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  1. PattayaParent

    Vietnam - Value For Money

    ^by long stay visa I was thinking 1 year with no requirement to leave every 90 days. To get from Thailand to Viet Nam overland would be a long journey as you say but it's doable. Train to Nong Khai and bus from Vientiene to Vinh or up to Ha Noi (or better still jump on the train to HN). Bus to Trat and on to Phnom Penh and then bus to HCMC. Flying when Air Asia has one of it's cheapo deals would be the best bet though, cheap and quick.
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    Vietnam - Value For Money

    Government hotels will abide by the rules concerning overnight guests but it's a case of either nobody in your room after 10 pm (upto then no questions asked), or as Tutsi says you pay for an extra room and still no questions asked. A government hotel I stayed in for some months and so knew the staff would 'register' the GF in pencil and the registration would disappear the next day. No extra charge.
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    Vietnam - Value For Money

    That would be deposit rates on the VN Dong. The US$ desposit rates have dropped to only 2%.
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    Vietnam - Value For Money

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    Vietnam - Value For Money

    Considering you have no family connections there what qualifies you to make such a statement. Maybe you're thinking of your situation in Thailand rather than Viet Nam.
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    Vietnam - Value For Money

    ^VN is definitley a fallback position for me at the moment but in the future should become the permanent base with time split 60/40 with Thailand. Even with my visa through marriage I am only given 90 days entry though but that is easily extended for another 90 days at immigration for $10 a go and can continue to be extended without leaving the country. Edit: I should be able to get temporary residence which would mean no need for the visa extensions but they have stopped issuing them for now.
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    Vietnam - Value For Money

    I think the questions one needs to ask about anyplace they're considering staying depends to some extent on whether they're planning a tourist/short-time visit vs. planning an extended stay/life home... Some folks are commenting above about the prices of beer, the availability of P4P, and the best places to find pizza, which are among the typical kinds of tourist concerns... And nothing wrong with those, or any others similar. But for someone who'd be considering Vietnam as a place to live, and whether it's "value for money," there probably are a different (or perhaps I should say an additional) set of questions that might be involved: --How does one manage a long stay visa arrangement of some type if not married or running a business? Don't know, only 1 guy I know there falls into that category and his girlfriend managed to get him a visa through her company. Didn't Gary Glitter have a long stay visa though? (and I don't mean the time he served in prison). --If you need hospitalization or an operation, how's the quality of available facilities? Pretty much like a Thai government hospital although in HCMC they have a big international hospital and in Ha Noi they have an SOS clinic. Best to have medical insurance. --What's the ability to open and conduct local banking (accounts, ATM cards, online banking)? Easier than in Thailand as they don't ask for a work permit. --How well is someone going to get along day-to-day who doesn't speak/understand Vietnamese? Much like Thailand it depends where you are. In the main cities it's not so much a problem but out in the countryside it could be. A lot of older VN speak French and Russian, the younger ones English. --Everybody has creature conforts they enjoy (burritos, pizza, a particular drink, whatever). Can you find and buy western type stuff there and at what kind of prices? Plenty of western food stuffs, restaurants, beers and wines available in Ha Noi and HCMC, not so much 'up country' except wines and whiskies. http://www.wordhcmc.com/eat-drink/restaurants --As a foreigner, are you able to directly make living arrangements on your own (such as home rentals, utilities, services like internet, cable TV, etc.), or do the local authorities require a Vietnamese to execute such things? Yes, possible to do. You'll need a police letter stating you live at the address though. Those kinds of things don't much matter for a short-time visit. But they matter a long for any kind of longer stay. You have to consider weather also. The south is much like Thailand and the north is very cold and drizzly in the winter. http://www.wordhcmc.com/
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    Vietnam - Value For Money

    Dunno about Amex but my VN friends have Visa and Mastercard cards that are accepted everywhere, local ones obviously. US$ cash is very much appreciated but you will have no problem spending Dong, the local places will always expect it and any tourist / expat restaurants etc. will have prices in US$ and Dong for you to choose which currency to pay. Edit: Take your Thai ATM card as a back up as you can use them in the VN ATMs.
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    Vietnam - Value For Money

    Can't help you with that one as I have long stay through marriage.
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    Vietnam - Value For Money

    You can get tourist visas and business visas same as most countries, no retirement visas though. Apply in any embassy or consulate. They have hospitals, you pay for treatment same as here so medical insurance would be a good idea. Traffic fines are $10 as opposed to the 200 Baht here, although that's getting closer with the exchange rate. 3G service for your mobile is $4 per month and 'phone are cheaper there than in Thailand. Cable TV service is $3 per month for the equivalent of TrueVisions (less sport channels though). Electricity cheaper than Thailand, beer too and wine. Cost of property cheaper than Thailand but with greater capital gains. Rents are expensive if you want a western style condo though. Cheaper if you live in a VN house. It is getting more expensive in Ha Noi though as they have the highest inflation rate in Asia at the moment. Living 'up country' is cheaper. International schools are only in the main cities of Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City and are about the same price as in Thailand
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    Vietnam - Value For Money

    No songkran in Viet Nam.
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    Vietnam - Value For Money

    Yes OG, plenty of good foreign and local places to eat out in Ha Noi. Probably best for a romantic evening is Indochine restaurant, it's in an old French Colonial buiding but book ahead.
  13. PattayaParent

    Gas Water Heater

    I had to spend 300,000 baht to make sure my electric service go to my house site and that it can deal with what I need. (I am 2 km from the nearest main line) All well and good until other properties get built in that 2kms and tap into 'your' line and suddenly you find you don't have enough electric to run a lightbulb!
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    Gas Water Heater

    ^ah yes, the good old Baxi Boiler brings back memories!! Still used in a lot of houses without central heating to heat water.
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    Gas Water Heater

    ^I've never seen 10kw electric heaters though and I could do with one (or bigger). I've only found 8kw as max. Know any places I could get a 10+kw electric unit?
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