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Retiring In Vietnam- Is The Low Cost Of Living in Hoi An Worth It?

(@marco-expat)
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There is a lot of information online available about retiring in Vietnam. However, most of the information on living in Vietnam as an expat is wrong or outdated. Expats looking to retire in Vietnam can get updated details on the cost of living, expat lifestyle, and retirement visas here.


   
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(@Harper)
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Hello,
Thank you for writing this article, it was very interesting and had a lot of helpful points and information. When I made the move to Saigon, Vietnam earlier in the year I found it very hard to find any clear information on finances and banking in and outside of Vietnam. As a suggestion, a future post on how to manage your finances abroad, especially in Vietnam would be extremely helpful as it is a very important topic?


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Amelia,

Thanks for reaching out. I emailed you a response.

Respectfully,

Marco


   
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(@Lauren)
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Gosh, I would love to retire to Vietnam! I visited a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it - could definitely see myself staying in Hanoi for a while and enjoying all the coffee shops and markets. Retirement is a long way off for me but I know for sure I won't stay in the West. What's the expat community like Vietnam?


   
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(@Josy A)
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Really interesting post! I am nowhere near ready to retire, but I do like the idea of travelling to Vietnam for a few months to stuff myself with that amazing food.

The retirement visa sounds a little too complicated compared to the ones in your previous posts, but it does seem like a fabulous country to spend a some time...


   
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(@Rudy @ Backpack & Snorkel)
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Vietnam will be one of the first countries we travel to after the pandemic is under control. But this will be for a 3 week vacation. Since their is no straightforward retirement visa, why would someone even consider retiring in Vietnam?


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Rudy,

I'm with you. I don't understand why someone would risk the visa hassles. However, I do know lots of expats that just do the border run->extension rinse-repeat cycle. That is just too much of a hassle for me.


   
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The food, natural beauty, and low costs make Vietnam *almost* perfect. Hopefully, their government gets on board with the whole retirement visa thing.


   
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Hi Lauren,

The expat community is great. Especially in the major cities (HCMC, Hanoi, and Da Nang), the influx of Digital Nomads keeps the scene lively. Lots of meet ups, yoga sessions, and get-togethers.


   
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 Ada
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I really appreciated this honest breakdown of retirement costs. As I was reading through it, the amount of pollution in Hanoi (especially compared with Portland) really jumped out at me. How do you factor in environmental factors that could make the "cost of living" very high from a public health standpoint?


   
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(@Moshe Huberman)
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I keep hearing how awesome Vietnam is and I have to visit it one day. Hopefully before retirement 🙂


   
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(@Lindsay)
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Awesome article. I wish it was a little bit easier right now but this would be SO nice! I follow Bonus Nachoes and it's interesting to see how they're doing in Viet Nam during coronavirus!


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Lindsay,

Yup. Eric (from Bonus Nachos) and I connected right before the lockdowns started. He was in the first blogging collab I hosted.
While I was stuck in the Philippines, he was stuck in Vietnam. He had it better ????
Living Abroad During a Pandemic


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Ada,

That is an excellent question. Hanoi does have a pollution issue, but there are lots of expat friendly places in Vietnam outside the big cities (Hanoi and HCMC). That score high on the quality of life index that factors in pollution, as well as safety and traffic.
Quality of Life Comparision Portland, OR vs Da Nang, Vietnam


   
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 Kim
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Thanks for this article, Marco! I visited Vietnam 10 years ago while I was living as an expat in China. I loved my time there but hadn't considered retiring there until recently, when there is a lot more talk about it. The lack of a retirement visa would certainly be a big factor in my decision. Maybe going for only 6 months, with one visa run, would be best. The earliest I could do that would be in about a year, so perhaps they will have the retirement visa by then. Or I could just go to Medellin. 🙂


   
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