Is Vietnams rainy season a bad time to visit?

When does Vietnam’s rainy season begin?

Vietnam is typically classified into three regions: the north, the center, and the south. In the southern regions, there are two distinct seasons. November to April is the colder (and drier) season, while May to October is the hot (and wetter) season.

And in the the northern areas of Vietnam they have four distinct seasons, it can be freaking cold in the winter but bloody hot in the summer.

And yet there is more. Climates, sub climates, my head is spinning. Vietnam has coastal influences and mountainous regions all with there own climatic patterns. Let’s look a bit deeper. Monsoons are a thing.


Monsoons are commonly associated with rain, but this is not always  the case in Vietnam. Monsoon winds travel from the northeast along China’s coast and across the Gulf of Tonkin during the winter or dry season, taking away much of the precipitation.( That means rain ) As a result, most of Vietnam’s winters are quite dry ( unlike the rainy season in summer).

From May to October, the summer monsoon pushes moist air inland from the southwestern Indian Ocean, bringing a lot of rain. In Vietnam, yearly rainfall ranges from 1,500 to 2,000 mm (60 to 79 inches), with 90 percent of it falling during the summer. And sometimes it just buckets down on a daily basis.


When does the rainy season begin?

Visiting during the peak months, means higher prices and larger crowds. What if you can’t change your vacation dates? It can take a long time to plan a fun trip during the monsoons. And you can have a lot of fun in the rainy season as well.

Here are some of the different seasons you will find around the country. You have the north, central and southern regions. The more mountainous areas of Vietnam have there own sub climates. It can snow in Vietnam in the highlands up north !

Vietnam’s North (Hanoi and Ha Long Bay)

The northern section of Vietnam is hot and humid from mid-May to mid-September (except from Sapa, which has its own climate), with the most rainfall in July and August.

Showers are common in the afternoons and evenings throughout the rainy season. If feasible, go for outdoor activities in the morning and then relax with a cup of coffee at a bar or explore indoor attractions such as museums, galleries, and local shops and markets for the rest of the day. Or find a Bia Ahoi shop and get drunk with the locals. Cheap beer, yahoo.

Vietnam’s central region (Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An)

The influence of the monsoons is weaker because the steep mountains in the western side of this region prevent the southwest monsoons from bringing rain to the area. The region receives less rainfall than the rest of the country throughout the rainy season, mostly from April to early September

But from September through to November, this region experiences its most rainfall. Hoi An and some adjacent towns are frequently inundated around this time. Tourists exploring the old town by boat, as well as images of local inhabitants calmly dealing with the water are often shown the newspapers and cause a great deal of amusement.

Vietnam’s south (Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta)

Summer is hot and humid from May to October, with June and July being the rainiest months. It rains virtually every day during the southwest monsoon, which produces a lot of rain. For gods sake, bring a raincoat.

This rain, however, is not like that in the north, where it is quite often just mist and light rain. Drag out the raincoats because the rain in the south is heavy but mostly short-lived.

Ho Chi Minh City’s roads flood during the rainy season. Riding in the city is difficult and can be dangerous. Despite the fact that it rains every day, the city receives enough sunlight to offset the torrential downpours.

Prepare your rainy adventure.

The shite consequences of rain and travelling can’t be overlooked. You can, however, find ways to make the most of it.

“Prepare for the worst and hope for the best,”  You might get stuck in a bar or restaurant for the afternoon, so just go with the flow. It’s impossible to over-prepare, and you will be shocked by how much fun you can have when it’s pouring down..

Be clever. You’ll see a pattern if you pay attention. It is best to finish your outdoor activities in the morning and explore museums, galleries, pagodas, temples, retail markets, and cafés in the afternoon, as rain usually begins after lunch or in the early afternoon. Or even do some other indoor activities.

Check out the weather reports. Remember to check the weather forecast before you start arranging your trips. When  warnings are given, avoid traveling during typhoons, rainstorms, or other natural disasters like the locals asking for money. Lol.

Dress for the occasion. It is preferable to wear dark hues and quick-drying shirts (otherwise if you get wet, your clothes will be see-through).

Make a travel schedule that is reasonable. Don’t try to fit too much in one day. You will enjoy your stay so much more if you take your time. Sitting in a restaurant or bar all afternoon is not an unpleasant way to spend an afternoon.

So, Is it a bad time to visit?

Rainy season provides a fantastic opportunity to learn how the people live in settings that we would consider shite and from a cultural and photographic standpoint you will have memories that will last forever.. During the “difficult” times, you get a true sense of the country, as well as the local culture and traditions.

Not only will you be in in awe of how they get around in the rain, but you’ll also be amused by the various forms of ponchos people use in the rain.  You think a poncho is just a poncho, not in Vietnam.

You’ve got your regular poncho, a poncho with a plastic ‘window’ for your motorbike light, and also two headed ponchos.

You’ll also be amazed at just how many people can fit under a poncho while on a motorbike.I have seen up to six people on one motorcycle. And in Hanoi I saw a man carrying a huge pig with a raincoat over it. Just some of the amazing sights you will see in Vietnam


Do not be put off coming to Vietnam in the rainy season. You will get a better understanding of the locals and some great photo opportunities.

I hope you enjoyed a bit of insight into travelling around Vietnam in the rainy season. For me it is the best time to travel.


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Are traditional Vietnamese clothes still worn?

What are the traditional Vietnamese clothes.

Vietnam is a multi-ethnic country with 54 unique ethnic groups, each with their own cultural heritage and traditional clothing, dress, and costumes.

The use of brilliant colors that appear to contradict one another in each ensemble is a common thing. Then in different areas the colors may be more muted. That is the joy for the photographer who visits Vietnam.

A short history of Vietnamese clothes.

In Vietnam, the current traditional clothing known as the Ao Dai has not always been the norm. Previously, the peasant people of Vietnam wore basic dress, while the elite wore Ao Giao Linh, Chinese historical clothing.

This began to alter in the 18th century, with the introduction of a more traditional style of clothing that was more appropriate for both men and women.

