Chiang Mai vs. Hanoi


I interview Andrew Hupert regarding Chiang Mai vs. Hanoi for long-term travelers and foreign expats.

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Q: Where are you from?
A: I’m Vietnamese-American from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Q: Where are you based?
A: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and travel throughout the Asia-Pacific.

Q: Where did you go to school?
A: I have a B.A. from St. John’s University (Minnesota), a M.A. degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Hawaii, a Global Trade Certificate from Saint Paul College (Minnesota), and am APICS-certified as a Supply Chain Professional (CSCP).

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  1. This was great information. I am currently near Bangkok and I am looking to head to Vietnam to teach English. I am trying to choose between Hanoi and HCMC. I am leaning towards Hanoi.

  2. Glad and impressed to see an expat enrolled in Vietnamese language school. Very few expats make the effort to learn the language. Great interview Vin.. congrats

  3. Totally disagree about Chiang Mai . Have not been there since 2005 and i thought it was way over rated. Great food ? Nothing special i thought. Walking ATM ? Yes ! Friendly not really. Air pollution horrible. Too many Thai scammers more so with transportation. Foreigners not the types i really wish to be around. Not into tourist traps.
    Foreigners that expect the locals and a country to change for them. They are all over Thailand. I consider them a local menace they make all foreigners look bad.

  4. AWESOME interview. Love his description of Vietnam. Exciting. I've been looking for a place like "China in the early 2000's". Huge opportunity!!!!!

  5. Yes the Thai Government wants quality Immigrants not people that they don't have a penny. I been to Thailand many times and I won't charge it.

  6. You can only live in CM for part of the year due to the smoke.
    Digital Nomads have made it hard to retire in Thailand with the resultant gov't policies and requirements.
    Cambo same. Now VN business visa off the table too.

  7. add I eat banh mi sandwiches and fish pho every day but you need to eat at home if you're concerned about getting your daily recommended amount of fibre and 5 a days..can jump on a Grab bike to a Co.op Mart, get nuts, fruit and veg make the return journey all for about £5.

  8. Pollution is the manjor issue in HCMC in my opinion…and I'm not a complainer! Had to get a mask even to walk the streets + the Grab bike which I use like a utility. As much as I want to live like a local, the condos (Diamond Island, Vin Homes, Vista Verde) and other is Q2 are probably the best option for your health.


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