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Moving to Saigon: What Expats Need to Know for a Happy Renting Experience in Ho Chi Minh City  


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Are you thinking of moving to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)? If so, you're in for a treat. This vibrant and exciting city has something for everyone, from delicious food and lively nightlife to stunning architecture and friendly people. But before you can start enjoying all that Saigon has to offer, there are some things you need to know about renting an apartment or house here. credit: Marcus Nguyen What documents will I need? How…

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Great article Kaylin! If you're looking to rent a place in Saigon, here are some other things to keep in mind:

1. Make sure your lease is short term. By renting month-to-month or for shorter periods, you'll keep yourself from getting stuck with a bad situation. I had a friend who signed a long-term lease but then switched jobs to some where further from her apartment and the commute was a big headache for her.

2. Be on the lookout for noise pollution. There are many cheap apartments but you have to careful of nearby construction work or whether there will be a bar across the street playing loud music at 3 AM in the morning.

3. Don't be afraid to negotiate! In American culture we're taught not to haggle when we buy products, but in Vietnamese culture it's expected that you'll ask for a better price and try to get what you want out of a deal.

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You should definitely negotiate the price. When I was teaching English in Vietnam, my buddies and I rented a 2 bedroom apartment. Two of us had our own bedroom and 1 slept on the couch but paid less rent. If you are looking for an apartment, try finding a coworker or roommate who is also looking for a place. That way, you can split rent with someone who you know will be reliable.

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How much does a move here typically cost? 

I have no plans but I know a friend of mine is wanting to move there with her fiance. He is from Vietnam. 

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It depends on a lot of factors, but I would say you're looking at between $5000 and $10,000. Saigon is a popular destination for foreigners due to the low cost of living and the fact that there's always something new to see or do.

You'll want to research the different neighborhoods in the city, so that you have a good idea of what your new home will look like. You'll also want to figure out how you're going to get around: whether you'll be driving, taking public transport, or riding your bike; because all three can be viable options in Saigon depending on your destination. Make sure you have a job lined up or some source of income to live in the country long term.

If you're shipping your material belongings from your home country to Vietnam, that's going to cost a lot more. I would suggest only bringing your most valuable things like photos, laptop, phone, clothes, etc. and starting fresh.

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This is a busy and lively place. I would imagine renting here would be similar to living in another major city. You just have to be prepared for the differences. 

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@hanbin_fan It is a busy, lively place with lots to do, so if you're not used to that kind of environment, it may be a bit of an adjustment. There are parts in Saigon that are more quiet like in Phu My Hung. However, if you're coming from another major city like New York or London, for example, then you're probably already well-acquainted with the hectic pace and energy of life in a big city. The main difference will probably be the traffic. Vietnamese people drive differently than Americans do, so if you plan on driving yourself anywhere, that could prove to be a challenge at first.

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I think need to add about how to choose safe areas to live because that is really important. Living in D3,7,1 are comfortable. People said living in D4 is quite danger but I think if you can choose a good place to live, there is quite safe and people in D4 super friendly, I just know that by my experience there.

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