Vietnam is great. If you get the chance to come here, do it. The people are friendly. The food is amazing. It’s exciting and challenging and rewarding. Sometimes it makes me want to put on a hockey skate and stomp a puppy. To stop myself from doing that, I must vent. That’s why this article exists. Consider one week’s worth of puppies saved (at least from me — I can’t save the ones that will end up on a Vietnamese dinner plate).
Living in Vietnam
Living in Vietnam was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had. I miss it everyday and I hope to go back to live there again. That being said, it can be a difficult place to live. It’s chaotic, at times it’s frustrating, you can’t expect life to be the same as it was in the country you are from. I remember being told that the first two months would be exciting, then the next couple would be frustrating, but then you’d accept the life and would learn to live with the frustrations. This was actually pretty accurate.
I wrote the following articles over the course of the 2 years that I was living in Vietnam. Some of them will be very useful if you are planing on moving to Vietnam. Others were written as a way to vent (right around that 3 month period) and are more comedic. If you have any questions about moving there, please feel free to contact me.
Of course, I have to preface this article by saying that I love Vietnam. I am enjoying living here and I am excited about what’s to come. Everyday I see something new, and everyday I feel a stronger connection to the country. That being said, it’s sometimes an extremely frustrating place to live. It’s difficult to stay positive when something goes wrong. In Vietnam, when it rains it pours — both literally and metaphorically. So here goes a bit of a rant. Let this be a warning to someone who is considering a move to Vietnam, but mostly let this be a therapeutic exercise for me — cause there’s a history of people losing their shit in ‘nam.
How to find a house for rent in Vietnam and not get ripped off in the process
On our first trip to Vietnam, Sara and I loved it so much that we decided to move there. It’s been 3 weeks and we have finally found a place to live. We move into our first Vietnamese home tomorrow. Finding a house for rent in Vietnam was a difficult task, but we did it. Here’s how.
If you are in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City there are a few services for expats that will help you find a place to live. They’re usually nice houses or apartments that are furnished and have western amenities. However, if you know where to look it’s possible to find a rental for much cheaper, and the adventure in finding it will make it that much more special.