English Teaching in Vietnam

Vietnam has a lively vibrant culture.

Where and why?

Finding a destination that meets your social and work needs requires research and a lot of thought, but this can be difficult when there are so many ESL teaching jobs around. With the world literally at your feet, you need to make a decision.

The decision process can be challenging, so let me help you narrow down your options by giving you a few reasons why teaching English in Vietnam might be the right idea for you.

Why teach English in Vietnam?

There are a lot of reasons why people move to Vietnam. From teaching English to learning about a new culture and traveling. and enjoying all the amazing things Vietnam has to offer. And there is the monetary side as well. T

The salary of an English teacher in Vietnam is pretty good.

So, let’s go, here are the top 8 reasons why I think teaching English in Ho Chi Minh City is a good idea.

The cost of living.

  Vietnam is extremely affordable. It is a great location for an ESL teacher.

Rental properties can range from 5,000,000 dong to 30,000,000 million dong and more if you want the best. .That is $220 US to $1,320 US per month.

Food also is very cheap, with a bowl of Pho going for 50,000 dong. About $2.20 US.

And yes, you can get pizza and steaks and Mexican food and much more. The major cities have a cosmopolitan feel these days.

Buying a motorbike is cheap and you can get a good motorcycle for 25,000,000 dong. $1,100 US. Beer is 15,000 dong for a Tiger beer. Less than 70 cents US per can.8-).

There are a lot of Teaching jobs.

 Asia is typically associated with a wealth of job opportunities for ESL teachers. This makes it a very popular choice. Vietnam is regularly recruiting English language teachers for a variety of positions. A lot of ESL jobs in Vietnam are in language schools, where you could be teaching a range of students. For example, many adults will attend classes to learn English in private English schools. .


And naturally, travel opportunities will play a big role in your decision process.

Bordering China and Cambodia and Laos, Vietnam is perfectly situated within Southeast Asia and is just a short flight away from many of these must-see destinations. The continent opens up to you. What might have been viewed as a holiday of a lifetime will be accessible to you in a fraction of the time and more importantly, at a fraction of the cost.

Live like a Local. 

As an English teacher in Vietnam, you get to experience one of Asia’s largest, fastest growing countries. And not as a tourist living in hotels, traveling on tour buses, or bunking with backpackers in hostels.  You will live like a local. Live in a typical Vietnamese neighborhood, shop in local markets, and break bread or slurp Pho with colleagues, neighbors, and friends at corner noodle stands and coffee shops.

Pick up some Vietnamese language skills, enjoy the cuisine, and enjoy travel opportunities that friends back home can only dream about. And I won’t even mention the big nights out.

The Food and Coffee.

Vietnam, where one can eat a banh Mi ( a world class sandwich) while drinking an amazing cup of coffee ( Caf’e Sua Da). You can find these on almost any street corner.. Combining traditional Chinese and Southeast Asian techniques and flavors with an extraordinary array of seafood and produce,

Vietnam is an eater’s heaven. From hearty noodle soups, to fresh salads and mouth watering grilled fare, Vietnamese cuisine is balanced, fresh, healthy, and most of all tasty. 

2,000 Miles of  spectacular Coastline.

Living in Vietnam means you are never far from the coast. Vietnam has more than 2,000 miles of coastline, including  beautiful tropical beaches, traditional fishing villages, dynamic port cities, and ancient imperial capitals.

The highlight is  Ha Long Bay. Known as the “Descending Bay of Dragons,”.   Or in Vietnamese. “Vinh Rong Xuon”

This stunning seascape of some 2,000 limestone islands and islets off the coast of North Vietnam makes it one of the most spectacular sights to be experienced anywhere. The basis of many ancient myths and legends,

Ha Long Bay has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is best explored by a Junk. A Vietnamese boat. This is a great way to discover  local attractions, including traditional floating fishing villages and underground grottos and caves.

