After completing your TEFL course, it will be time to find a place to live. Many people decide to live and teach in other countries like Thailand, Cambodia or China. We have done short write ups of some Vietnamese cities to help you get a feel for the place. Let's have a look!
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - South
Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and everything you have heard about the craziness of Vietnamese motorbike traffic comes from here. The organized chaos of this city is what makes living here such a novel and vibrant experience! A great introduction into urban Vietnamese culture; the food is fantastic and everywhere and the people are warm and welcoming.
From HCMC, the South of Vietnam is easily explored by bike or bus. Places to go include: Mui Ne, and Vung Tau for beach adventures, Cu Chi tunnels for historical insights and the sprawling Mekong Delta, the rice basket of the world!
Surrounded by coffee plantations, Da Lat is one of the favourite destinations for locals. The climate is milder than than balmy HCMC due to the altitude and mist often hangs on the branches of the pine trees in the surrounding mountains.
Hoi An - Central
Hoi An is one of the most popular stops along the coastal backpacking route. The old town harks back to the French colonial era and is all cobbled walkways and low hanging timber eaves. At night the lanterns wash the yellow plastered walls with red and green and watch their reflections dance on the river that divides the old quarter.
Life is very slow and relaxed here. The city will experience busy and down times throughout the year as toursits come and go.
Da Nang - Central
Da Nang is a large city which has undergone a lot of development in recent years. It is a popular tourist destination while also being very popular with teachers. The beautiful Hai Van pass sits just North of the city and the surrounding green hills are like jade stones sliding into the blue sea. Da Nang is a great place from which to explore central Vietnam with access to mountainous regions as well as a great beach location.
Hue - Central
Da Hue is the ancient capital of one of the dynasties that ruled Vietnam. The history and architecture attract many travellers and thus Hue is also a popular stop along the coastal backpacking route.
Hanoi - North
The capital. The king in the North! In many ways, HCMC and Hanoi are seen as antitheses of one another. This you can discover for yourself. Be that as it may, Hanoi has a charm all its own. The old quarter, and backpacker district, is a battle ground of old and new. Flourishing small businesses sardined between ancient temples, themselves held together by creeping tree roots.
Sapa - Far North
This part of the country is something special. Sapa, along with cities like Ha Giang, are places of high adventure. These regions are best explored by motorbike. As you climb through the mist, the terraced rice fields tumble down the steep slopes into deep valleys. This is a great area to experience the rich indigenous culture of Vietnam.
Phnom Penh is a bustling SE Asian city, not unlike it neighbours to the West. However, the remnants of the ancient Khmer culture are what give Cambodia a flavour that is quite unique. Orange-robed monks stride through the streets, alongside backpackers and urban Cambodians alike, to and from the ubiquitous temples dotted around the tight neighbourhoods of the city. With such a rich and tumultuous history, Cambodia really is a fantastic place for living and teaching.
Cambodia has long been a revered travel destination for its wealth of cultural, but also natural beauty. Some places to go: Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) is arguably one of the most beautiful examples of ancient stone architecture. You also can't go wrong in Koh Rong, a great beach and diving paradise.