Which is Better Retirement in Philippines or Vietnam?


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  1. After watching different reviews from foreigners who live in different countries in Asia.I have concluded that these are the important things needed to consider when choosing a country to stay:

    1. How easy to process the Visa & Immigration for staying longer in the country.
    2.Medical insurance offer so you’ll be prepare for whatever happens with you.
    3.Communication to the locals so you would feel like your just your own home and not feeling alien from where you are coz in some Asian countries, English language is not widely use.
    3.Cost of living there is no need to explain 😊

  2. I heard many people said Phillipines is not safe at all! A lots of crimes and burglaries there. Even the police officers hide the criminal’s activities and they do nothing to protect the people from crimes. I believe that happens everywhere. I like islands and diving activities. Before booking a trip to a new destination, I always do research for the safety. I think my friends’ report are right because the number of tourist to Phillipines is so low (only ~8 millions) compared to Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam (over 20 millions) even the country have more tropical islands. So I decide not to visit there

  3. Great video guys. I think you guys did a fantastic job in comparing the two countries with retirement in mind. I am an Australian Vietnamese but I’ve travel to Philippines more times than I have been to Vietnam. You are correct on those points. I’ve been philippines manila many times and most often the produce is not as fresh as you would get in vietnam and the variety is limited. I hope you’ll enjoy your stay in Vietnam.

  4. Hi guys, I’m not from the US but Dutch and I really like your videos. I would like to check out your nice area there in Vietnam and meet you and Larry there. Let me know if there are any restrictions in travelling to Vietnam in July 2020, with covid-19? Take care guys! Regards Frank

  5. I am a filipino. I love the philippines but i think philippines is a hopeless country. I will forever send workers to other countries to feed itself. Poor philippines.

  6. Vietnam is making visas super hard for expats now. I guess someone was fooling around with an official’s gf or wife. And now we are all paying the price.

  7. Americans should just stay in their country. They’re polluting nations with their rotten democracy and capitalist imperialism. Soon Southeast Asia will be field with COVIDIOTS, anarchists, looters, Sorosists and capitalist imperialists. We Filipinos are talking of experience, so other Southeast Asians should be aware.

  8. He chose a wrong hot location in the Philippines though, Davao is a hot place. I think he prefers something like the Cordillera region which is colder and more veggies.

    I love Vietnam and planning to live there too – temporarily, but worried about the language barrier, I’m so sicked of a language barrier problem with my experience in Hong Kong and it was extremely difficult, though I speak some Cantonese, in case of emergency it’s important to have someone who speaks at least basic English conversation and I believe the Philippines can offer that. It’s safe in the Philippines too – media sometimes is exagerated.

  9. There really is NO contest Philippines is great I love the place but has to be Vietnam, Philippines has no infrastructure, shitty internet, high crime and natural disasters, everything takes forever nothing is efficient, Vietnam has great internet, great food great infrastructure, much lower crime, and better apartments for your money, Philippines has lovely people though and great beaches and I’ll always go to Philippines but I could not live there

  10. I like all countries, but there’s something about vietnam that draws my attention more and I feel happier living in Vietnam, it feels like home, as soon as I got here I felt like I belong here even though I don’t know the language. I feel sad every time I leave.

  11. I think the Philippines is very good, the Philippines has many beautiful scenes, both of our countries are poor underdeveloped countries but we are trying from Vietnam 🇻🇳♥️🇵🇭

  12. Uuummmm…i could not live in Vietnam.
    1 can’t own your house, well in Philippines neither but there way to go around.
    2 can’t drive in Vietnam plus is hard to get the driver license.
    3 communism, when i was living in Vietnam, i notice that in the end everything is state owned.
    For me is
    1 Philippines
    2 Cambodia
    3 Thailand
    Sadly living in a kingdom is better then communism.
    Love laos but no freedom of expression.

  13. Cheap Expats are usually BAD quality and the LOW value in terms of their character…. That’s why Malaysia and other Asian countries strictly put a LIMIT on retirement in terms of finances….

  14. CJ thanks for the video this is a good one. I have several friends that live here in Thailand that left the Philippines because of security. Being robbed and being scammed. And the police corruption as well as government corruption the Filipinos will never understand comments about their corruption because they’re blind to it . I still like living in Thailand even though the difficulties with immigration. For now I’ll stay in Thailand but Vietnam looks like a nice place to travel and relax inn. Good weather and I think Vietnam for me has the very best food I think it’s so delicious. Thai food second in Philippines third. Thank you for everything you do very good video this time

  15. The language is the biggest problem about Vietnam,very few natives speak English,besides that Vietnam is way better than the PH in every aspect of life

  16. The problem I’ve experienced first hand is that once you deposit the 800,000 Thai baht in a Thai bank it was extremely difficult if not impossible to get the money out of that bank if you wanted to leave the country after a few years and live somewhere else. The bank told my mother who owned a condo there in Pattaya for over 10 years that they wouldn’t give her, her money back when she wanted to leave the country. I had to get ATM cards and withdraw the money. I would say if you ever want to get your money back, the 800,000 baht for a retirement Visa in Thailand, it may be very, very difficult and you may not ever get it back so I wouldn’t do it.

  17. Witch place is better for meeting a young pretty girl. and I don’t mean for one night of sex, I mean for a relationship. because most men want to retire in a place where they can meet a young pretty girl to share there life with. how easy is it to find a good girl in Vietnam or Philippines ? . also, can you own land in either place. Pattaya Thailand has become overrun with police stops. and Thailand immigration is making it harder and harder. and many people are leaving and I have been wondering where everyone is going to. he is looking good at 70 because he is eating mostly vegetables and allot less artery clogging meat. witch I have been little by little trying to do. but if I was living near a bunch of vegetarian restaurants I would be eating at them all the time.

  18. there are more international celebrities from the phillipines like bruno mars,jordan clarkson,apple de ap etc. and there is more beautiful women here in the phillipines because we are the pageant power house here in asia

  19. SORRY 4 CAPS, I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHAT AREA IN DALAT HE MOVED TO, AND HOW DID HE FIND HIS APARTMENT, DID HE KNOW SOMEONE, OR A WEBSITE, IM MOVING TO DALAT IN SEPT 2020, I.M DISABLED SO I COULD USE ALL THE HELP I CAN GET WHEN I MOVE THERE, JC THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING YOUR VIDEOS, I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR WORK, I DONT HAVE A LOT OF MONEY AND YOUR INFO SAVES ME TIME AND MONEY, THANK YOU GUYS FOR SHARING YOUR LIFE WITH ME

  20. I have heard that the police in Cambodia have planted drugs in expats belongings and then extorting them for money.
    Combine that with walking at night time is a gamble on being robbed and it makes it an expat no no.

  21. heat in the Philippines……. baugio or tagaytay…. I live in tagaytay and it is mostly 70 to low 80s all the time…. with a nice breeze and lower humidity

  22. I have been in Vietnam since 1989 and have fully retired. Married locally. Anyone who has been here for 3 years is still a novice. Minimum time to become semi-seasoned is more than 5 years, drive, work, pay taxes, speak the language, then you have a good resource. His remarks are positive and mostly true. He made a few opinions a bit off track but since he has only been here a short time it makes sense. Personally, Vietnam is a great place to retire but all must pay their dues and believe me, you will pay your dues like any place you live. When in Rome do as the Romans do. (True statement).

  23. JC, I always have enjoyed your videos, but this guy isn’t the typical EXpat. He has his own Driver, and his business and homes in the states. He’s a rich guy.

  24. I go back to 90s in Phils, food not clean, fried everything ! Costs not that low,, and I personally knew a # of murders, was dealing w/ police myself after father in law wasbrutally murdered… no justice. then both neighbors either killed by theirwifes BF ! I know way too much, and many more I could write a murder based info guide. Since have random met other men – same stories, 1st hand not even gettiing into news stories. I won’t bother to return . big dif from Budhist countries.

  25. nice comparison video, sorry the commentary turned into, bad headlines from the lying MSM, here in the U.S. They are just pointing out arbitrary issues, with the 2 countries, they didn’t say the U.S, U.K., or Aus doesn’t have their own issues. They just said, some things you might encounter, in each country. I’ve visited Cebu, and the open sewers are an issue, besides the smell, you really have to watch where you walk, it can be quite dangerous, and the Philippine ppl I talked to, will be the 1st to tell you, that its a problem. And, as for the poverty, all nations have it, beggars, were really aggressive, in Cebu. But, I have obviously been approached in the U.S, China, and the Dominican Republic also by beggars, so its an issue everywhere. God, ppl need to chill out on here, just saying.

