An expat enjoying street food in Vietnam. (Photo: www.aprotravel.com)
Vietnam comes after Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Japan, and before China and the Philippines in the Expat Explorer country league table, the Expat Explore survey commissioned by HSBC Expat and conducted by YouGov showed.
While Vietnam takes the 21st position in Economics, it comes 5th in the ability of savings. The majority of expats say they have an easier life in Vietnam as they spend less money on accommodation/housing, transportation, clothing, household goods, utility and bills compared to when they were living in home country.
Half of expats also think their work is more fulfilling in Vietnam than it was at home. A high number of expats (62%) say they now can afford domestic help/staff which they couldn’t when living in their home country, and luxurious holidays (52%) compared to only 28% and 36%, respectively, of expats globally, according to the survey.
Vietnam ranks 22nd in Experience but second in making friends. More than a half of expats (56%) feel they are integrating well with local people and culture and a majority find it easy to form new friendship in Vietnam (68%). Settling in Vietnam is also relatively quick, with 36% who felt at home instantly or within six months. The majority of expats also enjoy immersing in the culture of Vietnam (61%), eating and cooking local cuisine (78%).