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Vietnam Boasts Fastest-Growing Private Sector Salaries in ASEAN: Survey

A regional job recruitment website has found that private-sector salaries are increasing faster in Vietnam than anywhere else in Southeast Asia.

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North Korean Defector Given Free Lifetime Supply of Choco Pies

South Korean confectionery giant Orion has announced that it will bestow a lifetime supply of Choco Pies to a North Korean soldier who recently defected.

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Hanoi Book Company Slammed for 'Book Hotpot' Event Which Offers Books by the Kilogram

A book company’s year-end sale event has become the center of contention for its allegedly disrespectful marketing tactics.

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Morning News Roundup: HCMC Gives Uber 10 Day Ultimatum to Pay Back Taxes

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▪ Record number of Tet flights planned for Tan Son Nhat Airport [DTI]

▪ Ho Chi Minh City gives Uber 10 day ultimatum to pay back taxes [Tuoi Tre]

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Hanoi Hipster Railway Cafes Shut Down by Local Police

Several cafes that allowed customers to sit directly on the railroad tracks running through central Hanoi have been closed down by police.

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Saigon Tax Department Orders Facebook Cosmetic Vendor to Pay $400,000 in Back Taxes

An online retailer in Saigon has been ordered to pay an unprecedented VND9.1 billion (US$400,000) in back taxes.

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Morning News Roundup: Vietnam’s Economy to Reach $300bn by 2020

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▪ Vietnam’s economy to reach 300 billion USD by 2020 [DTI]

▪ Inspectors find no silk in top Vietnamese silk brand's products [VnExpress]

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Christmas Decorations in High Demand 2 Weeks Ahead of Holiday

Sales of Christmas trees and locally made decorations are soaring across Saigon as the holiday approaches.

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New Report Finds Indonesian LGBT Activists Under Increasingly Violent Threat

A new report has found that supporters of Indonesia's LGBT community are facing increasingly violent, personal threats in the country.

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Chinese National Sentenced to 8 Years for Stealing $18,000 in Cash on VNA Flight

Last Friday the Hanoi People's Court sentenced a Chinese national to eight years in prison for stealing almost US$18,000 in cash from two passengers on a Hanoi-bound domestic flight in April.

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