Living, working and travelling in Vietnam

Living in Vietnam

Vietnam is an incredible place to base yourself if you’re a TEFL teacher. The secret to the perfect trip to Vietnam is careful planning, not to mention budgeting. Although with a good TEFL job you won’t have to worry about costs, as you can have a very comfortable standard of living.

There are a range of opportunities from working with children in kindergartens to one-to-one tutoring with business people. Taxes in Vietnam can be high, but because general costs of living are low you should have plenty left from your monthly wage to spend on sight-seeing, travelling and dining on all the delicious local delicacies!

You’ll find that accommodation is often included as part of your employment package. However if it is not, most employers will help you source somewhere suitable. If you’re planning to find somewhere yourself, then shared accommodation is a good option.

When it comes to transport, buses are probably the best option for getting around. A monthly pass can cost as little as $7. Taxis are another cheap option. If you want to travel out with your local area, train fares can be relatively cheap. Budget airlines are another option but always do some research as prices can vary quite a bit.

Eating in Vietnam Vietnamese street food. Wow. Cheap (average price of around $1) and probably the most delicious thing you will ever taste, this is something you will experience a lot during your time living and working there. Even restaurant food is a bargain, and you’ll find that beer prices can be similar to that of the price of a bottle of water (around 50 cents).

Try a bowl of Pho, Banh mi and sticky rice, some firm favourites amongst those who visit Vietnam!

Top places to visit in Vietnam:

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

This is a UNESCO World Heritage National Park, and has over 100km of underground caves and rivers! It’s a fantastic tourist destination with some great photo opportunities, too.

Hoi An Hoi An is home to amazing temples and pagodas, and a great place to explore. The Old Town is very popular with tourists, and another UNESCO World Heritage Site to add to your list! Hoi An is also well known for cooking and cuisine, so many will enrol on a cooking course. And, if shopping is a weakness then you can have a sharp suit or dress tailored to your exact measurements for next to nothing.Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is a picture-perfect area in the Quang Ninh province, and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thousands of little islands and limestone karsts (layers of soluble bedrock) make it a sight to behold, and a beautiful day out.

Floating Markets

These floating markets in Mekong Delta, on the Mekong River, are commonplace for locals for carry out their trading. Not only is it a sight to behold, but a great cultural experience and top photo opportunity too!

Ho Chi Minh City

Based on the Saigon River, this is Vietnam’s biggest city and it has everything and anything you can think of! Beautiful buildings, moped and motorbike-packed streets and widely renowned sights mean there is lots to do and lots to see.

Sapa

Sapa is home of beautiful valleys, and a trek there will astonish you given the truly breath-taking views. A hit with many travellers, Sapa should definitely be on your ‘to-do’ list.

Phu Quoc Island

A favoured beach escape, Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island and a fantastic place to kick back and relax. White beaches and lots of fun activities like diving and kayaking mean it’s a hit with travellers.

Vietnam is a fantastic TEFL destination and life there is a real treat! There are lots of opportunities to teach English there, so for job in Vietnam visit http://www.tefl.org.uk/tefl-jobs-centre/