Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Pros and Cons of Living in Vietnam

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Dec 28, 2021

Summary: Pros and Cons of Living in Vietnam. Expats, Retirees and Digital Nomads talk about the pros and cons of living in Vietnam

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What are the pros and cons of living in Vietnam?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Vietnam responded:

"The air and surface waters are badly polluted and traffic rules are regularly not obeyed and weakly enforced. We have a very nice home with many friends. Our cost of living is low and our budget allows for travel. But for the first time in my life I cannot go home to America because of the risk of COVID-19. As an American, I should be able to be vaccinated. Since consular staff had that made available, it would not be difficult to extend that to expats. We have no advocate for this in the US government or in any of the NGOs like Democrats Abroad or this exchange," remarked another expat in Cao Lanh.

"Vietnam is not easy, it's got a learning curve for expats. But very worthwhile. Get out of the big cities, see the beaches and the jungles. Eat everything, the food is the best I've ever had," explained one expat living in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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Meet other expats and talk about living in Vietnam.

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