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mkubo replied to the thread Single woman over 50 in HCM - what to do? on the Vietnam forum on August 20, 2014:
yourmom2300 initially posted:
So I've been here (from the US) a month and so far all I see to do in the evening is go to a bar where everyone looks like my kids (20-somethings), eat an albeit fabulous meal alone, or watch a movie on my Mac at home. Surely I'm mistaken! Any other 'mature' singles out there with ideas? No, I'm not a lesbian, nor am I looking for love…just a little bored!
mkubo replied 3 hours ago with:
I can totally empathize with you! I went to Da Nang last October and was in the same predicament. Of course I eventually found friends and settled in, but I know how difficult it can be when you are on your own. I returned to the US for the summer, and am planning to go back to Da Nang in October. What do you do? Do you have to be in HCM?
Arthurselikoff replied 5 hours ago with:
Don't worry: I'll be there soon. We'll have a beer, talk about the troubles in the U.S. and the rest of the world, and thank our lucky stars we're living in Asia.
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maxcruiser replied to the thread Seeking cooler location in Viet Nam to retire.......... on the Vietnam forum:
fringeguy initially posted:
I'm an expat living in northern Thailand and after 13 years of suffering too high temps, I'm seeking a cooler and high elevation country to relocate to.. My basic requirements are: 1] A cooler [higher elevation?] location. 2] reliable infrastructure. Internet, electricity, clean water, minimal environmental pollution. 3] Expat friendly immigration and officials and locals. 4] Low cost of living. 5] some expat shopping ops 6] quiet, mellow locals and a fringe location away from the main stream. 7] decent affordable medical services 8] easy access to some foreign shopping for occasional western food etc Is this doable in VN?? and a few location recommendations would be appreciated.
maxcruiser replied 13 hours ago with:
Dalat has great weather, there is an expat community there of around150, the Vietnamese are very friendly, from my observation, you can find western food, there are many tourists who come a nd go. I am heading over next month to stay for a minimum of 6 months . It sits about 1500 meters so you can get some refreshing weather.
ralphnhatrang replied on May 07, 2014 with:
A new, very scenic road has opened between Dalat and Nha Trang, taking 3-1/2hrs to 4hrs by bus. I thouht it took only six hours to Saigon by bus these days. There is no plane between Dalat and Nha Trang. I have never seen air pollution in Dalat. My family enjoys a few days here each year at the end of summer. It's too cold for us there in winter. Warm clothes are cheap to buy there. There are expats living there, some running businesses. Dalat has quite a French colonial and civilised feel to it. I suggest you take your family there for a visit before decided to move house.
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Hangttt posted Looking for a flatmate in HCM on the Vietnam forum on August 20, 2014:
Hi, I am Vietnamese female and working professional. I would like to look for some one who can share with me a flat in District 2, I don't like my current place and want to move out. The Rent is about 400-500$ per month for 2 bed room flat. Pls contact: Hangttt@gmail.com
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putsinker replied to the thread Can a foreigner buy property in Vietnam? on the Vietnam forum:
rosyvn initially posted:
Show me the way to own the property in Vietnam!! Highly appreciate for your advice.
putsinker replied on August 18, 2014 with:
Well BRS Maybe that could be said, about whoever taught you your manners.
MarkinNam replied on August 14, 2014 with:
Simply answer NO even if foriegner is married to VN person foriegner's name can not appear on title they can not use "ownership " of property in any transaction which requires security nor can they sell property only chance to buy appartment is if long time expat working for VN company or owner of company, renting is best option for foriegner as no fear of loosing big money if you need to leave
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stanleylu replied to the thread Best ways to call family overseas? on the Vietnam forum:
patriot2007 initially posted:
hello everyone, i'm an international student who's currently on a tight budget.. but i would like to keep in touch with my family and friends back in vietnam (where i am from). so far i've tried using a skype subscription, but it kind of feels that i'm forcing myself to make more and more calls to make it worthwhile for me.... in any case, is there an app out there that has really good call rates to vietnam?
stanleylu replied on August 17, 2014 with:
Viber, Tango, Skype or magicJack... if you don't know how to install it, just call me... i'm Bình or you can call me Stanley, i'm living in Saigon, i can support all foreigner in Saigon for free, i just want to be friend and practice my english also... if anyone get troubles with computer, smartphone... call me i'll support for free 0909 591610
scatter222 replied on June 04, 2014 with:
Viber is a good option as well. need wifi available though.
