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Most of the online hotel booking sites (e.g. Booking.com) will let you book accommodation for up to 1 month or you could try AirBnB or do a search for Serviced Apartments in whichever city you like (I agree with the above comment that HCMC is busy/noisy/polluted but didn't find Hanoi to be).  

 

When are you planning the move? I'm pretty sure that Vietnam is still closed to visitors so you're going to struggle to go there anytime soon... 

 

List of countries open to tourists https://www.traveloffpath.com/countries-reopening-their-borders-for-tourism-the-complete-list/ 

 

 

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2 hours ago, scammed said:

what stopped me from doing it is the visa runs i would have to do in vietnam since i am not american.

i am now over 50 so i wont have to do it in thailand any longer

At this moment you cannot do visa runs in Vietnam but you can buy a 3 months visa extension through the agents without moving anywhere.

 

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9 minutes ago, GeKoSc said:

At this moment you cannot do visa runs in Vietnam but you can buy a 3 months visa extension through the agents without moving anywhere.

 

they would have to promise that that will be the dependable future

before i would even contemplate moving there

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25 minutes ago, nickmondo said:

you have a lot of questions.

have you tried to find out any of this stuff yourself via Google?

or do you just want to lie back and have your tummy tickled?

He has 2 posts, these 'newbies' keep popping up now and then, helps keep the forum going........... 🙂

 

BTW, getting back on track, I'd advise you to take a respirator with you. Its more polluted than Thailand.

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I would suggest Hue or Danang to live....but lots of places in between. Went there on vacation last year and the biggest issue was ATMs as they only gave around one or two thousand baht a day. I had a family of four so needed more money than that each day. There is a supposedly a pretty cool place in the mountains to live, but then you are stuck there, but much cooler.

personally I liked Hanoi, very French and civilized, and good food.

it is a long country like this one, so you either need to fly or the train. The trains are pretty modern these days. The ride from DaNang to Hue is a feast for the eyes, mountains and jungle on the one side, and the South China Sea on the either. Sometimes the train is doing only 15 kph, very nice.
there is NaTrang in the south, but I found it had lots of hookers on the beach.

good luck.

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That's the kind of decision that's best revisited once the coronavirus restrictions have been lifted. Who knows how the visa landscape in both Thailand and Vietnam will look like afterwards!

 

And since tourists now cannot travel to Vietnam anyway, there's really no rush.

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I moved to Vietnam three years ago after 3 decades in Thailand. Lots of things better here, lots of things better in Thailand. 

Anyway, I don't think Vietman is going to open up the country any time soon, baring a cure or a very effective vaccine for the virus. They were one of the first to close the borders, and the will be one of the last to reopen, especially after the second wave due to mysterious outbreak of new local transmissions breaking 100 day lull of infections. 

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5 hours ago, Bogbrush said:

Vietnam changed its visa structure wef 1st July - only 30 day, non extendable. Not an issue now, of course, as the place is shut.

thats the way to do it if you dont want retirees in the country 👍

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The Covid-19 situation means even a visit is off for now...

 

I have thought about doing this many times in the last 6 years none more than after I have been to VN for a few days holiday.

It is a few years since I last went but I met several local expats who said it is pretty easy. Get a tourist visa stay of 30 days and visit an agent who will "fix things much cheaper than in Thailand" was what I was told.

I have looked for long stay information online before but there doesn't seem to be much. I expect the OP had the same problem only more recently, so in Covid times I doubt anything will be up to date.

 

With the new Thai regulations I might be forced into leaving Thailand anyway next year so I will follow this thread with interest.

 

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7 hours ago, Bogbrush said:

Vietnam changed its visa structure wef 1st July - only 30 day, non extendable. Not an issue now, of course, as the place is shut.

That is incorrect :true you can only get a 1 month tourist since July, but you can extend it twice for 10 $ for 30 days. So you can still stay up to 90 days. The additional 20 bucks to do that is Insignificant, but the hassle of more paperwork is not, especially because in the past only the immigration offices in Hanoi, Saigon and Danang had the authority to extend visas. If that doesn't change it would be a major hassle for anyone living in the countryside far from the above-mentioned cities. We will see how this works out once the borders reopen. Hopefully all regional immigration offices, just like in Thailand, will be able to extend TV. 

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On 9/14/2020 at 6:55 AM, Poet said:

I spent a month or two in a smaller Vietnamese city at the start of this year and was very impressed. Obviously, there are big differences between the two countries but, for me, it has some of the sparkle that evaporated in Thailand years ago.

If you intend to live there, and want to avoid pollution, probably best to avoid Hanoi and HCMC.

The only problem is that, before Covid, plans were in place to greatly tighten up the visa system, making it far harder to live there on Tourist or Business visas. I would, however, be more hopeful that, post-Covid, the Viets will smarter than the Thais in removing barriers to their tourism industry recovering. I'm crossing my fingers that they will introduce a straightforward six month or one year Tourist visa, prompting the Thais to follow their lead once the realization sinks in that their usual visa bullsh*t won't fly in the new reality.

https://youtu.be/nJwBvjXY3cw

 

Vietnam did some major Visa changes starting July 1 this year. As I understand it the 3 months extensions without leaving the country up to 1 year is gone. I think only US citizens still can do it because of a bilateral agreement. I don't know how the changes works in combination with the existing Covid-19 restrictions. 

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10 hours ago, thecyclist said:

That is incorrect :true you can only get a 1 month tourist since July, but you can extend it twice for 10 $ for 30 days. So you can still stay up to 90 days. The additional 20 bucks to do that is Insignificant, but the hassle of more paperwork is not, especially because in the past only the immigration offices in Hanoi, Saigon and Danang had the authority to extend visas. If that doesn't change it would be a major hassle for anyone living in the countryside far from the above-mentioned cities. We will see how this works out once the borders reopen. Hopefully all regional immigration offices, just like in Thailand, will be able to extend TV. 

I remember the thread about leaving Thailand for Vietnam about a year ago. That thread totally died when the whiners realized that they couldn't stay up to 1 year in Vietnam without leaving the country. If the maximum time now is 90 days as a tourist incl 2 extensions, why do people complain about the system in Thailand? 

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42 minutes ago, Max69xl said:

As I understand it the 3 months extensions without leaving the country up to 1 year is gone. I think only US citizens still can do it because of a bilateral agreement.


This is somewhat annoying for those of us from countries that didn't carpet bomb Vietnam fifty years ago.

 

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29 minutes ago, Max69xl said:

I remember the thread about leaving Thailand for Vietnam about a year ago. That thread totally died when the whiners realized that they couldn't stay up to 1 year in Vietnam without leaving the country. If the maximum time now is 90 days as a tourist incl 2 extensions, why do people complain about the system in Thailand? 

The grass is much greener in Vietnam 

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