Visiting Vietnam for a short holiday is far different to living here. Unless you have an insider’s view, that is.
Fourteen months ago my partner Rachel and I decided to realise our dream of living overseas. After a lot of research, we decided to try teaching English in Vietnam.
Here in Vietnam, the French built over a hundred villas in the mountains south of Hue and north of Da Nang during the colonial times because of the cooler air at the higher altitude. But in the wake of the First Indochina War and the Vietnam War (known here as the American War), the villas were abandoned and fell into ruin.
“Where next?”, my husband, Tim, asked me over a cold craft beer on one of our regular nights out in Ho Chi Minh City. He knew I’d have an answer because I’d been furiously Googling and scribbling notes for a couple of days.
The country that took the top spot for the lowest cost of living in the inaugural International Living Australia Global Retirement Rankings is Vietnam. A fascinating and vibrant destination, rich in natural beauty, steeped in history and brimming with opportunity.
Pristine white-sand beaches…pine forests amid temperate mountains…street-side baguette sellers…corner cafes…pastel-coloured churches and mulberry wine… You’ll find it all in this fascinating country.
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...
The Australian Dental Association estimates up to 10,000 Australians go overseas each year in search of cheaper dental treatment. A growing number of patients have learned that they can save tens of thousands of dollars on dental treatment without foregoing on quality…and all of these services are just a short plane journey away.
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.
When I talk to friends who’ve never visited Southeast Asia about my life in Vietnam, they’re often surprised by some of the things I take for granted. Reliable WiFi in every cafe and restaurant, modern shopping centres, cinemas that show English language movies, even an ice rink. But that’s Vietnam for you…full of surprises.