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gordstruth
9/18/2018 23:59 EST

Hello I was wondering if there are any expat Australian or US who have lived for a couple of years in Vietnam..then returned to the home country to find it all a bit flat/dullish ect.
As I have done.......Gordon

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leontwagon
9/19/2018 02:10 EST

I started out with one month a year in 2012, then 2 months in 2014, (broke my foot, tore my rotator cuff falling down), 3 in 2015, 6 months in 16-17, 7 months 17-18, and in 3weeks I'm going back for ten months. I'm totally bored with the US and it's BS politics and how the democrats want to give all my money(what little a SS and Master Sergeant retiree has). Vietnam treats me fair and actually better than in the war. They seem to know we were here to help and not just get drunk, play with the ladies and kill innocent civilians. I like the country and the people. If not for 6 grandkids, I'd give the wife an ultimatum and let her decide to live in Vietnam always or she could hop back and forth to visit me and her relatives ( I live in a house I had built for her dad about 15 years ago with her nieces extended family in a very nice air conditioned room and plenty of land in the Mekong Delta Jungle. I am extremely happy with the situation except for the fact that I have to go back to Montana in August to play granddad again. I Have brought both my adult (36 & 38)children here, two of my grandchildren (16 & 12) and the wife is bringing 3 more along with my daughter in July. My son wants to bring his whole family including his step children over. So I don't think my situation is unique. Probably just the opposite. I'm getting up in age and this is getting harder and harder to handle but I'll keep on as long as my Vietnamese family will have me. I certainly could not do it at my age without their full cooperation and blessing. Good People, the Vietnamese, real good. I don't speak the language and no one in our hamlet speaks English although several older folks have kids that visit who speak darn good English and they teach it in the local school. Do your thing man, life is sooooo short. Mike

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gordstruth
9/19/2018 04:21 EST

thanks for that Mike...
I lived in Nha Trang 2 plus years and did some english teaching voluntarily..the students were wonderful . I have Vietnamese girlfriend and 3 year old .I am stepfather just love the kid.
Yes the vietnames people are great.
I intend to return there in January...back on the electric bike.....cheers gordon.

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swebb
9/20/2018 06:39 EST

I worked at RMIT uni in HCMC 2014-2016 & had an unexpectedly great time. The job wasn't such a great career move but the opportunity to live there was amazing. HCMC is such a vibrant city- & I met a young Vietnamese woman early in my time there who introduced me to her family & gave me great insight into the country. My colleagues were envious!
I returned to my home in Australia after my contract was over, looking forward to getting back but with no plan for what was next. After action-packed HCMC, regional Aus was a bit slow! I wanted to be at home but missed Vietnam. I have been back 3 times & am sort of getting it out of my system. The thing is, I built much more of a link with Vietnam than any other country I've travelled to, including a four-year stint in London.
I put that down to the people factor - yes, friends, but also the fact that I found Vietnamese people sooooo friendly & helpful!
Go back if you can afford it, satisfy that hunger inside yourself . I've deeply considered whether I should go back to live there but decided not yet.
If you want to talk to me more email Yep, I haven't felt ready to change my email address yet!

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swebb
9/20/2018 06:39 EST

I worked at RMIT uni in HCMC 2014-2016 & had an unexpectedly great time. The job wasn't such a great career move but the opportunity to live there was amazing. HCMC is such a vibrant city- & I met a young Vietnamese woman early in my time there who introduced me to her family & gave me great insight into the country. My colleagues were envious!
I returned to my home in Australia after my contract was over, looking forward to getting back but with no plan for what was next. After action-packed HCMC, regional Aus was a bit slow! I wanted to be at home but missed Vietnam. I have been back 3 times & am sort of getting it out of my system. The thing is, I built much more of a link with Vietnam than any other country I've travelled to, including a four-year stint in London.
I put that down to the people factor - yes, friends, but also the fact that I found Vietnamese people sooooo friendly & helpful!
Go back if you can afford it, satisfy that hunger inside yourself . I've deeply considered whether I should go back to live there but decided not yet.
If you want to talk to me more email Yep, I haven't felt ready to change my email address yet!

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swebb
9/20/2018 06:39 EST

I worked at RMIT uni in HCMC 2014-2016 & had an unexpectedly great time. The job wasn't such a great career move but the opportunity to live there was amazing. HCMC is such a vibrant city- & I met a young Vietnamese woman early in my time there who introduced me to her family & gave me great insight into the country. My colleagues were envious!
I returned to my home in Australia after my contract was over, looking forward to getting back but with no plan for what was next. After action-packed HCMC, regional Aus was a bit slow! I wanted to be at home but missed Vietnam. I have been back 3 times & am sort of getting it out of my system. The thing is, I built much more of a link with Vietnam than any other country I've travelled to, including a four-year stint in London.
I put that down to the people factor - yes, friends, but also the fact that I found Vietnamese people sooooo friendly & helpful!
Go back if you can afford it, satisfy that hunger inside yourself . I've deeply considered whether I should go back to live there but decided not yet.
If you want to talk to me more email Yep, I haven't felt ready to change my email address yet!

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ralphnhatrang
9/24/2018 08:23 EST

You are not alone. It's called 'reverse culture shock', and many of us get it.

A friend of mine in Nha Trang who has previously lived many years in each of New Zealand, Australia, Britain and Rhodesia ( Zimbabwe) and now Vietnam can't stand it when he has to visit Australia. He can't get back to VN quickly enough.

I had the same experience some years ago. I went to VN to marry my wife, lived there for three years, then had to come back to Oz for over two years to get my wife's citizenship. The first and last six months were terrible. I just wanted to be back in VN. I was so miserable and unhappy.

We went back to VN for ten happy years. Now we have been back in Oz for three years with our VN-born daughter and are all happy. I'm over the reverse culture shock. which incidentally my wife also suffered when we went back to VN after living in Oz. Our long term plans are to live in VN for six months each year to escape the Oz winter. That way we get the best of both worlds.

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gordstruth
9/24/2018 23:45 EST

Thank you Ralph.....great to here I am not alone......my girlfriend and I will get married here in Perth next month and will be returning to Nhs trang for a year or 2 we will need to applt for a permanent visa for her to come backand live here...I may do like you and we live in 2 countries....cheers/regards...Gordon.

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ralphnhatrang
9/25/2018 09:34 EST

If you have cohabitated for four years at the time you apply for a migration visa, you wife could be eligible for a 'permanent visa' on arrival in Oz. Do discuss this with whoever is processing the visas now. I read recently that migration visa can now take up to two years or more to be issued, due to the Oz government reducing migratant intake.

In the meantime, enjoy Nha Trang.

Ralph

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gordstruth
9/28/2018 20:54 EST

Thank you to all who replied to my post .It was good to hear others similar experiences..........regards Gordon.

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