I live in Vietnam and it's pretty okay, the GDP per capita seems low but so do the service's cost. But yeah you're right that a person who enjoys freedom of speech won't like living here.Consider yourself lucky you don't live in Vietnam. Over the last 20 years as they've started to turn away from Communism Vietnam's economy has been growing fast, but it still only ranks 121st in the world for per capita GDP with $3,498, less then half of Thailand's. Vietnam is a large country with many resources, and a very long coastline, it should be doing much better, but 40 years of Communism is hard to get over.
According to Human Rights Watch
Vietnam’s human rights record remains dire in all areas. The Communist Party maintains a monopoly on political power and allows no challenge to its leadership. Basic rights, including freedom of speech, opinion, press, association, and religion, are restricted. Rights activists and bloggers face harassment, intimidation, physical assault, and imprisonment. Farmers lose land to development projects without adequate compensation, and workers are not allowed to form independent unions. The police use torture and beatings to extract confessions. The criminal justice system lacks independence. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Vietnamese authorities continued to harass, arrest, and imprison bloggers and activists based on bogus national security charges.
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So Vietnam remains a workers paradise, that continues to benefit from the glorious peoples victory of 1975.