Vietnam: Summer in Hanoi

Our Man in Hanoi encounters aircon politics while trying to beat the rising temperatures in Hanoi. “Worst of all is air con politics at work. Us Tays would like to shiver in 16 degrees. Locals like it somewhere around 28. My Vietnamese colleague who wears little t-shirt and skirts in summer says she will be sick if I turn the air con down again. But I've tried to explain that my long trousers and shirt is the very least I can wear. But she could wear a cardigan. “Why would I wear a cardigan,” she says. “It's summer”.”

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