Living in Vietnam

Vietnam is a great place to stay while backpacking through South-East Asia, learn a little bit about what it is like living in Vietnam before departing on your backpacking adventure. Vietnam is a great and wonderful place to live in today, however, it is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination and its beautiful countryside and beaches are becoming as much renowned as its tragic past.

Although Vietnam is a relatively small country, covering a total area of approximately 329,500 square kilometers, it is home to 54 different ethnic groups. Of these the most significant group if the Kinh (Viet) people, who account for 86% of the total population. It is divided into 58 provinces and there are 5 centrally-controlled municipalities existing at the same level as provinces. These are Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho. Vietnam didn’t open its doors to Westerners until about 20 years ago. As a result, it’s still fresh, finding its own way, and on a fast track to becoming a modern and dynamic country. The hardest part about moving to Vietnam is choosing where to live. It’s one of those countries that have something for everybody. There is a place called Steamy Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city and commercial center. It offers the best medical care, the biggest glittery malls, and the liveliest nightlife in the country. There is a large and active community here.

Vietnam has a very fast Internet Service – The internet here in Vietnam is very fast. Downloading large files, making Skype calls apps is no problem. I’m sure that there are plenty of places with faster Internet, but the internet is good enough to be highly productive.

The resort town of Mui Ne attracts expats who want to live near the ocean and Vietnam’s only sand dunes; it’s an easy day’s drive from Ho Chi Minh City. Nha Trang has one of the world’s most beautiful bays and a sizable expat population. If an eternal spring climate is more to your liking, the southern Central Highlands city of Dalat offers pine forests, exotic Zen temples, and thundering waterfalls for those seeking an adventurous lifestyle.

The UNESCO World Heritage City of Hoi An, and the nearby progressive metropolis of Da Nang are midway between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi both have a visible presence of many people and are considered to be among the most desirable places to live in Vietnam. Hue is another UNESCO World Heritage City that has attracted a small population, and there’s beautiful Ninh Binh, which is surrounded by rivers, caves, and wildlife.

The best medical care is found in Ho Chi Minh City, followed by Hanoi. Both cities have internationally accredited hospitals, and medical care is competent and affordable. The cost of living varies by area, but is highest in the largest cities. By Western standards, Vietnam is a very inexpensive place to live, even in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.

The Vietnamese people are welcoming and overwhelmingly curious. They seek out opportunities to practice speaking English, and will invite you into their homes and into their hearts. There are so many other reason reasons to live in Vietnam, This country is such a great place that have develop to be one of the best country in Asia.

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