U.S. veterans living in Vietnam

Would like to meet any of you to help get to know about life in this country for retired ex-pats

Gia-na-dai :

Would like to meet any of you to help get to know about life in this country for retired ex-pats

I read your profile. I was here in Đà Nẵng in 1971-72. I'm enjoying being back.

I'm NOT interested in sharing war stories, but our situations are quite similar.

Are you coming to Đà Nẵng to visit, or have you already decided this is The Place?

I'll meet just about anyone for a cup of coffee and talk about what's working for me.

Cheers

Gia-na-dai :

Would like to meet any of you to help get to know about life in this country for retired ex-pats

Veteran here (European theater 66 - 71), and along with OB I'm open to sharing my emerging experiences of a recent thirty-day recon mission to Vietnam (Danang, Quy Nhon, and HCMC). In early March I'll be relocating from New York to Quy Nhon as my initial new home while building business relationships in HCM, Hanoi, and Danang.

Fair enough OceanBeach.
I have received my online form for Viet visa today. So will plan on making reservations to fly in - to Da Nang from Chiang Mai if I can get this arranged - for the 28 Feb.
As for visit vs staying - I have found fate doesn't pay much attention to my plans - my ambition in life is to find a piece of quiet beach and spend the rest of my days there.
If Vietnam works out for me I won't want to leave.

Would like to have a coffee and listen to anything you could tell me about living there if you can take the time.

Regards,

Gia-na-dai

Hello Workplacestars

Not sure if you are saying you are in V.N. now.
I got my online visa app. today and printed it out so if I can make the arrangements I will
fly in to Da Nang the end of Feb.

If you have the time to meet up,  in March ? I would be grateful for a chance to debrief you on what you have experienced so far.

P.S.: are you still working ? I mean aren't you at retirement age?
I mean how are they about work permits there? I could conceivably teach English - no certificate
but a little experience in tutoring if it is permissible.

Gia-na-dai :

Fair enough OceanBeach.
I have received my online form for Viet visa today. So will plan on making reservations to fly in - to Da Nang from Chiang Mai if I can get this arranged - for the 28 Feb.
As for visit vs staying - I have found fate doesn't pay much attention to my plans - my ambition in life is to find a piece of quiet beach and spend the rest of my days there.
If Vietnam works out for me I won't want to leave.

Would like to have a coffee and listen to anything you could tell me about living there if you can take the time.

Regards,

Gia-na-dai

If your travel budget allows, plan to visit Quy Nhon because from an initial blush it sounds perfect for you. Six and half hours by train South of Danang. Less expensive than Danang, friendly and beautiful. Of course, a bit more undiscovered than the third largest city in Vietnam. You will find desirable housing in the $200 to $300 range.

Gia-na-dai :

Hello Workplacestars

Not sure if you are saying you are in V.N. now.
I got my online visa app. today and printed it out so if I can make the arrangements I will
fly in to Da Nang the end of Feb.

If you have the time to meet up,  in March ? I would be grateful for a chance to debrief you on what you have experienced so far.

P.S.: are you still working ? I mean aren't you at retirement age?
I mean how are they about work permits there? I could conceivably teach English - no certificate
but a little experience in tutoring if it is permissible.

At present wrapping things up in New York. Will arrive in HCM on March 5 on a 1-year tourist visa. Yes, retirement age. As an organization effectiveness consultant, trainer and executive coach with a deep passion for the work I will probably die with my work boots on (smile). Consultants actually improve with age (wink) if they are able to learn from all of their mistakes.:dumbom: I have a New York LLC the same as my username. Working and getting paid in Vietnam for services rendered will be a challenge, yet not impossible. Good questions and good wishes for your journey.

Gia-na-dai :

Fair enough OceanBeach.
I have received my online form for Viet visa today. So will plan on making reservations to fly in - to Da Nang from Chiang Mai if I can get this arranged - for the 28 Feb.
As for visit vs staying - I have found fate doesn't pay much attention to my plans - my ambition in life is to find a piece of quiet beach and spend the rest of my days there.
If Vietnam works out for me I won't want to leave.

Would like to have a coffee and listen to anything you could tell me about living there if you can take the time.

Regards,

Gia-na-dai

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