Is living in Ho Chi Minh a good place to live
English speaking ?
Well I have been to hcm once in 2011. They spoke no english whatsoever besides in the hotels. Taxy drivers rarely speaks english.
I don’t think anybody has an accurate number, but I would say anybody who has been through high school level and university level are able to communicate with foreigners in English (at least basic English).
Living in Vietnam can offer a true taste of life in the East. Vietnam is a poor, densely populated country that has historically been associated with war and a punishing centrally planned economy
In most cases it is a safe place to stay on vacation, but had some bad experiences. to live there?
The simple answer is that no one ever wants to return to a place where they felt they were treated poorly. When I was in Vietnam, I was constantly hassled, overcharged, ripped off, and treated badly by the locals.
I constantly met street sellers who tried to openly overcharge me. There was the bread lady who refused to give me back the proper change, the food seller who charged me triple even though I saw how much the customer in front of me paid, or the cabbie who rigged his meter on the way to the bus station. While buying T-shirts in Hoi An, three women tried to keep me in their store until I bought something, even if that meant pulling on my shirt.
On a trip to Halong Bay, the tour operator didn’t have water on the boat and had overbooked the trip, so people who paid for single rooms suddenly found themselves with roommates…sometimes in the same bed!
local police generally don't speak English. Police are not paid much, so corruption remains a problem. Police are most commonly contacted with complaints about dodgy travel agents -- in practice there is little they can do, but if it makes you feel better, why not.
I’m not here to make judgments about Vietnam or the Vietnamese. I don’t believe everyone in the country is bad or rude. I only have my travel experience to reflect upon. You should go and make up your own mind. After three weeks in Vietnam
But just because I didn’t like Vietnam doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go. This is my experience, but you should always just take what someone says, file it away, and go yourself. And if you don’t go because of this article, I’ll find you and drag you there myself!
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