In places with a high cost of living, such as Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco, dating can seem like an unnecessary expense. Though these cities never want for entertainment, their respective restaurant and bar scenes make simple dates like dinner and a drink seem like ill-advised investments.
Perhaps that’s one reason why some millennials have been flocking to Vietnam to put down roots instead. The country has a booming tech scene, and many speculate that foreign investments could make it the next Silicon Valley. Not only is Vietnam more affordable than most stateside metropolises, but it’s also beating out other hotspots in Asia for its high quality of life, reasonable cost of living, and numerous entrepreneurial opportunities.
Vietnamese were recently rated as the most satisfied lovers in Asia, with 83% of Vietnamese claiming that they are fulfilled by their primary relationship. According to the survey, finances are the leading source of conflict for Vietnamese couples as compared to couples in other Asian countries, likely because 78% of Vietnamese couples share a joint bank account—the highest rate in Asia. Nevertheless, just 7% of couples in Vietnam report having weekly arguments of any kind compared to 25% of all Asian couples. In addition, whereas 28% of couples in Thailand think about leaving their partners at least once a week, only 8% of Vietnamese couples make those same considerations.
Ho Chi Minh City emerged as the most affordable dating destination in Asia, with dates averaging approximately US$35 compared to US$80 for a date in Singapore. With that amount, lovebirds can satiate their appetites at a dinner for two, catch a movie, and still have money left over for cocktails at the end of the night.
With a booming craft beer scene and plentiful night markets, Vietnam is the perfect place for young romantics to fall in love. No longer will they be forced to “Netflix and chill” at home. Instead, they can go out and explore the city together without breaking the bank. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature nerd, or looking for a bustling nightlife, Vietnam has something for you.
Next time you find yourself getting frustrated at your local dating scene, consider that “the one” might be waiting for you on the other side of the world. The good news is that with all the money you’ll save by moving to Vietnam, you’ll be able to treat him or her to adventures that you would have never thought possible!