Whenever people ask me where the absolute cheapest places to go as a backpacker are, I’ve been giving the same answer for more than a decade now: India, Nepal, or Indonesia. Those also happen to be some of the cheapest places to live, but none of them make it easy for you to stay long-term. In general, unless you’re from there, have a work permit, or are married to a local, you’ll find it very hard to spend a long stretch of time in the country without doing visa runs. In the case of India and Nepal, you’ll also have to stay out a while too before coming back with a fresh visa to start over. If you’re a digital nomad though or you’re fine with taking off for a few months when the monsoon hits, the payoff is that you can live a good life for under $1,000 a month in any of the three. The dollar is quite strong right now against all three currencies as well.
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It is one of those questions that pop up whenever there is a new gathering of expatriates in Vietnam. Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City? Which do you prefer?
This time it was at a soiree the day after Christmas, or “Boxing Day,” as the Brits call it. Around the table were folks from Europe, North America, South America and New Zealand. As the young German explained his preference for Hanoi, I nodded my concurrence. Continue reading
Vietnam ranks as one of the Top-50 international tourist destinations according to www.movehub.com, a popular website for those seeking to move abroad, reports VietNamNet.
With around 6 million foreign visitors per year, Vietnam ranks 41st out of 165 countries, just ahead of Australia (5.9 million), Argentina (5.7 million) and Brazil (5.4 million). Continue reading
International travelers will enjoy a 30 day no visa stay in popular tourist destination Phu Quoc Island under a new government decision that takes effect on March 10.
The visa waiver policy is part of decision No. 80 signed by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on December 27 to support local authorities’ plan to transfer the island into an economic zone. Continue reading