Moving abroad is one of the most fun ways of exploring the world. When you travel, you just pass by the country, going from place to place. But when you actually live there, you’ll get to experience it in a much different way. You get to fully immerse yourself, get to know the locals, find your favorite coffee shops and learn how life really is there.
When people ask me where I’d recommend to live in, if I would live abroad again, I’d say Vietnam. If you’d like to live a life that’s adventurous, spontaneous, fun and exciting, it’s here where you should live. No day in Vietnam is the same and the country is incredibly diverse. If you like a more pulsating city, choose either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. There’s always something to do there so you’ll never feel bored. If you prefer something more quiet, opt for Da Nang or one of the smaller beach towns such as Mui Ne and Nha Trang. You can wake up, work, go to the beach and relax. Doesn’t that sound incredible?
The expat community is growing in Vietnam and it’s becoming increasingly more popular to move here. One of the biggest reasons for that is the cost of living. You see, Vietnam is an incredibly affordable country to live in, if you compare it to Europe for example. Transportation, food, shopping, etc, is all cheap. Accommodation can get trickier since the prices are expected to rise in the big cities, but this all goes down to your lifestyle and what kind of apartment you’re looking for.
Another reason why you should consider moving to Vietnam is the food. It’s so good! Vietnamese food is well known worldwide and there’s Vietnamese restaurants popping up everywhere in the world. That’s because it’s delicious and people know it. So imagine when you move to Vietnam, you have access to one of the world’s best kitchens every single day. You can go out and eat authentic pho, you can have a freshly made banh mi and you can try all kinds of dishes. The food varies from region to region, so if you move to Vietnam, you have all the time in the world to try it all!
The climate is another important part to why people love to travel and move here. If you’re coming from a country with cold climate, such as many northern parts of Europe, and you’re sick of it, you should move to Vietnam. The weather is always favorable here, at least in the south, and you can always count with sunshine somewhere in the country. During the winter months, the north can get cold though so if you’re planning on moving there, prepare yourself with some thick jackets. But most months in Vietnam, it’s hot and humid. Perfect for those who loves the beach.
If you’re a remote worker and needs stable internet connection, Vietnam is a fantastic country to settle down in. There’s basically WiFi everywhere and the connection is always good. In fact, the internet speed is amazing! That’s why digital nomads flock to Vietnam because they know they will be able to work from their computer without bad internet connection disturbing them. One of the digital nomads I met told me that he had to move from the Philippines after just a few days because the internet was too slow for him. He was afraid it would be like this everywhere in Southeast Asia, but when he got to Vietnam, he was so surprised by how fast it was and how easily accessible you could get WiFi here.
So, when you’re finally settled in Vietnam, you can also start enjoying your vacations there. What better country to go on a vacation than Vietnam? And you have it all by your doorstep! You can now easily go to famous sites such as Halong Bay, the Ancient Town of Hoi An, Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park, Marble Mountains and much, much more. You can go on a weekend trip to the island of Phu Quoc easily, rent a motorbike and visit some of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches. You can explore the north and go trekking with the Hmong, Vietnam’s ethnic minority in Sapa. Now, doesn’t this make you want to pack your bags and move to Vietnam? We thought so.
The first thing you need to go when you’ve decided to come to Vietnam is to sort your visa out. If you’re just going to be there for 3 months or less to work as a digital nomad, you can apply for a Visa on Arrival. Do note that you cannot get an apartment or job with this kind of visa. It’s illegal to do this on a tourist visa. But if you’re serious and want to move here long term, you should first apply for a business visa, even if you don’t have a job yet in Vietnam. It’s available for minimum a year. Later on, you can get a work permit, once you’re settled and have a job.