Vietnam’s buzzing cities, cultural diversity, beautiful cuisine and enviable natural landscape have now set it firmly on the traveler map, and with good reason. But what about actually moving there? Does Vietnam deliver - not just as a carefree backpacker destination - but as a home in which to live, work, and bring up a family?
According to our 2012 survey of expats, Vietnam was ranked highly by those who wanted a good work-life balance and the opportunity to be challenged in their new country. This trend was shown by the 70% of expats who were making an effort to learn and use the Vietnamese language, despite recognising its difficulty.
Expats also sung the praises of the Vietnamese locals, whose hospitality and friendliness was contributing to the ease with which they settled in.
Despite these positives, many expats said that their expectations of a better quality of life were not realised upon arrival, so it seems that the outside perspective of Vietnam may be different from the reality. This hit, among other issues left Vietnam ranking at only 27th out of 30th in terms of expat experience.
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