I am Vietnamese, born, raised and living in Czech Republic, Europe and my general thougts about Vietnam are “Nice people, nice culture, bad government.” I visited Vietnam several times and I was pleased by the easy going and chill lifestyle practiced by nice people. Although they have a bad side to them, Vietnamese people are generally nice and respectful (especially to elders).
Unlike the Czech society, that I grew up in, the Vietnamese society tends to be more connected and friendly. People in Vietnam talk to each other a lot more and they share everything, especially food. After every dinner, they want to pay, leading to a long argument in terms of “I will pay…No, I will pay!”
Also, Vietnam has a very interesting culture, and as I’ve seen, Europeans have recently started to be interested in it. Not only is tourism in Vietnam really popular right now, I’ve also noticed, that Vietnamese dishes, especially phở, have become really popular outside Vietnam.
Unfortunately, because of the socialist government, Vietnam is not very developed. The politics and economy of the far-left socialism destroyed the country, and when Vietnam started to accept a limited form of capitalism, it completely ruined the society, leading to a surprisingly anti-communist class development. What I mean by that is the huge gap between the upper class and the lower class, which is the opposite of what is seen as the communist ideology. On one side, you have the large poor community of Vietnam. On the other side, you have people like Phạm Nhật Vượng, the chairman of VinGroup and “Vietnam’s first billionaire”.