An elongated country on the edge of the Indochina Peninsula, Vietnam offers expats high living standards and a welcoming business environment. The country will tantalise your senses, possibly overloading them at times; but if you embrace the experience, you’ll be rewarded with a good life in a land where natural beauty contrasts with bustling cities.
Population: 90 million
Capital city: Hanoi
Largest city: Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)
Political system: Communist led, socialist market economy
Main religion: One of the least religious countries in Asia. Officially atheist. There are still 24 million people affiliated with a religion.
BEST TIME TO GO
The weather in Vietnam is hot and humid all year round, especially in central and southern areas. The north is slightly cooler – good news if you’re heading to Hanoi. Average temperatures across the country range from 22°C (72°F) to 27°C (81°F) with humidity levels above 80%. The monsoon season brings heavy rain between May and October with downpours usually happening in the afternoon.