Wherever you are in Vietnam, you’ll find that the cost of living is very low. Even in the most expensive cities—Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi—two people can live well for less than $2,000 per month. If you’re hoping to find an even lower cost of living than that, my advice is to head for the beaches...
When you move to Vietnam, you’ll likely find that the people are delightful, the standard of living is high, the cost of living is low and there aren’t enough hours in the day to explore Vietnam’s many wonders. Below are a few tips to help you get started on your Vietnamese adventure...
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had heard good things. “I could easily live in Saigon”, my friend Neil had told me after his visit. It’s called Ho Chi Minh City these days, and it’s one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting and interesting cities, with thousands of expats of all ages discovering its distinctive neighbourhoods. In the last year cafes and restaurants have opened all over the city. Just as Vietnam is opening up and welcoming foreigners...
Living in Hanoi puts you in the heart of the action. My husband David and I spend our days here surrounded by beautiful French colonial mansions and century-old trees. The Old Quarter, close to our house, is a delight to walk through. Each street has its own specialty; on one you’ll find medicinal herbs and teas, another sells bamboo, another is alive with colourful toys and yet another rings with the clatter of tinsmiths hard at work...
Hoi An snuggles into a river network on the coast of Vietnam, roughly halfway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Romantic and magical, it’s a huge draw for tourists that come to enjoy lantern festivals, the canals, the beaches and climate. Lush green rice fields are never far away...