Why decide to move to South East Asia? Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, or even Thailand: all these countries offer a variety in culture, lifestyle and allow expatriates to have a good life. Whatever the reasons that lead you to move abroad (personal or professional reasons), you should know that you will generally find a much richer and more diverse life there than in most foreign countries.
How to succeed in your expatriation in South East Asia
Whatever your age, Asia opens its arms to you. Thailand is said to be the land of smiles, but travellers who have stayed in Cambodia, for example, will tell you that they have found there an even more welcoming country and simpler people.
If you are attracted to adventure, then leaving without any plans can be exciting. Travelling minimally in backpacker mode may be the leitmotiv of some people while others may prefer to plan their trip.
If your goal is to stay abroad longer over several months, learning about the things to do, the customs, will make it easier for you to meet locals and live a richer adventure.
Many travellers also decide to pack their bags as soon as they feel in harmony with the country.
How much does it take to live in South East Asia: costs and budget
The cost of living and budget to live in Vietnam are issues that often arise. Many French people from abroad: travellers or expats want to know if with a salary of 1000€ they can live comfortably. When you count accommodation, outings and food, you keep a rather high purchasing power, but if you travel a lot, the extra activities will necessarily cost more money.
Many students also come to Vietnam for their first work experience (internship, volunteering, first job, university studies) and the budget question is crucial to know if they can live on a limited budget. Finding accommodation, accessing a tourist or work visa, paying your daily expenses all generate costs that you must keep in mind to successfully carry out your expatriation project. How much does your expatriation project in Saigon, Vietnam cost? We will cover this issue in detail with a table of the budget to be planned by expenditure centre.
Cost of living in Vietnam
Living in Vietnam allows French people abroad to enjoy their purchasing power and to enjoy pleasures and a much richer way of life. Meals at the restaurant every day, outings with friends and tours throughout the country (Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Hoi An, Nha Trang…) as well as less tourist places such as Sapa, Mekong Delta, Ninh Binh.
On our website, we will discuss in detail the theme of life in Vietnam for a French-speaking expatriate who is going on holiday or working there. The money to be provided for apartments, accommodation, food, outings… The budget for life in large cities like Saigon or more remote local villages.
Working when you are young to live and move to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia
The question of work arises among many French people who wish to live in Vietnam. If you come to offer yourself a first experience (internship) or a job in your field of expertise, then you will have many opportunities to live and work in Vietnam. If you want to go to Vietnam, finding a job and being able to work there will allow you to stay there for a long time. As a Frenchman from abroad, finding work should not be too difficult if you follow the right advice and know the right plans. The job market is rich, but you still need to know how to submit your CV, where to find recruiters and promote your experience (internships, jobs) abroad.
Whether it is a Vietnamese forum, Facebook communities (French-speaking or expatriate groups), events and networking, you will have many opportunities to meet people, get to know yourself and find a job or internship. Leaving France is the dream of many and Southeast Asia and mainly Vietnam is a very interesting host country where you can live for a few months or one or two years. To have the best experience, to be able to enjoy the culture and integrate into the Vietnamese community, a job or internship will give you a chance to stay longer. Whether you have a diploma or if you do not have a diploma, different choices will come up and you can start with a small, low-paying job that will give you experience without a diploma. Once well integrated, other contracts or work should come along to allow you to earn more.
Most of the European passport are almost free granted to travel for a period of time in those countries :
- Vietnam for 15 days or one month with the evisa new procedure
- Cambodia up to 15 days
- Thailand up to 15 days without a visa
Working in Vietnam with or without a diploma
Being able to access to Vietnam easily is a great opportunity for young who want to travel there. This gives you an advantage since you can travel and stay on the ground for 15 days. These two weeks will allow you to acclimatize to the country, discover the food, Vietnamese culture and familiarize yourself with their customs. If you like the lifestyle and simplicity of the country, then you may decide to stay longer.
As a expat citizen abroad, you will find sites such as Objectif Vietnam, meetings at the Embassy related community, travel guides and general information that will help you in your first steps in Asia.
Retire and move abroad when you are retired
Leaving France for retirees is also a choice that some retirees are making. Retire in Vietnam while retaining your rights and acquired in France allows you to enjoy your retirement fully and enjoy your life after seventy or seventy years. Moving to Asia is not something that can be done in a few days, preparations and plans must be followed to make sure you don’t make mistakes and enjoy a happy retirement.
Being integrated there is not very difficult since the European, American, Australian and other foreign community living in South East Asia are quite a lot. If you want to live in Vietnam and spend your retirement there, insurance, taxes and duties issues still arise which require you to inform yourself and use the tips to avoid making mistakes. Retirement abroad in Southeast Asia and mainly Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam is a decision that more and more French people are making to take full advantage of their benefits and spend a retirement in the sun.
What is the purpose of MoveToAsia.com in all this?
The primary goal of MoveToAsia.com is to share information with the community of new expatriates to enable them to best prepare their expatriation if they have not yet left. For those who have been living in Asia for several years, the site could be a key ingredient on more technical issues that come a few months after the expatriation: how to pay taxes, opening a business if you have entrepreneurial projects, is it interesting for a foreigner to invest in Asia in his new country of residence? All these are more specific questions that arise one day or another for someone who wants to stay longer and live in Asia. With so many opportunities in the country, some will want to invest and try to take advantage of this exciting evolution and growth.