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Retire in Vietnam

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is it like to retire in Vietnam? Retirees share their experiences living in Vietnam.

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What is it like to retire in Vietnam?

"My days are spent going to the gym, playing golf, swimming and many bike rides. (Bicycle) There is much to explore also in HCMC. Restaurants, clubs, museums and shopping are all available," remarked another retiree in Ho Chi Minh.

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What are the most rewarding aspects of retiring in Vietnam?

"The relaxed lifestyle and the economic freedom that living in Viet Nam offers me. The Vietnamese are a warm and friendly people, and many speak English. The food is very good and also healthy. The Vietnamese eat many fruits and vegetables. The diet is much better than in the US. You can also get almost any type of food in restaurants downtown," remarked another retiree in Ho Chi Minh.

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What are healthcare services like in Vietnam?

We asked retirees if they have access to good medical care in Vietnam. They wrote:

"Healthcare is available, and their are also clinics and hospitals for foreigners. Dentistry is good and very cheap. Close and inexpensive," explained a retiree in Ho Chi Minh.

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How do I meet people in Vietnam?

When we asked people living in Vietnam about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"If you like a bit of very social running/walking, you could join the Hash House Harries (motto: Drinkers with a running problem) in Saigon, Nha Trang, Hoi An or Hanoi. They are a fun exercise group and with the emphasis on 'fun'. Suitable for all ages and weights, male, female, locals and expats. Look them up on the internet," commented one retiree living in Vietnam.

"DaNang Expats, any school organization, Danang Expat Jobs is VERY helpful. We love to visit the 'Lady Buddha' and Marble Mountain. We take long walks on the beach day or night. We visit the markets, we travel by bus to hoi an, we eat at local restaurants," explained one retiree living in Da Nang.

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What is life like in Vietnam?

When we asked people living in Vietnam what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Life of Vietnam is very young, vibrant. You will not find any negativity in like though it is their but they don't share personal problem with others. They love their family. Women are very hard working and run their family very smartly. Vietnamese females love their children very much and by all cost and sacrifice they let their children a happy life and good human being. They love foreigners and expect them to love Vietnam. They are very patriotic and love their culture and country. You will find all 365 days their national flag almost all houses. Bike riding, electricity and food is always awesome and affordable," said another retiree in Vietnam.

"Our greatest joy is meeting new people, drinking coffee or drinking beers and talking about the adventures that everyone has had in Vietnam and other Southeast Asian cities. People love the beach here. They also like to travel to nearby towns. Don't miss Tams Restaurant. It is run by a local woman who grew up here during the Vietnam War. She is living history. There are a plethora of photographs all over her walls. She is full of stories some touching, some frightening and many heartbreaking. She has photo albums too. Jimmy Buffet sent her three surfboards from japan after visiting her here," commented one retiree living in Da Nang, Vietnam.

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What do I need to know before retiring 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," said another retiree 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 retiree living in Da Nang, 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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