By  on May 9, 2008

With GDP growth of over 8 percent and a population of 85 million/ this southeast Asian country is beauty's next big hope.

It doesn’t take much time in downtown Ho Chi Minh City to get a sense of the buzz that’s building about Vietnam. The center of the city’s District 1, the area also known as Saigon, churns out a near-constant cacophony of fast-paced activity: Motorbikes speed down streets by the dozens, emitting a steady whirr of loud motors and lingering clouds of fumes. Sidewalk coffee shops teem with locals, who cluster on low stools at curbside tables to slurp strong coffee and share newspapers. Crowded street markets brim with hawkers offering daily necessities from cuts of meat to conditioner.

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