10 Things I Will Never Understand About Vietnam

I’ve been in Vietnam for over a year now (hooray!) and whilst the culture shock is long over, there are still some things that baffle and perplex me about this country. Part of being an expat is accepting that there are some cultural quirks you will never understand, and that’s totally okay. The following list…

5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it’s affectionately known as, is one of those cities that has it all. It’s culturally rich, teeming with life and full of possibilities; whoever you are and whatever you’re into, there’s something for you. The city is energetic without being chaotic, and developed without being totally westernised. Plus, there’s a…

Review: Golden Lotus Healing Spa Land

Saigon’s not exactly a calming place to live, and it’s been particularly crazy for the past week or so due to a build up of pre-Tết traffic. Tết is the most important holiday in Vietnamese culture, when the entire country takes a week-long break to celebrate the Lunar New Year; the prior madness might be…

Driving a Motorbike in Saigon

The post that will give my poor parents a heart attack. In Saigon, hardly anyone walks anywhere. You might walk the length of a few streets, pop to the convenience store or wander around a market, but that’s about it. Hardly anybody drives a car. You might get an Uber X or a taxi if…

When Sophie Came to Stay

A few months ago, I was messaging my friend, Sophie, talking about the prospect of spending Christmas 6308 miles away from home. Sophie was already planning to visit me at some point and suggested coming out for Christmas. Cue MAJOR excitement. Before I left for Vietnam, Sophie was probably the friend I saw the most…

The Pros and Cons of Teaching English in Saigon

Coming to Vietnam to teach English is, hands down, the best thing I’ve ever done. However, whilst it is a powerful, interesting and character-forming experience, it isn’t all fun and games. Teaching abroad isn’t the same as travelling through a country and merely glimpsing its best bits; it’s doing the same thing, day-in, day-out and…

Visitors

I haven’t blogged in a while, due to my own laziness, a hectic working schedule and a defunct laptop charger. During the time that has elapsed since I last posted, I’ve moved to a nice apartment (with a gorgeous pool that bad weather is currently preventing me from enjoying on my only day off, as…

Mui Ne for the day

Living in Ho Chi Minh City is wonderful; I’m never bored in this dynamic and bustling city. After a while, however, one definitely begins to feel an itch to escape the craziness, if just for a short while. And so last Saturday night I packed a bag and climbed abroad a bus to Mui Ne,…

Border Run Fun

Since before I arrived in Vietnam, I knew that a border run was something I’d have to do, but it was three months away and, quite frankly, there were bigger things to worry about, so I didn’t give it much thought. Before I knew it, it was time for thought to be given; I was…

100 Days in Vietnam

The title sounds like a war film, but it’s day 100 for me here in Vietnam and I felt like this landmark deserved a blog post. 100 days may not sound like much, but keeping track of the days here via Instagram posts has made me realise just how much can happen in that relatively…

Life in Saigon: expectation vs. reality

In the five month gap between deciding to come to Vietnam and actually arriving here, it was the chief occupier of my thoughts. Whether it was obsessively googling travel blogs on company time (sorry, Amazon) or fretting over what kind of footwear I should take, it’s safe to say that I thought about my life…

Teaching English in Saigon: what it’s actually like

So far, I’ve written blog posts about settling in and studying, but not about actually teaching in Vietnam which is, after all, what I came here to do. I’ve been here nigh on three months now, and have been teaching for about a month, so I feel like I’m finally qualified to talk about life…