Vietnam is becoming top expat destinations for these following reasons
1. Living cost is among the cheapest
Vietnam is so famous for its extremely cheap cost of living, compared to other Asian countries, allowing expat to live a pleasant life. Rental rate range from ridiculous price of $250/month for a 2 bedroom apartment. A high class apartment is around $800 only.
Moreover, there is not many places that beers can be 50 cent, a meal is just $1 or enjoy tasty Western food for $5. You will never get that when living in Japan or Dubai. Vietnam is really a cost-effective place to live.
You can easily get a 2 bedroom apartment, furnished and modern, In prime location like The Estellafor only 800 to 900 a month
2. Job opportunity are very open for foreigner
With the current status of high unemployment rate in many countries, job opportunities in Vietnam are quite plenty, especially for expats. The easiest job that you could get is English teaching positions in language center due to its high demand in Vietnam now. Professional demand in industry like Finance, Banking, IT, Manufacturing is also very high.
With current wealth grow of 210% (Marketwatch), Vietnam is a great place to earn a six figure income. A study from HSBC shows that 15% of expats in Vietnam makes more than $250,000 while this number worldwide is only 7%. High income with relatively low expenditure would increase your bank account a lot.
However, working here, you have to clearly understand some cultural values and perspectives. For example some differences between Western and Asian.
Plenty of job opportunity are open in this developing country, especially for foreigners.
3. The country is rich in culture and history
With any budget, you can enjoy the fascinating, fun, unique and lively culture of Vietnam. Food is diversified, hundreds of different dish made from many ingredient and flavor that you have never tried before.
This country is famous for its “street-culture”: food and drink will be available anywhere at any time on street. It would takes you less than 5 minutes to find and enjoy a full meal just simply sit on the sidewalk, with a coffee and chat with each other.
Vietnam has a food culture, where people can enjoy many dishes in almost everywhere
Festivals is another feature of Vietnam, occurs all year long from the Lunar New Year to Mid-Autumn and Christmas. These festival is meaningful with many kind of activities. Not only a place with fast growing trend, the people highly appreciate customer and hospitality. Many handcraft souvenir or cloth and accessory which are not only for trade but also to present value of culture and history.
4. Expat communities are large
With a total number of more than 100,000 expats in Vietnam, these communities are large enough for you to feel familiar and connect with new friends easily. Our websites is also an information portal with tips to help expats to have an easily life in Vietnam. However, you can browse for forums, clubs or groups made for expats. A sport club is a good place to start.
With a history of more than 2000 years, Vietnam is a wonderful place to explore diverse culture.
5. There’s lots of opportunity to travel further
Right in the middle of South-East Asia, from Vietnam, you can easily travel to many countries in both Southeast Asia and larger countries, like China, Japan and South Korea.
Awesome landscapes and historical places
Vietnam is well-known for many attractive and inspiring tourist destinations. If you want to be in a pure cool highland with refreshing lakes and streams, spend time in Sapa, Da Lat, Moc Chau, Mu Cang Chai, Moc Chau, etc. Or do you love sunny seashores? Vietnam has countless beautiful beaches such as Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, My Khe. Or to learn more about the history and culture of Vietnam and its people, go to Hue, Hoi An or Mekong Delta; maybe visit some historical museums in Ho Chi Minh City. Moreover, there are Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park, Fansipan mountain which are internationally recognized for their beauty. Hence, you do not have to worry about where to visit and relax on your holidays or day-offs!
Personalities of Vietnamese people
Though this country underwent years of intense history and is changing fast nowadays, the Vietnamese still keep their hospitality and generosity toward international people. Also, the features of cleverness, diligence and enduring difficult circumstances help them become more skilled and better on working. They are both adaptable and enthusiastic, forward-thinking and optimistic. Thus, take a chance to get to know them yourself!
A safe place
Compared to a few neighbor countries in the region, Vietnam appears to be much safer to live and work because of its favorable geographic location. There is almost no natural disaster: no earthquake, no tsunami, no volcano, etc. It has a relatively political and social stability: you hardly find yourself involved in any political insurgency accidentally in Vietnam. Moreover, the crime rate is small and petty crime will not be a problem if you take some necessary precautions.
Vietnam has climatic differences among the North, the South and the Central, which means there is always nice weather somewhere. Living or working in North provinces means you can be through four seasons in a year; on the other hand, the South offers you only rainy and sunny seasons. But, generally, if you like warm weather throughout the year, Vietnam will be appropriate for you.
Some more images of Vietnam landscape
Vietnam is a great place to satisfy your wanderlust
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