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Vietnam is rapid change with the remarkable speed. Many area of the farm land change to be industrial parks and urban area in the last few year. Many of the older people have lived through times of incredible hardship and famine on a scale that is often not fully appreciated in the Red River Delta and Mekong Delta, and the are near Ho Chi Minh City.. Now economic prosperity is spreading, but there remain big differences between rural areas and the big cities. The gaps between the rich and the poor is getting larger. In some of the more remote regions there are still people who are struggle for having enough food to eat. However, as more areas open to tourism, this introduces change, and the opportunity for improved living standards.
In the cities such as Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City monthly salaries are increasing steadily - although not yet in line with equivalent western cities they are steadily getting there. "Storming Price" is mentioned every where as the Gasoline price keep increasing very rapidly. This is accelerating with the new prosperity, foreign trade relations and rapidly rising standards of education in major centers.