Living in Vietnam guide for expats

All the information you need to relocate and live in Vietnam.

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Vietnam

Working in Vietnam as a digital nomad

Vietnam is emerging as a new popular destination for digital nomads and downshifters. As the prices in most Asian countries are ...

Working in Hanoi

The traditional capital of Vietnam is quickly becoming a professional's paradise. Attracting over 20,000 expats annually ...

Developing your social circle in Hanoi

Moving to Hanoi can be a challenging venture. The culture is still a mystery, and the road network comes across as a complete ...

Student life in Hanoi

Enrolling at university is one of the most exciting parts of a person's life. For many students, this involves leaving home ...

The work culture in Hanoi

Working in Hanoi might be encouraging a few question marks to hover over your head. What is the work culture like? Are they ...

Health insurance in Vietnam

If you're planning traveling to Vietnam, or intend to stay in the country long term, then it would be wise to read this ...

The Vietnamese cuisine

If you are moving or traveling to Vietnam, you are probably at the very least curious about the cuisine and wondering what to ...

Moving to Vietnam with your pet

If you are planning to move to Vietnam and you intend to bring a pet, there are a number of formalities that have to be completed ...

Getting around in Vietnam

During your stay in Vietnam, you will certainly have to move around to go to work and to explore during your free time. There are ...

Making phone calls in Vietnam

The telecommunications sector in Vietnam has flourished throughout the past two decades. Like many Westerners, Vietnamese ...

Driving in Vietnam

If you are planning to rent or buy a car or a motorcycle in Vietnam, you must be in possession of an International Driving Permit ...

Tax in Vietnam

Before you make your move to Vietnam, it would be prudent to get yourself up to speed on local tax laws. As with any country ...

Opening a bank account in Vietnam

If you have decided to settle in Vietnam, you may want to open a bank account in order to facilitate transactions with ease.. As ...

Buying a property In Vietnam

Vietnam is a country riddled with mystery and intrigue, history and scenery. If you are planning on staying here for a ...

Accommodation in Vietnam

If you're jetting off to Asia's beloved S-shaped nation, then booking accommodation in Vietnam is likely high on your ...

About Vietnam

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam, most commonly known as Vietnam, is a South-East Asian country that stretches over some 331,041 km². It is bordered by Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, China, and the East Sea. The capital of Vietnam, located in the North, is Hanoi (locally known as Hà Nội).

Demography of Vietnam

Vietnam has a relatively dense population of more than 95 million inhabitants en 2017. The official language is Vietnamese; however, some fifty other languages are spoken by different groups across the country, including Mandarin, Khmer, English, and French.

Economy of Vietnam

Vietnam's economy is based predominantly on agriculture, especially rice cultivation. The economy also benefits from exports, tourism, petroleum products, and mineral resources. The country's main export partners are China, Japan, and the United States. The growth rate in 2018 was just over 7%. Vietnam is a member of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Politics in Vietnam

Vietnam is a socialist republic. The country is governed by the Vietnamese National Assembly which is elected every five years by indirect suffrage.

Climate of Vietnam

Vietnam has a tropical climate in the South and a more humid subtropical climate in the North. Some areas regularly experience monsoons whilst others have a drier climate. The dry season lasts from November to April in the South and from February to August in the centre of the country. The wet season lasts from May to October in the South and from September to January in the centre. Temperatures vary between 17°C in December and January, to a hot 37°C in April.

Religion in Vietnam

Interestingly, Vietnamese people do not typically subscribe to one single religion. Considering the country's history, and being influenced by its neighbouring lands, Vietnamese beliefs and practices are informed by three primary religions, namely Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. This trinity is often referred to as the Triple Religion or Tam Giáo.

In certain regions a small minority practise Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.

Regardless of one's beliefs, Vietnam officially declares itself as an atheist state.

Culture in Vietnam

Due to its millennium of Chinese rule, Vietnam was strongly influenced in terms of culture, practices, and politics. The French colonial period saw an adoption of the Latin alphabet, as well as some other influences such as architecture and cuisine.

Some elements that are considered true characteristics of Vietnamese culture are the worship of ancestors, utmost respect and devotion to study, and the practice of manual labour. There is a cultural emphasis on both village/clan (over family) and country. Traditional weddings are incredibly important, take place on Sundays, and it is expected that you marry at a young age. Marriages used to be arranged but this is no longer practised.

Quick Information

Capital : Hanoi
Official Languages : Vietnamese , English , French , Chinese , Central Khmer
Currency : Dong
Area : 329560 Km2
Population : 89571130
Calling Code : +84
Timezone : Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh

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