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Moving to Ho Chi Minh City

As the economic and financial hub and the modern city of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is the home of the country’s commerce and rich culture that exudes life and vitality. Ho Chi Minh presents career opportunities to expats who want to settle into the city along with a varied lifestyle. 

To help you move and settle into your new home city, we have assembled a team of handpicked and stingingly vetted service providers that specialise in assisting expats living in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Top 5 tips for expats moving to Ho Chi Minh City

Expats moving to Ho Chi Minh City can experience the exciting local lifestyle of the city brought upon by its rich culture. Every timeless alley and busy roads of all its districts open its doors wide open and welcoming.

Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Ho Chi Minh City.

Finding a place to live

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest and most populated city in Vietnam with its 24 districts divided into 19 inner districts and 5 suburban districts. When looking for a place to live in Ho Chi Minh City, it is important to consider each districts’ essential qualities. Most activities of the city are within Districts 1 and 3 which makes it an ideal location for short-term expats. For those who plan to stay longer, District 2 is a more ideal option. 

Getting around Ho Chi Minh City

Getting around Ho Chi Minh City is quite easy despite its notorious traffic. The city offers a wide variety of options to get from one place to another. One of the most popular options is renting a bicycle or a motorcycle. However, navigating through Ho Chi Minh’s busy traffic can be quite challenging. Other transport options are taxis, Xe ôm (Motorbike taxi), local buses, and sprinter vans. 

Access to healthcare

Vietnam’s universal healthcare coverage is available for the entire population but quality and availability to good healthcare varies in different parts of the country as public hospitals are often underfunded with not enough equipment. It is best to have private health insurance in Vietnam. Though charges are high, private hospitals offer better services for expats and generally have international medical staff who speak English. 

Cost of living

Living in Ho Chi Minh City is relatively cheaper compared to other expat cities. Maintaining your usual lifestyle and standard of living from your home country in Ho Chi Minh City is very doable. Buying local products from the market and street vendors can save you money as the more expensive goods are mostly those that are imported. Dining out is also relatively affordable as expats find it cheaper than having to cook at home. Accommodation is also very affordable compared to Europe and the United States.

Discover every part of the city

Ho Chi Minh City is home to Vietnam’s various activities and tourist spots. Be sure to experience the city by exploring every corner of it. From the fanciest restaurants to the appetizing street stalls, the finest hotels to the most affordable guesthouses, the biggest malls to the market, the districts of Ho Chi Minh City have a lot in store for you to discover.

Meet your Ho Chi Minh City Team Leader

Nam Nguyen

Nam is a local expat. Born and raised in Vietnam, he studied in Australia, lived and worked in Hong Kong as an expat, and returned to Vietnam to work as an expat for many years before becoming a Vietnamese citizen again.

He assists expats in settling into the city and shortening their learning curves, introducing them to other providers they would require for their move to Ho Chi Minh City.

As the leader of our Ho Chi Minh City E-Team, Nam can introduce you to the E-Team members and can guide you on your relocation journey to Vietnam. 

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