Life along the Mekong River  pretty sweet too. Like the Nile, the Amazon, or any of the great rivers of the world, the Mekong both gives and defines life for those who live along the banks. A journey through the Mekong Delta reveals a dazzling world of colorful floating markets, traditional stilted villages, magnificent beauty, and thousands of years of history and culture embodied in ancient pagodas, temples, and palaces.

Change someone’s life.

Teaching in Vietnam not only provides the means to live and become immersed in this fascinating country, but also provides the opportunity of a lifetime. You can make a huge impact on the lives of others. To millions of Vietnamese, learning English can open doors to educational and professional opportunities.

This will enhance their living standards while helping build a better future for their families. It is an amazing feeling to help English language students learn a language that will help them in the future. And it is fun at the same time. Teaching in Vietnam could be YOUR road to a meaningful and fulfilled life abroad.

Get International Work Experience for Your Resume 

In our  globalised economy  international work experience and a proven ability to work with people from different cultures are skills that are highly sought after by employers.

As an English teacher in Vietnam you will gain professional experience in one of the world’s fastest growing economic regions. Vietnam serves as an amazing platform no matter what professional or academic tasks are undertaken.

There are plenty of transferable skills to a multitude of career paths after teaching abroad. Or, you might end up deciding to make an entire career out of being an ESL Teacher. 8_)).

What Now?

Decide where to go. Figuring out where to teach in Vietnam isn’t easy. The fantastic hypnotic Mekong delta? Vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, Bustling Hanoi, Serene Sapa? Choose somewhere that’s right for you. A quiet town or bustling city.

  • Get TESOL or TEFL certified. It will give you absolutely everything you need to prepare for the classroom (well, except for an ability to think on your feet!). Teacher Training.
  • Adults, kids, private schools, public schools? Spend time considering the type of teaching environment you’d most like to be involved in. How to Teach.
  • Choose the best school. Pay attention to past teachers’ reviews. Ask questions on line. FETV is a great site for teachers in Vietnam. ( On Facebook), Ask about the schools or  and organizations reputation, location, and your ease of getting started as a paid employee. Public school ( Regular hours ) or Language Center. (Night work and Saturday and Sunday). FETV  You will need to join, but ask me if you have problems.
  • Plan your finances.  Sort out funding before you go to afford daily essentials and splurge in travel. Research how much you need to take. What to bring.
  • Get prepared! Maps and phrase books are useful to new arrivals. Maps. Phrase books/Lonely Planet.  

Ready, Set, GO!

Are you ready for one of the most exciting chapters of your life? I think so. And I think Vietnam is the perfect place for anyone who wants adventure in their lives. Your future is as bright as you want to make it

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Schools for Teaching On Line.

Are you Teaching? Want to teach?

Here are some schools that accept English speakers to teach on line.

Teaching on line presents it’s own challenges and I have provided access to a great provider of on line teaching resources.

English teaching jobs online are the key to convenient, meaningful, and well-paid work! Teaching online is a great gig to fund your travels, be location independent, and immerse yourself in another culture. Many ESL teachers are getting out their laptops and applying for online English language teaching jobs as oppose to the traditional in-class teaching position. If you’ve got a knack for working with ESL learners and don’t quite want to commit to a contract abroad, teaching ESL online may be just for you.

Check it out here.  

Twinkl for On Line Teachers – Teaching ESL in Vietnam 2021 (vietnamesl.com)

OK, here are some of the schools that teach on line.


And more…..

Here’s a shortlist of the best online English teaching jobs this year, according to experienced travelers and ESL teachers:


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Twinkl for On Line Teachers

Teaching on line is too hard.

A lot of teachers are now teaching on line. Are you one of them? Have you ever done it before? The learning curve for teaching on line can be very steep if you haven’t done it before. 

We become so set in one way of teaching that when we are forced to change,it can be difficult. 

But there are some resources that can make it esier for us.One of these is twinkl.

What is a Twinkl?

Twinkl are there to ‘help those who teach’. And those who teach on line..

They create educational resources that can be used at each step of a child’s learning journey.