Due to the need of the Nguyen Dynasty for males at court in Hue in 1744 to wear pants and a gown that buttoned down the front, the Ao Dai was developed from the Han Chinese form of attire. The garment was simply defined as a “Long garment,” and the name Ao Dai was given to it.

The modern outfit was not created until the 1920s. Traditional Ao Dai was created from many pieces of cloth sewed together in flaps to make the front and back of the lower half of the long garment, giving the appearance of the garment splitting down the sides, a feature that has been kept in the modern version.

The original Ao Dai also had bigger flaps and a looser fit, as well as a significantly shorter length and a high collar with a neck button.

The Dong Khanh Girl’s High School in Hue designed the older version of the dress in 1917 as their uniform, and a modernized version first appeared in public at the Paris Fashion Show in 1921.

The style was modified further in the 1930s, and designers in Saigon gave it its close-fitting look in the 1950s, resulting in the current Ao Dai style we know today.

The different styles of traditional dress.

Traditional Vietnamese Women’s Clothing in the Mekong Delta


The Mekong Delta women’s traditional garment companion, Ao Ba Ba, has been around for a long time. This shirt immediately conjures up images of rural women’s warmhearted, natural, and gentle beauty.

Ao Ba Ba is a collarless shirt with a piece of cloth on the back, two pieces on the front body, and two straps flowing from the top down in the middle.

Ao Ba Ba clings to the body and is frequently worn with long black or white trousers to highlight the Vietnamese women’s exquisite contours.

Thai Ethnic Groups’ Traditional Costumes

Thai ethnic women’s outfits are exquisite, highlighting the girls’ delicate attractiveness. A basic blouse and a long skirt with meticulous embroidered brocade designs are among the Thai ethnic traditional attire.

The sun, flowers, and dragons are the most popular motifs for embroidery. The costume is completed with belts and Pieu scarves, as well as a few silver pieces of jewelry that enhance the look.

Hmong Ethnic Group’s Traditional Clothes

The H’Mong ethnic group possesses elegant and beautiful traditional garments. These are mainly made of linen and feature a variety of colors and motifs. A black shirt, a bright skirt, leggings, and headpiece make up a complete costume.

The H’mong female attire is highly attractive and noticeable, and they frequently adorn it with silver coins and beads to enhance the aesthetics as well as express the ancient spiritual will of their ancestors.

Cham Ethnic Group’s Traditional Dress

Some believe that the traditional Cham women’s outfits are not as vivid as other women’s apparel in Vietnam. Yet, in my opinion, they have an exceptional appeal. Traditional garment is considered sacred and lovely by Cham women.

A tight-fitting tunic, a skirt in the same color as the shirt, and a lovely headscarf make up a complete outfit. The waistband, which is tied over the chest and around the waist and is boldly adorned with golden iridescent hues and exquisite workmanship.

It is the focal point of the costume. This ancient attire, worn by a woman with a fluid walk, is particularly lovely. This wonderful dress is from central Vietnam. In this picture you can see the temples of “My Son” in the background.

More ethnic attire

Each ethnic group in the more remote highlands, mountains, and plains has its own particular form of traditional wear. Practical considerations like freedom of movement when working are at the forefront of consideration with these clothes.

People in lowland areas, for example, frequently live in houses built on stilts over the water. They like utilitarian trousers, although shirts with emblems inspired by their surroundings, such as forest flowers, are common.

People who live in the mountains choose to dress in clothing that allows them to work in the fields and cross mountain passes easily. Bright colors and true creative ingenuity are two things that all such traditional costumes have in common.

The Cone shaped hat ( Non la )


In Vietnam, the conical hat (non la) is a popular hat. Its initial use was to keep the rain off of people’s faces while they worked in rice paddies or other outside jobs. It also served to shield the face from the harsh sun.

They’re created using natural materials found in the area, such as bamboo, palm leaves, and tree bark. The conical hats’ design allows them to be used for more than just this; they may also be used to carry groceries from the market or as a bowl to drink from.

You will still see this hat worn by many people, even in the larger cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. It has become an iconic symbol of Vietnam

Another thing that is worth looking at if you visit Vietnam is the method of silk production used in clothes.

Silk Production

Vietnam is a silk-producing country with a large population. This practice dates back to the year 1,000, when King Ly Thai Tong encouraged silk manufacture in Vietnam as a means of advancing the country’s economic prosperity.

Silk clothes are being produced in Vietnam today. Many people wear silk shirts and scarves, in addition to silk ao dai. Silk painting is another Vietnamese heritage that is practiced to this day.

There are many shops you can buy silk clothing from. But be careful. Khai Silk was caught putting “made in Vietnam” tags onto garments made in China. That is where local knowledge is invaluable.

Is traditional dress still worn?

Vietnamese traditional attire is typically plain and modest and is still worn in many parts of Vietnam. However, the youth of Vietnam prefer jeans, shorts and T-shirts.

Vietnamese ethnic groups’ attire has been impacted by foreign fashion and certain traditional costumes have been lost in favor of more modern and appropriate interpretations.

When visitors arrive to this gorgeous S-shaped country, the charming beauty that comes from the Vietnamese’s unique clothes still remains one of the appealing factors of visiting Vietnam.

In the schools of Vietnam you will often see the female teachers wearing the traditional dress. But most of the men wear trousers and shirts. It is still one of the great joys about teaching in Vietnam when going to your school and seeing the teachers in traditional outfits.

In summary.

If you are considering a trip to Vietnam you will find some mind blowing opportunities for photo shoots. You could also look into costume rental options for some photo shoot selfies.

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Alternatively you can purchase the Ao Dai or other costumes, or have them tailored to fit for a fee. Hoi An is a wonderful place to buy and haggle for clothes. Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera.


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The Rolling Stones Vietnam war song.

The Rolling Stones.

Songs form the past

From 1955 through 1975, the Vietnam America War took place in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The music that was released throughout these 20 years had a huge impact on the world. As a result, the Vietnam War’s soundtrack was unlike any other.

