Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on holiday in Vietnam

VIETNAM – Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the world’s number one social network, Facebook, has been in Vietnam since December 22 for his holiday.

After arriving in Hanoi at 11am on December 22, Zuckerberg and his friends, including his girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, visited Hoa Lo, a historical site in the capital city.

Tran Ngoc Bich, the tour guide for a US group in Hoa Lo, said, “He seemed easy going and casual, just wearing a T-shirt, jeans and tennis shoes. He was very friendly.”

At 3pm on December 23, Zuckerberg and his friends went to a Vertu mobile showroom on Ngo Quyen Street, Hanoi.

In the afternoon of December 24, Zuckerberg hired a helicopter to go from Gia Lam airstrip in Hanoi to Bai Chay in Quang Ninh. The group then took a cruise around Halong Bay.

The one day and one night trip to Halong, including the helicopter and the cruise cost nearly USD20,000.

Ha Quang Long, Director of Quang Ninh provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, welcomed Zuckerberg and his friends with a bouquet of flowers and wishes for a merry Christmas.

After a brief stop back at Gia Lam airstrip, on the morning of December 25, he and his friends flew for a visit to Lao Cai to visit nearby Sapa.

Despite the visit apparently being a holiday, Zuckerberg is said to have an appointment with Nguyen Trong Khoa, who is famous for owning 700 domains of cuisine, tourism and big real estate projects in Vietnam.

Khoa, born in the central province of Binh Dinh, was the founder of the website thatlac.com.vn, which helps people find their missing relatives free of charge. Zuckerberg invited him to visit Facebook headquarter in the US in February 2011.

Zuckerberg was granted a two-week visa to Vietnam.

Born in 1984, Mark Zuckerberg is believed to possess assets worth USD24 billion.

Zuckerberg and Facebook co-founder, Dustin Moskovitz, 27, are two youngest billionaires in the world.