  26. Interesting I been in both countries to I like the filippine peole they are friendly and speaks good English but I ddint feel safe there – and its so terrible poverty –   and dirt every where like Thailand ..   I like Vietnam but it seems like people there is more difficult to get in cotanct wiht but thats years ago,.  6 I think so maybe Things has changed. . .  but interesting video good Work..  thanks . from Denmark

  27. I love Vietnam and the Vietnamese people. The last time I was there was in 1967 to 70 during the war.3rd Marine Divison, Da Nang I saw most of South Vietnam all the way up to the DMZ.

  28. Larry I’ve been meaning to reach out to you.Ive been living in Vietnam for the last 5 years part time.I plan on visiting Da Lat next year and would enjoy meeting up with you to exchange information.Ive been a member of retire cheap in past and plan on joining again.Is the best way to contact you via the members site?

  29. LOL, I find that the Philippines has more normal expats. Different than most expats from Thailand or Vietnam – certain kinds are attracted there. Anyways, sorry, just telling the truth.

  30. For US Citizens: just found the following. Eff July 2019, Americans will not be paid/sent their retirement benefits if you travel or to stay in Vietnam, among other countries listed below.

    4. Workers Who Retire in Certain Foreign Countries
    U.S. citizens who travel to—or live in—most foreign countries after they retire can usually still receive Social Security benefits. But if that country is Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cuba, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, North Korea, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan or Vietnam (as of July 2019), the government cannot send your Social Security payments. Exceptions may be available in all of these countries except Cuba and North Korea, however. Use the government’s Payments Abroad Screening Tool to see if you will be able to continue receiving Social Security benefits while living abroad.

    https://www.investopedia.com/retirement/8-types-americans-who-wont-get-social-security/

  31. Enough of the Pinas beat down. I lived in Vietnam for 2 years. But it is still a communist country and dog is on many menus. BTWL Try learning Vietnamese, instead of being an ugly American.

  32. Hey JC, thanks for the video. Regarding Cambodia, did you notice at the airport that the people working in immigration are super, super unfriendly? I’m always polite and try to smile, but the immigration staff are just so rude and unpleasant! They act like they really hate foreigners.

  33. You only stay in Davao City and you conclude that Vietnam is more progressive than Philippines? That Vietnam has better infrastracture than Philippines , try to visit the Makati,ASEANA , Eastwood, BGC, Ortigas of Metro Manila then compare it to your Hanoi

  34. Hi JC, very nice blog about Vietnam. About the comment below about hospitals: What health insurance to you have in Thailand? Maybe you already have a vblog about that issue? Or maybe there is one coming up? That would be very important information for us who plan to retire in Thailand (or other country in asia).

  35. Folks if you want to retire to other countries, dont stay in the cities. If you want quiet , fresh air not so much populations, and cheaper. You must stay at the mountains. But if you want a night life always mingle with sexy young ladies stay at the city. (My opinion only)

  36. I DONT AGREE IM SORRY. BUT GLAD U ARE OK THERE. PHILIPPINES IS VERY DIVERSE AND DIFFERENT PLACES IN PHILIPPINES FEW KILOMETERS AWAY IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM EACH OTHER. SO MANY PLACES IN PHILS. YOU PROBABLY DONT REALLY KNOW YET.

  37. Some people here are commenting of taking VIetnam instead it’s just because we have so many people here. But wait, what will the Philippines get by letting these foreigners in, it’s just the dollars they bring in of their retirement support from the USA or any country in the world. The problem we have are the people who are burden to thIs country such as drug addicts, traffic violators, police scalawags, canals and rivers abusers of their garbage dump, sidewalk grabbers, con people, bribe takers barangay officials, You may want to consider to eliminate these kind to lessen the over populated Philippines. It will help .I am 100 percent sure.
    PEACE TO ALL:)

  38. After spending quite some time in the Philippines, I now chose Vietnam for the following reasons. Food, safety, infrastructure and cleanliness.

  39. Been living in SaiGon for several years. I stay out of Expat areas and Down Town Dist 1. Affordable, great food and friendly. The entire country is improving everyday. Do your research before you visit or Move.

  40. Exactly !!
    I love my Vietnamese friends.. Great people, lovely people.
    Safe ? Yes. Vietnamese are for most part very kind and outgoing people.
    I have not suffered theft iether.
    In America and other places there is theft in tourist areas.
    Only in some cities in Vietnam Do you find crime snatch and grabs.
    This is rare in Vietnam. The People of Vietnam are good people. ❤❤❤😎

  41. Hi, how about hospitals and health in Vietnam? I have hear that it is not so developed like Thailand for example. This is an important issue for a retiree.

  42. Then you guys stay there…philippines has too many to offer but you’ve been into one place…stop comparing as filipino’s welcomes you well when you were in the philippines…if you only ate lechon and adobo it’s your choice…this video is biased… don’t ever comeback!

  43. The Philippines does not hide its share of poverty, we never present ourselves as one of the richest in SEA, we are true to ourselves, we really don’t care if expat accepts us for what or who we are by coming here or not, we are in the tropics and on the equator so expect hot or warm or rainy weather, if you want luxurious living in the city and on island resorts be ready w/ your money because living has a price, if you want fully equipped medical hospitals, you can go to Makati Medical Ctr in Makati and St. Lukes at BGC and more..although all provinces have general hospitals and all barangays have health clinic, not to mention we have heart, lung and kidney centers funded by govt., and yes we have the VA Hospital in QC handed by Americans but funded by Phil govt. now, dogs barking and crowing chickens those are part of the landscape, sewers? lacking in the city Manila Water and Manynilad are 2 water concessionaires in charge on that pollution we are not in top 10; karaoke?singing part of the culture (regulated by ordinances of diff, towns/cities)…..bottom line is don’t compare ..because we are not communist, we are born in democracy, we are not homogenous, diff regions, diff cultures, we accept diff religions, diff views …and btw, we are not vegetarian? well Davao is in the South where seafoods plenty, in the in the Phils. if you are in mountainous area and you are near farms naturally you will always see vegetables but if you are in costal villages naturally sea foods…but better you stay in rich Singapore or Japan

  44. As a foreigner living in a country where English is not the primary language, why not make an effort to learn the local language yourself. Why expect natives to adjust to you? English is not the only language in the world. America is not the only country in the world. Why don’t you use google translate instead of expecting the locals to do it? You insensitive prick. The world will be a better place with fewer as_h_les like you. If you want to live in a familiar environment, go back to Texas.

  45. Why dont you go to Palawan?☝️☝️☝️
    A nice place to live..❤❤❤ you just go
    To a Muslim part of the Philippines! DAVAO☝️☝️☝️theres a lot of nice country side like in Bicol Province
    Balatan Camarines Sur or in Partido Bulilakaw a Sea Side place.☝️☝️☝️❤❤❤

  46. PhilHealth is opting for many retirees if they don’t have health insurance in their home country. However, there are some significant changes in the rules and regulations of the PhilHealth membership for foreign nationals. Starting 1st of January, 2018 the membership rate for foreigners is changing.

    The following information was provided to us early June 2017 by PhilHealth and should count as a guideline for our foreign friends. For detailed information and further questions, you should seek the assistance of your local PhilHealth Office.

    The objective of this informative post is to provide the implementing guidelines on the enrollment and coverage of retirees who are foreign nationals or former Filipinos, and other foreign citizens working and/or residing in the Philippines in accordance with the provisions of the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (RIRR) of Republic Act (RA) No. 7875, as further amended by RA No. 10606.

    The following information
    1.Foreign retirees or former Filipino nationals and their qualified dependents, who are holders of Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) and granted permanent residency, status pursuant to Section 9 (d) of Executive Order No. 1037 dated July 4, 1985.
    2. Citizens of other countries working and/or residing in the Philippines and.holders of valid Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-Card).

    Exclusion

    Foreign Citizens with formal contract whose premium contributions are equally shared by the employees and the employer.

