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Vietnam: A Land With Beautiful Beaches, Welcoming People, And A Low Cost Of Living

Reviewed by Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen is the Live and Invest Overseas Founding Publisher. She has more than 30 years of hands-on experience traveling, living, and buying property around the world.

Hanoi, Vietnam, Old Quarter at night.

Vietnam is an emerging market that has only recently moved beyond the dark transition following the war.

Vietnam is arguably the cheapest place on earth to live well. This is a land of beautiful, world-class beaches, cool mountain retreats, and cities seething with vitality.

Many Westerners head to Vietnam and love it. Others complain about the hustle, the noise, and the lack of Western influence, particularly in the northern part of the country (Hanoi).

The population is youthful, and an energy permeates everything. So, the Vietnam that existed in the 1960s and early 1970s exists only in memories.

The country has moved on toward a much brighter future.

According to the Global Peace Index, Vietnam is the 45th most peaceful country in the world (as a point of reference, the United States ranks in the 101st position).

Foreigner-Friendly Country

According to HSBC Holdings, Vietnam is among the most optimistic countries in the world in terms of business expectations.

Today, the atmosphere in the country is energetic and optimistic and the infrastructure is developing rapidly.

Most importantly, Vietnam is an extremely foreigner-friendly country.

The government sincerely wants Vietnam to attract more tourists. So, it has taken measures to see that foreigners who come here want to return again and again.

Vietnam is emerging from the grips of war and economic depression and is eager to join the global community.

Residing in a communist state has its challenges. But, modern Vietnam is more capitalist in practice.

After spending about one minute in Hanoi, anybody can see that this city is first and foremost the epitome of capitalism on steroids.

The majority of Vietnamese are self-employed entrepreneurs. They usually own and operate hotels and restaurants, sell vegetables and fish at the markets, fix motorbikes and appliances, and promote their tour companies.

Infrasctructure In Vietnam

Doing Things Differently

On expressways in Vietnam, trucks and other slow traffic generally keep to the left.

Vietnamese traffic flows on the right, as in the United States and Canada.

But rather than stick to the right (the custom elsewhere), in Vietnam, trucks slowly cruise in what we sometimes call the fast lane.

Busses In Vietnam

Besides trains, buses can take you between cities. And, most of the buses offer free Wi-Fi.

Cheap local buses, nearly all offered good air-conditioning. Paying 25 cents for a bus ride, you’d expect very little, but, in Vietnam, the air-conditioning works well nearly every time.

Residency and Visa Requirements

Foreign nationals who wish to visit the country can apply directly at the VietnamEmbassy or Consulates located in their countries of residence.

The entire application process will take about 4 to 10 days. Also, visitors may obtain the visa upon arrival at the airport with certain special requirements.

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