People often opt for big and well-known cities when they move abroad. But that means missing out on hidden gems and the opportunity to really get to know the culture of your new home country rather than its international capital.
COST OF LIVING Living in Vietnam is quite cheap. Your salary will cover your monthly expenses and allow you to have a very comfortable lifestyle while still affording travel and saving.
CHEAP BUYS There are many furnished apartments and shared houses available so there’s no need to do major home shopping. Stores like Uma can help you personalize your space a bit.
Check local markets for your groceries rather than going to big stores. You’ll have to haggle to get the best price though. If you’re not comfortable with that, or if you don’t know what is a good price, you may be better off visiting Co-Op Mart.
TRANSPORT The easiest way around the city is by motorbike. No license is needed for bikes 50cc and under.
TELECOMMUNICATION Internet is widely available, both Wi-Fi at your home and in restaurants and cafes as well as through cellular data plans. There are occasional slow-downs or outages because of sharks attacking the undersea cables.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE Ha Tinh has a tropical monsoon climate. That means they have two seasons: rainy and dry. Humidity is high and storms are frequent July-October, but it’s not all bad news. The storms are usually at predictable times and the temperature remains warm to hot throughout the year.
LIFE Ha Tinh offers a slower-paced lifestyle than Hanoi or HCMC – the big Vietnamese TEFL cities. You’ll have more opportunity to practice your Vietnamese and make local friends. Living in a smaller town also brings the expats closer together and can create stronger bonds than your fellow expats in bigger cities will experience.