Music was an important part of troops’ and civilians’ experiences in Vietnam, and certain songs have long been associated with the fight. And street fighting man was one of the classics. But from a previously unpolitical group what did this mean?

Street fighting man.

The Story Behind The Stones’ Political Classic.

In August 1968, the song “Street Fighting Man” was released in the United States, just before protesters clashed with police in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention. Some radio stations refused to play the song for fear of inciting more violence.

One of the Stones’ most powerful compositions was inspired by the growing civil strife. “Street Fighting Man,” which was recorded for the band’s 1968 album Beggars Banquet.

This finds Jagger reflecting the spirit of the time as he calls for “a palace revolution” and insists that “summer’s here and the time is right for fighting in the street,” a nod to a Martha & the Vandellas hit that he would later cover with David Bowie.

Before cutting up and rearranging the lyrics on pieces of paper, Jagger bounced ideas off Richards in the studio. Then they wrote them down as they went. Their collaboration resulted in the song’s most famous couplet: the self-deprecating.

“But what can a poor boy do, except to sing in a rock ‘n’ roll band?”

The Zimmer twins were amazing when they worked together.

Despite the fact that it didn’t chart at the time, it has since grown to become one of the Stones’ signature songs, appearing in the set lists of many of the band’s subsequent tours.

Richards, specifically, remembered “Street Fighting Man” fondly when he was interviewed about the song by Marc Meyers for The Wall Street Journal in 2013. “That’s where the vision met reality,” he said. “When we finished recording ‘Street Fighting Man’ and played back the master, I just smiled. It’s the kind of record you love to make.”

Source; Wall Street Journal.

Listen to the song here


Like or loathe the stones, they were certainly influential to the music scene of the times and of today.

Vinyl or Download.

For me, I like vinyl because it gives all the nuances and not just a reproduction. There are some places you can still buy Vinyl and this is one of them. It does cost more, but in my opinion, you get to hear the original content. Not 101010110001.

Vinyl is a lossless recording medium. The pressings are manufactured directly from the masters and contain every detail intended by the artist. Vinyl has a better sound than digital because of this. To put it another way, listening to vinyl rather than digital is like seeing the Mona Lisa in person rather than looking at a picture of it on your phone.

Expensive yes. It is close on $50.00. $49.56 go figure, you still have 1 cent pieces?

Worth it, yes. Listen to it as it was intended. The youth of today do not know what they are missing.

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In these crazy times we need good music to help us chill out. I hope you enjoy the original sounds of the Rolling Stones. Remember not everything new is better.

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Vietnamese Student Stories | The Future.

These stories are about what the students think will happen in the future.

I have also got them to correct by using Grammarly and Quillbot.

What is Grammarly?

“Grammarly is a Ukrainian-origin American-headquartered cross-platform cloud-based writing assistant that reviews spelling, grammar, punctuation, clarity, engagement, and delivery mistakes. It uses AI to identify and search for an appropriate replacement for the mistake it locates” source;. Wikipedia

Grammarly can help you minimize writing errors and find the perfect words to express yourself in a variety of ways, from grammar and spelling to style and tone. Grammarly will provide you real-time comments on Gmail, Google Docs, Twitter, LinkedIn, and practically anywhere else you write.

Grammarly is a writing aid that provides specific recommendations to help you improve your writing — and it goes far beyond grammar. You can rest assured that your writing is not only accurate, but also clear and succinct.


What is Quillbot?

QuillBot is a paraphrase tool that writers use to improve their writing. QuillBot stands out from other paraphrase tools because of its unique AI functionality, which doesn’t simply replace words with synonyms. Every line is paraphrased in such a way that the reader understands it completely.

Students benefit greatly from using a paraphrase tool since it rewords paragraphs into multiple forms to assist them grasp the value of what is being said, what should be remembered, and what may be ignored in a paragraph.

It can also assist you as a teacher in writing more quickly. A writing assistance / paraphrasing tool will come in handy for assignments for your master’s or PhD, student feedback, and any other type of writing. And there is a free version.

Students Stories about the future.

And finally here we are. This helps understand the students way of thinking and what they believe the future may hold for them. The nicknames were chosen by the students as it is good when learning a new language to have a virtual name.


Every day, technology advances, making our lives more comfortable. Many inventions are developed that have a wide range of applications. However, we now see young people addicted to their computers in coffee shops, parks, restaurants, even classrooms.

In the age of technology, communication issues cause relationships to break down or fall apart. Close ties between family members, friends, and society are eroding as a result of a lack of understanding and sympathy for one another.

I believe that in the future, robots will be able to work and communicate in the same way that people do. Self-driving cars, for example.


I think in the future the technology will develop more and more.: Guided Robots, Sweat-powered Watches, Time-Tracking T-shirts and many more things that mankind is looking for and waiting for. In the future anything can become a reality .

Technology has made our lives easier and better through better communication The role of technology has succeeded in making  communication easier and better for us. Before that, (several decades ago) we had to send and wait for messages for days and even, in some cases, months.

And we can clearly see the changes that have taken place. Now, all we need is just a few fingers on our smartphone to send mail, send messages to our loved ones or office colleagues. The user experience and interface have been drastically improved and will be even further improved upon with the upcoming modern technology.



I believe that current technology aids us in communicating better, because it facilitates and accelerates conversation. But we can’t interact using technology if we don’t have access to the internet. I believe that in the future, current technology will make people’s lives easier, such as having a robot do housework or a self-driving car, which I hope will happen because I am too lazy to do the housekeeping.


My Thoughts.

These were all written by my students who are in the 14 – 15 year old age bracket. I hope it gives you some insight into the way the students think and express their ideas.

Vietnam is a country of extremes, you can either hate it or love it. But there is always something interesting happening. One of the things that fascinates me are the old propaganda posters. Below, I have added some of my favorites.

Vietnam Propaganda posters.

Often thought to be solely concerned with the war and the liberation of land, Vietnamese propaganda posters promoted peace, education, and the development of the country’s industrial and agricultural potentials. In reality, they are still utilized to connect with the public and to preserve this distinctive and iconic art style across the country.