Their teacher-created resources provide entire schemes of work, lesson planning and assessments right through to online educational games, augmented reality and so much more.

They have over 525,000 resources and new content gets added every day. You’ll find they have normally got what you need..

Everything they do supports the global teaching community and they are committed to helping people by providing educational resources..

They support and work with educators across the world, including ESL teachers, primary and secondary teachers, childminders, nursery workers, home educators and parents.

All Twinkl resources are teacher-made and can be used by anyone, anywhere.l.

Should I sign up? How much is it?

Access 40,000 FREE resources

Why sign up to Twinkl.? They have more resources than ever before. Each one has been written by a teacher, designed by a designer, illustrated by an illustrator and checked by a teacher.

You can trust all of their content to be accurate, meet curriculum objectives and look beautiful. Whether you’re a teacher looking for displays, assessment and powerpoints or a parent looking for activities, homework or crafts.

You can access 40,000 FREE resources when you sign up to an account.

 Or access over 500,000+ resources with a paid membership. Membership is about $3.00 per month. That is money well invested if you are struggling online. Or stick to the free membership. 40,000 free resources should keep you teaching for a long time online.

Another great reason to sign up to Twinkl is the ability to create your own resources or to edit the content they provide. Head over to Twinkl Create to create your own versions of activities, displays and even memes!

It’s ideal to personalise, differentiate and adapt content for your class, your children or your classroom. Also, look out for the ability to adapt resources with names or pictures of your own.

 As teachers, we all know how important differentiating is..

97% of teachers agree that Twinkl helps improve their work/life balance. Made for teachers by teachers, Twinkl’s bank of teaching resources can save you valuable planning time and boost your confidence in the classroom or on line.. 

On line sharing with students.

Transform your teaching by sharing any Twinkl resource with your children online. This step by step guide for teachers shows you how any Twinkl resource can be shared with your students. Your students can activate their devices for remote learning.

 Save time distributing resources to groups of children and make your lesson stress-free. Their blog covers how to share Twinkl resources directly with your students using either a PIN code or Personal Child Logins method.

Why Share?

Sharing  resources can change the way you teach and your students learn.  It’ll help you to give your students something that is more interesting. They can watch videos they can look at anything you send. They can download or print what you have sent .

Online resource sharing also means you cut down on time spent at the printer and sending out emails and messages to your students.

With the methods that Twinkl have got to share the resources from your account you’ll spend less time on prep and have more time for teaching.

There are two methods of using Twinkl ‘lessons’ combining interactive and downloadable resources. Then sharing them quickly and easily with your class. Both are available as part of your regular Twinkl subscription. Yep, this one is not free.

  1. The PIN code method – which you have by default – allows you to share lessons, with a PIN code for each lesson.
  2. The Personal Child Login method – which you need to activate – allows you to share multiple lessons with custom groups, using the same login details every time. 

PIN Code Method Summary

Using the PIN Code method, you put together resources for a ‘lesson’, get a PIN code for the lesson and the children access it via that PIN. 

  1. You can share one ‘lesson’ at once with any child you’ve given the PIN to – one PIN per lesson
  2. There’s no need to set up child logins
  3. You have PIN code access by default, you don’t need to activate it
  4. You can use this method with any Twinkl subscription to share any site or resources your subscription covers. It’s included at no additional cost.

How Children Access Lessons via PIN-Code

Children log in at either twinkl.co.uk/go or twinkl.co.uk/share. They:

Enter the PIN for the particular lesson you want them to use

Enter PIN code

How to Share using Personal Child Logins

Personal Child Logins Summary

  1. You can group your children and deliver lessons and resources directly to groups – anyone in those groups will get the lessons automatically, with no need to share. So you can allocate any resource to your whole class or an individual..
  2. Your children log in the same way each time, with a class PIN, a username and password. They use the same PIN every time you allocate a lesson.
  3. Your children see every lesson and resource that’s currently allocated to them in their personal ‘My Lessons’ view.
  4. You can use this method with any Twinkl subscription.

