How to Get a Teaching Job in Vietnam: 6 Steps to Employment and Residency

English teachers are in high demand in Vietnam and job opportunities are truly endless. Experienced teachers and new teachers alike are almost guaranteed a teaching position of some description. Most positions in Vietnam do not require any prior teaching experience. If you’re planning a move on a whim because you’re sick of your 9-5, then…

2 Days on Cat Ba Island: Hikes, Climbs and Beach Time

Cat Ba Island sits just off the coast of Northern Vietnam, slightly South of the more famous destination Ha Long Bay. The island itself is surprisingly large and is home to some of the most jaw dropping mountainous scenery in Vietnam. We made the decision to visit the island over visiting Ha Long Bay based…

7 Classroom Management Techniques: Written by a New English Teacher

As a teacher it is inevitable you will have classes you are going to LOVE walking into and those you completely DREAD. As a new teacher you have the added pressure of having very little idea of what you are walking into at all. It could be a dream or a bomb site, and it…

Renting a Motorbike in Hanoi

It’s no lie that the main mode of transport in Hanoi/anywhere in Vietnam is a motorbike. I would say on average the bike to car ratio is around 6 bikes to every car (idiots guesstimate). It’s probably even more extreme than this, with 2 motorbikes for every man, woman and child. If you’re staying in…

A Day in the Life of an English Teacher in Vietnam: Hanoi

As an English Teacher in Vietnam, you will most likely work for either a Private Language Centre or a Public/International School. Both positions are very different in terms of schedule and responsibility. For this post I am writing from my own personal experience working in a Private Language Centre. Something we have grown to love!…

A Two Day Trip to Ba Vi National Park

One of the greatest things about living in Hanoi is it’s location. It is possible to drive to the countryside in less than two hours. When we were growing tired of the cities hustle and bustle, we asked a local where they’d go to get a break and some fresh air. When she suggested Ba…

An Idiots Guide to a Day in Manila

When we booked our visa hop trip to Modessa Island in the Phillippines, as we mentioned, we did it on an absolute whim. Travelling there left us with a choice, with either rush and get to the island as quick as possible, or stop in Manilla and take in a bit of the capital of…

Living in Vietnam: Pros and Cons to Life in Hanoi

Making the decision to move to a country on the other side of the world is a big one for most people. And if you are like us, it’s a move to a country you have never actually visited. Before we left we read every post about life in Vietnam and built a not so…

Riding a Motorbike in Vietnam: A Complete Blog

One of the first things you’ll notice when you exit the airport terminal into Vietnam is the number of motorbikes and mopeds flooding the roads. This sight multiplied, if you’ve never set foot in another densely populated Asian country before. It’s mental. But riding a motorbike in Vietnam is all but essential for most people….

Reasons to Teach in Vietnam

When we left home to teach in Vietnam we didn’t know what to expect. I’m pretty sure 90% of the people we told thought we were crazy. And maybe they’re right. Everything about this place is CRAZY. But bloody hell, it is good. Here are 10 reasons why two idiotic Brits chose to leave their…