Propaganda posters from Vietnam are more than just wonderful works of art. Vietnamese art is just as important as historical writings and documents from the time period. Propaganda posters were intended to communicate information, boost morale, and encourage patriotism.

You can find over 150 Propaganda Posters ==> HERE<==

Final Thoughts.

Vietnam is a country that is a mix of the old and the new. You will be hard-pressed to find a country the same as Vietnam. It will challenge you, take your breath away one minute and annoy you the next. Every day is a new adventure with the inquisitive and friendly locals.

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Vietnam post war stories | Family stories.


“The last of America’s military forces in South Vietnam boarded crowded boats and aircraft in a desperate bid to evacuate the nation on April 30, 1975. North Vietnamese tanks smashed through the gates of Saigon’s Presidential Palace on the same day.

The palace served as the seat of the South Vietnamese administration, which was backed by the US and opposed by the North Vietnamese. South Vietnam’s president assured North Vietnamese officers that he was ready to hand up authority when they entered the palace. “You can’t give up something you don’t have,” they allegedly said.”

The consequences.

The cost of the conflict was enormous. Bombing and landmines wreaked havoc on the country’s infrastructure, while poisonous agents like Agent Orange devastated areas of the country’s normally verdant terrain. Two million civilians and 1.3 million Vietnamese soldiers died as a result of the conflict.

The majority of these soldiers were killed while fighting for or with North Vietnam. Despite the defeats suffered by North Vietnam, its government and friends in the south had reason to rejoice.

According to historian Christopher Goscha, they had “prevailed against all odds,” first defeating the French in a violent decolonization battle, then defeating the Americans in one of the most savage conflicts of the Cold War.”


Life After the War.

Life after the war was very difficult for many people, especially the southerners who had helped the Americans. The North enforced strict measures on the southern capital and quickly stopped any alternative ways of thinking.

According to the Paris peace accords North and South would work together to reunite the country in a constructive and non-threatening way.

The National Council of National Reconciliation and Concord will organize the free and democratic general elections provided for in Article 9 (b) and decide the procedures and modalities of these general elections.

The institutions for which the general elections are to be held will be agreed upon through consultations between the two South Vietnamese parties. The National Council of National Reconciliation and Concord will also decide the procedures and modalities of such local elections as the two South Vietnamese parties agree upon. Source: Read more at;

Did it happen.

No, It did not, and I am going to share some personal stories from my Vietnamese family about their view on what happened after re-unification. Obviously I will not be using names as this is still a communist country and all must obey.

Short stories.

I have been living in Vietnam for fifteen years and am married to a Vietnamese lady and she and her family have shared these memories with me over the years. If you thought your upbringing was tough, the post war years were not easy for the Vietnamese. Doubly so for the Southerners.

Ho Chi Minh

Living with the enemy.

My Grandmother in law was once a very rich lady. She owned two properties and made a considerable amount of money by renting out rooms to the Americans throughout the war. She could speak English fluently and was well liked for her no nonsense attitude. There was no “hanky-panky” happening anywhere in her house. So she was respected and well-loved.

She also contributed to the community by providing rice and vegetables to her neighbors’. The love and respect from the local neighborhood was well-deserved. She lived through the events of 1975 as she was living in Saigon at that time. It is the one thing she will not talk about.

I have heard stories and read books about what happened through those days and it is pure luck she survived. I will tell you my favorite books later.


Like people everywhere the locals wanted to “buddy up” to the new regime and started pointing fingers to those that supposedly helped the Americans. And even though she had helped so many, she was accused of aiding and abetting with the Americans. She was stripped of her property and, although she luckily did not have to go into a re-education camp, lost all her assets.

The story between then and now is best related in the next story about my wife as a child growing up in post-war Vietnam.

When I first met my wife to be, she took me “home’ to her mothers “house”. It was a three roomed concrete square with one room being a toilet. I will not and can not talk about the politics behind this but I was shocked.

The good news is that she is now living a comfortable life in a 3 story villa and is very contented. She is surrounded by her family and loved by all. She is a very special lady.

Surviving with ghosts.

“Ma” in Vietnamese means ghost. It is pronounced in a mid level tone ( Thanh Ngang ). It sounds like car. The Vietnamese have a very strong aversion to ghosts. It has been known for people to leave their houses and rental properties under the belief that it is haunted by a spirit. With what has happened in this country who am I to disagree.

My wifes’ story fills the gap between what happened to her Mother and where they were when we first met. Here we go.

Short story number two.

I first met my wife, to be, in a restaurant, she was the cashier. A position of trust in Vietnam. It took me a long time to “woo” her over and even longer until she started to share her stories about growing up in post-war Vietnam. She has agreed that I can share these edited versions of her life.

Post war Vietnam was very hard and probably even more so for that generation of children. They did not get much chance to be only children. They had to grow up very quickly and make money for the family to survive.

Com ( pseudonym: means rice in Vietnamese) had to start work at 7 years old while still attending school in the mornings. If you wanted to learn in the afternoon you had to pay. Her family could not afford that.

Small Snippets

These are snippets from what we have talked about. If I get comments saying you like this I will expand on this content.

  • Not many people had TV’s then and you had to pay 20cents to watch a neighbors’ television for 1 hour.
  • People used the insides of bamboo groves for a toilet, you had to make sure nobody had been there first.
  • Com used to bicycle for 1 hour to go to work when she was 11 and cook for 50 people.
  • Com used to run home at night because she was scared of “ma” and men.
  • There were no doors or windows on my house.
  • My father would hit me if I didn’t buy him drugs.
  • I had to work in the country away from my family

So if you want to find out more please leave a comment or visit my website. This is not about teaching in Vietnam, but it is one of the many experiences you will encounter in this amazing country.

My Favorite books about post-war Vietnam are;

“Perfect Spy” The incredible double life of Pham Xuan An. Written by Larry Berman and quoted as “an extraordinary read” by the Washington Post Book World. Kindle $8.99; Paperback $12.99

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“The Headmasters Wager”. Written by Vincent Lam and quoted by the San Francisco Chronicle as ” Lam entertains and educates with fluidity and style, and that just might be a miraculous cure of the literary kind”

Paperback. $26.85

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But please don’t expect sunshine and roses, this is “nitty gritty’ stuff that will make you think and keep you enthralled at the same time.

