Vietnam has transitioned from a budget backpacker mecca to attracting expats, digital nomads, and early retirees. With its unique culture, affordable living, and world-renowned cuisine, it's easy to see why people are considering moving to Vietnam as the solution to the rising costs of living in the US.
Early retirees are eyeballing established retirement hotspots Hanoi and Da Nang or the up and coming cities of Nha Trang or Phan Thiet. For expats visiting Vietnam for the first time, the local customs and etiquette can be a bit mind-boggling.
To help first-time expats avoid embarrassment or, worse, potentially insulting your host country, I have compiled a list of Cultural Etiquette and Customs for First Time Visitors in Vietnam.