A year when cables split, superstars cancelled concerts, dengue fever spread like wildfire, and the country got hit by not one but three tropical storms. It doesn’t make good reading, right?

 

But take a look back at the events of the past 12 months and there’s a lot of good to add to the bad — positive changes that may well have huge ramifications for the future of Vietnam.

 

Here are 16 events that were the talking point of Vietnam in 2017. It’s not comprehensive by any means — as we were putting this together it became clear that we were leaving a lot of things out. APEC anyone? The rise of Grab and Uber? The decline of ANZ in Vietnam?

 

But it was certainly an interesting 12 months.


 

PHOTO BY DAVID DOUGAN / CA STUDIOS

 


To read the other articles in this series, click on the following links:

 

Years of speculation over whether the fast food behemoth would ever enter Hanoi are now at an end
The Vietnamese film industry has experienced a Renaissance over the past few years. Em Chua 18 is
Thousands flocked to My Dinh Stadium to get a piece of the artist called the world’s biggest DJ
But despite the optimism, the team doesn’t make it past the group stage   The reason why
The movie that made Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ name in Vietnam has been both a resounding success and a
Three months, three storms and a death toll of almost 300   Vietnam’s location on the edge
Ariana Grande cancels her concert, disappointed fans   Ariana Grande made it to Vietnam,
Simultaneous break causes internet traffic jam   The internet came to a grinding halt for
New public transport service about to float your boat   By the time you read this,
Well over 100,000 cases of dengue fever reported in 2017   Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City ...
Street food grows up with designated areas for street-side vendors   In October Word ...
The family book and ID card are being replaced with a new system   In 2009, Ngo Thu Huong
Trees breathe life into the capital’s “concrete jungle”   Looking to ditch its “concrete
A marathon returns to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time in 25 years   While ...
Hanoi gets a repeat performance of the hugely popular conference on ideas   TED Talks are
Saigon’s legendary party street ditches the vehicles   Many of us thought we would never

 

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