Pros And Cons Of Moving To Ho Chi Minh City


In this Expat Interview, Katie shares her expat life in Saigon, Vietnam. She will discuss her moving procedure, good and bad things aboutHo bỏ ra Minh, places lớn visit in Ho bỏ ra Minh, the cost of living inSaigon, và more!

About Ho chi Minh city

Ho bỏ ra Minh City, or Saigon, is a major thành phố in Vietnam. While it is not the country’s official capital, which is Ha Noi, it is considered the capital of the South.

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Ho đưa ra Minh has an abundance of history & is rich in culture. It is a perfect location for anyone who wants to take a city break.

Also, it’s perfect for anyone wanting to take an extended break as it is close to Vung Tau beach và the lush nature of domain authority Lat.

About Katie

My name is Katie Sephton, and I work as an English Teacher in Ho đưa ra Minh City. Whether I am a learner or an educator, I have always been in education.

I grew up in a small town in the UK called Wigan. I graduated from university in the UK with a degree in Child and Youth studies & gained experience working in schools.

I first moved to Ho đưa ra Minh thành phố in July 2016 after securing a teaching job in public schools.

At first, I intended lớn only stay for one year, but here I am, one year later, with no intention of leaving anytime soon.

I knew since 18 years old that I wanted khổng lồ spend a year abroad teaching, as this is the perfect way to fulfill both my passions of teaching & traveling.

The only problem was that I had no idea where I wanted lớn teach.


What are your favorite things to vì chưng in Ho đưa ra Minh city?

My favorite thing to bởi is drive around on a xe đạp or sit in a nice bar or coffee siêu thị and people watch.

I just love to lớn sit and take in the culture và watch the local people go about their daily life và business. There is always something fabulous or whacky to lớn see.

For example, when I first arrived, I was amazed at the full-blown human-made aquarium that some locals phối up at the back of their motorbike.

And I kid you not. I once saw a man hauling a huge wardrobe on the back of his bike.

Where bởi you recommend visiting in Ho chi Minh city?

As a tourist lớn the city, I recommend visiting the Cu đưa ra Tunnels & War Remnants Museum. The Cu chi Tunnels are where the Vietnamese used to lớn hide out during the war. While on a visit here, you can even see the traps mix up for the Americans.

The War Remnants Museum, while harrowing, is very educational và a great way to educate yourself about the effects và devastation of the war.

If you have a little more time in the city, take your time lớn visit the markets, the post office, the Independence Palace, and check out Walking Street.

> check cheapCu bỏ ra Tunnel tour from Hochiminh city.

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Is it easy to make new friends in Saigon?

It is relatively easy lớn make new friends as the more you visit a bar or coffee shop, the more you will see the same people and instantly become connected.

A few expat sites offer meetups & various classes, making it easy to find people with similar interests.

Do you hang out with locals or foreigners mostly?

I usually hang out with friends from work, who are mostly foreigners. However, I would love to lớn have local friends, but many local people my age always seem busy with their studies or families.

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Family in Vietnam is a huge part of their culture, & people often bởi vì many activities with their families.

Where is your favorite place khổng lồ meet friends in Ho chi Minh city?

Usually a local bar/ food place.

There is a great place near my apartment that sells super cheap beer and delicious food. It is the perfect place khổng lồ hang out with friends, eat, drink, and have a laugh.

The atmosphere is excellent as it is lively but not too noisy so we can still chat & play thẻ games.

A memorable experience in Ho đưa ra Minh city

I have so many memories, but one that is particularly standing out right now is when myself và a bunch of mates were walking into town for a night out, & we came across some local men singing karaoke & drinking beers on the street.

They invited us over. We sat, had a few drinks, và sang karaoke with them for hours. In the end, we didn’t even make it out.

It was such a fun night interacting with locals and singing street karaoke. This was my first experience of street karaoke, and it has since happened again; this is just the Vietnamese culture & hospitality for you.

Did you change your perspective of Ho chi Minh after living here?

Before moving lớn Vietnam, my perspective was always a good one. The local people are so friendly, the culture is incredible, và living here would be so fun. My view of that has remained the same lớn this day.

What are your advice và tips for living in Ho bỏ ra Minh city?

Be mở cửa to the way of life & enjoy every minute of it.

My main piece of advice is lớn learn khổng lồ drive a motorbike too. This one is rich coming from me, as I have still not learned yet, but believe me, I wish I had learned from the start.

Learning early on will help combat your fear, & you will be able to vì so much more & be more independent. Sure! Grab is a great way khổng lồ get around, but it can get a little annoying having khổng lồ wait sometimes or when you have lớn rely on someone else to lớn get you somewhere on time.

Also, buying a SIM card with 4G & learning Vietnamese helped my life easier.

Would you recommend others khổng lồ live in Ho bỏ ra Minh city?

Absolutely! Ho đưa ra Minh has so much lớn offer in terms of culture and activities. The people are incredibly welcoming, & the city is very safe.

I would totally recommend it lớn anyone who is thinking of moving here. Just take the plunge and give it a try. It may surprise you as it did me.

What have you learned from living abroad?

By living abroad, I have learned to lớn become independent và do all the grown-up things lượt thích apartment hunting and sorting out hospital appointments, và so on.

I have also become much more confident in meeting và interacting with new people. It is so easy to vị here, as everyone is so friendly.

Furthermore, I have learned a second language. Well, kind of. I’m getting there, but Vietnamese is so darn hard lớn pronounce. This is still very much a learning curve for me.

More about Katie

I’m Katie, an English teacher who loves traveling & exploring the world. My passions are to lớn explore exotic destinations, experience once-in-a-lifetime opportunities & immerse myself in new cultures.

I have lived in Vietnam as an English teacher for almost two years, where my hunger for travel continues khổng lồ grow. When I am not teaching, I like to explore my surroundings, take lots of pictures, & blog about my experiences.

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