HANOI, VIETNAM -MARCH 11 : A Vietnamese woman walks out of the Gucci shop in the French quarter March 11, 2011 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Over the past year many luxury brands have surfaced in new shopping centers as wealthy Vietnamese spend their money for high priced cars and expensive items. Vietnam has experienced rapid growth since it made a shift to a socialist- oriented market economy, slowly integrating into the world’s economy. In 2010 the GDP reached $104.6 billion. According to a forecast by the Pricewater house Coopers in 2008, Vietnam may be the fastest growing of emerging economies by 2025, with a potential growth rate of almost 10% per year. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
English: The skyline of Shanghai, China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In October we’re off to the Far East, starting in China and moving on to Vietnam. We’re thinking about travelling extremely light and buying some things when we arrive.
Should we take advantage of Shanghai or wait to we get to Hanoi?
Any tips appreciated!