As I wrote about in my earlier post, I had researched my new employer online before coming to Vietnam and had found a promotional YouTube video about the university. At the same time, I found a similar one about the new city:
It looked good and we were excited about the prospect of living in a brand-new city.
|Dragon Dancers at the Opening|
|Wide, empty roads!|
So, now we have been living here for four months, how is the reality of daily life? Well, pretty good actually!! Obviously, there are inconveniences. There is nowhere locally to shop, so a supermarket trip has to be planned in advance and undertaken in a taxi. There is a mini-mart in the foyer of our block, but with so few potential customers, as you can imagine, the choice is very limited! Similarly, if you want to eat out, you need to go into town. Again, there is a cafe in our block, but the quality of the food is rather dubious and the drinks are very expensive by local standards. Some of my colleagues have now acquired motorbikes so that they are able to escape the peace and quiet to the bright lights and noise of the local town.
|Landscaped gardens in front of our apartment block|
|Water park illuminated at night|
Also open for business is the sports centre complete with tennis courts and a large outdoor pool.
The roads are all laid out, too, even though there is very little traffic!
In and amongst the finished infrastructure, the building work continues apace. We already have the shells of numerous individual villas plus a couple more apartment blocks as well as lots of retail units. The end date, however, is many years hence. I probably won't be here long enough to see it anywhere near finished, but, for now, I'm enjoying the novelty of being one of the first residents of Binh Duong New City!
If you are interested, you can read more about the project here and see more of my photos here or here.