Doug Rice Quotes.
For the most part Ho Chi Minh City is safe but like any large city you need to pay attention to what’s going on around you.
For me making friends with locals is hard, mostly because my lack of Vietnamese language skills and being retired I have limited access to locals in the work place. Though for me it is hard meeting expats as well, as most expats work here and make friends through their jobs.
My home address is a small apartment in Fair Oaks, California but I’m here in Ho Chi Minh City right now staying in a rented room and this is where I spend a good part of every year.
After high school and a year of College I made a half-hearted attempt at professional skiing in Aspen, Colorado and then found myself back in Flint.
The Vietnam War was in full swing, the Air Force wanted me and I wanted out of Flint, so three years in the USA and that fourth one spent here in Vietnam really flipped my life around.
I would say healthcare in Vietnam is so-so. There are several international clinics that are good but expensive and the care offered is limited.
Why Ho Chi Minh City? It is crowded, noisy, scruffy, crazy, but always interesting and things are happening all at a break neck speed.
If, at the end of my days, the sum of what I’ve taken exceeds the sum of what I’ve given, then I have lived in vain.
Overall the cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City is cheap and if you can stay away from Western restaurants and use just local products in your everyday life it’s really cheap.
Thailand has good medical care and even though I haven’t tried it, Singapore is said to have high quality care also.
I’m divorced and have a son and a grandson and it is a problem being away most of the time. Living as I do, if I had a wife and children I think it would be really hard to do.
On my discharge, I had the challenge of putting my life back together but Vietnam stuck in the inner recesses of my mind.
Ho Chi Minh City is crowded, noisy, untidy and chaotic. I miss the orderly life of suburban America and the comfort of my apartment and my truck when I’m here, but when I get back in the USA I miss the craziness of Ho Chi Minh City or Bangkok.