Final Thoughts.

All wars are ugly and it is the people who suffer, the soldiers, the civilians but never the politicians. Lets’ send them next time.

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What is Reverse Culture Shock

What is Culture shock.

Culture shock is the feeling you get when you feel overwhelmed in a new Country. A person may experience culture shock when moving to a different Country or cultural environment.

It is also the personal upheaval a person may feel when experiencing a different way of life. This may be due to immigrating or visiting a new country or moving between different social environments or even a different type of life. What are the signs of Culture Shock.

The Signs of Culture Shock.

People in strange environments are one of the most common causes of culture shock. At least one of four distinct phases of culture shock can be identified as the honeymoon period, the negotiation period, the adjustment period, and the adaption period.

It might be best shown in this graph.


So What is Reverse Culture Shock?

Well, Reverse culture shock is the opposite. After you have spent some time in another country you may wish to return home .At the start you are excited and everything feels great. Let’s delve deeper.

The sense of distress after spending a large period of time abroad is known as reverse culture shock. The reasons for feeling this way are much the same as those that cause culture shock. Your new circumstance may lack the familiarity, comfort, and routines to what you have grown used to..

Aside from the absence of familiarity, there are a few other elements that often play a role in reverse culture shock:

You can find out more about Culture shock from Wikipedia.

Signs of Reverse Culture Shock.

Your friendships have shifted.

Your buddies have moved on and had completely different experiences than you while you were away. This doesn’t necessarily imply that your connections will end, but the dynamics may be different than they were before you moved.

And you may feel as if there isn’t anything left to talk about. Specifically because,  you, too, have changed and had different experiences.

You’ve evolved.No matter how far or close your time away from home took you, spending a considerable amount of time overseas transforms you.

You were forced to adjust to a new lifestyle and culture and venture outside of your comfort zone when you first moved to another country. You met new people, and traveled to new places.  Perhaps you have spent a large amount of time alone before returning home.  And you will have formed new relationships, on your travels, with people who have different ideas from your old friends.

Your perspective of your home has shifted.

Traveling increases our awareness of the world around us and, as a result, may cause us to reconsider our long held beliefs and behaviors. Many expatriates find it difficult to adjust to some features of their home country when they return, such as the fast paced pace of life, consumerism, or narrow-mindedness that they were previously unaware of.

Readjusting to this life can be difficult, and it can even lead to feelings of actual misery and alienation. You may feel nobody wants to listen to your experiences.

Different feelings.

One or more of the following symptoms are likely to arise as a result of feeling misunderstood by friends and relatives, missing the life you left behind, and having difficulty readjusting. You may have one, two or three or even all of these feelings.:




Feeling isolated and alone.

 A feeling of rootlessness 

Sadness or even Depression


Time Frame and Severity.

The severity of any of these symptoms is determined by a number of factors

It can be determined by whether it is planned or unplanned re-entry. For example this Covid outbreak has forced a lot of ex-pats to return “home”.

Your age can be a determining factor. Reentry is sometimes simpler for older adults who have experienced more life changes.

However, it could be difficult for the older Ex-pat if their foreign lifestyle was based on a cheaper cost of living. Thus forcing them to return to the workforce in their own country.

If you have returned home before , it may be easier to adjust as you have kept in contact with relatives and friends, on your visits, over the years.

The longer you have stayed in a Foreign country the longer and the more difficult it is to re-assimilate.

If you had strong ties with the culture and the country you were staying in, it will be more difficult to leave behind the friends and friendships you have formed..

Reverse Culture Shock Graph.

Overcoming Reverse Culture Shock

The fact that it has a name already indicates that you are not alone in experiencing reverse culture shock. It’s natural to experience feelings of shock and depression after returning home, and it’s crucial to be gentle with yourself.

Allow yourself time to settle back in and perhaps let go of the life you had. Keep your memories alive by looking at photos and videos and reminiscing with the people you met or the person you traveled with. Keep in contact with your foreign friends with social media.

Decorate your house or apartment to make it feel like a new home for yourself, and enjoy the simple things you can have now that you couldn’t have previously.

Another thing I recommend is don’t do it alone. Admitting it is the first step. Read about it and find help if you need it.

Also. I highly recommend this book to help you settle down again in your home Country. 

The Art of Coming Home by ” Craig Storti”.


Expecting that the home will be the way it was when you left? Are you instead shocked to discover that both you and home have changed? The Art of Coming Home offers the solid advice you need to reduce the stress of making the transition home.

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Moving abroad presented obstacles and returning home will present new ones. The strength and flexibility you showed by moving out of your comfort zone in the first place will almost certainly assist you in returning home.

Remember, you can choose a different City or town if you want new life experiences. Returning home does not mean you have to return to the exact same place you left.

And if nothing else works and you’re truly out of place, start planning your next move and figuring out what kind of life you’d like to live abroad.

I truly hope this helps you on your journey home. Or your next adventure.


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Covid And Vietnamese Schools.

Covid-19 and Lockdown In Ho Chi Minh City.

Covid-19 has severely disrupted the way of life for everyone in Ho Chi Minh City. We have been in lockdown, in one form or another, for the last 4 months. However this may change shortly.

Ho Chi Minh City, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Vietnam, is considering resuming economic activity on September 15, shifting from a “zero COVID-19” strategy to a policy of living with the virus.

Ho Chi Minh City has had 241,110 coronavirus infections and 9,974 deaths, accounting for half of the country’s cases and 80% of the deaths.

The vast majority of them have occurred in the last few months, putting an end to hopes that Vietnam could repeat its success from 2020, when intensive contact tracing and quarantining led to one of the best COVID-19 containment records in the world.


On Friday, the Ministry of Health announced a daily increase of 14,922 coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of cases to 501,649, with 12,476 deaths.