How do I join?

It’s really easy to join, simply head over to their sign up page to create a free account. 

What are you thinking?

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Thanks for reading, I hope this helps those on line teachers who are struggling. 

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 And pass it on to those who need it.

Mondly Super Sale | Learn languages


MONDLY Language learning app.     Mondly is offering 96% off normal price.


Mondly is a great app to learn languages.  This lifetime app allows you to learn up to 41 languages.

Mondly is also a very easy app to use. I highly recommend it. Make sure you take up this offer quickly as it will not last.

For more information about this app please click on this link

Mondly App | Best App to Learn Languages – Teaching ESL in Vietnam 2021 (vietnamesl.com)

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Leap Frog | Leap pad Tablet.

What is a leapfrog | Leap pad tablet? 

A leapfrog tablet is a learning tablet that is preloaded with more than 20 educator-approved apps that explore math, reading, writing, problem-solving and creativity skills. In a nutshell it is a fun way for children to learn.

Why Should I buy It?

Fun learning games are a great way to build your child’s basic skills in math and language skills. These are a necessary requirement for the elementary school curriculum. . Also, they teach essential skills for preschool and early learners. For that reason, Fun Learning Games were made with children in mind. This makes learning fun and your children will want to learn.

Laugh and Learn, The Benefits of game based learning.

Computer style learning Games are a great  way to build important skills that children need to succeed.

Educational games for kids play an important role in making learning fun and interesting.

Children enjoy learning with educational games on computers.

They can learn math, languages, and much more. These make their learning experience rewarding and fun.

There is an idea that gaming has a bad effect on your child’s educational development. This is far from the truth. There are very many reasons to challenge this idea. Gaming is a basic component of engaging the child and providing fun-based learning.

What does it teach?


  • Coding
  • Counting
  • Creative Expression
  • Environmental Science
  • Life Science
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Music & Rhythm
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Spelling
  • Visual Puzzles

What is included.

Preloaded content

Includes preloaded content. It features core skills in mathematics, reading and science as well as music, puzzles, logic and creativity.

Powerful processor

Built with fast, powerful quad-core processor for lightning-fast fun.

Kid-smart fun

Access to 1000+ learning games, videos, eBooks and more. All designed and approved by LeapFrog® educators. And it’s kid-tough and kid-friendly right out of the box.

Personalized learning

Features Just for Me™ learning technology. Personalizes select games, remembers curricular progress and automatically adjusts learning levels.


Educator-approved games and apps

Choose from hundreds of fun learning games. E Books, apps, videos, music and more—designed by learning experts, just for children!

Leap frogs learning library has 2,600 options.


Technical Specs.

Leap pad ultimate specs.

Screen Shatter-resistant 7-inch multi-touch capacitive screen
Resolution 1024×600 screen resolution
Rechargeable battery Built-in lithium ion
Battery life 5+ hours
Speed 1.0GHz
Memory size 8GB memory
micro SD Card Slot No
Operating System Brio OS
Camera 2MP front and back cameras
Video recorder 480p video recording
Weight (kg) 1.205
Dimensions (inches) 9.06 x 5.88 x 1
Manufacturer’s warranty 1-year warranty
Included content value Explore 15+ preloaded apps & videos
Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® No
Audio 3.5mm stereo jack with microphone
Accelerometer Yes
Access to LeapFrog® Learning Library
and approved Android™ apps
Open web access with parental approval No
Automatically adjusts skill level** Yes
Parent controls Yes
Time controls Yes
Recommended age range 3-9 years


Also comes in pink. And there are over 2,000 games and learning activities available.

Special Offer | Buy now while it lasts.

LeapFrog is as committed as ever. They help making learning fun and support parents with the tools they need to keep kids learning.

LeapFrog is offering an extended 2-month free trial of their interactive learning program.

LeapFrog Academy offer reduced pricing on 6-month and 12-month plans for parents who want to keep the learning going.


