Phu Quoc Expats
Everything you need to know about the expatriate (expat) lifestyle on Phu Quoc.
Phu Quoc Expat Guide To Living On The Island
There is a growing community of expatriates (“expats”) from all over the world and across all demographics living in Phu Quoc Island. These expats enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery that Phu Quoc has to offer, the relatively low cost of living, and some of the best beaches in all of Asia. Some of these expat occupations include project managers, architects, hotel managers, consultants, scuba dive instructors, bar tenders, English teachers, chefs, etc. Then there are those expats who own a business on the island such as bars, restaurants, tour guide services, resorts etc. or they are just plain old retirees. Regardless of where they are from and what they do, most expats are a great source of knowledge to tourists who have just arrived and are always happy to share a beer and few stories. However there are some expats who have been living on Phu Quoc for a long time and are opportunists, ready to take advantage of newcomers, so it is best not to be too trusting. Usually you can tell who the good ones are from the bad if they are trying to sell you something and/or subtly promoting their own business, so it is best to be vigilant and alert.
If you are considering moving to Phu Quoc for work or pleasure, below you will find some information and benchmarks that will assist you in your decision making process. If you are interested in learning more about the expat lifestyle on Phu Quoc Island, join the official Phu Quoc Island Facebook Expat & Local Group
Cost of living
Vietnam is a relatively cheap place to live in comparison to the west. However, the cost of living is increasing due to a strong US dollar and inflation, which is currently running at approximately 7%. Phu Quoc is a destination that is isolated from mainland Vietnam and things need to be imported to the island which makes some goods and services a bit more expensive. Expatriates observe a big difference in the price of Vietnamese and western food here. The local restaurants are extremely cheap and the majority of local people eat out on a daily basis because it is cheaper than cooking at home. The price of western food, however, will largely be on a par with the price of food in the west. Wine is very expensive here but beer and local spirits can be purchased at a very low price.[/section]
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