Laura Maitland, Sapa

Who are you? Hi there, my name is Laura and I’m 32 years old originally from Ontario, Canada.In 9 months I have volunteered and lived in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and shortly will be flying into India and Nepal. After Asia I will head to Egypt and Morocco before exploring Europe, starting in … Read more

Vietnam – Recommended Social Media Accounts

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Vietnam and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.Expats in Vung Tau Facebook With almost … Read more

Vietnam’s New E-Visa Scheme Should Make Moving Easier

Vietnam as is not the most popular expat destination, primarily because of its turbulent past. In the last 30 years, this nation has been trying to recover from several challenges, including the ravages of war, and the lack of financial support from the Soviet Bloc, a traditional ally. However, this Asian country can offer you … Read more

Lyra Dacio, Ho Chi Minh City

Who are you? I’m Lyra, a Filipina living in Ho Chi Minh City with my husband and 2 boys. Where, when and why did you move abroad? My family moved to Ho Chi Minh City (from the Philippines) in 2009 when my husband found work here.What challenges did you face during the move? My husband’s … Read more

Vietnam – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Vietnam and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.The Power Of Goodhttps://theepowerofgood.wordpress.com/ An expat living and working in Ho Chi … Read more

Leah Clements, Hoi An

Who are you? Ha ha, just a small opening question to begin with then! You could be a counsellor! My name is Leah and I’m an integrative counsellor/therapist based in London in the UK. I’ve been working in front line roles in the voluntary sector for the past ten years, which has been challenging but … Read more

What Is It Like To Live And Work In Rural Vietnam?

For a long time, and until relatively recently, Vietnam had been associated almost entirely with conflict, trauma, and poverty – the French colonization, the Japanese occupation, subsequent freedom along with the split into North and South Vietnam, followed by the notorious Vietnam War, which eventually ended with reunification under a communist government. This led to … Read more

Top Ten Insider Tips About Vietnam

Since 1986, when the Vietnamese government started a steady process of economic and political reform, the country has not only prospered but opened itself up to the world. It now attracts quite a large number of expats from all over the world. If you’re someone who’s planning to move to Vietnam, here are a few … Read more

Ten Essentials You Need To Pack For a Move to Vietnam

Vietnam is fast becoming a popular expat destination for a number of reasons, including its great weather, rich culture, and a much lower cost of living than most other South-East Asian countries. However, when planning a move to Vietnam, you should keep in mind that it is a developing nation, and some of the ordinary … Read more

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