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

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 11, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What are the schools in Ho Chi Minh City like?

"I like SSIS because it is the only not-for-profit school in Saigon. That is really important for me. I'm not sending my child to school to make some business owner or shareholder rich. I like that the money I put in goes straight back into the school. I also like that SSIS has a limit to each nationality, so it does not become too unbalanced in its student population. I've seen a lot of international schools that are not really international. They have 70% or 80% or 90% of students all from one country. I think it's really valuable for my child to have an experience in a school with children from many countries. I think if you live in Saigon, or are moving to Saigon, you should check out this school. See how it feels when you tour the campus. Talk to the teachers. Look at the resources and how green and open the campus is. There are some good schools in Saigon, and SSIS is definitely one of them," added another expat with kids at Saigon South International School in Ho Chi Minh City.

"If I knew what I knew now I would never of put my child here. Many of the reviews you will read on here are close acquaintances of the current HOS. If the head of HR takes her child out of the school to go to another international school...You have to ask why?," commented one expat when asked about Renaissance International School Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City .

"Do not waste your money or your employers money on this school. BIS is far superior to this poorly managed and operated school," remarked another expat living in Ho Chi Minh City with children attending Australian International School .

"They have solid exam results and the education is probably on par with the British International School (both schools got the same inspection results). However, there are very few extracurricular activities here and if there's any, it is probably not very interesting. Sports is not a big thing here, and so is arts (drama productions are ... eh) - it is more academic. Very few social events for students in the school and lack of enthusiasm from the students to participate. The school's biggest advantages are the education and the students - very friendly and motivated to achieve great results but that's all. Not truly an international school (lack of diversity). BIS or SSIS (American curriculum) are more preferable (very diverse - they have caps on the number of students from each nationality). In Hanoi, I suggest UNIS - it's a good school but very hard to get in," said another expat in Ho Chi Minh City with children at ABC International School.

"I would certainly make an appointment for a private tour on campus, talk with the principal and maybe some of the administration staff to get a first-hand impression of the school. The campus is so lovely that you really have to see it with your own eyes. Everytime I'm on campus I feel like being in a different world, and not in buzzing Ho Chi Minh City," remarked another parent with kids at European International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS) in Ho Chi Minh City.

"Check out the school. It is definitely worth a visit. Phu My Hung is a great part of town where my family feels very safe and my older children can ride their bikes to school," explained one expat living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

About the Author

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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