    Definition of Terms
    1. Foreign retiree — refers to any foreign national or former Filipino at least 35 years old, who chose to retire and live in the Philippines and qualified holder of SRRV.
    2. Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) — is a special non-immigrant visa issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) through the Retirement Program of the PRA. It entitles the holder to multiple indefinite entry privileges with the right to stay permanently in the Philippines.
    3. Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-Card) – is a microchip-based, credit card-sized, identification card issued to all registered aliens whose stay in the Philippines has exceeded fifty-nine (59) days. This includes foreign nationals under immigrant and non-immigrant visas and holders of Temporary Visitor’s Visa.

    Implementing Mechanism

    Below are the mechanisms for the coverage of PRA foreign retirees and other foreign citizens under the Informal Economy Program of the NHIP:
    PRA Foreign Retiree

    annual premium PhP 15000
    Other Foreign Citizens who work in the country or residency in the Philippines

    annual premium PhP 1700
    Unfortunately, under the new PhilHealth regulations, foreigners will no longer be eligible for Z Package benefits?
    Under this Z Package, it covers very serious and expensive medical conditions check local regional offices and their website
    http://www.philhealth.gov.ph

    Citystate Centre, 709 Shaw Blvd.,
    1603 Pasig City, Philippines

    Textline:0917-898-7442 (PHIC)
    actioncenter@philhealth.gov.ph

    Phil Health – Health insurance for Foreigners in the Philippines

    Specific Provisions
    1. Foreign nationals are required to enroll as a member and shall not be covered as dependent by their Filipino Spouse.
    2. All foreign nationals are qualified to be covered under the Lifetime Member Program of the NHIP once they have reached the age of 60 and have made 120 monthly contributions. However, they are not qualified for the mandatory PhilHealth coverage as provided under the Expanded Senior Citizens Act.
    3. In case of death of covered foreign nationals, the qualified dependent/s shall continue to avail of PhilHealth benefits for the remaining unexpired portion of the coverage.

    Other Provisions

    1. Upon registration to LHIO, new member-foreign national will be issued with the following:
    •PhilHealth Identification Number (PIN)
    •Member Data Record (MDR)
    •PhilHealth ID Card

    2. Initial payment of premium contribution shall be made to the nearest LHIO while succeeding payments may be made at any PhilHealth accredited collecting agents (ACAs) or banks nationwide.

    3. In case of changes in personal information or declaration of additional dependents, the member shall be required to proceed to the nearest LHIO and submit the previously issued MDR reflecting the necessary data adjustment together with the attached proof/ supporting document/s. Once updated thru the PhilHealth system application, a new MDR shall be printed and issued to the member.

    4. In the availment of benefits, the patient shall be checked for eligibility through the PhilHealth Enhanced Health Care Institution (HCI) Portal. Those with qualifying contributions will be entitled to benefits and shall be issued with PhilHealth Benefit Eligibility Form (PBEF).

    5. in case the membership and coverage of foreign nationals have not been reflected/updated thru the PhilHealth HCI Portal, the MDR and PhilHealth Official Receipt (POR)/ PhilHealth Agent’s Receipt (PAR)/ Certificate of Premium Payment (CPP)/ Bill Payment Receipt (for non-banks) may be presented to the accredited health care facility as proof of benefit entitlement.

    6. The PhilHealth Customer Assistance, Relationship and Empowerment Staff (CARES), currently deployed in various accredited hospitals nationwide, shall be required to provide the necessary assistance to the members in the availment of benefits.

    Repealing Clause

    All existing related issuances with provisions inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed and modified accordingly. Other provisions consistent with the foregoing shall remain valid and in full force.

    Please keep in mind that this post is only for information purpose. All questions regarding the PhilHealth Health Insurance for foreigner in the Philippines need to be addressed to a PhilHealth Customer Assistance at your local office. You may also look at their website for further information.
    http://www.philhealth.gov.ph

  47. You have a point on that sir regarding the sewage system here in the Philippines but our Government is trying to work on it now and even cleaning the beaches and rivers around Metro Manila.

  48. More than half of your subscribers are Filipinos. Calling all Filipinos to Unsubscribe to this channel…this old man is idiot. You are not welcome to the Philippines anymore, you’ll get killed once you attempted to go back there for sure😡

  49. For filipino’s,

    Guys dapat lang na sa ibang bansa mag retire yang mga lolo at lolang dayuhan na yan…kasi kung dito sa atin ang mangyayari nyan.. Kukuha sila ng phil. Visa, then phil. Dual citizenship.. Tas pag nag “goes to the otherside” yang mga yan yung binili nilang lupa dito eh sa mga kamaganakan nila mapupunta… Imbis na tayo ang makikinabang eh sila pa… Saka saglit lang ang maitutulong nyan sa ekonomiya natin… Kahit na sabihing investor pa sila.. Eh sila din naman ang mas nakikinabang nun.. Sa baba ba naman ng tax natin sa foreigners na yan, tayo pa ang mas lugi…

  50. These expats are stupid idiots… they do not know what they are talking about…. Philippines is the best in south east Asia to retire…

  51. I lived in the Philippines for a year and was disappointed. All electronics are overpriced. Constant overcharge just because you’re a foreigner. Always hear out of stock. Some of the most rude people I have ever met unless they think they can do business with you. You just can’t sit on the beach and be left alone. Loud music. Dogs kept in cages a little larger than the dog. Constant power outages. High electricity rate. Air pollution. Water pollution. People cutting in line. Even though they say English is taught in all of the schools, comprehension is limited. The famous yes when they mean no. Ask for directions and everyone will give you a different answer. Can’t leave your house unattended.

  52. Dear sir this video is an insult to my country , no body from the philippines asked any of you to choose to live here . Why not compare living in your own country and living in vietnam . Isntead of comparing philippines and vietnam for ur enjoyment .

  53. Vietnam will be more capitalist soon since most of the western companies are moving from China to Vietnam. It will surpass the Philippines in a decade in infrastructure manufacturing and tourism.

  54. I don’t know Vietnam but I lived nine years in the Philippines and decided to go home in 2017
    The Philippines became very expensive , unless you want to live like locals and the medical system is money money money
    You feel insecurity every day and sorry to say but anywhere you go, it’s dirty
    Never been so happy since I moved back to Sweden…..

  55. Regarding Vietnamese speaking English….big problem. Last 20 years i have been to Vietnam many times, mainly to work. There is no way more Vietnamese are speaking English then Thai. Landing in Vietnam brings my blood pressure up 10 points unlike in Thailand or Cambodia 😀

  56. you are comparing a highly urbanized city of davao to a rural vietnamese city then you cant figure out the real cost of living… vietnam has more poverty than ph… try search at urban vietnam

  57. So many Filipino haters, it’s embarrassing. Where one wants to live/retire is all subjective. What was said here is fact based on their experiences and perception. The guy is from TX where cost of living is much cheaper than CA (ironically his T-shirt says “Cali”, us Californians laugh when our state is referred as such). Have lived in CA almost all my life and traveled all the different states. I would never move out of CA. Next best thing to me is PacNW. I love NYC but not year round.

    So please to those negative commenters, stop the hate and spare yourself and all the Filipinos some embarrassment. Please be respectful.

  58. I am living in Thailand now and Vietnam is an option many people in Chiang Mai are talking about Vietnam as an option. I am just jealous that only US citizen can get a 1 year tourist visa.

  59. Why does poverty an issue for both of you? Im sure before you come to PH you probably know about poverty there. If it is such a big deal to both of you cheapskates why not you retire in singapore or japan?Then you will have not issue with poverty.
    Its kind of offensive the way both of you is sort of mocking the poor people. For those beggars you encounter they have little choice, that’s their reality unlike you old farts. As if poverty does not exist in US. Uh please. And you talked about security issue and yet you come from a country where like every year theres mass shooting. Come on. Its really irritating that some people retiree or tourists to come to a country then complain about even mundance things like honking.

  60. Come on, we all know the REAL reason these old men live in Asia. They can’t get laid in their home country because nobody wants old, wrinkly grumpy men. Go to Asia and pay money to support a “young” girl who’s poor in return for sex and call her your ‘girlfriend’ and ignore the delusion that really all you have is a live in prostitute. If you run out of money, shes going to ditch you just like a prostitute will. The old guy is usually divorced and cannot handle the truth that nobody wants them, so that’s why they seek live in prostitutes (“girlfriends”) in Asia and stick to them like glue because they don’t want to be lonely until they die. They would rather be a walking sucker ATM machine for some gold digging Asian whore than be lonely until they die. Its all a business relationship, a sham, not love because without money the “pretend love” is going to leave you quickly.

