A 19th-century house in Reims

Exotic retreat in Vietnam

 HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam. To Peter Arts and Hedwig Pira, it doesn’t feel all that long since they uprooted themselves from a comfortable existence in their native Belgium and took on the formidable task of building a business, a house and a life in a foreign country. Nestled in an expatriate enclave on the outskirts of the city, the house is indeed a haven from the tumultuous urban life of Vietnam.