According to a document sent out by the Government of Vietnam, the 9-million-strong city plans to reopen in stages and fully vaccinate its residents by the end of the year. Currently the only vaccine on offer is the Chinese vaccine and a lot of residents are concerned about it’s effectiveness.

To curb a spiraling number of deaths, Ho Chi Minh City sent military last month to impose its lockdown and prevent citizens from leaving their houses. Only 3% of Vietnam’s 98 million people have received all of their vaccinations.

The draft proposal stated that Vietnam’s largest city, a corporate hub surrounded by industrialized provinces, intends to “advance economic recovery, and move towards living with COVID-19.”

Schools in Ho Chi Minh City.

All public schools are currently closed. However some are teaching on line. How effective this will be remains to be seen, with some on line classes reaching 50 students at a time.

The specialty English schools which are normally open on the weekends and in the weekday evenings are also closed. There are a lot of these centers who have closed their doors and not paid the Teachers. Time will tell if the EFL ( English as a Foreign Language ) industry in Vietnam will recover quickly or slowly.

Ex-Pats and Teachers.

The remaining ex-pats and Teachers are in most part working on line if they can find students or an on line school. For some the pressure has been too much and I am personally aware of 2 suicides. Please remember to keep in close contact with friends or family during this time. You can also contact me if you need to talk.

Mandated Vaccine shots in America.

“Los Angeles officials could soon mandate vaccination against the coronavirus for students in the nation’s second-largest school district.”  Source, The Washington Post.

Will this happen in Vietnam?  I truly do not know, but would not be surprised as the parents now are very scared of this virus and the implications of sending their children to school.

A little bit of Bright News.

The British Government via it’s Kuala Lumpa office is asking for expressions of interest to develop English on line training packages. You can find out more information….      ==> HERE <==

“The British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur is inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the development of an online English language training package for ASEAN organisation staff.” source UK Government website.

If you are new to teaching on line it is a good idea to get specialty training first.. Heather who I have known for over 15 years is providing discounted courses. For those who wish to join, to get the discount you will need to provide this reference number. SH8997.

Australian International TESOL – Ho Chi Minh City.

The following information will briefly provide you with some details about the Online Course with their SPECIAL OFFER.

A. Module 1: TESOL Online Certificate – Due before: 6 months from date of payment

Complete all below points with assistance of your online materials, soft copies of the manual plus exam preparation books, and through online Q&A sessions with AIT trainers.

1. Assignments
2. Theory exam
3. Design activities
4. Develop lesson plans
5. Record a teaching video (live demo – 15 minutes). You may seek out your trainer’s advice about this if needed.

After completion of Module 1, you will receive a digital AIT Online TESOL Course Certificate of Completion.

B. Trainer information
Mr. Adrian Rodgers – Senior TESOL Trainer

C. Upgrade to International TESOL Teacher License and the Associate TESOL Diploma (optional)
You are able to join our in-class course for extra hours of TESOL practicum and upgrade your certification to the International TESOL teacher license, plus completing Module 2 to receive the Associate TESOL Diploma (optional and free). Please contact our AIT team for more information.

D. Tuition fee
Special Offer for AIT Online TESOL course: $399 ($499)
Limited number of enrolments due to popular demand.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Kind regards,

Warren Hammond – AIT Manager and TESOL Trainer





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How to learn Vietnamese


This language is not easy, but will open a lot of doors if you can speak at least a few words.

The Vietnamese language.

Vietnamese is spoken by more than 100 million people worldwide, with the majority, 90 million plus speaking it as their first language.

Vietnamese (Vietnamese: tiếng Việt )  is an Austroasiatic language that originated in Vietnam and is now the country’s official and national language. With about 90 million native speakers, it is by far the most spoken Austroasiatic language, at least seven times more used than Khmer, the next most spoken Austroasiatic language.

It is the Vietnamese (Kinh) people’s native language, as well as a second or first language for other ethnic groups in Vietnam. Vietnamese speakers can also be found in other parts of Southeast Asia, East Asia, North America, Europe, and Australia as a result of emigration”. Source, Wikipedia.

Why bother?

When you have the opportunity to travel, it is much more memorable if you get to experience life as a native. With your Vietnamese skills, you may engage in general conversation, cultural exchanges, and request suggestions with anybody you meet. 

Learning Vietnamese is kind of a running joke among the Vietnamese expat community. It is something that everyone considers. The majority of people attempt it. Only a few people are successful. And it’s not hard to see why.

To begin with, many Vietnamese city people speak English, to the point where you may not need to know a single Vietnamese word to get by. Or you know enough to buy a beer. (Bia)

Second, Vietnamese ican be a difficult language to learn. So many people abandon trying to learn after realizing they still can’t have a basic conversation after months of study.

With that stated, learning Vietnamese is possible, enjoyable, and well worth the effort.

If you learn Vietnamese you can locate the better restaurants. And you will have the ability to order the best Bun cha or Pho. Also you can find out what locals have to say about Tet  (Lunar New Year) or the Mid-Autumn Festival. And other events and activities that you’re interested in.

You can also learn about their practices and traditions, as well as their views on life. And you will blow their minds if you can talk with them in their language.

It is well worth taking the time to learn,at least, a few phrases. They will love you even if you try.

What is the difficulty level of learning Vietnamese?

Vietnamese is neither difficult nor simple to learn. It is  more realistic to describe Vietnamese as “an easy language” rather than a difficult language. However, one feature of the Vietnamese  that is difficult to master is pronunciation.

Why?, because it is a tonal language. There are six tones in the Vietnamese language.

There are six tones in Vietnamese that you need to learn and master when you learn Vietnamese.

  • Mid-Level Tone     (Thanh Ngang).
  • Low Falling Tone  (Thanh Huyền) .
  • High Rising Tone  (Thanh Sắc) .
  • Low Rising Tone   (Thanh Hỏi) .
  • High Broken Tone (Thanh Ngã) …
  • Heavy Tone           (Thanh Nặng)

But to reach this level, you’ll need to study pretty hard. This Vietinamese language is also related to Cuoi and has three distinct dialects. And these are the Hanoi (Northern Vietnamese) dialect,the Hue (Central Vietnamese) dialect, and the Saigon dialect (Southern Vietnamese). The Northern dialect is considered the better dialect as it is the Capitol city of Vietnam, and where the Government is situated.

