Long-term living in Hanoi: tips & advice + Vietnam emerging market potential?

Andrew Hupert discusses what foreign expat trappings to avoid when living in Hanoi, Vietnam. Plus: Does Vietnam live up to all its emerging market hype?

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  1. Great interview Vin, Andrew was very good at explaining what VN is all about as well as its challenges, features and opportunities. My take away is that, as a professional expat, it’s paramount to integrate with the culture, learning the language being extremely important as well as making contact with the VN sector responsible for making business decision.
    I’ve seen some vloggers who get very frustrated with the language issue and eventually start thinking on leaving the country. I believe Gio is back in Philippines and Reekay is thinking on going back to start a relationship with a Filipina. I believe he has had a very hard time dating, but he has not put a big effort on learning the language.
    Yes, many westerners are living in “bubbles” and indeed are closing themselves off to the real VN culture. Vin, I really like your videos as you have a business angle to life in VN… Cheers!!!

  2. Good stuff Vinh and Andrew….Thanks & Agreed!
    ….”the Vietnamese are lovely people” … it’s on you at a minimum to understand you’re a guest in their country and culture and act accordingly. Humility, kindness and a bit of local knowledge will go a long way to make your time in VN good for you and good for locals, as you “represent your country” in a Viet Nam.

  3. Most tech VC money in the SE Asia region this year has been invested in Vietnamese startups, not Signapore or Idonesia (and that excludes Grab and Go-Jek operations in Vietnam!).

  4. Well said Andrew! It’s on us westernerrs to at the very least learn some Vietnamese, take our shoes off in certain establishments and show basic manners which are univerally understood.

  5. if Vietnam made It , it have to develop it own domestic company like japan/china/korea/Taiwan if we relied on foreign company and let them dominate the domestic market and drive out domestic company that will be the end of Vietnam , the moment it become too expensive those company , they gona leave and we will be fuk and I think the govt start to see it and in the next few years I think they will focus more on helping domestic company and domestic start up

  6. This was not what I was expecting from this video. Having said that this is really interesting take and good advice for young people. Always good to keep your eye on the future while living in the present.

  7. While I appreciate the advice directed at younger people, what about older adults who still work? Such as access to medical care? Setting up banking accounts? Using ATMs? What are the types of professional work that older adults (55+) are doing over there? Living accommodations for people who aren’t seeking an exciting night life but would rather live a quieter lifestyle, weaving their lives with locals.

  8. What is this video even about? You wouldn’t want to be in Vietnam for any of that. You won’t get paid at the rate over there. Some of this shit advice. You can teach at professional schools and make great cion especially if you work the 35 hrs and hustle. It’s guys over here making 25 an hr hustle to get 35 hrs a week and save 25000 a year. With interest on CDS at 10 percent you at 225000 in five years. Start any business you want here for that. A sucker will always be a sucker. If a merchant doesn’t give you correct change they are scamming you,, not b/c they are busy. If they aren’t to busy to give locals correct change they aren’t to busy to give to you. Have seen this happen. I keep waiting for you to bring someone who understands Vietnam on here, but so far I have been left with the notion that people a clueless. Local companies almost never hire foreigners independently and foreign companies never hire if you’re not in their country. So it wouldn’t he make sense. If you want to work those jobs in Vietnam apply in the West then go that way. Man this is brutal to watch.

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