Foreigners pose for a photo during an event in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach
According to a new survey by HSBC, the majority of expats say they have an easier life in Vietnam as they spend less money on accommodation, transport, clothing, household goods, utility and bills, compared to when they were living in their home country. They are also able to save more in Vietnam.
Half of expats think their work is more fulfilling in Vietnam than it was at home.
Up to 56 percent feel they are integrating well with local people and culture and a majority find it easy to form new friendships in Vietnam.
Settling in Vietnam is also relatively quick, with 36 percent feeling at home instantly or within six months.
The majority of expats also enjoy immersing in the culture of Vietnam, eating and cooking local cuisine.
As many as 43 percent of expats consider the cost of childcare in Vietnam as less expensive than in home country. Most of expats send their children to international schools.
The Expat Explorer survey was completed by 21,950 expats from 198 countries through an online questionnaire between March and May. A total of 39 countries qualified for the league tables in this edition.
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