Chinese tech giant Tencent invested in Vietnam-based VNG, famous for its messaging app Zalo while Alibaba invested US$ 1 billion in Singapore-based Lazada to expand into the SE Asia market including Vietnam.Tencent’s We Chat used to have one million user base in Vietnam by the early of 2013, but they were kicked out of Vietnam later that year, along with other chat apps like Viber, Line, Whatsapp, Kakao Talk because of the Vietnamese government’s chat apps ban in August 2013.
A plethora of rainbow flags threw the monotony of the city's ubiquitous hammer-and-sickle banners into sharp relief.
In April, the colour and ceremony on Nguyen Hue had been for a more predictable occasion: the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the unveiling of a new statue of Vietnam's revolutionary hero, Ho Chi Minh. Indeed, for a while, Nguyen Hue felt a bit like a LGBT Disneyland.
The pricey prep school where Trump's parents sent their wild-child teen for five years to shape up, he claimed, provided him with 'more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military,' he told his former biographer.
The revelation that The Donald considers himself in the same class as armed forces veterans comes in a New York Times preview of a Trump biography that the Republican presidential candidate won't welcome on bookshelves.
For startups thinking of expanding to SE Asia, Vietnam, a young market with a growing middle class can serve as a test bed and then a gateway to expand to the bigger markets.