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What’s it really like living as an Expat in Vietnam? (Interview)

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14 hours ago, Isaanbiker said:

Sad is that the kids look so clean and well dressed, while their teacher looks like a plumber. 

Hey don't be knocking tradesmen 

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11 minutes ago, Darkside Gray said:

he guy who wrote this piece knows nothing about really living in Vietnam.

 

Life is a breeze here compared to Thailand. 

One of our posters indicated that a single transaction at an ATM in Vietnam  is only the equivalent of 2600 Thai Baht.  In order to get 10,000 Baht one would need to do 5 transactions plus the associated fees and if your money is offshore this would amount to offshore fees.

How do expats handle their banking when all their monies go directly into a bank outside of Vietnam.

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44 minutes ago, racket said:

I think Indonesia is a far better option. Especially Bali. 

Muslim land. Good luck

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17 hours ago, Isaanbiker said:

Sad is that the kids look so clean and well dressed, while their teacher looks like a plumber. 

Someone who can tell a book by its cover..well done

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Uh, he actually said 85. But, who is counting.
Sounds great though,  doesn´t it.
I am sure it is a primo wonderful place.
That can't be accurate. Perhaps he means that's for all the extra stuff beyond the actual rent.

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I don't see any problem with Vietnam...
 
1. Has beach and palm trees....  Check
2. Brown skin and small eyes....  Check
3. Cheap, since I have no job and no savings....  Check
 
Same Same as Thailand. 
All clear for Vietnam, start the migration. They will love you long time... [emoji57]
 
Too many visa runs if you're not working or married to a local.

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3 hours ago, fvw53 said:

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How does a person spend a 40 year working life and were not able to save 800k ?

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As long as you did not have to face serious health problem your question make sense....but 12 years ago I had to return to my home country in the EU with a cancer which would have ruined me totally in Thailand

Sorry to hear that hope you are OK.

So, you got cared for in your home country for practically nothing?

But, you are right. Not being responsible and having proper insurance here could wipe someone out.

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I never understand moving a life or even an entire family because of an easier Visa..

If that is your entire motivation, and I know some hate to hear it but save a few bucks and go to an agent here. They are very welcome by Immigration.

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6 hours ago, madmen said:

Vietnam is getting Thailands rejects, people who failed at life and now at the mercy of currency exchange on meagre pensions and nothing else. How does a person spend a 40 year working life and were not able to save 800k ?

 

Lucky vietnam !!

Condescending, judgmental and arrogant statement, maybe financial circumstances are as they are because they support or look after someone who needs it more at the moment...

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22 hours ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

Petite college girls want to marry me, to impress their families.”

I think I’ve read as far as I need to

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