Happy Tet!

It’s not until next week, but I’m not going to be blogging next week because there won’t be anyone around to read it. But as the entire week–from 4 February through 8 February–is an official holiday, there’s no reason to worry. Be happy.

I will leave you with one tip, as holidays put me in mind of employment law.

In the United States and several countries in Europe the personal holidays–as distinct from official holidays–roll over into the next year if they are unused. This is not the case in Vietnam.

When I was in Laos, we had a hell of a time dealing with expat employees who were used to this automatically happening. They expected to happen even though there was no provision in the contracts providing for it, nor was there a provision in law providing for it.

That said, if you want your holidays to roll over into the next year, and you haven’t used them, or if you want a cash stipend in exchange for the unused holidays, make sure it’s in your contract. Otherwise you might find yourself losing holidays.

With that said, enjoy the new year celebrations. It’s going to be wild. Look forward to seeing you on the other side.

Happy Tet!

Tet holiday celebrations.