Updated May 13, 2019

Living in Ho Chi Minh City: The Best Expat Facebook Groups

Tips on which expat Facebook groups to join to seek information and advice about living in Ho Chi Minh City, finding a job and finding an apartment.

Moving to a new city or country is a rush of emotions; excitement, nerves and worry can function simultaneously. Thankfully, you will be one of many who have recently made the jump to living in Ho Chi Minh City. You won’t be the only one to have 25 questions lined up, but luckily, instead of seeking the advice of one expat, you can ask over 18,000 experienced expats all of the questions you have about living in Ho Chi Minh City.

Here’s a roundup of the best expat Facebook groups and what you’ll get from each of them.

Expat Facebook groups for advice, help and meeting people

Expats in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

This group is the leading community of English-speakers in Vietnam. The members of this group are either long-standing expats integrated into the community, those who used to live in Ho Chi Minh City and those that are looking to live there. You can guarantee that almost every question you have about living in Saigon has already been asked by someone else on this group; use the search function before posting your question as the answer is likely to be there!

  • Best for: almost every question you may have about living in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Number of members: 106,229

Expats & Locals in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

The runner up to the leading community; this Facebook group is once again likely to provide the answer to every question you may have about living in Ho Chi Minh City. However, here you’ll also have the advice from locals as well. This added element has sparked many a great discussion on this group so being a part of it makes for an exciting read from time to time.

  • Best for: unilateral advice from both Vietnamese locals and expats
  • Number of members: 86,419

Lanterns in Vietnam

Expats in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) – expatsinsaigon.com

The problem with the large Facebook groups for expats in Ho Chi Minh City, is that the pure number of members will have you changing your notification settings almost as soon as you join. To prevent that, you can try a smaller, more concise community of expats such as this one. Just be prepared that you will obviously have a small pool of people from which to gain advice or to meet.

  • Best for: an all-rounded group with a manageable amount of daily posts
  • Number of members: 1,596

Fexpats – Female Expats and Locals in Ho Chi Minh City

Often on the mixed expat Facebook groups, some topics of conversation can be difficult for women to want to approach or ask advice for. The ‘Fexpats’ group is a solid community of women living in Ho Chi Minh City, that if you are female, is arguably better than any of the other groups combined.

  • Best for: being involved in a lovely community of women
  • Number of members: 12,178

Expat Facebook groups for finding a job in Ho Chi Minh City

Expat Jobs & Internship in Vietnam (Linkedin Vietnam)

If you move to Ho Chi Minh City without a job, along with finding an apartment, finding a job is likely to be top of your list of priorities. Thankfully, there are a plethora of groups to join whatever your background or career goals.

  • Best for: seeking job advice and looking for opportunities in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Number of members: 3,570

Vietnam Creative Circle

There is a Facebook group for everyone in Ho Chi Minh City; this group is mainly made of freelancers, writers, artists, dancers and all other types of creatives currently living in Saigon. Initially formed in 1999, Vietnam Creative Circle was a created by a group looking to have a platform to socialize, build on their skills, find collaborations and improve the awareness of the creative industry in Vietnam. When Facebook arrived, the platform was moved here.

  • Best for: being part of a creative community of like-minded people
  • Number of members: 15,415

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) ESL Teaching Jobs

This is the forum to get advice on anything related to teaching English in Ho Chi Minh City. Here, you’ll find regular postings for job opportunities such as expats who are leaving Vietnam and wanting to fill their position or schools looking for new teachers. It’s also a great space to gain advice on visas, work permits, housing, employment law and the rest of the protocol that goes with being an English teacher in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Best for: seeking the advice of fellow English teachers in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Number of members: 29,431

Girls Dancing in Hanoi

Expat Facebook groups for finding somewhere to live  in Ho Chi Minh City

Housing for Expats in Ho Chi Minh City

Run by a long-term expat, this Facebook group is one of the most active groups for finding housing in Ho Chi Minh City. With around 8 new posts a day, usually from agents, you can either scroll down the page to see if there is anything you like the look or alternatively, post your budget, location, and requirements and let the agents contact you – you’ll get a lot of responses!

  • Best for: finding a place to live in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Number of members: 31,714

Housing/Apartment Solutions for Rent in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Finding an apartment to rent in Ho Chi Minh City can be a little hectic, especially if you make plans to visit several in a day. This group is run by an agent and has a large agent membership which means if you post on here, you’re likely to be contacted by an agent who will be able to show you several properties for which they manage.

  • Best for: finding an agent who will show you several houses
  • Number of members: 13,825

Houseshare / Flatshare / Room for Rent in Saigon

What better way to get integrated into a new city than by doing it with a group of people that are doing or have done the same. This group enables you to find roommates and people to share a house or apartment within Ho Chi Minh City – a great option, if you’re looking to keep your living, costs very low.

  • Best for: finding a housemate
  • Number of members: 1,910

While this is a large selection of the existing groups, there are still many more groups that exist for almost anything you can think of – buying and selling, Airbnb hosting, blogging in Vietnam and many more. These groups mentioned are also simply for those living in Ho Chi Minh City; however, groups like this exist across the length and width of the country so wherever you’re looking to live, there is undoubtedly a Facebook community waiting.

By Grace Homer

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