What are the downsides of living in Vietnam?

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What are the downsides of living in Vietnam?

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Have you been to Vietnam? I swear! And I swear it’s terrible. And oh god is it terrible?

All because they have this:

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Or maybe the festive mood on a random sport event?

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And good god! What evil is this?

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Or this?

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What kind of abomination of a land is Vietnam?

It’s just terrible here. But people are still living here

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all here in Vietnam.

How are they doing that? How can they live such lives in such terrible place? Oh? Maybe they just like it there? Maybe they just like what they do there?

Well, it’s still terrible. Suit themselves I guess. Yes. Suit myself too since I’m living in Vietnam .

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If I can only mention one reason as per your question “What makes", then the Vietnamese Communist regime's corrupted dictatorship is the reason that makes VN a terrible play to live in.

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Wow, you start off being negative looking for negative things! Its quite a nice place to visit, stay or live in. You find everything you need and its a safe country. Like any other developing country, it has some things that are slow to improve like infrastucture, health care facilities, crazy traffic … Other than that, its one of the most beautiful countries in the world, friendly and fun people, great food and plenty to see and do.

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None of you have foreigner passport. Have not enough money is the worst thing to Vietnamese people.

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The things I dislike about VN vs where I’m from(Southern CA, USA) is:

Traffic, big city like HCM during rush hours/weekdays, is horrendous. Even on motobike you will move at a snail pace or complete stop, which is saying alot, since motobike can get on the sidewalk. Still on some major roads/intersection it’s horrible.

The weather, not sure if it’s climate change, industrialization, or just more cars/truck/motobike. But the weather got hotter from the time I came to VN in 2006 to when I left 2017. I notice that during the big VN holiday, when the city was ‘empty’ the weather was less hot. I theorize that it was due to the roads having less moto vehicles putting out less exhaust/heat.

Uneven sidewalk or no sidewalk or sidewalk taken up by motobike riding on it to avoid the road traffic, etc., That means it’s hard to take your kid walking or riding his scooter on the sidewalk.

Those are my 3 biggest pet peeves, and the most refreshing change when I got back to the US. I had a great time in VN from a social/business/family point of view. My son had 5 yrs in VN and it was wonderful, up to that age, living in VN is much easier/less stressful that raising kids from 0–5 yrs old. I love taking the bus from D4 to Damsen Park or the zoo, etc. with my when he was 3 -5 yrs old. We bring his push bike and he would ride it around the park and have fun.

But it’s was a hassle to walk with him on the sidewalk because I had to be on the look out for motobike using the sidewalk.

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There are too much bad things about living in Vietnam for an ordinal Vietnamese. But I myself find the worst things about living in Vietnam that is the corrupt police. They always try to take money illegally and insult citizens. Secondly, the Vietnamese government will push you in jail if you criticize them and their corrupt Vietnamese communist party.

The foreigners never face those problems in Vietnam. Thus they worship the Vietnamese government. But that society and government are just like the underworld where money and violence rule everything.

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Vietnam is a beautiful country. The majority of the people are very kind and giving, my motorbike has had a few problems in the past, but, whenever I take it to be fixed the mechanic does not take my money. I love the majority of the food, there are so many things to try. There are many nice beaches and fantastic islands to explore, Vietnam is a very green country that I find attractive.

I live here most of the time and count myself lucky.

Cam on.

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The main factor would be your incompatible interested, that would make Vietnam a terrible place for you to either stay or to live in, so for instance: if you are a person who is strict in discipline mindset, strict enough to even regulates people’s smiles, such as, if I am smiling while listening to your complain, you think I shouldn’t do it because you are talking about something serious.” Then by having such piggy and b**chy discipline mindset, it would certainly make it incompatible between “living in Vietnam” and your personal interest, therefore, it is all about what you are looking for.

A week ago I was sitting in a Starbucks near Bui Vien in District 1 of Saigon, a Canadian man was speaking on his phone to complains about his life in here, shouting out very loud with an assurance likes, as if no one is gonna to understand his English, one of his sentence was : these people are worst than subhuman, they eat outside on the street. “ I only figure out he is from Vancouver B.C in one of his another out loud sentence, I’ ve stayed in Canada for about three years, the place where people are so called “nice” , and more “civilized” than American , since I’ve my life experience to relates his concern, i can surely understand how and why Vietnam doesn’t fit for him. Likewise it won’t fit for people who partakes his mindset.

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When was the last time you visited Vietnam? Personally I have not come across travelers who have been here and thought the country was terrible. Quite in contrast, many people loved this place and there are increasingly more folks from all over the world moving to live here.

Vietnam might not be perfect, there’s no perfect country in the world by the way, but it offers many exclusive things that you will not find elsewhere. Surprisingly you will experience even more personal freedom in certain areas here compared to the West.

I’ll list out a few great characteristics about the country for you: Food, a collective community sense, friendliness, affordable, easy access to most things, etc…

In the end, it’s really up to the individual’s mindset that will dictate how they navigate around this environment. You’ll just need to come in and approach with an open mind.

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In my opinion, generally, vietnam is not a terrible place. Otherwise, it is very terrific and amazing with a lot of things to discover and experience.

It can be traffic. You can find it very difficult to cross the street or you can see some people break the rule like cross the red light. But if you live here a long time, you also find it easy. They can drive very fast but when they see you, they are skillful to not cause accident.

It can be food and drink. About Vietnamese food, i think nowhere in the world has diversity and delicious dishes like Vietnam.

It can be Vietnamese people. Although, they are quiet outdated, talkative, curious, they are really friendly, sociable, generous and so on with everyone, especially foreigners. Coming to Vietnam, you have feelings like at home, you will be welcomed like president :))).

It can be cultural tradition, education and so on. If you have not experienced yet, you could not understood deeply about Vietnam.

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