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Australian and English Speaking Expats near Hue

Mum is moving to Hue from Tasmania, Australia in August 2014.

She is an intelligent, down to earth woman in her early 60's wanting to meet people who are native English speakers - perhaps even Australians, in or near Hue.

I am looking for information about how she can meet new people she can socialise with.

Are there any websites through which these connections could be initiated?

Are there places expats frequent in the Hue area (or further afield if necessary)?

Any "clubs/groups" she could join?

Any websites that might help her develop connections?

Thank you in advance.

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1. Re: Australian and English Speaking Expats near Hue

Hey Kate W

There is a regular contributor on the forum called Plover, from Queensland. He may be able to help you out here as he has spent a lot of time in Hue.

I will attach a post and you should be able to Private Message (PM) him from there.

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2. Re: Australian and English Speaking Expats near Hue

I belong to two ''Expats in Vietnam'' forums but members in Hue were nonexistent, mostly its HCMC, Nha Trang and Hanoi where most of the members seem to reside. Sorry I couldn't be of help.

Here is a link to one of them: http://www.expat-blog.com/

You will need to put in Vietnam as your location to sign up.

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3. Re: Australian and English Speaking Expats near Hue

Hi OP ( Thanks Sheath ),

I have never been a member of any ex-pat group in Hue, in fact I am not aware of one after 32 trips in 16 years ( and never a formal member in the 31 years I lived and worked in Asia , from 1967--1998), prior to first entering VN, I have much preferred to mix with the locals, who have become wonderful friends. There are ex pats in Hue but not many, maybe less than 100. Lots of regulars though.

That said, there are many things to do in Hue ( and all of VN ) that might interest your Mum. I intend my next trip to be for 6 months, lease a house, and share it with some of my more mature students who are teachers and nurses, etc. At the ripe old age of 70 years in 7 weeks, I will continue to teach.

Other things I plan to continue to do, are to work casually in the countryside around Hue, building small schools, hospitals etc.( back to my old construction days, when I was a Construction Manager in Asia ).

I have just finished getting my " bronze medallion" again , that will give me a piece of paper to open a swimming school ( with the help of VN friends ). A licence will be needed to do this. 38 Vietnamese children die from drowning each day from their inability to swim,( together with many other older people like fishermen ) as the majority of VN people cannot swim. I have bounced this latter idea off a few old friends there , who think it will be go down well. There are plenty of places to help the locals each day, and meet many of the regular long term foreigners who go there to help.

There is a French group who send young French people to Hue for 6 months at a time, to teach disabled people to be bakers ----they do wonderful work. I cannot see your Mum being bored, because Hue is a small city, that has 7 Universities, and is a feeder city for the young country provincial people who live within a 300klm radius of it, who come there to get an education of some sort..

There are other little groups that offer help and aid to the underprivileged there, and your Mum could fit in there well. Hue people are largely a friendly and happy lot, and they are so easy to get along with. I am sure if she gives a bit of her time, she will build friendships that will take here to living with VN families in and around Hue, and learn / see / enjoy a lot more than the average traveller.

I wish her the best---go for it!----GOOD LUCK!

plover

P.S. ---I do not want to offend any poster here, but I employed 100's of ex-pats over 30+ years, and they caused me more heartburn than I want to remember. Bored wives, alcohol problems, failure to mix with the people, understand the Culture, lack of independence and commitment. It is however , wise to have a few western friends , just to stay in touch.-----For me , personally, regular ex-pat functions were things my wife and I avoided in general-----she had here own circle of local Asian friends whom she enjoyed so much, before she passed on. ----just a bit of food for thought!---to each his own!

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4. Re: Australian and English Speaking Expats near Hue

Hi Again , Kate,

I am adding the attached website ONLY as a suggestion as to how to get started!---this group has been around for a while!----I do not suggest your Mum gets into a group that requires money / donations etc----your Mum can turn up at a place like this, and get the ball rolling. She is sure to find some foreigners there, and pick and chose as she wants.

In my previous post, one could have interpreted some of my comments as " All Work, No Play" -----actually, that was not my intention!----there are dozens of foreigners from all over the world there doing good things, and to enjoy your time with!----HOWEVER, VN people love to celebrate anything. and any celebration is so much fun to be part of!

plover

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5. Re: Australian and English Speaking Expats near Hue

Hi Kate, great to hear that your Mum is coming to Hue. I live in Hue, and happen to work for the NGO in Plover's link above :) . There is a smallish number of expats here with some groups meeting regularly for dinners etc. Unfortunately there aren't so many clubs, activities, and opportunities to meet people such as in the larger cities and there are no websites that I have come across. I am happy to be in touch with your Mum and suggest some nice spots for her and I can introduce her to the expats that I know. The more the merrier in little Hue!

If she gets in touch with me by private message then I can send her my email address if she is interested.

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6. Re: Australian and English Speaking Expats near Hue

Great Help, Nomad,

Good advice!---another " Hue Lover"

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7. Re: Australian and English Speaking Expats near Hue

Thanks Plover and Nomad

A fine example of why this forum is so important. Take my hat off to you guys :-)

Heading back to Vn in 12 hours....

Mark

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8. Re: Australian and English Speaking Expats near Hue

Have a ball, Mark!

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9. Re: Australian and English Speaking Expats near Hue

Have a fantastic time Mark! We have been back a week & I'm already looking for cheap airfares to go back! Haven't had a chance to do a report but I'll get to it

Quy Nhon is great!!

Travel safe

ColVal

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