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…

Modessa Island, Palawan, Review

Before our training began with APAX English in Hanoi, we were asked to complete a Visa Run. After very little research and for no particular reason whatsoever, we decided we’d take the opportunity to visit the Philippines where we beached on the incredible island of Modessa. With 10 days spare and a extra little cash…

Xplore Asia and TravelBud Review – An Amazing Introduction to Our New Lives

When it comes to moving away from home to a completely different culture, the list of potential problems and worries might seem endless. If you’re planning on shifting career too, that list will more than double. Whatever the reason you’re deciding to uproot for, be it early retirement, escaping the rat race, wanting to try…

2 Days in Huế: Sights, Food and Family

Located in central Vietnam, Hue was the countries capital from 1802 to 1945. During this period, Nguyen Dynasty emperors ruled throughout Vietnam and were the countries last ruling family. Today the modern city surrounds ancient palaces, shrines and pagodas, some of which are a must see when visiting Vietnam. Here’s how we spent our 2…

Hue to Hoi An: Hai Van Pass Motorbike Tour

After our short stay in the ancient city of Hue, we made the decision to head further south to the city of Hoi An. The route between Hue and Hoi An boasts one of the worlds most breath taking stretches of coastal road, Hai Van Pass. This is how we decided to make the journey…

Ninh Binh and Tam Coc: An Idiots Guide

After a little research, we decided to make Ninh Binh and Tam Coc our first stop in Vietnam. As we were studying our TESOL qualification in Hanoi two weeks later, we thought it best to explore as much of the country as possible before settling in a busy city 4 weeks. Ninh Binh is a…

8 Essentials to Prepare for Teaching in Vietnam

Thinking of Teaching in Vietnam? It’s hard to know exactly what you will need to prepare before moving to the other side of the world, and it can be an extremely daunting thought. That’s without even considering the fact you’ll probably be starting a whole new career path too! Sadly there is no checklist that…

Sri Lanka in Two Weeks

Sri Lanka in Two Weeks Have you ever seen green as far as the eye can see? Well that’s a given in Sri Lanka. This country is vibrant, cultural and colourful. It’s hard to fathom how you can make the most of what this country can offer in just two weeks, but we gave it…