Image of Hanoi. ( Stock photo )

The best ways to learn Vietnamese.

  •  Become a member of a local Vietnamese community in your area.
    Attend a Vietnam cultural festival or meet local Vietnamese people. This will be useful in learning more about Vietnamese culture and finding someone to practice listening and speaking with.
  •  Practice pronouncing the words.
    People develop a habit of pronunciation and speaking rhythm as a result of CD players with Vietnamese music, songs, and films. Vietnamese is a language that expresses meaning through a variety of tones.
  • Enlist the help of a tutor to create a lesson plan.
    If you don’t have much money, hire a native Vietnamese speaker to speak with you many times a week and invite them to dinner.
  • The best and quickest approach to learn Vietnamese is to spend more time in Vietnam.
  • Study online.

Final Thoughts. 

Is it worthwhile to learn Vietnamese?

While it is true that learning to understand the six tones of Vietnamese as well as foreign vowels will take a lot of practice, don’t give up.  It is possible to learn Vietnamese and it is definitely worth the effort.

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Teachers Day in Vietnam

National Teachers day.

Vietnam celebrates National Teacher’s Day on November 20th.

Is there a teacher who has had a significant and meaningful impact on your life? Someone who patiently helped you through a difficult topic or subject, or encouraged you to pursue your interests and passions?

If you answered yes, I don’t need to inform you about the immense gratitude that kids have for their teachers.

On National Teacher’s Day in Vietnam, pupils express their thankfulness, gratitude, and respect for their teachers.

In this article, you’ll learn why National Teacher’s Day is so important to Vietnamese students’ and teachers, as well as a little about the history of Teacher’s Day in Vietnam.

On this day, students’ pay tribute to their teachers by visiting them, presenting flowers, and sending messages. Many working people still visit their old schools and teachers, thus this day also serves as an opportunity for graduates to reunite and relive old memories while also discussing their present life.

Additionally, this is the day on which the ministries evaluate and award instructors who have excelled during the year.

When is National Teachers day.

In 1957, a group of Vietnamese educators and education professionals traveled to Poland to attend an international teacher’s conference. The first commemoration was held in 1958 to mark the 50th anniversary of that meeting. It evolved from there, and the day was formally titled Viet Nam Teachers’ Day in 1982.

Teachers day is historically held on the 20th of November. The first nationwide celebration in Vietnam was held on November 20th, 1982. From that day on, the 20th has become one of the most important and customary days for the country’s education sector. It commemorates every single individual who has contributed to the Education sector and celebrates their accomplishments in raising the next generation of students’.


Stories from Students

Here are some brief stories from students’ in Vietnam and their take on Teachers day.

These stories are unaltered and may contain some mistakes. But it gives a true feeling to how the students’ feel and think.

All nicknames were chosen by the students’.


Teachers Day is a special day for students’ send a thankyou to their teachers. In general, all schools in HCM city will give students’ the day off to organize and attend a ceremony and the afternoon will be a time for former students’ to visit the school and visit their teachers, for example. To me, I usually hang out with my friends or stay at home and sleep on Teachers Day. Because it’s rare that my school just gave us a day off.


Teachers’ Day is November 20th. This is a day celebrated to express our gratitude to our teachers for their dedication and hard work. Students should respect their teachers, and Teachers’ Day is the perfect occasion to show teachers how much they appreciate them. This is an opportunity for students’ to express their gratitude and deep gratitude to their teachers.


Teachers are our second parents. They deserve to be appreciated and respected, especially on Teachers Day- an occasion takes place on 20th November. On this day, most school hold events for students’ to give their teachers presents and also love. This is a big day in the field of education, one of the most meaningful days of the year.

Teacher Day Celebrations.

The Vietnamese Teachers’ Day holiday allows pupils to express their gratitude and admiration for their teachers. Concerts, recitals, and exhibitions are common events at schools. .

For the ceremonies, students’ also prepare food and flowers. Classes are frequently canceled for the day. In schools. However,.students’ often attend school in the morning and some also spend the whole day partaking in these joyful activities.

there are a slew of activities to commemorate this holiday.

Students’ will have been practising their performances and been preparing for several weeks prior to the day. You will see traditional costumes and dances along with the students’ version of K or V pop. All good fun and highly entertaining.

Some parents take advantage of this opportunity to meet and thank their children’s teachers.

Parents and students’ express their gratitude by bringing to school beautiful flowers and other gifts for teachers. Some students’ even decorate their own ‘thank you’ card to teachers.

Passing of “red envelopes” while officially frowned upon still happens in most schools. Although not so much for Foreigners. But do not be surprised if you have to carry home several bunches of flowers.

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Teachers Day for Foreign Teachers.

Do you want to know if international teachers who work in Vietnam are recognized on this day? “Yes,” is the answer. Like other Vietnamese teachers, they will get blessings and presents from their pupils, parents, and the schools were they teach. They will receive all the love and respect that the Vietnamese people have for them.

You will be in awe by what occurs on Vietnam’s national teacher’s day. I have taught at schools were the students’ put on elaborate performances for the Teachers. And afterwards the teachers retreat into the hall and drink beer, eat and sing karaoke. An outrageously funny day.

“When I first heard about Teachers’ Day in Vietnam, I was surprised because we don’t have anything like this in New Zealand,” said Stephen, a teacher who has participated in several Teachers’ Day events in Vietnam.

“I think it’s fantastic that the children are doing so much for the teachers and acknowledging them. It’s always encouraging to watch our pupils put forth so much effort. Stephen Hey, a foreign teacher who has lived in Vietnam for nearly fifteen years, said, “All the teachers look forward to this day.”


I hope you learned something new about Vietnam Teacher’s Day while you were here with me. Is there a day set aside in your country to honor and thank teachers?

