4 of the Best Places to Live in Vietnam

Because of its stunning natural sights and low cost of living, Vietnam is becoming one of the most favorite places for expats to live in Asia. But before you decide to move to the country, it may be best to do your research and find out which cities in Vietnam are ideal for you to live in. Remember, Vietnam is a vast country and it’s important that you choose to live in an area that’s suitable for your lifestyle. To give you an idea, here are some of the best places to live in Vietnam.

1. Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh is the largest city in the country and the busiest as well. If you prefer a more cosmopolitan city to live in, this city might be a great choice. However, the city is home to around 8 million people, which is why the traffic here is bad. But what’s great about living in Ho Chi Minh is that there are lots of great opportunities waiting for you, in terms of work and business. Also, it is much cheaper to live in here compared to other cosmopolitan cities in Asia, such as Bangkok and Singapore.

Ho Chi Minh is divided into 12 districts and each district has great residential areas where you can choose to live. Some of the residential communities have parks and recreational facilities, perfect for those with kids. There’s also a large expat community in Ho Chi Minh and there are quite a few International Schools where you can enroll your kids.

You should be able to survive on around $600 – $800 per month in Ho Chi Minh, excluding the cost of the rent. As for transportation, it’s more convenient to have your own motorbike. Otherwise, you can take the taxi, bus, or use ride-sharing services like Grab when getting around the city.

2. Da Nang

If you prefer a more laid back city to live in, you may want to check out the city of Da Nang, which is the country’s third largest city. It’s not as populous as Ho Chi Minh since there are only about 1.3 million people living in Da Nang. What’s more, Da Nang is cleaner and more organized than the other cities in Vietnam. As a matter of fact, it’s been hailed as the most livable city in Vietnam.

What’s great about living in Da Nang is that you’ll have easy access to the beaches and mountains. In fact, the gorgeous town of Hoi An is only an hour drive away. You definitely will not get bored living in Da Nang, as there are lots of activities for you to enjoy on a daily basis. And if you love outdoor activities, then Da Nang would be a perfect base in Vietnam. Furthermore, the cost of living in Da Nang is much cheaper than Ho Chi Minh. It should only cost you around $500 or less per month to survive in this laid back city.

3. Hanoi

If you prefer to live in a cosmopolitan city but with a strong cultural influence, then Hanoi is a much better choice than Ho Chi Minh. Although the economy of Hanoi is fast-growing, it is not yet as modern as Ho Chi Minh City. What’s great about living in Hanoi is that you’ll get easy access to some of the beautiful sights in the North, such as the Ha Long Bay, Ninh Binh, and Sapa.

The cost of living in Hanoi is somewhat similar to Ho Chi Minh. Here, you also get plenty of choices for dining, including International cuisines. The nightlife in Ho Chi Minh is also vibrant, most especially in the Old Quarter area. Just like in Ho Chi Minh, there’s a large expat community in Hanoi, especially around the Dong Da and Tay Ho district.

4. Nha Trang

If you want to live close to the beach when living in Vietnam, you may want to consider living in Nha Trang. This gorgeous coastal city is home to less than a million people, which is why it’s much quieter here compared to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh. If you love diving, Nha Trang would be a great base for you as it’s the country’s diving capital. You can choose to live close to the beaches or perhaps in the town center, which is only a short drive away to the beach.

Although Nha Trang has a very laid back feel, you’ll definitely not get bored living in this city. Aside from the beaches, the nightlife here is awesome. Plus, there are plenty of affordable dining options in this small city. And since there are not too many people living in Nha Trang, there’s less traffic and the air is definitely fresher. You also get to enjoy a pleasant climate all year round. Above all, the cost of living in Nha Trang is so cheap. You can get by with only $300 per month, excluding the rent.

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