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There are many things to consider when choosing a new place of living, including the language, culture, safety, or educational opportunities… So why choose Saigon (HCMC) for your new life as an expat?


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The culture is amazing!

The first reason is that Vietnam is a beautiful country full of history, tradition, and diversity. If you love art, culture, and photography, then this is definitely a country for you. You will be immersed in a culture and heritage you would not find anywhere else. There is also a high number of young people living there, which means you can find great opportunities to meet new friends, make new acquaintances, and get involved in the local community.

Also, the quality of life is very good. It has a dynamic and exciting lifestyle. There is a vibrant social scene with new and exciting restaurants, bars, as well as an ever-growing number of coffee shops. The city is very vibrant and fun at night. You can go to a lot of clubs and bars. This is a great place to go out and enjoy yourself!

In terms of education, there are many international schools options in HCMC, although they can be pricey. You can find a list of the top international schools in Saigon here.


What about accommodation and living costs?

The cost of living is quite affordable compared to other places in Asia. From the internet to health care, transport, food, etc. there are many ways in which you can save money. 

Accommodation is generally cheaper in Vietnam than in Western countries. In Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). A 2 bedroom apartment with a long-term lease (6 months / 1 year) will range from 400 to 800 USD per month, depending on where you choose to live, and what kind of amenities you expect. You can even get a 4 bedroom apartment for 1000 USD per month. 

For short-term stays, you will find an abundance of cheap accommodation, including hotels, hostels, dormitories, and guesthouses. But also many high-end options are available if that’s what you are looking for! From tourism to business, Vietnam has become a very popular destination and on a normal year, more than 2 million tourists visit Vietnam annually, which makes it one of the most popular destinations in Asia.

There are many reasons why people move to Vietnam, and one of the main reasons is that it’s considered a safe country. The crime rate in Vietnam is very low. However, if you’re planning to visit Vietnam’s tourist destinations, it would be wise to stay aware of your surroundings, especially at night. To avoid any trouble, make sure you know where you’re going and what’s around you. And when you go out, don’t walk alone, and keep your money and valuables with you.

Transportation in HCMC is convenient by bus, taxi, or Grab (Uber-like). Buses run every few minutes from central areas of the city. The taxis are easy to spot and have meters if you use one of the largest companies (Vinasun and Mai Linh). There are direct bus lines from Saigon to anywhere in Vietnam, including popular beach destinations such as Mui Ne, Nha Trang, or Da Nang.

Last but not least, Vietnamese food is amazing!

In HCMC, you can go for many cuisines. Some of the most famous dishes are the Phở (Vietnamese noodle soup), Bún bò Huế (deep-fried beef served with rice noodles), and the Banh mi (Vietnamese baguette sandwich). You will also find a lot of restaurants serving Vietnamese seafood dishes, but also Japanese, or Western food.

So, what are you waiting for?


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