Vietnam has a population of over 86 million, making it the 13th most populous country in the world. Vietnamese (Kinh) is the native language. Other languages spoken include Tay, Muong, Chinese, Nung, H'mong and French. English is considered to be a second language and its study is mandatory in schools.
The country is characterised by a diverse cultural make-up of more than 60 ethnic groups. However, the Kinh, or Viets, make up 85% of the population. Four philosophies and religions have shaped the culture in Vietnam: Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Christianity. Over the centuries, the three former belief sets melded with popular Chinese beliefs and ancient Vietnamese animism to form what is known as Ta Giao or 'Triple Religion'.
If you are planning on living in Vietnam with your family, rather than commuting during your Vietnam Airlines job, you may like to consider exploring the country’s rich range of attractions during your days off.
Rishworth Aviation recruits type-rated pilots for Vietnam pilot Jobs on a range of Next Generation Boeing and Airbus fleet types including A320, A330, A350, B777 & B787 aircraft. Rishworth Aviation contracts offer excellent terms and conditions for Vietnam pilot jobs.
Your base residence in Vietnam for the term of your Vietnam Airlines job will be either Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) or Hanoi. Like other Southeast Asian countries, the cost of living in Vietnam is fairly inexpensive. There is a range of accommodation options that vary in both style and price.
Houses and apartments are popular choices for our Vietnam Airlines pilots. Houses are generally cheaper than apartments, but many people prefer the ease that apartment living offers. An accommodation allowance is included in the monthly fee payment, to cover the cost of your chosen accommodation.
The quality of education is very good. There are a range of schools to choose from (International, British International, French and American) which offer a cosmopolitan atmosphere with children from all parts of the globe.
In terms of transportation, many Vietnam Airlines pilots choose to use a local driver with a car or purchase a scooter to get around – both of these options are very affordable. Taxi transport is also inexpensive and easily accessible. Public buses are everywhere and are incredibly cheap; it's just a matter of learning where to get on and off!
Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are both very busy cities, with many restaurants, bars, shops and markets. There are numerous sporting and entertainment facilities and high-quality medical facilities on hand 24 hours a day. Off-network domestic air travel is cheap, which provides a great opportunity to explore the many wonderful holiday destinations available within the country during your Vietnam Airlines job contract.
Centrally located, Vietnam is also the perfect base from which to explore wider Southeast Asia, with plenty of short flights to destinations such as Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Malaysia available.
Supporting pilots on contract is an absolute priority for us. Rishworth Aviation has an established Pilot Support Group (PSG) that offers you friendly, practical, on-the-ground support that you can call on 24 hours a day, throughout your Vietnam Airlines Job contract and beyond.
Our PSG Representatives are senior Vietnam Airlines pilots living in Vietnam who have a wealth of first-hand experience and who have a passion for the wellbeing of their fellow pilots at Vietnam Airlines. The PSG meets with new contract pilots on their arrival to ensure a thorough induction to the systems and protocols of Vietnam Airlines as well as Vietnamese life in general.
In addition, we have an experienced, Vietnamese representative who works closely with Rishworth and the PSG to support our pilots - this can be particularly useful when dealing with the airline, authorities or locals, where speaking the language can help resolve matters quickly.
I've been in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam since the fall of 2004, and I've loved every minute of it - my wife loves living here, too! I greatly appreciated the continual support Rishworth provides me.