An Expat Talks about Living in
Vung Tau, Vietnam
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
How long have you lived there?
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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