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Expat Guide to Living in Ho Chi Minh City

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

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.

Culture Shock in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The culture is vibrant, and new. The cost of living is cheap, even in HCMC which is the viet equivalent to new York city. I actually stay in D7 which is close to Saigon South which is where most foreigners hide.

More Culture Shock Reports for Ho Chi Minh City

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Ho Chi Minh City handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Ho Chi Minh City:
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Living Overseas Report

What are people's priorities in Ho Chi Minh City - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Help other expats and people moving to Ho Chi Minh City by filling out our Living Overseas Report.

Submit a Living Overseas Report

More Moving to Ho Chi Minh City Reports

What should you take with you when you move to Ho Chi Minh City? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Ho Chi Minh City? Below are some of the responses from expats in Ho Chi Minh City:
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Dream vs. Reality Report

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

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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 Ho Chi Minh City by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby in Ho Chi Minh City Reports

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

Working Abroad Report

What's it like to find a job in Ho Chi Minh City? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Ho Chi Minh City? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.

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Culture-Shock-in-Ho-Chi-MinhAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living 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.

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....

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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.

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....

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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!

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 ad...

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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.

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 mos...

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

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

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Expats in Vietnam talk about what to bring when moving to Vietnam, learning Vietnamese, healthcare, culture shock and more.
Expats in Vietnam talk about what to bring when moving to Vietnam, learning Vietnamese, healthcare, culture shock and more....

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