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An Expat Talks about Living in Vung Tau, Vietnam


What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Vung Tau

How long have you lived there?

7 months

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Yoga classes - held at The Lady Club Volunteer work at local orphanages The Vung Tau Beach Club - many expats drink at this bar

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

People in this town are very conservative and most accept the diversity that expats bring to this town. However the older people seem to be less accepting of expats and if an expat is dressed differently or has pink hair for example they are almost disgusted. So if you dont stand out you will be fine in Vung Tau. Blending in is good

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Oil and gas - Expats, Shipping - Expats, Fishing - Locals, Restaurants/Cafes - Locals

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Family life is their priority although many vietnamese people have to work every day of the week

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Learn the Vietnamese language or at least learn the basics because there are few people in vung tau that can speak English.

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Sep 20, 2010 12:28

Hi, Thanks for your info. on living in Vung Tau. I have been living in Nicaragua for the last 4 years and have enjoyed the people and the culture. I have stayed away from the larger cities, since I wanted to get to know the people. I have learned to speak Spanish fluently. I am a retired American and would like to experience living in an Asian culture. I have spoken to many people who have visited Vietnam and received many positive reports. Also, I have spent many hours on the Internet trying to find the ideal place to live in Vietnam. Since I have spent about 3 years living in the mountains in Nicaragua, I would like to spend some time “ocean living”. Can you provide me with some idea of what it costs to live in Vung Tau? Since I am alone, I could live in a one-bedroom, or a studio apt. I would like to have a middle-class life style. Would like to know what that would cost on a monthly basis. Thank you in advance for your help. Regards, Jerry Levinson jlevinson2@yahoo.com

Oct 5, 2011 10:55

i wonder about the ethics around expats working in the fossil fuel extraction industries in poor countries..it doesnt work, its screwing up the globe and its about shipping the resources out to the west ( or china) as soon as possible so they can burn all the stuff in the next 50 years.. then leave the locals with nothing..

Oct 5, 2011 10:58

why do some many over 50 single and alone men want to live in asian countries??

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