I find that when settling in one place after being on the move for a while it becomes very easy to get stuck into the day to day routine.
Whilst living and working in Ho Chi Minh city (formally Saigon), it was easy to think I’ve got plenty of time here, until it got very near to the end and I realised there was still a lot I hadn’t done. What’s great about living in a place is you get to see the local side of it but perhaps don’t get round to all the main ‘tourist’ attractions.
Luckily, my parents were coming out to visit before we headed back to Hoi An so I excitedly got planning a 3 day itinerary for when they were here.… Read more
Before I left the UK to travel India and Southeast Asia this year, getting an English teaching job in Vietnam was already on the agenda. I don’t mean I had a job lined up, I was going with the intention of rocking up and finding one. Obviously earning some more cash to prolong the travels was a big motivator and I was looking for something productive to do.
Gaining some experience in a job that can be done most places in the world also sold it for me, like it does for many. With a degree in English Language but totally unrelated job history I decided this would be a great way to finally put it to good use. That’s definitely not to say you need an English degree, or a degree at all in some cases, which I’ll come to later in this post!… Read more
I met a lovely French girl on a bus in Laos who, after the usual exchange of travel plans, told me she got mugged in Ho Chi Minh City (AKA Saigon). Luckily there was another westerner nearby who responded to her screams and tackled the criminal to get her bag back. “It’s a great place, just be very careful with your bag” she said. Considering Adam and I had plans to be living there for nearly 3 months, I was thankful she warned us even though I was yet to discover how common an issue it is.
Unfortunately, even after being warned, I wasn’t so lucky… Read more