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  • Buying an Apartment

    Laying claim to your own slice of Vietnam is fraught with complications.

    Expatriatism is nothing new. It’s given to the human race to wander, and it’s part of our natural instincts to want to make a new home of a foreign land. Part of that journey is to lay down new roots, but this is an urge that can become frustrated if the legal system of your adopted country prevents you from doing so. For years, it was impossible for a foreigner to buy property in Vietnam – but we are now in the midst of a period of change, and things are looking hopeful for those who choose

  • Leaving Vietnam

    Now is the hour when we must say goodbye – so make sure you get it right.

    When it’s time to leave the warm bosom of Saigon, it’s common to put off all the packing-and-sorting arrangements until the very last week before you depart. On the face of it, going back seems so much more straightforward than arriving does; there are none of the same questions about what to expect that you faced during the weeks of preparation before you originally moved to Vietnam. But this is a chaotic strategy, and it inevitably turns into a major list of tasks you’d forgotten you needed

  • Marrying Another Foreigner

    What happens if neither of you is local?

    Love strikes where it will, and not always in the most convenient of places. If we all listened to our mothers, we’d be marrying a sweetheart who lives across the street from home and bringing the kiddies around every Sunday for afternoon tea – but we’re far more likely to frustrate even our own best-laid-plans and find ourselves with a whole load of paperwork in front of us just to follow the dictates of the heart. This is the kind of predicament you’re going to find yourself in if you’ve

  • Circular 111/2013/TT-BTC on Personal Income Tax

    Your friendly government guide to PIT.

    Disclaimer on Legal Documents Published on Atexpats The direct translations of Vietnamese legal bulletins and laws published on this website are not in themselves official documents, and are provided for educational and reference purposes only. While these versions are believed to be relatively accurate, Atexpats is not a legal agency and is not licensed nor qualified to interpret Vietnamese law in any official capacity. For the most accurate legal information, please consult with a registered

  • Hoi An: Planning Your Trip

    How to get there and where to stay

    Hoi An is a major holiday destination, so make your travel arrangements at least a month before the departure date to avoid disappointment. If you’re planning to travel during the high season (including Lunar New Year), it’s best to finalise all the details of your trip up to two months before you leave Ho Chi Minh City. The best time to go to Hoi An is between February and April, when the weather is warm and sunny. Avoid travelling during the rainy season (generally from August to January)

  • Tutors

    Picking up a local tutor may require a different approach than you’re used to.

    People’s attitudes about private tutors depend a lot on where they’re from. Expats from countries with a highly competitive education system will tend to see tutors as a normal part of a child’s learning experience, and for them, living in Ho Chi Minh City will certainly involve identifying suitable tutors for their own children’s needs. For other expats with less intense educational backgrounds, the sight of their neighbours’ kids stuck with additional work outside of normal school hours will

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