Principally, Vietnam’s GDP growth reached 7.1% last year, beyond the forecast 6.7% and being the fastest rate of expansion in 11 years, and is expected to be 6.9% this year, while the one of Thailand was a mere 4.1% last year and was projected to be 4.0% this year. Obviously, the above-mentioned figures are quite impressive. Such an accomplishment has prompted an inquiry. Therefore, I returned recently to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly known as Saigon, to see changes and reminisce with old friends and new ones to find out about the success story. Upon my request, a room was reserved for me at a hotel in the centrum of the City. From the Bong Sen (Lotus) Hotel, it’s in a walking distance to a number of famous touristic places. From the balcony, I can overlook the Dong Khoi Street, meaning “general uprising,” formerly known during the Vietnam War time as the Tu Do(Liberty) Street. It’s still a sleepless night street. I remember this one-way street very well because I had been hit the first time in my life, on a crosswalk by a bicycle ridden against the traffic direction in 1986. Nowadays, I have to pay more attention to motorcycles when crossing the road,… Read full this story
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