  61. this people are luck of understanding of cultures in the Philippines if you said old ugly fat Larry that a lot of poverty in the Philippines so what ? they are happy people even they don’t have much they are not like you who are having mental promblem who suffers depression in America ..fuck you

  62. Old ugly fat Larry Philippines doesn’t need you .you are pathetic look at you Fat you only eat fried chicken and steak beef in Texas you don’t have a god variety in America and if you critized the safety of the Philippines yours is much worse look at the massacre killing in texas this year not only happen once twice .Hope the Philippines stop accepting American to stay as a retirement this is what you get if you accept an average Ugly old Fat American …

  63. I think comparing life in a major city, with tits attendant problems, and that in an almost idyllic rural province is like comparing apples and oranges.

  64. Hi, is DaLat the town in Vietnam where You live were thier are lots of Vegitarian Restaurants were You do not need an Air Conditioner in Summer or heater in Winter?

  65. Vietnam is not safe . Philipine is a bit safe , thailand is safer, singapore is safest . So cheap things come at a price which is not visible. SO SINGAPORE best and warm and safe : if one can afford

  66. Sooner this old white dickhead will hate Vietnam coz right now it’s pretty more cheaper but later on 3-5 years they will hate it due to changes..Vietnam right now have rapid progress but later on govt will be strict it’s own policy just what happen in Thailand..hahaha funny how this oldies taking advantage of Vietnam..

  67. There are so many expat retirees in Sagada Philippines. Climate there is spring-like all year round, no karaoke bars, no crime rate- jails are empty, no pollution- very few cars, low cost of living, laid back life style, full of rolling hills and scenic views. Philippines has more than 7000 islands. Just choose the right place.

  68. Kind of surprised in thumbs down with this video. I think because some people really like the Philippines and felt it made that area not so good. I have not been there, but I am sure some people would prefer living there. Thank goodness we are not all alike. From some other JC videos about Vietnam, it appears medical care in Vietnam not as good as Thailand. There are places in Thailand where the climate is close to Da Lot. On about 4 months visiting Thailand and traveling about up north, to me anyway, was cooler and fantastic. I mentioned in another video, I still like Thai food better then that of Vietnam. Of course my experience in Vietnam was only two weeks. As for people, I think both places the people were great. I would move to SE Asia in a minute, but due to family with grandchildren living here in the states, I would be lost without them. Luckily my income here in the states is pretty good and my insurance plans are fantastic and inexpensive — of course more than what you pay JC,, but only about 300 dollars a month and covers everything. But back to my original statement, it appears medical care much better in Thailand. But as an option, Vietnam is a great one. Your videos, JC, are always informative and great to visit. I hope to make several more visits back to Vietnam and Thailand. If one feels they cannot live there, they are wonderful places to visit.

  69. Because Vietnam not just developed yet that’s cheap as u said just wait Vietnam become more foreigners it will be like Thailand. Whatever u said Philippines is good!

  70. You did a great interview. In the Philippines they wear mask on the jeepneys for the diesel fumes and dust primarily, however there are bad smells sometimes. I lived in Thailand and the klong (river) literally smelled like dog poop stuffed up your nose and mangy dogs were nosing around in the baskets of food at the markets. I live on a small somewhat tourist island in the Philippines and really enjoy the peacefulness and friendly locals. The markets here are full of fresh vegatables and fruits and the cost of rent for a full size 2 bedroom new house is only 80 USD and it is right on a white sand beach. The local fishermen bring their fresh catch of fish and scallops right to my beach. So honestly if you stay away from the major cities (just like you guest is doing in Vietnam) you should be MUCH more comfortable and happy either in the Philippines or Vietnam. Also Mindanao is where the terrorist are and NO foreigner should live there, the rest of the Philippine countryside is as safe and very low cost and enjoyable as anywhere in Asia.

  71. Vietnams economy is going better because chinas helping them next time they become like thailand and philippines so everything is posible increasing ,,so where you go next after there? you know vietnam r part of asean and all asean members are helping each other..why U dont like to live in ur country because of cost ,u pay alot of billings governments monitors u and oblide to pay taxes etc ,while in sounth asia ur live peaceful with out thinking tge bills and taxes tge food is cheaper than in ur country.

  72. I want the Pedophile Sexpats out the Philippines. They ruined Filipinos’ original purity. They ruined our moral fibre. Jose Rizal in his novels himself showed that these Sexpats were the cause of the moral depravity in Filipinos. The original Filipinos were highly moral, according to Chinese records the Philippine nation of Ma-i were remarkable in their honesty and in Mindanao, Muslim travelers states that even when they left a bag of Gold in the streets it remained untouched. However that changed with White scrum immigration and admixture, People who were born white or light skinned and who were descended from the rapists or fugitives from Europe came to the Philippines in order to enrich themselves while using their White Privelage to bone women and extract tribute from poor natives while they lived in laziness and unearned luxury while enslaving the people. The Morality of the people were permanently scarred. Jose Rizal lamented how pretentious Spaniards claimed that Filipinos were lazy (When in fact they slept the whole day, due to siestas) when Filipinos wake up at 4:00 AM in the morning to tend to farming since its very impractical to do so in the heat of the day. Then there is also the conniving and deceitful brood of vipers you call Americans, they promised to ally with the Philippines against the Spanish in our struggle against colonialism. Only to murder 1 Million people in the Philippine American War. Frankly, unless these self entitled Fat White Neocolonists genuinely love and ask forgiveness to the people they once butchered, I want to deport their sorry ass out of my beautiful country.

  73. I live in England one day when I’m older I want to retire to either Thailand Philippines Cambodia or Vietnam what country would you recommend a English guy to retire to I want to buy a property but hear so much different things like a forgnier can’t own a property in certain countries is this true?

  74. I think he has picked the right spot.
    I have been thinking of moving from Thailand and I stayed in Da Lat a few years ago.
    It was hot as hell in March in Ho Chi Minh City, in Da Lat we needed a coat

  75. I agree with what jc said.air is polluted here and also not as cheap.I haven’t been to Cambodia but my friend said it’s a lot cheaper there.only problem in those country is, communication coz people barely speak English unlike Philippines where pretty much everyone does.

  76. the best place for US retirees where healthcare is at it’s best, the food is excellent for them, the climate suits them, they’re secured, you won’t see any abject poverty, fresh air..where else but the great USA, why go overseas?

  77. Great video. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the Philippines, from Luzon down to Mindanao. Most recently, I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time in Vietnam. I spent 6 months in Ho Chi Minh City while I looked for a more relaxed atmosphere to live. I ended up in Vung Tau about 2 hours southeast of HCMC. I considered Dalat, but the pace of life there was just a little to slow for my tastes. In comparing the two countries, Vietnam has the advantage in infrastructure, internet speed, safety, and food. The Philippines biggest advantage is the language. Almost all Filipinos speak enough English to communicate effectively. The older Filipinos have the least amount of ESL. In the Philippines, if you stay away from the big cities, the lifestyle is better due to the fact you can communicate with the locals better. The dating scene is easier in the Philippines, especially for older expats. If work isn’t an issue, then the winner would have to be the Philippines.

  78. Excellent interview and insights JC, Thanks! At 9:25 Larry’s and your comments about the levels of poverty and beggars in the Philippines, and how in in Dalat you’ve not seen that, caused me to reflect on the often overwhelming number of Homeless and beggars I encounter daily in the U.S. (Often more than I encountered in India) and poverty now approaching the levels I used to see other ‘Developing’ counties and I question if ‘development’ in the U.S. is still in decline.

  79. I wish you would put the name of the place up on screen and repeat the name of the place because I didn’t catch where he was living.

  80. Make my life hard JC ,
    1) Thailand , I had already ruled out as a no brainer they don’t want long term Westerners ( Americans ) yet Chinese and India welcomed almost lovingly. With the VISA , money in the bank and other “games” , Thailand doesn’t seem worth the hassle .
    2) Cambodia ruled out as I”m 54 and single ( or live like a monk ) as Cambodia has some strange laws about foreigners being with local ladies ( I’m 5 years to old now )
    3) Philippines has been my target for last 18 months , but your points about abject poverty and corruption ( Lady I’m talking to sister just had to pay 1,000,000 pesos bribe to Local Mayor , for a land purchase of 12 hectares to be grandfathered in over/under new land laws ) are all making me question Philippines as a choice
    4) Vietnam , the other vlogers make this seem to good to be true , and now JC too ?
    If I was a sexpat easy enough just bounce from VISA to VISA between countries / I’m to old to play international playboy .

