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What do I need to know: Moving from Thailand to Vietnam?

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I am bored with the recent changes in Thailand, and with the pollution becoming pretty intense I wish to relocate. I would like to pack my bags and move to Vietnam if possible. I have a standard tourist visa; but nothing else. What do I need to do? Do I need to arrange for any documents, am I ok bringing my large amount of personal belongings by plane without issue? Is it reasonable to rent a place for a month, drop my gear off, and then go find a long term rental? Where can I find places to stay online? How does banking get handled there? I asked a lot, but the lack of information out there is frustrating, and any advice would go a long way.

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Make sure you understand the visa situation there. It's easy to get a three month stay and then use agents to keep extending. I was told that you must use an agent and there is a bit of underhanded dealing to stay for long periods. There are only long term visas for people who are working and no extensions based on retirement or marriage...........

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What are you going to do when you're bored with the changes in VN? And FYI, VN is polluted too.

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Ahh.... Vietnam.... the next "it" place.

But I heard it's quite a hole unless you want to teach English. I think that's why nomades numeriques like Thailand better.

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If you are planning on moving to Saigon, I suggest that you think twice. The ex-wife says that even she can't stand the city any more. She's just finished building a new house down on the Mekhong. There are some posts on the web somewhere by English teachers in Vietnam. There are a lot of complaints that it might be good to read up on.

But if you're determined to go, why, good luck....

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Ahh.... Vietnam.... the next "it" place.

But I heard it's quite a hole unless you want to teach English. I think that's why nomades numeriques like Thailand better.

I'd be interested to know what you've heard to say, "it's a quite a hole". You could certainly be right, but I think it's fair to give at least a couple of specific reasons.

But I'd be even more curious to know how it would no longer be a hole if you want to teach there.

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It depends where you want to live in Vietnam. Hanoi and Saigon are overcrowded and polluted. Da Nang is ranked as one of the best developing cities in Asia. There are some great beach resorts in the south although over-development is becoming a problem (Nha Trang for example). Most places in Vietnam are cheaper than Thailand. The country is run by a control freak government, whose behaviour is far worse than what is happening in Thailand. At the end of the day people go to Vietnam either because its different or to make money (especially teachers).

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This is of interest to me as I'm off to Vietnam next month. A friend of a friend was an English teacher here for many years but became very peed off with the Thai system. He feels so refreshed as the students, schools and visa system are much better than here.

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I made the move last year after my wife of 15 years decided to become a junkie. So, with my daughter in tow, off to Vietnam. We both got 2 year temporary resident cards with no hassle, she is in an International school and I enjoy being out of Thailand for the time being. Crowded? Yes, some places but not everyplace. You'll enjoy the change.

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I made the move last year after my wife of 15 years decided to become a junkie. So, with my daughter in tow, off to Vietnam. We both got 2 year temporary resident cards with no hassle, she is in an International school and I enjoy being out of Thailand for the time being. Crowded? Yes, some places but not everyplace. You'll enjoy the change.

How much is international school in Vietnam?

How does your wife become a junkie after 15 years?

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Ahh.... Vietnam.... the next "it" place.

But I heard it's quite a hole unless you want to teach English. I think that's why nomades numeriques like Thailand better.

Definitely a major down grade from Thailand, not to mention it is a socialist state.
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