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Moving to Vietnam

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on May 03, 2023

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:

"There are only a few areas where most expats live in Hanoi. You can live in town but then the noise can be a factor. Most kindergardens and schools are out of the centre. There are a few real estate companies and they generally have very good networks. I would recommend picking two or three and just spending time driving around to see what is on offer. You should never tell them your real budget and ask around to see what others are paying. You will probably change houses at some time during your stay and will know better the second time," commented one expat who made the move to Hanoi.

"Choose to bring things that make you happy and leave the rest in storage. Buy everything you need in Hanoi or on trips through Bangkok or Hong Kong. Make good friends with your household helper, who always knows where to find what you seek and will often get it for you. Carefully consider a house in terms of traffic, play space for children, industrial noise and air pollution. Look for trees, garden, park nearby. If there is mildew on the walls, it will probably return. Can you avoid using a car every time you want to pick up something at the shop? How easy will it be for guests to find your house? Ask at the local international school for good neighborhoods to begin your search," remarked one expat in Hanoi, 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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