I first moved to Vietnam as a wide-eyed and highly putative English teacher, an 18-year-old on my first-ever trip to Asia.

Nine-and-a-half years later I’m returning to live in Hanoi once more, having been appointed Vietnam correspondent for the Financial Times.

It’s a great opportunity to report on the change that rapid economic growth is bringing to this incredibly dynamic country and the many challenges that are arising as a result.

I’ve now left Jakarta and am back in my home town of London, waiting for the paperwork to be completed in Vietnam.

In the meantime, I’m reading as widely as possible about Vietnam and the region and trying to rekindle my Vietnamese language skills.

I will continue to blog for Asian Correspondent and look forward to helping drive the site on to bigger and better things.