Price. $119.89 from Amazon.      Leap pad Ultimate $172.01.       Delivery to your door.

Click on the above link and start your children’s learning at home.

Also please look my other offers on my website.

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ESL Resources for Teachers

New Ideas.

Delivering exciting new ideas and fun activities for your ESL class is important. But eventually we all run out of ideas and find ourselves teaching the same thing or the same way.

If you can relate to that, know your students are getting bored.

But I am so busy, I don’t have time to properly do a lesson plan or research new material for my classes.

We can become so busy teaching and making money that we forget to invest time in providing new material into our lessons. And yes, I mean INVEST. The time taken to improve your teaching WILL result in you being highly regarded as a teacher and what does that give you?. More money.

New Material.

So how do we find time to look for new material for our students? It is all on line. But to save you time I have listed the five top websites I use. I have been an ESL teacher for 15 years and now have two ESL schools, so I know a little bit. LOL.

Here we go, my five top sites. Not in order of preference.

English Worksheets.  www.englishwsheets.com

Englishwsheets.com provides free esl printable pdf worksheets for you. ESL Printable Vocabulary Worksheets, Picture Dictionaries, Matching Exercises, Word Search Puzzles, Crossword Puzzles, Missing Letters in Words and Unscramble the Words Exercises, Multiple Choice Tests, Flashcards, Vocabulary Learning Cards, ESL Fidget Spinner and Dominoes Games, English Language Learning Resources for kids, teenagers, adults, parents and teachers.

Busy Teacher.  www.busyteacher.org

Busy teacher provides over 17,000 printable worksheets and lesson plans which are free of charge. These were written by teachers for teachers. There are worksheets, posters, books, song sheets and so much more.

ESL Galaxy.  www.esl-galaxy.com

ESL Galaxy offers over 2368 free printable worksheets for ESL lesson plans and ESL Activities; and there are more additions every other day .The worksheets include lessons for kindergarten, games and worksheets. Grammar and vocabulary games along with board games and songs and video activities. There are communicative activities, powerpoints and interactive games. A great website. :

ESL Video   www.eslvideo.com

ESL Video provides a lot of videos from beginners to advanced with quizzes and lessons. Made by teachers for  teachers. Use video to engage learners to improve their listening, speaking, grammar, and vocabulary skills. You can also create your own quizzes and save them on the site.

ESL Games World   www.eslgamesworld.com

This site is dedicated to helping teachers by providing fun ESL games for the classrooms, powerpoint games and templates, printable board games , interactive games, games for ESL children and Adults.


New Life.

There are a lot of websites about teaching ESL which provide resources for your everyday activities. So please make the effort so your students enjoy your classes. It will repay you a thousand times over. And not just in money. A great teacher can change the world.

Products that may help.

The ESL teachers book of lists from Amazon and ESL games in the classroom101. And the ESL teachers toolbox also from Amazon.


Educational Flashcards | ESL

Flashcards are an excellent resource to use in the ESL or EFL classroom with younger students.

Learning Styles and Flashcards

Flashcards are a very important tool in the classroom. They are a great visual aid that helps with visual style learners.

There are several different styles of learning. Visual, auditory, physical, verbal, logical, social and solitary. .

Learning styles focus on how a student is best able to learn or their preferred method of attaining knowledge. This is usually influenced by their unique brain and experiences, and has a direct impact on the way they get information and learn.

For teachers it’s extremely important to understand learning styles and how they impact the students in your classroom. Each student will have their own preferred learning style, and teachers can help create activities that cater to different learning styles to help more students learn effectively..

The visual style is very effective especially with younger students. And flashcards are an effective tool for visual learners.

What are Flashcards?

Flashcards are normally A4 or A5 size pieces of cardboard that have pictures of the subject you are teaching. For example if you are teaching body parts your flashcards will have pictures of the nose, ears, arms etc. If you are teaching numbers they may have numbers from one to ten on them. There are a wide range of flashcards. Quite often they are used to teach a beginner level student..