    So many choices and never enough information 🙂 . Thank You for the information you do give JC

  81. It depends on which part of he Philippines you will be retiring my husband is now retired and moved to my home country where we built our home years before he retired and we have very big land and he planted tons of veggies and tons of fruits so his expenses are very minimal just paying electricity , internet , food and groceries and feeds for his animals but water we have our own source so it is just the life style

  82. What happened did you get sick over there what kind of medical coverage do they have and I take insurance, this country what happens on that do you have any rights

  83. I currently live in Dumaguete Philippines and will be traveling to Vietnam for the same reasons as your guest, costs of living and food varieties

  84. Hi!!! If he’s interested only to make friends, i am a Filipina but now residing here in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. 65yirs old and good in cooking. My daughter is now teaching in an International School.

  85. I’m a filipino citizen, We respect your openion both of you sir, where you like it PHILIPPINES 🇵🇭 or VIETNAM🇻🇳 both asian country are so nice.!

  86. Don’t talk coming to Philippines we don’t need expats here, you all are bitter peoples, this is bullshit or propaganda, please never come back, better stay were you are. Don’t retire here you take advantage of our womens n etc.

  87. If you’re a PINOY please, don’t try to convince them back or say anything. Let them be. The Philippines is already overpopulated anyway. We love them but we also need the resources for those who chose to live there. To all the expats who are moving somewhere, our best wishes!

  88. Usually these western old men when confronted with issues with one host country would start gossiping about their problems, posting on-line their tribulations then talking gob smack and trash talking about their previous place of stay. Then they would start glorifying their new discovered country waxing lyrical about it till another issue erupts. Tell you what, better go back where you originally came from and do all your angsts tales from there. You are not actually needed in any other country if you later on be one ungrateful guests spewing hate. Look at Thailand, a few years ago it was an expat haven till the ugly bad dude ofcWesterners made most of them obnoxious for Thailand to no longer welcome and then Thailand became latest the scratching post of these very same Farangs.

  89. It’s up to the retirees where they are comfortable to live, but being a Filipino, I would like to say that everybody is welcome to our beautiful country the Philippines.

  90. Appreciate your video as an expatriate. Thank you both for sharing your candid perspectives. Vietnam it would seem is progressive and welcomes foreigners, whether they be retirees or tourists, and offers enviable lifestyle choices which currently are being eroded elsewhere.

  91. Great discussion guys, very interesting. I have links to Cebu where my wife and i own a property so your points regarding the Philippines were accurate, albeit not a negative but more of a factual description. Thanks for this. Bob, New Zealand.

  92. It’s interesting to see that based on your information, it’s easier to set up and open a business in Vietnam. In the future by the grace of God I would love to visit Vietnam. God bless expat and be good to your fellow man.

  93. Goodluck to you expats it’s your choice if you live in where you want to lived. but trying to put down one country to another it’s a big No. 👎🏽 and especially you want to lived where your money can go.

  94. Very good video JC! I have been to da lot many times I love it there especially when the weather is so hot in Vung tau 👍 have you and nat visited the coffee plantations there they are very interesting and also some very beautiful waterfalls

  95. In all honesty? Non of these south East Asian nation could care less about where all of this old white man retires! 🤣🤣 But cheers for sharing!

  96. You only lived in davao and we also have restaurants in the philippines. Have you ever been in the provinces? Mostly living in provinces is more quieter than city (manila or davao.) Not much buses nor jeep, can smell the fresh air, has a fresh food in the province. You couldnt find that if u lived only in davao 🙂

  97. Philippines may not be as nice as Thailand or Vietnam but there is a certain excitement or fervor about the Philippines coming from the availability of women that is only rivaled by Thailand. This is what drove Thailand’s growth at the beginning decades ago and it’s still driving growth today. I wouldn’t underestimate growth in the Philippines.

  98. THE SRR VISA
    The Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) is a special non-immigrant visa for foreign nationals who would like to make the Philippines their second home or investment destination.

    BENEFITS
    1. Indefinite stay with multiple-entry/exit privileges;

    2. Exemption from:

    • Philippine Bureau of Immigration ACR-I Card (Annual Report)

    • Customs duties & taxes for one-time importation of household goods & personal effects worth up to US$7,000.00 Tax from pensions & annuities

    • Travel Tax, if the retiree has not stayed in the Philippines for more than 1 year from the last date of entry

    • Student Visa/Study Permit

    3. Access to the Greet & Assist Program at selected Philippine airports;

    4. Free subscription to the PRA Newsletter;

    5. Discount privileges from PRA accredited Merchant Partners;

    6. Free assistance in transacting with other government agencies;

    7. Entitlement to PHILHEALTH benefits & privileges.

    SRRVISA OPTIONS

    SRRV SMILE
    For active/healthy retirees, who opt to maintain their SRR Visa deposit of US$20,000.00 in any of the PRA Accredited Banks.

    SRRV CLASSIC
    For active/healthy retirees, who opt to use their SRR Visa deposit into an active investment such as the purchase of condominium unit* or long term lease of house & lot. The SRR Visa deposit is as follows:

    50 years old & above: US$ 10,000.00 (with a pension)**

    US$ 20,000.00 (without pension)

    35 to 49 years old: US$ 50,000.00

    *The value of the property must at least be US$50,000.00

    **Required pension of at least US$ 800 for single / US$1,000 for couple

    SRRV HUMAN TOUCH
    For ailing retirees, 35 years old & above, who need/require medical/clinical care. A monthly pension of at least US$1,500.00, a health insurance policy accepted in the Philippines, and an SRR Visa deposit of US$10,000.00 are required.

    SRRV COURTESY
    For former Filipinos, 35 years old & above. For foreign nationals, 50 years old & above, who are retired officers of International Organizations recognized by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). An SRR Visa deposit of US$1,500.00 is required.

    SRRV EXPANDED COURTESY
    For foreign nationals, 50 years old & above, who are retired Armed Force officers of foreign countries with existing military ties and/or agreement with the Philippine Government. A monthly pension of at least US$1,000.00 and an SRR Visa deposit of US$1,500.00 are required.

    The SRR Visa deposit includes the principal applicant and 2 dependents. Additional dependent entails additional SRR Visa deposit of US$15,000 each (except for former Filipinos). CHILDREN must be legitimate or legally adopted by the Principal Retiree, unmarried and below 21 years old upon joining the program.

    QUALIFICATIONS
    PRINCIPAL APPLICANTS
    Must be foreign nationals or former Filipino citizens who are at least 35 years old

    DEPENDENTS
    SPOUSE must be legally married to the Principal Retiree.
    CHILDREN must be legitimate or legally adopted by the Principal Retiree, unmarried and below 21 years old upon joining the program.

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS
    Original valid Passport with valid /updated Temporary Visitor’s Visa;
    Accomplished PRA Application Form;
    Original valid Medical Clearance;
    Original valid Police Clearance from country of origin, and an additional NBI Clearance, if the applicant has stayed in the Philippines for over 30 days from the last date of entry;
    Photos (12 pieces, 2″x2″);
    SRR Visa deposit that is inwardly remitted;
    Fees
    Processing/Service (one-time)

    US$1,400.00 Principal applicant

    US$ 300.00 Dependent applicant

    Annual Fee of US$360.00 (for the Principal & 2 dependents)

    Marriage Certificate for joining dependent-spouse
    Birth Certificate for joining dependent-child.

    Additional requirements may be requested depending on the SRR Visa Option to be chosen by the SRRV applicant.

    The Medical and Police Clearances are valid up to 6 months from date of issuance.

    All documents issued outside of the Philippines must be translated in English, if necessary, and authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consular Office nearest the applicant’s residence.

