When I read that Vietnam was ranked second in the world (after New Zealand) at keeping COVID-19 at bay, and then had multiple readers ask me for Vietnam-related travel advice, I decided to interview a friend who’s also a travel writer who now lives there. 

I met James Clark over a dozen years ago in New York City at a travel conference. Then I caught up with him again when we both happened to be in Malaysia. James is originally from Australia and has traveled all over the world and documented it on his site NomadicNotes.com.

He also writes about transport and infrastructure in Southeast Asia at LivingInAsia.co. He is currently based in Ho Chi Minh City and sat down with me to talk about what it’s like to live in Vietnam. It’s really remarkable how the government has prevented COVID-19 from spreading and how affordable Vietnam is to live … so much so that I was thinking about moving a close relative there so they could live like a king just on their social security check instead of struggling to get by.

I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Listen to the interview on your favorite podcast platform or watch on YouTube.

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