Sample cost of housing: Prices for a bachelor apartment with a bathroom start at $150US/month, depending on the location and condition and can be as high as $400US/month. 1 bedroom to 2 bedroom apartments with bathroom and kitchen start at $200US and up. You can rent entire homes/villas which start at $400US and up. Water and Wifi is usually included but you do have to pay for electricity, which can be around $25US to $100US per month depending on if you use an air conditioner. Learn more by reading the “Phu Quoc Apartment Guide“.
The cost of food
is relatively cheap, especially if you buy your groceries from the various markets found in and around Duong Dong Town, the main one being the Duong Dong Market. If you prefer to shop at a grocery store, there is a Co-Op mart on the island located along Tran Hung Dao Street. You will not find fresh meats at this co-op mart, but you will find eggs, cheese, liquor, fruits and vegetables, pots and pans, etc. This co-op market is more like a larger version of a Family Mart convenience store.
Surprisingly seafood is relatively expensive here, especially tuna, cobia, king fish, crabs, shrimp, etc as they are normally shipped to mainland Vietnam, but fresh herring (rich in Omega 3-6-9’s), black anchovies, clams, scallops, and squid are relatively cheap. Beer starts at $0.50US and up depending on the brand. Eating from the street is usually cheap and there are cheap Vietnamese restaurants found throughout the island – Read our “Phu Quoc Street Food Guide” for more information about cheap street food. Good coffee is hard to find on the island, especially if you like western coffee, but there are some hidden gems – read our “Top 5 Coffee Shop on Phu Quoc” post. Fruits and vegetables are affordable, just make sure you thoroughly wash your produce as they are inundated with pesticides.
The Vinmec Phu Quoc International Hospital in Ganh Dau Village is a WHO standard hospital that brings quality healthcare to Phu Quoc. The hospital is 19,000 square meters, 150 rooms, and has six floors. This is the go to place for any serious health related issues. There is also a local hospital located in Duong Dong Town as well as many small clinics.
Pharmacies are abundant on Phu Quoc but most do not carry western medicines so make sure you bring your own.
Vietnamese (official), English (increasingly favored as a second language), some French, Chinese, and Khmer.
Working on Phu Quoc Island
Most jobs on Phu Quoc Island for expats are in the hospitality industry. You can find details about it here: Phu Quoc Jobs
If you are considering being an English teacher you will be required to have qualifications. Bachelor degrees and TESOL certificates are preferred. However teaching English on Phu Quoc is difficult as there is no demand for it at the moment. Other typical expat types on Phu Quoc include: Scuba dive instructor, working at a restaurant, and in the renewable energy industry.
In the center of Duong Dong Town there is a Sports and Cultural center that has a gym, tennis courts, basketball courts, play center for children, and even a cafe. You can also find dedicated gyms in and around the Long Beach area.