  99. The Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 (Republic Act 9994) defines the privileges all senior citizens are entitled to. Elderly Filipinos are aged 60 and above are entitled to a 20% senior citizen discount and exempted from the value-added tax (VAT) on applicable goods and services for their exclusive use. These privileges apply to both cash and credit card payments.
    Online Bookings for Domestic Flights Come with the Senior Citizen Discount

    Seniors Can Get a 20% Discount When Booking Ride-Hailing Services
    The Department of Transportation and LTFRB require ride-hailing services in the Philippines to provide the mandatory 20% discount to their senior customers.
    Grab, for example, provides this senior citizen discount but requires qualified Grab riders to apply first before availing it.
    Traveling to local destinations are made cheaper for seniors, as the country’s major airlines have been offering the 20% senior citizen discount and VAT exemption for online bookings since September 2017. AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, and Philippine Airlines are implementing this senior citizen discount on their websites and mobile apps. Previously, the discount applied only to over-the-counter purchases at physical airline ticketing offices.
    The senior citizen discount applies only to regular fares for domestic flights. It doesn’t cover promo fares, baggage allowance and other fees, and international flights. To avail of the discount, customers must enter their senior citizen ID number when booking a flight and present the ID upon check-in at the airport.
    Some local government units in the Philippines pamper senior citizens with special perks, from free birthday cakes to free movies.
    But the most practical and useful benefits for senior citizens have to do with commuting. In Makati and Manila, for example, seniors are exempted from the number coding scheme, whether as drivers or passengers. Meanwhile, registered senior citizens enjoy free parking in cities like Cebu City, Manila, Muntinlupa City, and Quezon City.
    Senior citizens have special lanes in banks, LRT and MRT stations, fast food restaurants, supermarkets, and drug stores. But in establishments without senior citizen lanes, RA 9994 requires them to prioritize elderly clients.
    So when cashiers, bank tellers, or government staff call a senior standing behind you in line to be served first (or when seniors cut you in line), they aren’t being inconsiderate or rude to you. They’re just obeying the law.

    List of Senior Citizen Discounts and VAT Exemptions
    Medicines: Generic and branded medicines, vitamins, and mineral supplements (with doctor’s prescription)
    Medical supplies and equipment: Hearing aids, eyeglasses, wheelchairs, crutches, dentures, etc.
    Medical and dental services in private facilities: Lab tests such as blood tests, X-rays, etc.
    Professional fees of attending physicians and licensed health workers
    Domestic air and sea travel fares
    Public land transportation fares: Jeepneys, buses, taxis, shuttle services, MRT, LRT, PNR, etc.
    Hotels: Accommodation and amenities in hotels, beach resorts, mountain resorts, etc.
    Restaurants: Food, beverages, dessert, and other consumables for dine-in, take-out, drive-thru, and delivery orders
    Recreation centers: Rental and other fees for sports facilities such as gyms, badminton courts, tennis courts, ballroom dancing studios, bowling lanes, etc.
    Places of leisure: Cinemas, museums, parks, theaters, concert halls, etc.
    Funeral and burial services for deceased senior citizens: hospital morgue, embalming, casket or urn, cremation, etc.
    Aside from the 20% senior citizen discount and VAT exemption, Filipino seniors also enjoy many other privileges.

    List of Senior Citizen Benefits
    Income tax exemption for minimum wage earners
    Training fee exemption on socio-economic programs
    Free medical and dental services in government facilities
    Free flu and pneumococcal vaccinations for indigent senior citizens
    Scholarships and financial assistance for seniors’ education in public and private schools
    Retirement benefits from SSS, GSIS, and Pag-IBIG
    Discounts in special programs for senior citizens
    Express lanes for senior citizens in all government offices and commercial establishments
    How to Compute Senior Citizen Discount
    Know that a senior citizen is exempted from paying Value Added Tax (VAT). To compute the VAT exempt sales, divide the selling price by the VAT rate. Below is a sample computation:
    Product Price: PHP 500
    VAT Rate: 12%
    Formula: Selling Price ÷ VAT Rate = VAT Exempt Sales
    Solution: PHP 500 ÷ 1.12 = PHP 446.43
    Senior citizens are entitled to a 20% discount upon purchase of goods and services. To compute for the discount, deduct the percentage by multiplying the VAT exempt sales by 20%.
    Formula: VAT Exempt Sales x 20% = Senior Citizen Discount
    Solution: PHP 446.43 x 0.20 = PHP 89.29
    To identify the billable amount, subtract the VAT exempt sales by senior citizen discount.
    Formula: VAT Exempt Sales – Senior Citizen Discount = Billable Amount
    Solution: PHP 446.43 – PHP 89.29 = PHP 357.14
    Can senior citizens get a 20% discount on groceries? No, they can’t. However, they can avail of a special 5% discount without VAT exemption on select grocery items, as granted by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Agriculture.
    Seniors who buy groceries worth up to PHP 1,300 per week enjoy 5% off the retail prices of at least four kinds of basic necessities and prime commodities:

    Rice, bread, and corn
    Chicken, beef, and pork (fresh, canned, and processed)
    Fresh eggs
    Coffee, creamer, and sugar
    Fresh fruits and vegetables
    Garlic and onions
    Cooking oil and salt
    Noodles, canned sardines, and canned tuna
    Fresh milk and other dairy products
    Detergents
    Electrical supplies, light bulbs, and batteries
    Geriatric diapers
    To get the 5% senior citizen discount on groceries, seniors must bring their OSCA purchase booklet when they shop in supermarkets, convenience stores, and drug stores. Exempted from giving the special discount are sari-sari stores, cooperative stores, wet markets, and talipapa.
    An Authorized Representative May Claim the 20% Discount on a Senior’s Behalf
    If your parents or grandparents are bedridden or too weak to buy their food and medicines, you may claim the senior citizen discount on their behalf, as long as they’re the ones who will use the discounted products and services.
    To get the 20% discount on behalf of a senior citizen, a duly authorized representative must present these documents when paying for a purchase:

    Senior citizen ID or any government ID
    OSCA Purchase Booklet
    The representative’s government ID
    Signed authorization letter from the senior citizen
    The Senior Citizen Act Doesn’t Allow Double Discounts
    Can seniors avail of a promotional discount in hotels, restaurants, and other establishments on top of the 20% discount? The senior citizen law states that when seniors purchase something on a promo, they can get only either of the two discounts, whichever is higher.
    The same goes for elderly persons with disability (PWDs). They’re entitled to either the senior citizen discount or the PWD discount, but not both.
    Seniors can get a 5% discount on their power and water bills, as long as the accounts are registered in their name, and their household consumes

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  100. PhilHealth is opting for many retirees if they don’t have health insurance in their home country. However, there are some significant changes in the rules and regulations of the PhilHealth membership for foreign nationals. Starting 1st of January, 2018 the membership rate for foreigners is changing.

    The following information was provided to us early June 2017 by PhilHealth and should count as a guideline for our foreign friends. For detailed information and further questions, you should seek the assistance of your local PhilHealth Office.

    The objective of this informative post is to provide the implementing guidelines on the enrollment and coverage of retirees who are foreign nationals or former Filipinos, and other foreign citizens working and/or residing in the Philippines in accordance with the provisions of the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (RIRR) of Republic Act (RA) No. 7875, as further amended by RA No. 10606.

    The following information
    1.Foreign retirees or former Filipino nationals and their qualified dependents, who are holders of Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) and granted permanent residency, status pursuant to Section 9 (d) of Executive Order No. 1037 dated July 4, 1985.
    2. Citizens of other countries working and/or residing in the Philippines and.holders of valid Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-Card).

    Exclusion

    Foreign Citizens with formal contract whose premium contributions are equally shared by the employees and the employer.

    Definition of Terms
    1. Foreign retiree — refers to any foreign national or former Filipino at least 35 years old, who chose to retire and live in the Philippines and qualified holder of SRRV.
    2. Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) — is a special non-immigrant visa issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) through the Retirement Program of the PRA. It entitles the holder to multiple indefinite entry privileges with the right to stay permanently in the Philippines.
    3. Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-Card) – is a microchip-based, credit card-sized, identification card issued to all registered aliens whose stay in the Philippines has exceeded fifty-nine (59) days. This includes foreign nationals under immigrant and non-immigrant visas and holders of Temporary Visitor’s Visa.

