Fishing in Phan Thiet, Vietnam
Fishing in Phan Thiet, Vietnam
Fishing in Phan Thiet, Vietnam

Living in Vietnam Guide

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: 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.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 6 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and 7 Tips for Obtaining Residence in Italy. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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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.

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Comments

guest
Apr 2, 2014 03:17

On learning Vietnamese: As one person wrote, it has "6 tones and I can't hear the different tones let alone replicate them." This is accurate. If we have not already learnt a tonal language before reaching around 45 years of age, it is impossible to hear the tones correctly, and because we can't hear the correctly, we cannot replicate them accurately. Most southern and central Vietnamese accents do not use all six tones, and have fewer sound combinations than in the north, which may make it easier for some expats to speak southern and central accents. But it may also make it harder to read and write Vietnamese, depending on individual abilitly However, this should not put you off trying to learn as much Vietnamese as possible. Vietnamese will appreciate your efforts in trying, and the more you do learn, the more doors you will find opening for you. Should you be wondering if I speak Vietnamese, yes, I speak, read and write it well. Ralph

guest
Nov 24, 2016 05:00

With reference to the Culture Shock In Vietnam Article. Asians are not "anti feminist-male superiority'. Traditionally they have different roles in society, the daughters will become part of someone elses family when they marry, the sons stay in the family home or close by and are responsible for parental care when the parents become old. In addition a son has the responsibility to make 'offerings on important anniversaries and on anniversary of parents death. I too was ignorant of culture even after many years here. unfortunately Westerners tend to make judgements from a position of innocent ignorance of thousand year old culture. perhaps its best to do a little research before rushing to print, best regards, FUMO

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Mar 17, 2017 18:15

Great article Betsy, years on! I'd love to ask you a few questions but dont want to elaborate just yet incase you dont ever receive this. My wife and nearly 2 year old are moving from UK to Australia and want to spend 4-5 months teaching/leaving in Vietnam so have lots to find out. Please do let me know if you have time to answer some questions or give advice, further to the above!

guest
Jun 1, 2019 23:21

Biying land in Vietnam gives a quote fro 2013. This really needs updating, as there have been major changes since. Sorry, I can't give you up to date info as I haven't lived in VN for three years, during which time the situation has changed. ralphnhatrang

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Living in Vietnam GuideLiving in Vietnam Guide

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.

Vietnam Forum Vietnam Forum
Meet other expats and talk about living in Vietnam.

Best Places to Live in Vietnam Best Places to Live in Vietnam

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

Healthcare in VietnamHealthcare in Vietnam

If you're moving to Vietnam, healthcare and health insurance require careful consideration. This article covers the quality of healthcare at hospitals and clinics in Vietnam, the availability of prescription medications, vaccinations and more.

Cost of Living in VietnamCost of Living in Vietnam

Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Vietnam.

Moving to VietnamMoving to Vietnam Guide

Expats who have moved to Vietnam report a positive experience living in the Southeast Asian nation. They cite the culture, the food, the people as some of the things they love about Vietnam.

Real Estate in VietnamReal Estate in Vietnam

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Vietnam.

Pros Cons of Living in VietnamPros & Cons of Living in Vietnam

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Vietnam.

Retiring in VietnamRetiring in Vietnam

Advice for people retiring in Vietnam.

Contribute to Vietnam Network Contribute
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