Vietnam

Where Will I be Placed While Teaching English in Vietnam?

Nick Paul

Nick Paul

June 13, 2018

Definitely our fastest growing teach abroad program, is teaching English in Vietnam and for great reason too! Vietnam has an exciting and immersive culture, good earning and career potential along with a very low cost of living. All of this makes for great opportunities for travel or saving while you live and work in one of Asia’s fastest growing economies. Most positions we offer as part of our programs are at private language centres and these are usually in larger towns and cities, centred either in the north near Hanoi, the capital or in the south near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s bustling economic heart.

So here’s where you may end up teaching in Vietnam:

Let’s take a quick look at the most popular regions for placement and what to expect there:

Ho Chi Minh City:

French Colonial style city hall in Ho Chi Minh City.

French Colonial style city hall in Ho Chi Minh City.

Also often known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has an eclectic mix of old, French colonial buildings, 50’s modernist architecture, gritty communist era streets and the soaring skyscrapers of its newfound economic boom. There are millions of motorbikes in this industrious city which weave in between pedestrians and food carts, market stalls and construction vehicles, all adding to the undeniable energy this Asian megacity possesses.

If it all gets too much, just step inside one of the many cafes or bars and enjoy some speedy, free WiFi with a cà phê sữa đá, a ultra sweet coffee made with condensed milk, or an ice cold beer from a craft brewery. What’s more, it’s only a couple of hours from the coast or a short flight from it’s centrally located airport to anywhere in the region whether that be Bangkok, Hanoi or even Singapore or Hong Kong.

Surrounding Ho Chi Minh City are a number of other regions which you might be placed in. Directly north are Binh Duong province and the city of Bien Hoa in (stop sniggering South Africans) Dong Nai province. These are sleepy towns compared to Ho Chi Minh City, though you’re only about an hour out and you’ll still have everything you need within a short distance of where you live.

Hanoi:

[image source] Hanoi’s ancient citadel is a striking contrast to the grit of its streets. This diversity makes Hanoi popular with expats.

Vietnam’s cultural and political capital has been occupied for over 5000 years and has held sway over the surrounding regions for at least a thousand of those years – needless to say it’s packed with history. Hanoi is a popular city amongst expats due to its milder climate than the southern cities and it’s more Parisian street feel at times without losing any of that very Vietnamese grittiness.

Surrounding Hanoi are a couple of other towns and regions you could be placed in like Bac Ninh province, directly east of the capital or the city of Hai Phong which is a stones throw from world-famous Ha Long Bay.

 

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