    Implementing Mechanism

    Below are the mechanisms for the coverage of PRA foreign retirees and other foreign citizens under the Informal Economy Program of the NHIP:
    PRA Foreign Retiree

    annual premium PhP 15000
    Other Foreign Citizens who work in the country or residency in the Philippines

    annual premium PhP 1700
    Unfortunately, under the new PhilHealth regulations, foreigners will no longer be eligible for Z Package benefits?
    Under this Z Package, it covers very serious and expensive medical conditions check local regional offices and their website
    http://www.philhealth.gov.ph

    Citystate Centre, 709 Shaw Blvd.,
    1603 Pasig City, Philippines

    Textline:0917-898-7442 (PHIC)
    actioncenter@philhealth.gov.ph

    Phil Health – Health insurance for Foreigners in the Philippines

    Specific Provisions
    1. Foreign nationals are required to enroll as a member and shall not be covered as dependent by their Filipino Spouse.
    2. All foreign nationals are qualified to be covered under the Lifetime Member Program of the NHIP once they have reached the age of 60 and have made 120 monthly contributions. However, they are not qualified for the mandatory PhilHealth coverage as provided under the Expanded Senior Citizens Act.
    3. In case of death of covered foreign nationals, the qualified dependent/s shall continue to avail of PhilHealth benefits for the remaining unexpired portion of the coverage.

    Other Provisions

    1. Upon registration to LHIO, new member-foreign national will be issued with the following:
    •PhilHealth Identification Number (PIN)
    •Member Data Record (MDR)
    •PhilHealth ID Card

    2. Initial payment of premium contribution shall be made to the nearest LHIO while succeeding payments may be made at any PhilHealth accredited collecting agents (ACAs) or banks nationwide.

    3. In case of changes in personal information or declaration of additional dependents, the member shall be required to proceed to the nearest LHIO and submit the previously issued MDR reflecting the necessary data adjustment together with the attached proof/ supporting document/s. Once updated thru the PhilHealth system application, a new MDR shall be printed and issued to the member.

    4. In the availment of benefits, the patient shall be checked for eligibility through the PhilHealth Enhanced Health Care Institution (HCI) Portal. Those with qualifying contributions will be entitled to benefits and shall be issued with PhilHealth Benefit Eligibility Form (PBEF).

    5. in case the membership and coverage of foreign nationals have not been reflected/updated thru the PhilHealth HCI Portal, the MDR and PhilHealth Official Receipt (POR)/ PhilHealth Agent’s Receipt (PAR)/ Certificate of Premium Payment (CPP)/ Bill Payment Receipt (for non-banks) may be presented to the accredited health care facility as proof of benefit entitlement.

    6. The PhilHealth Customer Assistance, Relationship and Empowerment Staff (CARES), currently deployed in various accredited hospitals nationwide, shall be required to provide the necessary assistance to the members in the availment of benefits.

    Repealing Clause

    All existing related issuances with provisions inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed and modified accordingly. Other provisions consistent with the foregoing shall remain valid and in full force.

    Please keep in mind that this post is only for information purpose. All questions regarding the PhilHealth Health Insurance for foreigner in the Philippines need to be addressed to a PhilHealth Customer Assistance at your local office. You may also look at their website for further information.
    http://www.philhealth.gov.ph

  101. Have not been back to DaLat in over a decade, but good to know the cost of living there is quite reasonable. Hence, DaLat will be added to my list of potential places to retire in VietNam. Personally I prefer to be my the coast, so maybe DaNang or VungTau, but preferences do change as we age. Thank you as well as the participating member for sharing this informative video.

  102. So would $3,000 US a month for a single guy, no debts, be alright for a decent place to live in Thailand with occasional getting out but not an extravagant spending life style?

  103. Better for you guys to live in Vietnam and other places in Asia. Philippines is only for Young travel vloggers. And the Philippines is already over populated. Visit is just okey.

  104. Who in the bloody hell would choose to live in a Communist dictatorship like Vietnam? I hear that many US companies are looking to relocating some or all of their businesses from China to Vietnam, from one Communist dictatorship to another. In 30 years time, Vietnam might make the same moves politically, that China is now making, sigh….we simply never seem to learn from history.

  105. I visited Dalat on a day tour so I didn’t get a good feel for the city but it is higher elevation and cooler. My Filipina friend is an engineer at a furniture company in Na Trang, not so far from there and I spent 10 days there. I found enough English speakers to get by but it was a challenge. It is quieter, cleaner, and better infrastructure than the Philippines where I have lived for 4 years.

  106. Here’s some interesting info for those interested in the weather in the places he mentioned-Dubai Average High in January 73F, average low 58F, Average high July 103F, average low 85F (man that’s hot).  Only 6.3 inches of rain average per year.  Mindanao, Philippines average High in January 91F, average Low 70; average high July 90F, average Low 72; average annual rainfall 85 inches a year.  Da Lat, Vietnam (elevation 4900 feet) Average high January 72F, average low 60F; average high July 73F, average low 65.5F; average rainfall 70 inches; record Low temp for Da Lat 31F (Wikipedia).  Saigon average high temp January 88F, average low 72F; average July high 89F, average low 77F, record low 57F; average annual rainfall 77 inches.
    In comparison to Chiang mai, Thailand- average January high 84F, average low 58F; average July high 89F, average low 75F; all time low in Chiang mai 41F.  Average annual rainfall in Chiang mai is 47.5 inches.

  107. On my list for Next year. Max stay period? No Thailand this year , Philippians.
    Till the laws are changed, alot of exit doors been opened in Thailand

  108. I’ll agree the Philippines is not
    The cheepest place in
    Asia
    Visa’s in Philippines are
    Expensive and it’s a hassle
    Hotels are much much more
    Expensive.
    But on the flip side
    The Philippines is the
    Best places in the world
    If your into motorcycle riding
    And Philippines speek ,, English,,

  109. This is helpful JC you hit on all the right things I have concerns about in a comparison, safety, weather, family orientation, cost of living; thank you. English use, Medical access and quality of care are all subjects I want to drill deeper on in the future. Value – dollar good food, friendly people – I appreciate your framework for good decision making. When you share how you process your decisions that is helpful to me. I tend to be intuitive, I know what I know – I just do not know why hahaha you explain it in a well – thought out process, please keep that up, it is like having a window into your mind and processes. What you think and why you think it is very helpful to me.

  110. What is the name of the city he is in Vietnam..? “Dalout..? or??? spelling? any other good places to check out first? I have been to both the Philippines and Thailand.. eeeh… not interested in those.

  111. I’m sorry, but what is the name of the area this gentleman is living in? Thank you for the good information. It really gives us an advantage when considering places to live. I live in NY, and been go to Thailand for the past two winters (3 months) since I retired, and looking for a place to settle in SE Asia. There’s Always An Option!!

  112. Where r u in Vietnam where it’s cold? It’s hotter than hell and humid in Hanoi and Saigon!!

    Vietnamese food quality and prices sure beat the Philippines!!

    I live in both countries and I agree with your nice guest.

  113. JC, thanks so much for providing us with the options! I appreciate the information that you provide. I have been to the Philippines many times and loved it there, but never stayed more than a month. The pollution and poverty can be overwhelming. That’s why I started looking at Thailand and now Vietnam. Both are great options! Thanks again, and hope to see you soon! 😊😎

  114. all lies and out of date. there is a economic bubble going on in vietnam and pinoy prices skyrocketing!!!! not cheap as they say. credit going to locals so hyperinflation. also philiphines not safe

  115. I’m down in Phu Quoc at the moment (an island off the far south coast of Vietnam). It’s low season, so prices are generally reasonable and not too many tourists around although still popular with Vietnamese tourists. It’s kinda sleepy and quiet here (I’m sure it’s firing on all cylinders in the high season) and I do enjoy the ‘beach resort’ feel. The people here have been respectful and kind (none of the passive-aggressive attitude I used to get from some Thais). Vietnamese seem to be quite shy, so it can be difficult to make connections with the locals (not impossible, though). If you have a generally sociable attitude, are polite and respectful you’ll find you’ll get treated exactly the same.

    Temperatures at this time of the year, this far south, vary. When the sun’s out it gets very, very hot, but when the rains come (it’s on-and-off at the moment) things cool down nicely. I’ve been here a month, so far, with another month to go, and I’d say it’s been about 75/25 sunshine vs rain. But beware that when it rains it can come absolutely bucketing down. Beaches are great, prices are reasonable and smoking is allowed (not everywhere, but much more tolerated than just about anywhere else I’ve been).

    Not really much of a bar scene down here in Phu Quoc (at least, not at this time of year) – it’s still around, you just have to go looking (the internet will be your friend). I really like it here. Seems to suit me. I came on a 30-day Tourist Visa and have opted to apply for a further 1-month extension.

  116. Hey JC, I started watching your videos from my home in Cambria, California about 5 years ago, fast forward to today, I’m living here in Phuket, I’m on the retirement extension. I’m getting a bit restless here in Thailand. I’m thinking about Viet Nam. Was the name of this place Da Lat? Thanks for the inspiration and keep on making videos.

