7 Best Places To Live In Vietnam For Expats

Where to live in Vietnam as an expat?

We’ve lived in several cities and towns in Vietnam, ranging from a few months to a couple of years.

Here is our top pick for the best places to live in Vietnam, with beautiful natural landscapes, good infrastructure, mild climate, and comfortable living standards.

Da Lat

Da Lat is one of our favorite places to live in Vietnam. 

With an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level, Da Lat has a pleasant temperature, cool all year round. Also, the tranquil atmosphere and the relaxed and slow pace of this city made us fall in love with this town.

Also, we like how easy it is to walk around the city. If you rent an apartment near the city center, you can enjoy most of the city’s life while being far from the tourists. 

Read more: An expat guide to living in Da Lat.

Da Lat is one of best places to live in Vietnam.
Living in Da Lat, you will experience pleasant weather, beautiful natural landscape, and a gentle pace of life.


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Da Nang

This beautiful Vietnam coastal city has all the elements for a quality life.

According to many people, Da Nang is one of the best cities to live in Vietnam thanks to its fresh air, modern infrastructure, diversified landscape, and comfortable living standards.

There is a beautiful My Khe beach, Ba Na hills, and modern constructions emerge daily. People are friendly, and the living expense is moderate. Also, the city has a comfortable tropical climate, with the average temperature being around 25-28 degrees Celsius.

You can also find a good expat community here. Live music bars and nightlife are great here.

Hue to Da Nang Vietnam road trip

Hoi An

For those who don’t like the city vibe, you can try living in Hoi An, a town just about 45 minutes’ drive from Da Nang.

This well-preserved ancient town is a former busy port city with great history reflected in its architecture. Here, you can find a mix of French colonial buildings, Chinese houses, and Vietnamese tube houses.

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We loved our stay there. Rice paddy fields, fantastic food, beautiful architecture, and nearby beaches, this town offers all.

Read more: Delicious dishes to try in Hoi An.

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is a great place to live for beach lovers. This island has several beautiful beaches, such as Ong Lang beach, Sao beach, and Starfish beach.

We enjoy walking to the beach every day and watching the sunset. There are also tons of beach bars and cafes where you can work and relax.

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Long beach in Phu Quoc.

Nha Trang

Blending modernity with a beautiful coastline, Nha Trang is truly one of the most livable cities in Vietnam. This vibrant city also has a pleasant pace of life, good infrastructure, and a moderate and stable living standard.

Waking up in the early morning and taking a walk to the beach are my favorite things to do in Nha Trang. Our apartment is just a 2-minute walk to the beach, making things even better.

Hon Tam island Nha Trang Vietnam
The most noticeable feature of Nha Trang is its warm climate all year round. The winds from the blue sea blending in with the sun make the scenery more magical.

Vung Tau

With 42km of coastline surrounded, Vung Tau has one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. Also, this city has forests, rivers, and lakes, offering a fresh and clean atmosphere.

In addition, a comfortable living standard and modern infrastructure are the conditions that make this place one of the cities worth living in.

Also, if you seek a vibrant city life, you can head to Ho Chi Minh city for a fun night, and it’s just 2 hours ride from Vung Tau.

Vung Tau sunset Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

This bustling city can be overwhelming for first-time visitors, but it’s a great place to live if you love having an active social life.

Ho Chi Minh city is also excellent for job opportunities and activities. There are plenty of things to do in your free time, such as rock climbing, listening to live music, and taking interesting classes.

Read more: Best places to visit in Ho Chi Minh city.

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