Improving Business Etiquette in Vietnam

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Hanoi Vendor

When I attended the Robert H. Smith School of Business–They keep asking for donations, I thought I’d give them a plug instead–at the University of Maryland, my statistics teacher brought in a business etiquette coach.

“Do not slouch… Shake with your right hand… Pick up the small fork for salads…” This was some of her advice to the class.

As a visitor to Vietnam, I thought about that etiquette coach for the first time. Ma’am, if I could give you some advice: you could make a killing teaching business etiquette in Vietnam training the touts and shop owners. Ma’am, as properly as I could state this: get your ass to Vietnam. Read more

Me Wrong About Mekong

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Best things to do in the Mekong Delta

Before experiencing the best of the Mekong Delta, my imagination cruised me down quiet rivers shaded by palms, while other sampans paddled over to sell me tropical fruits. I was shocked to discover there was very little serenity and very little shade. There were the canals of Ben Tre, but they were set aside for tourists, as you can see from our Raiden hats and in the faces of the happy boat people of the Mekong.

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Funniest Signs in Asia Part II

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Funniest Signs in Asia

I figured nobody wants to read much as they spend today’s work day shopping online during Cyber Monday. That’s fine because you won’t be able to read these signs, shirts, or hats anyway. Here are the funniest signs in Asia:

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Devdan

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Acrobats at Devdan

After meeting with the general manager in front of the Bali Nusa Dua Theatre, I had my doubts about the Devdan performance. Though I enjoyed the prologue, when the show spoofed the audience–Asian tourists–by having the Balinese actors enter a monkey forest, take photos of everything, flash peace signs for every pose, all while touring in business casual attire, my skepticism seemed confirmed when the comedy element left the stage.

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Interview: Travels of Adam

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Interview Travels of Adam

Welcome to the third installment of the 4,007,236 part series Are There Any Other Travel Bloggers? Whether you’re an adventurer looking for a second travel blog, a reader seeking out tales of distant lands, a blogger wanting to learn the ins and outs of the industry, or someone who enjoys ridiculous questions where answers lack relevancy, you’ll like this segment. This week I spoke with Adam Groffman, the self-described hipster who writes the blog Travels of Adam. Read more