What expats love about Vietnam


Whenever asking expats what they do not like about Vietnam, we often get familiar answers about traffic chaos, reckless drivers, degrading bus system, rubbish on the streets, polluted rivers or people’s unpunctuality.

However, when it comes to their favorite things about Vietnam, each foreigner has their own response based on their good memories of living in this S-shaped country, even though some have lived here for just a couple of months.

Stivi Cooke from Australia wrote to explain why he fell in love with Vietnam even though he has been struggling to adapt to the new life and to earn a living in a small tourist coastal town of Hoi An.

“The kids giggle, the adults smile, the food’s great, the summer weather is a dream, my students are very nice (usually!) and my local area is quiet at night. I often like to sit out in my garden in the dark late at night, drink a Larue and watch the stars on a clear, hot summer’s night with not a sound in the air,” Stivi listed favorite things from a simple daily life in Vietnam.

“As I roll around Hoi An on my motorbike, I love all the different colored houses, the big bamboo trees swaying in the mid-day wind, the smell of Com ga and fresh Banh Mi in the mornings, the chatty middle-aged mums all walking in a group for early morning exercise.”

Agreeing with Stivi on the culinary scene, John Russack confessed he was drawn to different flavors of Hanoi’s street food, which makes each day of his stay in Vietnam more enjoyable.

“Our very own capital city is definitely coming into its own as one of the top street food meccas in Southeast Asia. Hanoi offers foodies and locals alike a wide selection of dishes unique to its sidewalks. The very same dishes providing commonplace sustenance to generations of native Hanoians now send the newly initiated on a culinary adventure with tastes long remembered,” wrote John.

Simple daily dishes like banh tom (deep fried rice batter fritters), pho xao (fried rice noodle) and bun cha (grilled meat with rice noodles) represent Hanoi street food and are often missed by foreigners who have to leave the capital after staying here for a while.

Last but not least, Brian Letwin revealed a surprising reason why he prefers Ho Chi Minh City: it is somewhat cleaner than his hometown, New York City. Although Vietnam has yet to have a garbage separation system, there are simple ways to recycle rubbish in Vietnam and make it useable again, thus no useable big garbage is thrown out on the street.

“Ho Chi Minh City, on the other hand, has taken a completely different route to combating its garbage problems […] Young or old, male or female, these recyclers carefully comb the streets for anything that can be reused – old computers, plastic bottles, glass, electronics are common finds. Older women drive bikes down alleyways asking if residents have bottles to recycle,” found Brian.

Vietnam is no world leader in business or technology field but local people pride themselves on their tasty traditional foods as well as the simplicity in way of living, thinking and getting things done. We feel lucky to be Vietnamese and you should feel fortunate to be an expat living in Vietnam!

Happy weekend everyone!

Source: Tuoitrenews