What do I need to know about living in Vietnam?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Vietnam, they said:
"Be open minded. Be prepared for a slower pace of life. If things don't get done today, they may get done tomorrow. Bring sunscreen and mosquito repellent. Be ready to smile and laugh every day. There are lots of new things to look forward too..food, people, rats, construction, the beach, dogs, tiny plastic chairs and Vietnamese coffee,"
mentioned another expat in Da Nang.
"Learn at least some basic Vietnamese so that you can interact with people. Young adults and below usually speak some English but middle age and older rarely do.
Check with a resident on what you might need to bring from home that can't be found here. Most things can be bought here or on a quick trip to HCMC but there are always some things that we miss from home,"
commented one expat who made the move to Da Nang.
"Learn the Vietnamese language or at least learn the basics because there are few people in vung tau that can speak English,"
remarked another expat living in Vung Tau, Vietnam.
"Be prepared for lots of noise and pollution. Most people find learning Vietnamese very difficult. But other than that, it is a very interesting place to live, also lots to see outside the city especially if you have a motorbike! Most Hanoians are very nice to foreigners,"
added another expat in Hanoi.
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Expats in Vietnam may get a free expat health insurance quote from our partner Allianz Care, a leader in international insurance for expatriates. Allianz's plans ensure that you have access to quality healthcare whenever you need it. Their flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget..
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