Vietnam beats other SEA states as an expat career hub

Vietnam beats other SEA states as an expat career hub

Vietnam beats other SEA states as an expat career hub

Is living in Vietnam as an expat all it’s cracked up to be? Asia is the dream destination for a large number of would be expats from Western shores, but choosing the right location is another matter entirely.

Recently, international media outlets and online forums have been citing Vietnam as the next big thing for entrepreneurs as well as for retirees, some of whom are flocking to the country from other Southeast Asian former hubs. The internet is packed with Vietnam advertorials aimed at all styles and kinds of expats, especially since its sensible, controlled and surprisingly successful attack on the coronavirus, but does this admitted achievement make the country a haven for expats from all over the planet as well as those from neighbouring Southeast Asian countries?

At present, it, along with Cambodia and the Philippines, are favourites for relocating expats formerly in Thailand, with its low cost of living seemingly the main attraction. There’s a choice of destinations, starting with its capital Ho Chi Minh City and ranging through Hanoi, smaller and lovelier Da Lat, popular Da Nang and cooler Nha Trang. Another location growing in popularity is Vung Tao province’s Ba Ria city with its traditional culture, primeval forests and mild climate.

Whilst the major reason for expat arrivals is the jobs market, expat retirees are also giving the country more than just one thought. Overall, the country is inexpensive as regards living costs, and its local cuisine is world-famously healthy. Many expat professionals are now considering a move to Vietnam for career advancement, and are finding the work environment favourable and their salaries more than acceptable.

In a recent survey of expat professionals, Vietnam came fourth below China, Indonesia and India, and those with a background in research, business and teaching were more than happy with their choice. Perhaps due to long memories and the Vietnam war, Vietnam’s local people are genuinely friendly and helpful, important for new arrivals who can’t speak Vietnamese and possibly will never be able to consider themselves as fluent! Younger professionals and incomers with relevant work experience will find they’re accepted and genuinely welcomed far more than in most other neighbouring countries, giving a boost to their quality of life.

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