Most foreigners who live in Nha Trang, Vietnam – and there are close to a thousand of them – seem to agree on one thing: once they have moved here, they say that they never want to leave. You can be footsteps away from one of the most beautiful bays in the world, or a short drive from some of the prettiest landscapes in Southeast Asia. Life here can be as adventurous – or as lazy – as anyone could desire.
What makes Nha Trang special is that it has so many things in its favor. The beach is wide and sandy, the ocean is warm and enticing, and the bay is enormously appealing. The mountains and rural landscapes invite exploration. However, there’s more to a perfect retirement haven than having beautiful scenery; the city has been actively welcoming westerners to its shores since the 1920s and has a foreigner-friendly ambiance that helps even nervous new expats feel comfortable. English is widely spoken and understood and the local people are gracious, industrious, curious, and friendly. The food is delicious and varied…and the weather is comfortable year-round without extreme variations. And, perhaps high on the list of positives is that Nha Trang has one of the lowest costs of living of any city in Southeast Asia – low enough, at US$580 per couple, to suit even the most frugal retiree…Many people come to Nha Trang for a short visit or holiday and eventually return here to stay. Nha Trang is a very appealing place to live – for all the right reasons.