All you need to know about living in Vietnam as an Expat

Are you a foreigner and going to live or work in Vietnam? This blog will show you everything that you need to know about Vietnam as an Expat

1.    Passport

Foreigners who want to enter Vietnam need a passport. Depending on the laws of Vietnam on entry with or without a visa to every country in the world.There are 20 types of visas suitable for each person’s entry purpose. There are 3 common types of visas: tourist visa (DL), business visa (DN) and  work visa (LD). foreigners need to know Vietnamese law when coming to live in Vietnam: immigration law, law of renting or buying a home, labor law for, traffic laws, enterprise Law – for foreigners doing business in Vietnam, law against social evils…

2.    Language

It is best to learn basic Vietnamese language or English. Most people living in downtown districts speak English.

3.    Residence

Foreigners must register for temporary residence in the locality where they are staying. In the case of a foreigner renting a house, the lessor must be obliged to register.

4.    Transport

People travel by bike, bus, car, train,boat, airplane but the most popular is motorbikes. Foreigners with an international driver’s license can convert to a driver’s license in Vietnam. For those without a driver’s license, you can drive a motorbike under 50cc.

5.    Health

It is best for foreigners living in Vietnam to buy health insurance. Companies employing foreigners must buy health and social insurance for their workers. Foreigners who do not work for an organization or company that wants to have health insurance must have their name in their permanent household registration. Health insurance helps patients reduce the cost of medical examination or accident. Social insurance helps workers who receive benefits when they stop working, retire and workers can get back the paid amount if they do not want to continue to participate in social insurance. You can also buy insurance at other organizations, but buying insurance in the Vietnamese state is the safest and most secure.

For individuals without health insurance,it is best to go to state hospitals. State hospitals are strictly supervised and work out process. Private clinics are also governed by the state, but sometimes they bypass the law. With a new foreigner living in Vietnam I believe you will not want to risk your health.

6.    Necessary

It is not too difficult to find supermarkets and shopping malls in big cities of Vietnam. In the countryside of Vietnam, there are shops selling small necessities.

7.    Entertainment

In Vietnam, there are many entertainment models for horse riding, archery, restaurant, bar, karaoke, ice skating, tourism,bookstore, kite flying, cinemas …

8.    News

Foreigners arriving in Vietnam need to monitor information to timely adjust their lives so that they can integrate into life in Vietnam.

foreigners should join Facebook groups in Vietnam, in which they often share experiences while living in Vietnam, social situation, merchants offering attractive products …

9.    Lifestyle

Respect Vietnamese culture: discreet long-dress, ensign, territory, heroes of Vietnam…

Respect the Vietnamese people.

Compliance with Vietnamese law

Save the address and phone number of your national embassy located in Vietnam.

10.  Bank

Foreigners living in Vietnam should store their money at the Bank. Conditions for opening a bank account for foreigners living in Vietnam are up to each bank. Common conditions: temporary residence card, certificate of temporary residence confirmed by state agencies, labor contract …

The bank helps preserve your money, and when you save your savings on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis, your profits will be based on your money and the bank’s program.

You should also create an ATM card. It helps you withdraw money from ATM stations everywhere. If you use many transactions in a month, you should also use internet banking, it helps you trade money without having to go to ATMs or banks. I pay $ 0.47 per month for Vietcombank’s internet banking service. There are many promotions when you pay online for restaurants, hotels, supermarkets …

11. Where to visit in Vietnam

The first words on everyone’s lips when speaking of Vietnam are undoubtedly Halong Bay, a beautiful set of karst islands and formations off the northern coast. Hanoi is the bustling, motorbike filled capital. There’s plenty of historical heritage at Hoi An, the beaches sparkle at the resort city of Nha Trang, and the Mekong Delta is full of winding waterways, floating markets, and lush scenery. Places to visit in Vietnam are almost endless.

Here are 11 Cool Places You Won’t Want to Miss when you live in Vietnam as an Expat

1. Sapa
2. Hanoi
3. Da Nang
4. Halong Bay
5. Hue
6. Hoi An
7. Dalat
8. Mui Ne
9. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
10. Ninh Binh
11. Ho Chi Minh


12. What foods to eat in Vietnam

Food is at the heart of Vietnamese culture and Vietnamese food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world as it mixes together a range of flavors and tastes. While street eateries are everywhere, as the city becomes more affluent, Vietnamese cuisine is going indoors. These days, there are a lot of local restaurants that provide quality and authentic Vietnamese cuisine

If you are a foreigner or expatriates here in Vietnam you may never regret to enjoy Vietnamese foods


Source: Bích Trâm