Vietnam stretches for more than 1,770 kilometres from north to south and the climate ranges from cool-weather pine forests in the Central Highlands and the far north to steamy tropical jungles in the south. You’ll find that any time of the year is a good...
About Wendy Justice
My husband David and I love Vietnam. And when it comes to finding a place to call home here, we’ve been spoiled for choice since the day we arrived. We loved Nha Trang’s spectacular bay, ringed by a long expanse of golden-sand beach, sparkling turquoise water and lush green islands that seemed to shimmer in the distance.
Back in 2005, when my husband David and I first arrived in Vietnam, it was not with the intention of living here. We had just begun what we thought was a round-the-world trip and Vietnam was only our third stop after touring Hong Kong and China.
If I was going to move to Bali—and I’ve certainly thought about it—I would settle down in the expat-friendly town of Sanur. It’s less than 20 kilometres away from the tourist resort towns and popular southern beaches, but it feels a world away.
The first thing you’ll notice when you come to Nha Trang is its spectacular bay, ringed by a long expanse of golden-sand beach, sparkling turquoise water and lush green islands that shimmer in the distance. Next, you’ll discover the great food and nightlife scene, meeting plenty of fellow expats and exceptionally welcoming locals.
Hoi An is just 30 minutes south of Da Nang. This small city is home to about 300 expats, including many Australians. Hoi An is full of businesses that cater to the large number of international visitors who come to see its historic communal halls, temples and residences—preserved for centuries following the 16th and 17th century settlement of Chinese, Japanese and European traders.
“I discovered Dalat by chance,” says Lorelle Chapman, 65. A friend and I were travelling in Vietnam and she suggested that we go up to Dalat as we wanted to see something of the highlands. I fell in love with the town and thought that I would like to try living there for a while.
The moment you arrive in Battambang, in Cambodia’s north-west, you’ll get the sense that you have stepped into an earlier era. A mix of neoclassical mansions and Buddhist wats (temples) give this city an ancient, otherworldly charm…
Arisa Inlakesh, 55, and her partner, Terry Bishop, 58, live in a modern, one-bedroom, furnished villa, just a short walk from the ocean. It has a large garden, is surrounded by verdant jungle and costs just $600 per month.
One of my favourite ways to start the day is with a stroll to my favourite patisserie, O’Douceurs, a pretty little spot, with comfortable couches, where a perfectly prepared, frothy latte and a flaky, just-baked chocolate croissant get my morning off to the best start...