Phú Quoc Island, Vietnam
Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Phú Quoc Island, Vietnam: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Phú Quoc Island?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Phú Quoc Island, they said:
"Phú Quoc Island, is a popular retirement destination for expats due to its tropical climate, beautiful beaches, and affordable cost of living. Before retiring there, it's important to understand a few key things. Firstly, you should be aware of the visa requirements. Vietnam offers a one-year, multiple-entry visa for U.S. citizens, and other countries have similar arrangements. However, you'll need to check the specific requirements for your nationality. Secondly, healthcare in Phú Quoc is not as advanced as in larger Vietnamese cities or Western countries. While there are local hospitals and clinics, serious medical conditions may require evacuation to Ho Chi Minh City or even abroad. Thirdly, while the cost of living is generally low, it's important to budget for unexpected expenses. This could include healthcare costs, home repairs, or fluctuations in the exchange rate. Fourthly, learning some Vietnamese will make your life easier. While English is commonly spoken in tourist areas, many locals do not speak it. Fifthly, you should be prepared for the tropical climate. Phú Quoc has a monsoon season from July to November, which can bring heavy rain and high humidity. Lastly, it's important to understand the local culture and customs. Vietnamese people are generally very friendly and welcoming to foreigners, but it's important to respect their traditions and way of life. This includes dressing modestly, especially in rural areas, and understanding local dining etiquette. In conclusion, retiring in Phú Quoc can offer a relaxed, affordable lifestyle in a beautiful setting. However, it's important to do your research and be prepared for the challenges as well as the benefits," remarked one expat who made the move to Phú Quoc Island.
What do I need to know before moving to Phú Quoc Island?
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.
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