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Vietnam (Wharton) Trip 2008

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Vietnam Today

  1. 1. Vietnam & Cambodia Today. Stuart & Sandy Malawer in Vietnam (2008) 1
  2. 2. China Beach (Danang) …………………. Marines Landed in 1960s & now a strip for 5-Star Hotels. Part of tourist trade that generates millions in revenues for economic development. Tourism is a major aspect of Vietnam’s economic strategy. 2
  3. 3. Danang 3
  4. 4. Vietnam has a very large coastline with a great deal of river life & activity …….. 4
  5. 5. Rivers & Coastlines in Vietnam 5
  6. 6. Near Rice paddies outside of Hue --- Vietnam is the world’s second largest exporter of rice. 6
  7. 7. Water buffaloes are important in farming ……. Vietnam is still primarily an agricultural nation. …… Has huge fish farms and large exporter of coffee ….. 7
  8. 8. Stuart Malawer in Saigon – Sales to Tourists are Important. 8
  9. 9. Textiles is also a huge industry for exports …….. 9
  10. 10. Marble processing from local quarries …. This is a large regional industry. 10
  11. 11. Saigon …….. The commercial center of Vietnam. …… Many international banking & financial companies are located in Saigon. 11
  12. 12. Saigon …….. Vietnam’s commercial center. 12
  13. 13. Saigon ….. (Local Markets are very busy.) 13
  14. 14. Local Artists (Danang) – Vietnamese artisans are very traditional and represent their culture. 14
  15. 15. Saigon …. Market …. Many foods are domestically produced. 15
  16. 16. Ha Long Bay (UNESCO World Heritage Site) ---- Near Hanoi and Haiphong Harbor in Northern Vietnam ---- 16
  17. 17. Stuart & Sandy at Ha Long Bay. 17
  18. 18. Ha Long Bay. The classic French movie Indo-Chine about the French in Indo-China was filmed in Ha Long Bay. 18
  19. 19. Hanoi (Political Capital of Vietnam) Strongly regulates Vietnamese society as a socialist government, but strongly supports free market economy since the 1990s as means of economic development. 19
  20. 20. With Ha Vu in Hanoi (GMU doctorial student) – Dinner at her home – Many Vietnamese now study in the U.S. 20
  21. 21. Hanoi – Dinner & Family Time. Very strong Asian family units. Family problems are universal – but little counseling available. 21
  22. 22. Site of John McCain’s Imprisonment…….. Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi (Former French prison for Vietnamese Nationalists in the 1940s & 1950s) -- Central Building is below -- 22
  23. 23. Hoa Lo Prison …….. 23
  24. 24. Hoa Lo Prison ……… 24
  25. 25. ---------- Lingering War Memories ---------- Home & Workshops for Agent Orange Victims – Multigenerational with Extreme Deformities . 25
  26. 26. Goodbye ……… From Vietnam 26
  27. 27. Cambodia -- Angkor Wat – The most famous temple in Cambodia & its main tourist attraction. 27
  28. 28. Cambodia – Angkor Wat Ancient Hindu / Buddhist Temples – UNESCO heritage site. 28
  29. 29. Cambodia Elephants are the national symbol of Cambodia 29
  30. 30. Cambodia ………. 30
  31. 31. Cambodia …. (Wedding & Fishing Village) – Cambodia is much poorer than Vietnam. It is considered by some as the next Vietnam – It is now having increased international investment. 31
  32. 32. Cambodia --- Life on the Rivers …. Very poor outside of cities. 32
  33. 33. Stuart’s new workforce --- Outsourcing is Alive and Well in Cambodia 33

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