Top 6 things you have to know about living and working in Vietnam
Whether you are an ESL teacher or just a normal expat living in Vietnam these are the top 6 things in Vietnam that may be annoying for you.
Vietnam, particularly Ho Chi Minh City is a crowded place, extremely crowded comparing with the city I used to live in Romania. For me, Saigon is a stressful place, very noisy and crowded. It depends on the place you come from, but for me, Saigon is not a good environment to live in.
You are “white skin” that means you are rich, so everybody tries to sell you something. At the beginning it is funny but soon you will end up hating all those vendors, lottery ticket sellers, motorbike-taxi drivers etc. You will be stopped on the street by these people as soon as you leave your hotel room.
Hot weather in combination with the high level of pollution will be a great inconvenient. You will feel your skin very sticky and showers will be more important that food.
Rainy season makes your life even more difficult, it rains enough to give you the feeling that it rains all day long. It is a discouraging weather and it usually rains when you are going to work so you will be wet while working.
Forget about walking around and relax, there is not such a thing in Saigon. All sidewalks are fulfilled with small restaurants, parking lots, or different sellers. Walking on the sidewalk is basically impossible! Crossing the street is even more difficult and you should forget about any traffic rules, they don’t apply here.
You will need visa to live in Vietnam. You will get a tourist visa which has to be renewed every three months. Every six months you will be told to leave the country in order to renew your visa. Some of you will want to travel, so leaving the country will not be a problem, but for others who want to save money that will be another bad thing about living in Vietnam.
Living and working in a foreign country is not an easy task. You have to be prepared mentally to accept the environment, customs, and culture of the host country. In my opinion, working in Vietnam for a limited amount of time (six months, one year), traveling around as much as possible or trying to save some money makes sense.