 1, 2016 to April 22, 2016.

To meet the huge demand for air travel before, during and after Tet (Vietnam’s Lunar New Year holidays) in early 2016, Vietjet will increase flight frequency on key routes while also enticing travelers with early bird promotions with free and discounted tickets. The airline will give away 500,000 promotional tickets …

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