The language barrier may be a problem at first, but any foreigner worth their salt has picked up at least a little Vietnamese. However, the seasoned expats also know that when you’ve done that, there are loads of unspoken limitations that will make life harder if you don’t have a guide. Like, how do you know the temporary maid you’ve hired is trustworthy? Or, what do you do if the bill collector comes and you’re not there and your electricity gets shut off? What’s the best phone package to get for your family? What’s the normal rate for a private driver? Do you know where to go when your pet is sick?
These are some of the questions that may pop up as you settle down in Ho Chi Minh City. This section will help you navigate the world of service and utility providers in Saigon, and choose the most suitable ones for you and your family.