Using Flashcards in an ESL classroom.

How we use flashcards is very important. If you just stand up in front of your class and show the card and say the name on the flashcard the students will be bored.

The first thing to think about is the age group of the students. With flashcards I generally target the younger student. Mainly because they adapt to a visual style of learning (with the use of flashcards)  better than older students. From four to eleven year old.

The older students will think you are being condescending if you use flashcards and treating them like children. However if I find an older student is having trouble understanding a word , I have used them. But very sparingly. And more in a one on one teaching environment.

So, how do the younger students like to learn. They like to have FUN. So the best way to use flashcards with younger students is to pre-teach the vocabulary, then use the flashcards in a game.

Flashcard games.

Many different games can be played with flashcards. You can make up your own or use the internet to discover how many there are. Here are some that work well.

Concentration: You need 2 sets of flashcards for this game.  Place both sets face down on the floor.  Students take turns in turning over 2 cards (saying the cards aloud).  If the cards match then the student keeps the cards.  If the cards are different the cards are turned back over again in their original places.  The student or team with the most pairs at the end of the game is the winner.

Charades: Have a student come to the front of the class and show a flashcard or whisper a word to that student.  The student then acts out that word to the rest of the class and the first student to guess what it is can be the next player.  This works very well with action verbs. Split the class up into teams – the first student to guess wins a point for his/her team..

Pictionary: Good for reviewing vocabulary. Choose a student and show them a flashcard picture or whisper a word into their ear.  The student then draws the picture on the board and the first student in the class to guess what the picture is gets to draw the next picture.  This can also be played in teams with a point system. Better in teams.

Trashball: Students take a shot at the trash can/box/etc. First show a flashcard to Student 1.  If he or she answers correctly then they can have a shot at the basket.  If the student gets the trash in the basket then they win 1 point. The person  who gets the most points is the winner.  This can also be played in teams. A good game at the end of class for cleaning up..

Fish: Before this game you need to have the students in pairs draw and cut out a picture of a fish for each pair.  While they are doing that put 2 parallel lines of tape on the floor a few meters apart.  Have students play in pairs – each student behind a different line, facing each other with the fish in the middle.  The teacher shows Student 1 a flashcard and asks what it is.  If the student answers it correctly they can blow once to move the fish forward.  Next, the teacher asks Student 2 who can blow the fish back towards Student 2.  The student who blows the fish over their opponents line is the winner.

Memory : Split your class into two teams. Boys verse girls always works well. Put your flashcards face down on the floor. Then say the name of one flashcard and choose a student to find that flashcard. They only have one turn each. No multiple pickups. Then choose another student, and another etc. It is surprisingly simple yet the students love it.

Over-under:  Line up your student in two teams. Give the two students at the front each a flash card. When you say go, the first in line says the word and passes the flashcard over their head, the next student says the word and passes the card under between their legs, the student kid over, then under, etc. The last student in the line races to the front to hand the flashcard to the teacher and says the word. The first team to finish gets a point.

Backs to the Board Game: This one is good for higher level kids.  Make two teams and stand one student from each team in front of the board, facing away from it.  Place a flashcard picture on the board (e.g. “hamburger”) and the students have to explain that word to their team member (e.g. It’s made of bread and has meat and lettuce and tomatoe in it, you can buy it at Lotteria , [ a Vietnamese  McDonalds ], it’s got cheese and tomatoe sauce on it).  The first student to guess the word wins a point for their team.

Back to back Game: This game is really good fun.  You need some  tape. Pair up students tape a card onto each student’s back.  Both students face each other with hands behind backs waiting for the teacher to shout “Go!”.  At this point they must try to discover his/her partner’s hidden flashcard without letting their partner see theirs.  When the student finally sees his/her partner’s card s/he has to shout it out to become the winner.  .

Chase the Flashcard: Put your flashcards in corners, then call out the name of one flashcard. The last student to the corner gets eliminated. Do this until you have one person left. Good for smaller class sizes as you do not want the eliminated students waiting too long.


