Ho Chi Minh City is the economic capital of Vietnam which was formerly known as Saigon. It is one of the most advanced modern cities of the country which is developing rapidly because of its flourishing local labour market and the ample opportunities which are available for the expatriates. Local and international investors are now focusing on investing within the industrial zone of the city. Therefore, it is becoming a new centre for start-ups which has had the benefit of creating employment for the locals.
The popular industries where jobs are available are in transport, tourism, education and communications. Furthermore, the Department of Industry and Trade is also focusing to strengthen the four key industries under their stimulus package which includes the information technology, mechanics, chemical rubber and food processing. Listed below are some of the more popular employers within Ho Chi Minh City and they are credited with job creating for Expats and locals and the companies are: TGM, VinaLand, Wee Digital, Reeder Advertising, Liquid Global, Flyfood and Clevie Co Ltd.
Popular Areas in Ho Chi Minh City
Weather and Climate in Ho Chi Minh City
The climatic condition of Ho Chi Minh City is equatorial and has a stable and high temperature throughout the year. The average time the sun shines from Jan to April is close to 9 hours and the average humidity in the city remains between 75 and 79.5 percent with average temperature of 27 degree Celsius annually, of which the highest temperature month is in April with 30 degree and the lowest is December with 26 degree. The rainfall in the city on average is 1934mm and the city experienced 159 rainy days last year.
Ho Chi Minh City actually has two seasons which is the rainy seasons which starts in May and ends in November and the rain usually occurs in evening and afternoon. The dry season weather for the city starts in December and ends in April and the city experiences no winter season.
Getting Around in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City offers you ample transport opportunities to explore the prime attractions of the city. It has the second busiest airport in the country and the local transportation is provided by bus services, taxi services and also by hired cabs. Cyclo are the most preferred way for tourists to get around the city. Cyclo is a three wheeled transportation system which you will need to pedal down to move it and to get around the city.
Ho Chi Minh City also offers motorcycle taxis which can weave in and out of the local traffic. Taxi services are also available and are easy to locate as they are found parked in front of restaurants, hotels, landmarks. Taxis are a better choice when you are new to the city. The bus services in Ho Chi Minh City cover over 100 routes and all buses are comfortable and air conditioned and they can be recognized easily with their white and green exteriors.
Work Visa in Ho Chi Minh City
In order to enter Ho Chi Minh City and work there you are required to apply and secure a work permit. But if you belong to another country in the Asian Pacific region you can get free entry to Ho Chi Minh City for 15 to 30 days. To work for an extended period you will need to apply for a visa and we have listed several of the different types below
If you are intending to stay and work for more than 3 months you will need to apply for work permit which will be issued by Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and it is valid for three years.
Eligibility for Visa or Work Permit Includes: