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

Explore Phu Quoc

Located in the very southwest of Vietnam, Phu Quoc Island, also known as Pearl Island, forms part of the Kien Giang province ...

Hoi An: The Historic City

Located in the province of Quang Nam, a short 30km South of Da Nang, Hoi An is a very popular tourist destination worldwide. Hoi ...

Accommodation in Hoi An

Hoi An will pop up in your research of Vietnam for its colorful pictures of UNESCO Old Town, and proximity to the beach. In fact ...

Accommodation in Da Nang

Da Nang's real estate market has experienced accelerated growth over the past few years as the population expands to welcome ...

Working in Da Nang

Da Nang is pivotal to the coastal development and central security of Vietnam. The primary industrial products in Da Nang are ...

Working in Hue

Located in central Vietnam, Hue is known as a cultural hub of the country and full of natural resources. While it has a very ...

Working in Nha Trang

The city of Nha Trang, located in the province of Khanh Hoa, thrives on tourism. If you are looking for a job in Nha Trang, you ...

Working in Hoi An

With its unique location and slower pace of life, it's no wonder the charming town of Hoi An is an increasingly desirable ...

The Vietnamese labor market

Depending on your industry and patience, finding a job in Vietnam can be a challenge. Many companies and local businesses are ...

Working in Vietnam

Anyone thinking about working in Vietnam is in for a treat. Compared to many Western countries, Vietnam's workforce operates ...

Making phone calls in Vietnam

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

Studying in Vietnam

Studying in Vietnam is an attractive opportunity for foreigners due to low tuition fees and the growing number of international ...

Driving in Vietnam

Vietnam is known for four categories of lush and diverse landscapes, and one of the easiest ways to see firsthand is by driving a ...

Relocating to Vietnam

Are you considering moving to Vietnam, or have you recently been offered a job at a Vietnamese company? Packing up your life and ...

Internet in Vietnam

Vietnam is currently ranked 39th internationally for internet connection and has an average download speed of 91.60mbps. There ...

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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