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Expat Guide to Living in Vietnam

Whether you're already living in Vietnam or preparing to move to Vietnam, our Expat Guide to Living in Vietnam offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Vietnam. For answers to specific questions, visit our Vietnam Forum to talk with expats in Vietnam.

5 Best Places to Retire in Vietnam

Thinking of retiring in Vietnam? Here are 5 of the best places to retire in Vietnam.

Living in Vietnam or on Vacation - You've Got to Try a Non-La

Peter Goudge explains all about Vietnam's iconic hat, the non-la, and how it ties into the South East Asian nation's history, folk lore and every day life. There's a lot more to this simple hat than meets the eye!

10 Best Places to Teach Abroad

Anne Keeling highlights the 10 most popular cities for teaching overseas. From Dubai to Bangkok, Doha to Shanghai.

Expat Vietnam: 10 Tips for Living in Vietnam

It's an exciting time to live in Vietnam - with more and more tall buildings crowding the city skylines and rural areas developing rapidly as well. Learning Vietnamese poses a major challenge for most expats, but Vietnam's warm, welcoming people make up for the challenge.

Culture Shock in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

An Aussie expat in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam has had no problems setting into the culture there. Read about some of his experiences and his take on culture shock.

Culture Shock in Nha Trang, Vietnam

An Australian expat who moved to Nha Trang, Vietnam two months ago shares her experiences with culture shock and expat life in Vietnam.

Living in Da Nang, Vietnam

An expat in Da Nang, Vietnam provides a great introduction to one of the great historical cities in Asia. Find out about expats, local restaurants and more.

Living in Da Nang, Vietnam

An expat in Da Nang, Vietnam advises others moving there to learn some basic Vietnamese, since there isn't a big expat population in Da Nang. Expats hang out at Bread of Life and The Waterfront. Vietnamese people are very friendly and welcoming. Since wages are low in Vietnam, most locals work very long hours to make a living.

Moving to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

An Australian expat in Ho Chi Minh advises newcomers to bring plenty of clothes for very warm weather since clothing there runs very small. He also recommends looking at a lot of apartments before choosing and taking into consideration proximity to work, supermarkets, swimming pools, because traffic is a major issue.

More Culture Shock Reports for Vietnam

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Vietnam handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Vietnam:
Submit a Culture Shock Report

More Living in Vietnam Reports

What are people's priorities in Vietnam - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Vietnam:
Submit a Living Overseas Report

More Moving to Vietnam Reports

What should you take with you when you move to Vietnam? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Vietnam? Below are some of the responses from expats in Vietnam:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report

Reviews of Schools in Vietnam

Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Vietnam. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Vietnam:
Submit an International School Review

Dream vs. Reality Report

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Vietnam. If you are already living in Vietnam, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.

Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

Overseas Retirement Report

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Vietnam by taking our Overseas Retirement report.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby in Vietnam Reports

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Vietnam? Below are some of the reports from expats in Vietnam:
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working in Vietnam Reports

What's it like to find a job in Vietnam? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Vietnam? Below are some of the reports from expats in Vietnam:
Submit a Working Abroad Report
Additional Articles
5 Great Places to Retire in Asia

We asked expats and searched our forums for recommendations about where to retire in Asia. We pinpointed countries with affordable costs of living and have five great retirement locations. Please add your recommendations in the comments section!

Living in Vietnam: My Fallback Food Places in Hanoi

15 Year Old Blogger and student in Hanoi, Vietnam, Jemimah Beardwood, shares some great food places in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Cost of Living in Vietnam

Real estate professional Dylan Nguyen offers an overview of the cost of living in Vietnam.

Tips on Employing Domestic Helpers in Asia

Your feelings about hiring domestic help while living in Asia will range from guilt about having someone ironing your underwear to being deprived of the love and attention of your children. Many Southeast Asian countries show high figures of unemployment and you may not just feel privileged to have maids, but may even feel morally obligated to give work to these people.

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