2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the UK and Vietnam. I was invited last week to a cocktail reception and a cultural performance to celebrate this by the Vietnamese ambassador to the UK. It was an interesting evening – there was a number of VIP’s including the Duke of York and it seems to be a relationship that both countries take seriously – though I guess the point of the evening is to give that impression!
I have an increased amount of respect for the importance of the Duke of York’s job: his presence definitely added weight and importance to the occasion and he had obviously been to Vietnam a good number times over the last 15 or so years. If his job involves many evenings sitting through that many speeches, then I can say that he earns his keep too!
I was delighted to see Hien Vo of Vietpro get an award for the ‘Improvement of Diplomatic’ relations between the countries’ (I paraphrase!) as Hien and the other guys at Vietpro do such a superb, unpaid job trying to promote Vietnam and present the country in a positive light in UK. They were the main reason we were so keen to be on board and sponsor the Vietnam Summer Festival 2012 as well as the Hanoi: Spirit of Place, exhibition of the photo’s of Sir John Ramsden.
This is yet another reason that now is a fantastic time to visit and explore Vietnam – you are contributing to the development of a very positive diplomatic friendship! If you would like to speak to one of our experts and discuss a holiday please do contact us today.