Living in Vietnam is an interesting experience. Vietnam is a country fulfilled with history and its people are friendly. However, it is not really easy to get use with Vietnamese style. There are many things that I can not get used with, although I have been living here since 2005. Here are top 5 tings that annoy me in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. ( … read the full article)
The procedure of getting a driving license inVietnamfor foreigners is much more simplified now. It is not easy if you don’t have a driving license in your country. If you don’t have a driving license in your country then you must have a writing test, which is in Vietnamese language. Anyway, here I am talking about those who have a driving license in their country (doesn’t matter the category) and want to obtain the Vietnamese driving license. ( … read the full article)
We have seen in the first part the cost of housing and transportation in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In this second part I am going to tell you the cost of food and drinks.
To be honest, I don’t go shopping very often, my wife takes care of this part. She is Vietnamese and she knows better where can find all necessary stuffs. I can’t say if food in Ho Chi Minh City is expensive or cheap, it depends on how much you earn. I am Romanian and I compare all prices with prices in Romania. There is an interview about cost of living in Vietnam (but not only) given for Libertatea newspaper (a Romanian newspaper) about cost of living inVietnam. The article is in Romanian but can be translated into English (use Google translator for example). Anyway …! ( … read the full article)
We have seen in a previews post how much an ESL teacher can get teaching English inVietnam. Of course, most of the teachers come here with only one thought, to save money.
Saving money is not easy anywhere in the world and Vietnam is not an exception. The amount of money you can save depends on your life style and of course it depends on your salary. ( … read the full article)
Thank you for the helpful information. How much are taxes for foreign residents in Vietnam?
Hi Michel, What taxes are you talking about? If you don\'t have a work permit then you don\'t have to pay ...
How much money an ESL Teacher can earn teaching English in Vietnam? This is a difficult question, out there are many opinions and each school pays different. Let’s see first where can you work and then how much you can get. Note that the term ESL is far more popular than EFL or any other terms related to this field. Everybody will understand ESL, not EFL, ESOL or others. ( … read the full article)
Usually, English teachers in Vietnam are English native speakers, mainly from USA, Canada, Australia and England (but not only). Those countries have a high quality life (at least this is what I know) and the environment is very different comparing with the Vietnamese one. Now, let’s enumerate the things that can be uncomfortable for you in term of “living in Vietnam”.
- Vietnam, particularly Ho Chi Minh City is a crowded place, extremely crowded comparing with the city I used to live in Romania. For me, Saigon is a stressful place, very noisy and crowded. Depends the place you come from, but for me, Saigon is not a good environment to live in.
- You are “white skin” that means you are rich, so everybody tries to sell you something. At the beginning is funny but soon you will end up hating all those vendor sellers, lottery tickets sellers, motorbike-taxi drivers etc. You will be stopped on the street by these people as soon as you leave your hotel room.
- Hot weather in combination with pollution will be a great inconvenient. You will feel your skin very sticky and showers will be more important that food.
- Rainy season makes your life more difficult, it rains enough much to give you the feeling that it rains all day long. It is a discouraging weather. I hate teaching after rain (usually rains when I have to go to work … I hate it). ( … read the full article)
I agree it\'s very unstable here, everything hasn\'t in order yet, lots of irregular and un-spoken law. But that\'s just ...
Every place in the world has a bad side a good side .... When I am here is not good ...
woa , it\'s the first time i have heard some discouraging opinions about living in VN. but , it\'s OK ...
Hi Ha, Well, this is the truth ... Hot like in the hell, dirty, polluted, and a lot of traffic and ...