Note: Our Executive MBA classes (online and on-campus) are in Vietnam from October 18th-25th for their international trip and will be blogging periodically.
Today some of us spent time exploring the countryside of Vietnam through a spectacular bus and boat tour of the Mekong Delta. It was a very different experience from the bustling city life of Ho Chi Minh City.We had seen many cemeteries in the family household farmlands during the 1.5 hours of bus ride from the Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta.
Today, we visited IBM Vietnam. The office in IBM Vietnam was very nice and the speech was great. The country leader for IBM was Do Thi Huong Tra, a very impressive lady who shared her experience with us. It was yet another example of women in leadership in Vietnam which we found a bit surprising.
To start day three we visited Kinh Do Bakery’s production facility. During Kinh Do Group’s visit, it was impressive to see millions of crackers were being produced from the raw materials into finish products in the assembly line through automation. The marketing group had done an amazing job to promote their products. In the afternoon we met with the leader of Esquel Garment manufacturing.
Today was another day of productive and informative meetings regarding doing business in Vietnam. I couldn’t have more appreciation for the speakers who share their valuable time, knowledge, and experience with us. The Highlands Coffee shop offered one of the most popular coffees in Vietnam. It is called “Caphe Sua Da”. As a non-coffee drinker, I tried the local coffee because it was famous. Not to be disappointed, the ice coffee was amazingly good. If I live here, I will probably get hooked up to coffees like most of the locals. The “Diamond Plaza” next to the coffee shop was completely a modern department store which carried the most familiar luxury brands, such as Lancome, Estee Lauder.
Today was the first day we have been in Ho Chi Minh City after the long commute across the globe (photo 1). I really enjoyed the presentations from the amazing speakers we had today talking about topics such as Vietnam economics, and mergers and acquisitions. My team was on a scavenger hunt assignment after the informative presentations. Even though the traveling had tired us out, we had a lot of fun walking around the city and trying to figure out the local surroundings. Our team had walked for eight miles around the city.