How are the living conditions in Vietnam

Life in Vietnam

Vietnam is a dream country for many. Fantastic landscapes, tropical weather and palm-fringed beaches. The clich├ęs about Vietnam are varied and the images of this country are present everywhere. But as easy as it is to tour this country as a tourst, it is just as difficult for foreigners to live in this country for long periods of time. It already starts with the language barrier, as only a few foreigners really have a command of the Vietnamese language. Most of the "expats", as foreigners who have lived abroad for a longer period of time, are called, only have a command of English. But the Vietnamese bureaucracy is more of a hurdle than a real help. Vietnam is not an immigration country and has strict regulations regarding immigration to this country. In recent years, however, more and more foreigners have chosen Vietnam as their adopted home. However, a Vietnamese citizenship is generally excluded for foreigners.

The rich hello

Vietnam is a hospitable country that has some problems, but foreigners are generally welcome. You have a high status in Vietnamese society. Foreigners who are a little unkindly referred to as "Hello" are generally considered to be rich, well-educated and a good match. Anyone traveling alone through Vietnam will quickly make the acquaintance of their father or mother who would like to see their son or daughter referred to a wealthy foreigner. Vietnam is a country with low cost of living and therefore affordable for most foreigners. A generous life in Vietnam can be quantified for 500 to 1,000 euros a month. However, foreigners should not hope for deep friendships - beyond the everyday party life where one is gladly seen - there are hardly any approaches to contact. Foreigners live their lives, Vietnamese theirs. But you don't have to be lonely. Relationships, not only friendly but also emotional, do exist, but often with a strong materialistic background. Vietnamese look for friends who have relationships. Many foreigners do not have this. However, like all peoples of Asia, the Vietnamese are open, hospitable and always helpful people.

Vietnam, the Prussia of Asia

Bureaucracy is a rather annoying matter in every country. But the Vietnamese appears to be particularly rigorous. If you want to come to Vietnam in the long term, you have to overcome some obstacles. The first is the problem of residence. Vietnam issues a Residence Card, but only to those who work in this country for a year or more. Most foreigners have to be content with a three-month visa, which must always be extended or renewed. Because a Residence Card is linked to work. And finding work is not that easy: foreigners are not allowed to work in Vietnam! There are three exceptions: You are posted, invited by the Vietnamese government or business, or the foreigner comes to start a business. There is no such thing as an office job. Most foreigners work as English teachers because this job is recorded as a "specialist". But not only these bureaucratic obstacles have to be overcome, everyday problems also become noticeable: Foreigners are not allowed to acquire property. A house, car or motorcycle is only possible with a little legal hair-splitting. Real estate ownership is generally excluded. There must always be a Vietnamese (preferably a spouse) with his name in the papers. But this also opens the door to rip-off and fraud - how many foreigners have invested their money in a house that has been transferred to their beloved spouse. There is no compensation in the event of divorce or separation.

So close yet so far

And ultimately, everyday life in Vietnam is the biggest hurdle. Exotic realism slumbers behind the curtain of the everyday: Although life is actually like in Germany, everything is somehow completely different. The food, the apartment, even the way of living. Everything takes getting used to. And as a foreigner you feel like a small child. Everything has to be relearned. The Vietnamese like to show you how to do it right, but this leads to a bit of frustration for many expats. You feel controlled. Add to this the Vietnamese lack of privacy. Everything is done in public. The front door of a Vietnamese house is always open, you can see everything, you hear everything. But the way the Vietnamese deal with one another and, in the long term, with foreigners too, is very rigorous. I am always amazed at how rude the Vietnamese are to one another. The relationships of Vietnamese are also materialistically determined: you only make friends with someone who can help you in the long term, financially or in status. Emotional friendships hardly exist and are not welcomed. The everyday life of many Vietnamese revolves solely around work - not incomprehensible in a third world country where famine was experienced until a few years ago.

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Life in Vietnam - a conclusion

The lack of European culture is very bad in the long term. No coffee, no chocolate, no cheese. That might be a bit of a problem, but the completely unfamiliar environment is the biggest obstacle for most expats. Those who do not open up to this country in the long term will not be able to survive.