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Pros and Cons of Living in Vietnam

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 09, 2024

Summary: The pros of living in Vietnam include its diverse culture, delicious cuisine, and affordable cost of living. Additionally, the country is home to many beautiful landscapes and beaches, making it a great place to explore and relax. On the other hand, the cons of living in Vietnam include the language barrier, as English is not widely spoken, and the lack of infrastructure in some areas. Additionally, the country is prone to natural disasters such as typhoons and floods, which can cause disruption and damage.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Vietnam?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Vietnam responded:

" If you want to be happy in Vietnam them live your life, be friendly, learn language, food and culture. That's it," remarked one expat in Vietnam.

"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," explained one expat living in Cao Lanh.

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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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