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ralphnhatrang replied to the thread Retire in Nha Trang? on the Vietnam forum on August 17, 2014:
av8rdave initially posted:
I have visited VietNam several times since 1998, and love the country. It is very beautiful, the people are friendly, and it seems relatively inexpensive. Of course, you can run into troubles if you are not careful, just like anywhere else, but overall it seems great. I am looking to retire early (mid-to-late 50s) without a pension, soc-sec, etc., just a meager portfolio. So I am very cost-conscious, and am trying to determine whether I could afford to live in NhaTrang, one of my favorite cities. I would be interested in hearing from people who live in NhaTrang that can give me a realistic sense of the cost of living as well as info on the local English-speaking expat community. I am also interested in learning how to navigate the extended visa process. Not really interested in a border run every 3 months...
ralphnhatrang replied on August 17, 2014 with:
Dave, I've lived in Nha Trang for thirteen years, less two years back in Oz for my Vietnamese wife and stepson to get them Oz citizenship. Couldn't get back to nha Trang quickly enough. We have our own house 9km west of NT and have a six year old daughter. A place in town has serviced apartments from 360,000dong a night for a single room, queen sized bed, aircon,wifi, ensuite shower/toilet, full kitchen facilities. For me it's too small and I'd take the next priced room, about 500,000 dong, which is bigger, has a lounge suite, all the above, and a seperate laundry. See Comfy Condos on the internet. You can save a lot cooking your own food. In the long term, it is better to rent a small house or flat. A friend pays 5million dong a month for a two bedroom, 2 storey house. You may find it a bit difficult to find a flat with a bath. Most of the blokes here do visa runs to Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville in Cambodia, if they have to. Presently het don't have to, as new visas are available in NT.
av8rdave replied on August 17, 2014 with:
Thanks for the info, Ralph. I've seen numerous replies from you on this website, and was wondering if I would hear from you. Comfort-wise, I would be looking to rent a 1-bedroom apartment or house (or even a studio/efficiency equivalent). Nothing fancy, but I need a private bath and shower, so hostels are out. And air-conditioning is a must-have in the hot months. Internet access is highly desirable. I've eaten at little street cafes and found the food to be quite good. Only concern is from a health perspective, gotta be sure it's fresh (locally grown) and clean. If you need to do a visa run, then what? Fly to the Philippines and back? Or are there cheaper ways to accomplish this?
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Albion replied to the thread Which VOIP app are you using? on the Vietnam forum:
cathynguyen14 initially posted:
Hi all, I kinda make international calls with high frequency. Anyone suggests me with an ideal VOIP app to call landlines, especially to VN? Of course, as cheap as possible. I used to use Skype, but the quality sucks recently. Noise too much. Welcome any reply. Please!
Albion replied on August 16, 2014 with:
Hi, I am using Smartgroschen. This is the best app at cheapest rate. They have a small top-up starts from 0.89 Euro, so just enough to use from time to time.
scatter222 replied on June 10, 2014 with:
Viber works very well.
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tamphan posted looking for a cheap car second hand in Ho chi minh on the Vietnam forum on August 14, 2014:
Hello, in 2 week we move to Hochiminh, so we are looking for a car second hand, the price between 6000 to 10000 usd, thanks can you contact us par mail tamdanang2004@yahoo.fr or alaincabanat@yahoo.fr
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JPPhuong posted a chance to learn Vietnamese for foreigners on the Vietnam forum on August 12, 2014:
Club free to Exchange in English - Vietnamese on Sunday morning weekly at bilingual Galaxy (District 10, Ho Chi Minh City. ) Help foreigners for learn Vietnamese. And Vietnamese also have the opportunity to develop English. Who cares , please contact: Phuongtam619@gmail.com
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