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15 Pros and Cons of Living in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh

If you’re considering Ho Chi Minh for your next long-term destination, this article will highlight the pros of living in Ho Chi Minh City. For good measure, I’ll also be talking about the cons so you can decide fairly if the move is for you. I recently spent 6 weeks working remotely from Vietnam’s biggest city and had an amazing experience.

Ho Chi Minh has an enthralling vibe and is unlike anywhere I’ve ever visited before. The mixture of huge financial institutions and skyscrapers alongside the many traditional stalls, shops, and ways of life make it an exciting place to live. A fresh and developing tourism industry adds massively to the draw, too.

Having left the UK over two years ago, I now travel the world as a digital nomad. I’m always exploring new countries and cultures and weighing up where I might one day like to permanently call home. When I ventured to Asia for the first time, HCMC was my first stop and I enjoyed it so much that I’ve already booked my return.

I was lucky enough to secure a house sitting placement for 3 weeks in HCMC which added so much to my experience. I got to know a few particular neighborhoods well and experienced the city as a temporary resident rather than a tourist passing through.

If you’re interested in learning more about house sitting check out my other article – 8 Expert Tips for Landing a House Sitting Job.

15 Pros and Cons of Living in Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh

After some time away from Vietnam, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on the pros and cons of living in Ho Chi Minh. I look at each place I visit from the perspective of whether I can imagine it being my permanent home one day and have factored in things related to key aspects of my life; many are relevant to anyone looking for a potential home base.

Elements such as the social scene, the cost of living, and the climate are important factors that I considered. The ease of attaining visas, connectivity with the rest of the world, and some essential home comforts also find a place in this list. All bases are covered!

Where is Ho Chi Minh?

Ho Chi Minh is Vietnam’s most populous city. Formerly known as Saigon it is home to 9.3 million people and considered the financial powerhouse of Vietnam. Situated in the southern region of the country HCMC maintains strong connections with Hanoi, the capital city of the country in the north, as well as many other international destinations.

The city’s name was changed in…

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