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Moving to Vietnam

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 04, 2024

Summary: Many expats and digital nomads move to Vietnam due to its low cost of living, friendly locals, and vibrant culture. Additionally, the country offers a wide range of activities and attractions, making it an attractive destination for those looking to explore a new place. People can find a place to live in Vietnam by searching online for rental properties, or by asking around in the local community. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Vietnam are Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, and Hoi An. These cities offer a variety of activities, attractions, and amenities, making them ideal for those looking to experience the best of Vietnam.

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What do I need to know before moving to Vietnam?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Vietnam, they said:

"Understand the culture and language. Vietnam is a country with deeply embedded cultural roots and an ancient language. Familiarize yourself with the local customs in order to avoid cultural misunderstandings. Be prepared to deal with bureaucracy. The bureaucracy and paperwork in Vietnam can be complex, so be prepared and allow enough time for the process. Research accommodation options. Living costs in Vietnam are relatively low, but you should research and budget for rental accommodation thoroughly. Be aware of the harsh climate and weather. Vietnam is hot and humid for the most part, and suffers from occasional typhoons and flooding. Prepare for hot and damp weather and know what to do in case of emergencies. Be aware of health risks. Vietnam is prone to mosquito-borne illnesses, such as malaria and dengue fever. Make sure to take any necessary precautions and remain vigilant when it comes to keeping yourself healthy. Familiarize yourself with the public transport system. The public transport system in Vietnam is relatively reliable and affordable, so learn about bus and train timetables beforehand to be able to get around with ease," replied a member in Vietnam.

"Vietnam's culture, Vietnamese food, learning simple Vietnamese words & phrases. Do not discuss culture and politics if you don't like anything. It's their country, being a foreigner do not become judge. People are lovely, smiling, happy and helping. Love them and they will love you more. Visit awesome tourist places and you will fall in love with Vietnam. They are the best people in the world," commented one expat who made the move to Vietnam.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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