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Why the Retired Expat Exodus to Vietnam seems very real

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If we had the paperwork for our adopted daughter, me and the wife would sell our uk house that we currently use as income combined with my early pension, buy a house more northern in the UK - bigger and better than my 2 bed southern - and have enough money in the bank to show uk immigration. But as it is I am having to live in Thailand and suck it up for a while longer. That's life.

 

I know many people struggling to stay who take care of Thai families and have enough to do so, BUT are falling foul of income regulations due to high baht level.

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59 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

Vietnam doesn't have a retirement visa and doesn't offer long term residence security. If they ever do and my guess they never will, I reckon the financial requirements would be prohibitive for most. 

Cambodia does have a retirement option but then you're living in Cambodia. 

So I don't see Vietnam as a "real" expat retirement option. At least yet. Sorry. 

As a place to hang up for a year or a few years. Sure, sounds pretty good. But that's not what everyone is looking for. 

Vietnamese are closer to the Chinese than the Thais. They value education highly and are fast moving forward. Inevitably the prices will rise there too. If anyone is making plans for Vietnam longer than 5 years and factoring today's prices, they are fooling themselves.

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1 hour ago, Jingthing said:

Vietnam doesn't have a retirement visa and doesn't offer long term residence security. If they ever do and my guess they never will, I reckon the financial requirements would be prohibitive for most. 

Cambodia does have a retirement option but then you're living in Cambodia. 

So I don't see Vietnam as a "real" expat retirement option. At least yet. Sorry. 

As a place to hang up for a year or a few years. Sure, sounds pretty good. But that's not what everyone is looking for. 

Dutch people I know are heading out to live in the Philippines. Just having hassles ( normal) in selling their houses.

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1 minute ago, legend49 said:

Dutch people I know are heading out to live in the Philippines. Just having hassles ( normal) in selling their houses.

Yeah, but it's the Philippines.

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1 minute ago, 3421abc said:

For me is not about the exchange rate. I dont feel welcome here and I don't want to reward a country that treats me poorly by spending my money here. For all I care this government can shove it up their ass.

Vietnam more precisely Ho Chi Minh City has been on my radar for years and it has been developing fast. 

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Will hang on for another 5% currency drop—then leave.  First, to a beachfront hotel in Vietnam for a couple of months.  If the currency doesn’t recover—will consider permanent status, or return to USA.  Have house, truck and boat here—so will always return for a while...

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the chemicals agent orange sprayed on vietnam will be there for centuries to come

 

dioxin is not on my menu to try with local meat or veggies

 

pesticides and herbicides in thailand are already bad enough

 

if I COULD leave, with my daughter, I would be on the next plane to homeland...

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