Good morning Vietnam

Jeff Gill


Retire to Vietnam
Vietnam has just become more accessible and cost effective for Australians to visit following the announcement that Jetstar will be launching direct flights from Sydney (4 times a week) and Melbourne (3 times a week) to Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon) from May 2017. Utilising their new spacious 787 Dreamliner aircraft, tickets have already gone on sale with prices as low as $199 one way. So what can visitors expect when they arrive in this fascinating country…

Ho Chi Minh City

HCMC is without doubt one of Asia’s great cities, with an abundance of lifestyle options available. It has a vibrancy which matches Bangkok, offers fantastic local and international cuisine, a broad range of entertainment, and a wonderfully rich history, which can be explored through the dozens of museums and galleries scattered throughout this highly diverse and exciting urban landscape of over 8 million people.


Approximately 1,100kms north of HCMC is Vietnams glorious capital city, Hanoi. Situated amongst over twenty lakes, with tree lined boulevards and beautiful architecture influenced by the French and Chinese, it’s a city easy to explore, and just as easy to fall in love with.

Ha Long Bay

Vietnam offers the visitor many natural wonders, but arguably Ha Long Bay is its most stunning. Nestled in the Gulf of Tonkin, Ha Long Bay includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a breathtaking seascape of limestone pillars, topped by rainforests, basking upon sparkling emerald waters. Its not hard to see why this UNESCO World Heritage location, some 180kmns east of Hanoi, is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Vietnam’s top beach towns

If you’re looking for some relaxing beach time, you wont be disappointed with Vietnams favourite coastal locations, Nha Trang, Hoi An and Da Nang. Aside from the beaches, and seaside activities, they also offer an excellent mix of culture, attractions, entertainment, restaurants, bars and cafe’s.

Visas, the cost of living, accommodation and healthcare

Currently Vietnam does not offer a retirement visa for foreigners. The best option for those looking at a longer term stay, would be to obtain a 3 month multiple entry tourist visa. The cost of living is incredibly cheap, and 2 people can live well for less than $2,000 per month.

There is a good range of highly affordable accommodation available in all the main centres, although healthcare is still very much developing in the country (especially outside of HCMC and Hanoi) so it is important to have good ‘international health cover’ in place if you plan to stay for an extended period.

If you’d like more information or have any questions, please feel free to call 1800-961-377 or email in**@re**********.au and let the team at Retire to Asia help make your dream lifestyle a reality.

Andrew Leeson

Jeff Gill

With 25 years of travel experience to 73+ countries including SE Asia, Jeff now enjoys helping others retire there. He invites you to experience the people, culture, food and amazing landscapes of the SE Asia region for yourselves.

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