Here are some Flashcards for toddlers and preschoolers that won’t break the bank and are professionally made. Buy from Amazon for less than $10.00 per set.


There are many more games for flashcards that you can find online. Also talk to other teachers and ask what games they use. We are a helpful group of people

It is a good idea to have some reward for the student or team. It doesn’t have to be big. A sugar free lolly or an eraser or pencil works fine. I save the points until the end of the class and buy an iced lolly for each student on the team. Vietnam is hot.

Flashcards are a great tool but use them wisely. If you use them all the time the students will become bored and you have wasted a good resource. I use them for 20 minutes in a classroom at the most, and not everyday. There are lots of other resources for visual learners as well. And do not forget the other styles of learning.

If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact me. I always reply.


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There will be no extra cost to you and at times due to my affiliation, you could actually save money.

You can read our full affiliate disclosure here.


Lonely Planet Vietnam | Product Review

Before you come to Vietnam it is a good idea to get a bit of local Knowledge. One of the best resources I have found is the Lonely Planet guide. Whether you come as a tourist or to work I recommend doing a bit of reading before you come. To understand more about the culture and it’s people will help you in your daily dealings.

The Lonely Planet Guide for Vietnam is essential reading and if you wish you can also look at the Lonely Planet Vietnamese phrasebook and dictionary as well as Eat Vietnam.  

Lonely Planet provides the most up to date advice and what to do in Vietnam.


  • Itineries, travel advice and information on cities and the surrounds and what to see and do.
  • Vietnamese food and the different regional foods that can be found and enjoyed in Vietnam. It’s not all “Pho”
  • The culture and people of Vietnam. Where and when to bargain. Showing respect and not inadvertantly annoying the locals.
  • Vietnamese markets. From food to clothes to electronics to floating flower markets. Prepare for a day of fun.
  • Money and exchange rates. ATM information. It’s all about the “Dong” ( Vietnam currency)
  • The weather and when are the best seasons to visit and travel. Vietnam is not just hot.
  • The beer and coffee culture of Vietnam. Ice in my beer, yes please. Caf’e Sua Da, a cold coffee that is delicious.
  • Etiquette in Vietnam. Also please look at my website for more information on this at ….
    Etiquette in Vietnam – Be Nice – Teaching ESL in Vietnam 2021 (vietnamesl.com)
  • Travelling around Vietnam by Planes, Trains, Automobiles and motorbikes. What is a “Xe Om” and why are they so good?.
  • A brief history of Vietnam and it’s people. Vietnamese are a resilient people, find out why.
  • The best places to stay and the best things to do.


  • As a tourist you can use these books to help plan your trip as well as immersing yourself more into the culture while you are here.
  • If you plan to work and live in Vietnam for an extended period of time, these books will arm you with the knowledge in helping you to get around.
  • Understanding more about the culture and it’s people will increase your respect amongst the Vietnamese.
  • Learning some basic phrases will open many doors for you. Whether you are a tourist, teacher or an ex-pat in Vietnam.
  • Knowledge is power.




Saigon Ho Chi Minh City map

I have included a map of Vietnam and a couple of maps of Ho Chi Minh City for reference purposes. This is by no means a comprehensive list of maps of Ho Chi Minh City. These are only provided for quick viewing to those who do not wish to search on line.


Map of Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City Maps.

This map shows the districts that are normally frequented by tourists and resided in by some ex-pats. Getting around Ho Chi Minh City is very cheap. Motorbike taxi’s or Xe Om are so cheap and grab is even cheaper. Download the app when you get here and it will save you a lot. Even taxi’s are cheap compared to the West.

This map includes some of the surrounding districts of Ho Chi Minh city.

Another map showing the districts in Ho Chi Minh City.


I hope this helps. But Google Maps are always better. So take the time to check out Ho Chi Minh City on line. For other maps of cities in Vietnam, check out Amazon. I recommend the National Geographic Maps at Amazon costing $19.95.