Most people who holiday in Vietnam are struck by the remarkable level of industry and development throughout the country. In any trip that encompasses Vietnam with any of its neighbours, the work ethic and visible level of industry and activity rarely fail to make an impression from the moment you cross the border. We recently came across an interesting article in The Guardian which explored economic development in Vietnam and across the region. The article was accompanied by a short film on Vietnam which will likely make for interesting viewing for anyone preparing for, or returning from, a trip to the country.
Tom Armstrong is one of the founding members of Asia specialist travel company Experience Travel Group, having first fallen in love with Sri Lanka in 1999. He was in the country at the time of the 2004 tsunami, which prompted him to found the Aid Sri Lanka Foundation. His other ventures have included lettuce-farming, beanbag-weaving and setting up The Mudhouse, an eco-resort in the Sri Lankan jungle. These days, he looks after our in-country experience, sourcing partners and trying all new product (i.e. visiting new hotels and sampling new experiences - it's a hard life). Tom is based in Sri Lanka and Thailand, but he is notorious for never staying in one place. Don't even try to keep up with where he is!