replied to the thread Single woman over 50 in HCM - what to do?
on the Vietnam forum on August 20, 2014:
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
posted Looking for a flatmate in HCM
on the Vietnam forum on August 20, 2014:
Show me the way to own the property in Vietnam!!
Highly appreciate for your advice.
Well BRS Maybe that could be said, about whoever taught you your manners.
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
replied to the thread Best ways to call family overseas?
on the Vietnam forum:
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?
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
Viber is a good option as well. need wifi available though.
replied to the thread Retire in Nha Trang?
on the Vietnam forum on August 17, 2014:
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...
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.
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?
replied to the thread Which VOIP app are you using?
on the Vietnam forum:
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!
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.
Viber works very well.