Guest Post: The Three Best Cities to Live in Vietnam

I’m a single guy who’s been traveling around south east Asia for the past two years. You can read more about my travels at Single Man’s Paradise.

I’ve finally settled in Vietnam which is my favorite country in the world! Some places just draw you in like that… It’s a beautiful country and the cost of living is incredibly low. The food is delicious, the women are gorgeous and most locals are very friendly and outgoing towards us foreigners.

Vietnam is a great place where a single dude can live comfortably on $1,000 per month. The visa situation is easy enough and there’s a good network of young expats in each city that are working and running businesses.

Here are the three best places to live in Vietnam.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang, Vietnam

3) Nha Trang City

Nha Trang is a small coastal city in the south of Vietnam. The scenery around Nha Trang is simply stunning. Lush green mountains drop into the deep blue sea.

Tiny wooden fishing boats flying the Vietnam flag dot the horizon. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.

The city is growing fast and there’s construction going on everywhere. Traffic gets hectic at rush hour but it’s still much more laid back then Saigon or Hanoi. You can ride around stress free for the most part.

Russians have taken over the tourist areas and many places have signs in Russian before English. A lot of people complain about the Russians but really they don’t bother anyone. They stick together and never really mingle with outsiders.

Some of the chicks are hot so if you’re into Russian girls then Nha Trang is a good place to meet them. You can find them dressed slutty dancing in the Russian nightclubs like Zima and Havana.

I prefer Vietnamese girls myself. Check out my post on how to pickup girls in Vietnam for more information on that.

Nightlife is limited but there are options. The best places are Sailing Club, Louisiane Brewhouse and Pool Pub. There are a handful of bars to party but you will see the same faces everywhere and it gets boring after a while.

Nha Trang is great place to chill out and enjoy the beach. If you’re looking for raging nightlife then you will be disappointed. If you want to live in a laid back beach city then Nha Trang is a great option.

Dragon Bridge - Da Nang, Vietnam

Dragon Bridge – Da Nang, Vietnam

2) Da Nang

Da Nang is a beautiful city and one could argue that it’s the most comfortable place to live in the whole country. It’s shockingly clean and organized for Vietnam.

In fact, if you fly from Saigon to Da Nang you would think you’re in a different country. It’s that nice. I’m not sure who’s running the city but they deserve a medal of honor.

The city is located on the beach and the Han River runs through the center. I love being around water and Da Nang doesn’t disappoint. The streets are lit up with neon lights at night and all of the action is at the bars and restaurants along the riverside.

Ice cold beers are sold dirt cheap alongside tanks of live sea creatures waiting to be barbequed. Da Nang has the best seafood in Vietnam.

There is a huge bridge crossing over the Han River with a steel dragon on top. On the weekends they stop traffic and it breathes fire and water. Very cool! The whole city comes out for the show and it’s a fun party vibe along the riverside.

Another great thing about Da Nang is there are very few tourists. It’s very much a Vietnamese city. With no tourists, there’s none of the annoying shit that comes along with the tourists. No touts selling their cheap crap. No motorbike pimps offering you ladies and marijuana. I didn’t witness any crime during my stay and everything was dirt cheap with no doubling of prices for the tourists.

The locals in Da Nang were all extremely friendly and happy to see a foreigner in their city. Everywhere I went people were smiling and trying to chat with me. You would have that exotic factor living in Da Nang as you would be one of only a handful of foreigners there.

Another great thing about Da Nang is it’s close proximity to Hoi An. Hoi An is only a thirty minute ride down the coast.

There you can get dirt cheap clothes tailor made and enjoy the best food in all of Vietnam. Hoi An’s old town is a UNESCO heritage site and it’s a great place to spend a few days exploring, shopping and relaxing on the beach.

It’s hard to beat Da Nang. Really it has everything a man could ask for. It’s clean, safe, cheap, great beaches, decent nightlife.

I did encounter some language barriers since it’s mostly a Vietnamese city but the good far outweighs the bad. I will be going back there for sure.

To learn more check out my full location review of Da Nang, Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Vietnam

1) Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City, or as the locals call it Saigon is the #1 place to live in Vietnam.

I have a love hate relationship with Saigon. The city is fuckin’ mayhem and if I don’t escape every month or so I will lose my mind… It’s hot, crowded, noisy, polluted and petty crime is a part of daily life.

That said, Saigon is the place to be in Vietnam. Nowhere else compares to the action in Saigon. If you want to work, network, party like a rock star and date a different sexy girl every night then Saigon is where you want to live.

The city gets on my nerves but I always end up missing it when I’m traveling. After experiencing the energy of Saigon everywhere else just seems… boring. It’s like stepping off a roller coaster ride and walking into church. As a single man I need some action!

Saigon has it all. Rockin’ nightlife, great shopping, the best cafe scene in the world, more beautiful women then you can handle and the cost of living is ridiculously cheap for a major city.

Saigon is in your face from the moment you leave the airport. It’s as addicting as it is overwhelming. One thing’s for sure, you will either love or hate Saigon.

I love it. There’s never a dull moment here! Flights to nearby beaches are dirt cheap if you need a break from city life. I recommend all men take a trip to Vietnam and experience the madness.

What is your favorite place in Vietnam? Please comment below!

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