In late July of this year, I needed to return back to Seattle for personal matters after spending the last six month in Nha Trang and other beautiful parts of Vietnam - what an amazing time it has been. The people, the landscape, the food, the energy... all wonderful experiences to be found here. Nha Trang happens to be my most favorite city in the world, and also the place where I was born. This beach side city is beautiful and stunning. With Nha Trang, you get the relaxing beach side feel with an amazing night-life, clubs and restaurants. The people in Nha Trang are super friendly, and very kind and helpful to visitors. Tourism is big in this city, especially with Chinese and Russians. I hope you consider Vietnam and Nha Trang in your vacation or business travel plans. (if needed, please reach out to me for help/tip at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Speaking of business.... Upon arriving back to Saigon (HCMC) late September, it has been non-stop action for me. From day one, I got the chance to meet so many people and exchange cards and contact from business owners, entrepreneurs and other large to small business leaders at various networking and conferences in this dynamic city (see pictures above on 9/30/16). For many years now, Vietnam has been known for having "cheap labor" when it comes to manufacturing, production and blue collar work. What I have quickly learned is Vietnam has an equal abundance of creative and intellectual talent from all sectors of life - art, music, food, sports, social/civic... and of course business. After spending some time here, there is no doubt the desire from most to earnestly want to compete, create and innovate on a world economic level... way beyond just being known for having low cost labor. The people here are proud of their history and culture and want the world to see it in its full potential.
The best way to compete on the world stage is to constantly create new and innovative products, and solutions; and America has been pretty good at doing this through the years. So I am fortunate and proud to come from this western/American education background and business experience as well. It has been a lot of fun sharing knowledge, concepts and ideas with my new friends and contacts here. Sure "doing business" in any foreign country has its challenges so it's best to educate yourself and/or work with a trusted ally who knows the lay of the land and how the game is best played in each region. Any international entrepreneur, investor or foreign organization would benefit greatly by looking into Vietnam for not only affordable labor, but creative talent and innovative ideas and solutions.
If you have not visited Vietnam yet, I invite you to look into it further first as a vacation destination to get acquainted with the country and its people. Perhaps for the vacationing entrepreneur, a few days spent here in Vietnam might spark some creative business ideas or future partnerships. Vietnam and its people are eager to learn industry "best practices" when it comes to doing business. Hopefully you will soon realize that Vietnam has an abundance of smart, talented and creative people eager to show the world what it can produce.
Miki is a product designer, writer/speaker, and consultant. He appeared in the 2015 Oscar nominated film "The Last Days in Vietnam" directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, the youngest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy. He often speaks to others on the ways in which they can better their lives. His history is well documented in the documentary that shares the amazing story of his father Ba Van Nguyen and his bravery during the last few days in the Fall of Saigon. Miki's message is one of positivity, courage and overcoming your obstacles and challenges. Through his father’s example of bravery, courage and commitment to a better life, Miki is inspired to be the best he can be and to be of service to others and his community.