  117. Cheers for bringing in another perspective.
    Vietnam is number #2 on my list. Cambodia is still #1, but thats coming from someone below 40 years old. Never really thought about that your main audience is “older people”. And I can agree that for “oldies” Cambodia might not be as good as some other options.
    I let the communist comment slide this time 🙂 Thanks for another great videos!

  118. Great interview. Your comment of “they like the horn here” was funny. Vietnam keeps coming up in many of the videos I watch as having some great qualities. Thanks for sharing.

  119. Yes, you need to explore to decide what fits you. Only a few years myself and had to spread them out. Ended up 5 canadian winters elsewhere to investigate since 2010. Only enough time to fall in love with the people in 4 countries. Thailand, Lao’s, Cambodia and Vietnam. Best liked always relates to time to explore (usually visa limitations). Retiring soon and Philippines, Burma, Indonesia. and Malaysia still need to be explored. Burma, Tibet and Nepal. It’s all about have much time you can afford to spend and the $ to find the best option for you. Lots of good info JC.

  120. JC Great Video. Such valuable information. So true what Larry says about the Philippines 🇵🇭. Natural beauty but more expensive than the rest of Southeast Asia. I’m hooked on your channel

  121. Thanks for a great video! I am thinking about Vietnam… to visit and maybe retire. Do you think Larry would mind another visitor next year or so? 😉

  122. Good interview JC. I’m wondering if there’s a bit of a mini exodus from the Philippines taking place? Your friend in Dalat and the You tuber Reekay fled from there. Personally I think Thailand and Vietnam are head and shoulders ahead of the Philippines. I’m off to Spain before returning to Saigon in five weeks where I’m staying in district 7 for the first time. Enjoy the rest of your hiatus in Dalat.

  123. In my opinion JC is the man and always will be the man..he is the one that made me want to live in southeast Asia..I been watching him for many years and always value his opinion because he always knows what he is talking about..you are by far the best on utube..

  124. I hope everyone goes to Vietnam or Thailand..the filipines is Paradise. Lots of people speak English and use the dollar..I will always visit Cambodia Thailand and Vietnam but my home will always be in the filipines.. everyone should do their research and spend time in the place they chose before making a big move.. before you sign a lease live there a few months to see what kind of Neighbors you have. Filipines people are famous for noisy roosters,barking dogs and karaoke parties all night and sometimes four or five nights a week..try it first to see if you like it..the smaller coastal towns that the tourists have not found are cheap and wonderful..some are just a couple of hours from a big city like Cebu.. research, research, research is the key..most everything is on the internet..

  125. thanks for your vlogg j c . i have followed you for years and your information is so helpful. I lived in thailand for twelve months but with the aussie dollar the way it is i had to go back to Australia . anyway thanks for the help

  126. Thanks for the information. I am going to keep it in mind. I am moving to Baguio Philippines to relax in my retirement years now. But Dalat looks like a wonderful place also. I am going to make sure I travel there and check it out too. What a beautiful view from your friends place there! From what he says the weather there is very nice also. I have lived in Los Angeles California all my life, I am 63 yrs old now, retired for just about 2 yrs now and taking care of my elderly father. When he is gone I want to get the heck out of this state and move to a comfortable place weather wise where I can enjoy being outdoors and doing things without extreme heat. Thank you for the great video!

  127. Scots-English. Bill Bryson was in Glasgow. He points to a pub and asks if it’s any good. The local (he claims) said, “Ah hoot ma haw ah hoot ma hoe-ni”. He asks again and the guy says it again, really slowly. He thanks the guy, smiles, and goes inside. Then he finds out is that the bloke was saying, “This is without doubt the worst place in Glasgow to drink beer”.

  128. I was in Vietnam in 1972, do the Vietnamese people resent us Americans or is the war forgotten for the most part? it means a lot to me, is your town spelled Da Lat?.

  129. JC, any chance you could find an expat there that has had several experiences with the health system? That is my only concern with Vietnam, everything else is fantastic.

  130. Hi JC. I am also 70 yrars old same as Larry. I was hoping you would ask him about his medical insurance. Do you know how he insures himself while living in Vietnam? Thanks JC.

  131. I can’t imagine living somewhere and not speaking the local language. In Thailand, there is usually not an english speaking local who can assist, in my experience. In tourist areas yes, but as an expat off the beaten path, no. Not sure how Vietnamese is compared to Thai, but the alphabet looks easy enough, though there are 6 tones, not 5 .

  132. For single expats, dating is a central issue. I’ve seen other expats visit both the PI and Vietnam and agree with all the points made in this video in relation to food, cleanliness, safety etc. However, they said that for dating and long-term relationships the PI was preferable in large part because of the language issue. For many expats, that issue superseded all the others. One guy hinted that after finding a Filipina in the PI, the expat could move to Vietnam bringing his Filipina with him.

  133. I’m married to a Vietnamese woman we live in America but I have considered retiring to Vietnam soon I’m only 48.What is the deal with the retirement visa versus some type visa being married to a Vietnamese visa, what would be best would be best?

  134. Great Video! We’ve not been to Dalat in 15 years, got some family there. Seems like this video is the impetus we needed to make another visit. One thing I do remember though, when there last, in March or April, was pretty hot during the day, but nice at night. Seems like we may like spending some time there for a change.

  135. Was just having breakfast this morning at restaurant in Chaing Mai. The fellow at the next table had just gotten back from a trip to Vietnam and told me he loved it there. His intention was to pack things up and make the move. As we were talking an Australian retired couple came in and heard us chatting . After many years in Thailand they were on there way to Vietnam also. It was just last week I had mentioned to the staff how quiet it was and they told me business was down 50% from last year and that many of there long time customers had left Thailand. With these TM 30 rules being so strictly enforced many are just quietly packing up and leaving. Very sad because Thailand to me is such a great country and I love it here ,but totally understand the sense of frustration expats are beginning to feel, myself included .

  136. JC, this video could not have come at a better time. It cleared up some of my apprehension about visiting Vietnam. Thanks to you and this video, my original travel plans are now back on track. Great interview with an articulate guest .

  137. Vietnam is the best place in my opinion,my wife has a house in the country and I enjoy the Vietnamese people,very friendly and caring people,I spend about 8 months out of the year in Vietnam and couple months in Thailand and appreciate the countries

  138. Tagaytay City and surroundings in The Philippines close to Santa Rosa City you do not need almost AC .That is much better than Davao and 1 hour from Manila . This person knows only Davao . Compare it to Palawan with Coron .
    JC the new Mayor of Manila Isko Moreno is changing the whole county on cleanliness and discipline .
    Vietnam is a nice Country but The Philippines is much more positive that was described in the interview .This Person is too negative towards The Philippines .How many People want to live in a Communist Country ??? There is still a fear attached to it !

  139. Reeky from beyond the sea has made the switch from the Philippines to Vietnam.He always loved the Philippines but sounds like he is never going back and completely sold on Vietnam.
    JC and Reekay should do a meetup and compare notes would make an interesting video .
    This Da Lat looks beautiful can’t get over how cheap the apartment is looks like a great relaxing place to live

  140. That’s funny; Vietnam is supposed to be a police state but you rarely see the police. Most times you will see traffic police. Philippines is not officially a police state but the police are visible, and store security all have guns. When I first went there I felt nervous seeing so many guns on store security. Where I live store security do not have guns. If someone shoplifts the store security will call the police. Mostly security that picks up or delivers money are guaranteed to carry firearms. The Philippines has too many guns.

  141. One point… you could have covered (or touch on) critical items like health insurance, visa requirements, house renting, average cost of living. These could take a whole show but would have been nice for Larry, who is living there, to touch on these briefly.

  142. A new problem that seems to have a few expats stressed in Vietnam is banks are closing interest a/c held by expats. Only hearing second hand info so check it out if you want to bring your savings here in Vietnam. Also for non Americans the visa length seems to change often.

  143. I’m settled and retired in Thailand but some times I wonder about Myanmar and India. The banks there pay 6% or so and cost of living maybe even less than Thailand. Is it possible to retire in those countries and use their banks? I inquired about a Myanmar bank branch in Bangkok and the lady said accounts were only for residents of Myanmar. Any help about retirement in India or Myanmar??? Thanks JC, live 100 years.

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