“I’m having trouble retiring,” says Chris Robinson. “I’ve had a number of times when I thought I’d stop working but it was too boring.”
When Rod “Rocket” Harlor arrived in Vung Tau with a gun slung over his shoulder in 1969, retiring to Vietnam was the furthest thing from his mind. But today 69-year-old veteran Rod is...
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.
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.