If that’s the case, how do you express your gratitude to your teachers? I eagerly await your response!

Learning about different cultures can be one of the most exciting and fulfilling aspects of traveling. If you’re looking for more cultural knowledge about Vietnam you will find these pages helpful.

Etiquette in Vietnam

Vietnam coffee culture

Food in Vietnam.

Many thanks for reading , Stephen.

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The Best Luggage for Travel in Vietnam?

This article will give you an overview of the different types of luggage you can use for travelling around Vietnam.

What is the Best Travel Luggage?

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Short Trips or Long Vacations.

If you’re only going on a short vacation, carry-on luggage is OK, but if you’re going to be gone for a while, you’ll need a larger suitcase that can be checked into the cargo hold.

Whether you check an ultra-modern hard-shell spinner bag, a conventional fabric case, or a big backpack, do your study to select the right size, shape, and type of luggage for your next vacation.

You may also want to look at the International Airport list before you decide on the route to take on your next trip. The International Airport List.

Checked Luggage.

Checked luggage is typically larger, thicker, and more inconvenient than cabin luggage. The sort of checked luggage you can use on an airplane is determined by how you move it to and from the airport, as well as the physical weight and size constraints imposed by the aircraft.

Carry-on luggage is convenient, but it may not have the space you require for longer trips. Treat yourself to one of those larger suitcases you’ve been eyeing if you’re checking your luggage this time.

Most companies make cases, backpacks, and even bags in a range of sizes, so you could get a matching set for a few bucks. Keep in mind that medium-sized cases are easier to transport than large ones (and lighter, too).

Luggage Restrictions

Large cases are difficult to transport through airports, and each airline has size and weight restrictions, so check with the airline before flying.

Don’t be the person that unpacks their overloaded suitcase at check-in to make it lighter. Before you fly, check with your airline to see what the weight restriction for checked bags is. Most airlines will charge you extra if your bag weighs more than 50 pounds. Or they may even refuse them at check-in.

You may be able to get around the weight restrictions by checking more than one suitcase at a time, but this will almost always cost you extra (and not every airline on every route will offer this service).

Suitcase vs. Backpack

Suitcases with two wheels are easy to draw behind you and are better fitted to travel across rougher terrain, but four-wheeled suitcases glide along by you and are considerably easier to maneuver in confined spaces like airplanes aisles.

When deciding between a 2- or 4-wheeled alternative, cost, practicality, and personal preference are all important considerations. A four-wheel spinner case glides quickly through the airport, but it can get caught on hilly walkways or uneven paths.

A two-wheeled variant can be dragged across almost anything, although it is shaky and bulky. Before you buy, try out a few pieces of luggage.

Hard Shell or Soft Shell

Another difficult decision you’ll have to make is whether to acquire a gleaming new hard-shell case or a sporty-looking soft-shell case.

Hard cases are extremely robust, with smooth curves and vibrant exteriors, but they offer less interior room flexibility (and are more prone to wonky wheels and failing handles).

Soft cases aren’t always as attractive as hard cases, and they don’t always provide the same level of protection. They do, however, usually have more usable interior capacity, handy external pockets, and are much lighter to carry and manage.

Any case’s quality and longevity will be determined by its make and model, so keep in mind the old saying “buy cheap, buy twice” when purchasing.

My Top 5 Suitcases.

Samsonite Omni expandable carry-on luggage.

  • 20″ SPINNER LUGGAGE maximizes your packing power and meets most carry-on size restrictions for those traveling domestically and looking for short stays. Great weekender.
  • 10 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY: Samsonite products are rigorously tested to ensure our products meet stringent standards. This bag comes with a 10-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.
  • STAY POWERED UP Enjoy the luxury of a charging system that travels with you, designed to connect with your preferred battery

Samsonite Winfield 2

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  • 28″ Spinner luggage maximizes your packing power and is the ideal checked bag for longer trips
  • Packing dimensions: 28.0″ X 19.75″ X 12.5″, overall dimensions: 31.0″ X 20.0″ X 12.75″, weight: 11.5 pounds
  • 10-year limited warranty: Samsonite products are rigorously tested to ensure there products meet stringent standards. This bag comes with a 10-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

Travel Pro Maxlite 25

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  • A half pound lighter than max lite 4, this lightweight 25-inch spinner maximizes your packing power and is the ideal checked bag for medium to long trips
  • 4 wheel spinners rotate 360 degrees for a smooth roll. The lightweight, sturdy PowerScope handle stops at 38 inches and 42.5 inches and features a patented contour grip with rubberized touch points for easy maneuvering. Unique bottom tray design increases durability
  • Expands up to 2 inches to maximize packing capacity. Features low profile top, side, and bottom carry handles, two exterior compartments, full-length interior lid pocket, side accessory pocket, and adjustable hold-down straps for packing convenience
  • Limited Lifetime Coverage plus trusted companion promise, which covers the cost of repair for damage from an airline or another common carrier for 1 year
  • Case Dimensions: 25x18x11, Overall Dimensions: 27×18.5×11.5, Weight: 7.3 lbs. H20 Guard protects the interior lining from moisture

DELSEY Paris Chatelet Hardside 2.0 Luggage

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  • Made from durable material for long-lasting use. Lightweight 100% polycarbonate shell that is extremely resilient to cracking or breaking; designed with stylish faux leather accents with additional corner protectors for extra durability.
  • Double-spinner wheels provide a stable base with multi-directional rolling that is lightweight and comfortable when fully packed.
  • Ergonomical handle for easy maneuverability and soft-grip side and top carrying handles; includes laundry bag, shoe bag and mesh zippered pockets for additional organization.
  • OVERALL DIMENSIONS : 16.5 x 14 x 28/75 inches.

Briggs and Riley Baseline.

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  • Expandable Luggage: This swivel wheeled bag expands 2.5 inches for up to 25% more packing space. Cinch-down mesh garment panels keep contents from shifting and minimize wrinkling, Outsider handle provides greater interior capacity. Free TSA lock included
  • Durable Construction: Made with ballistic nylon outer fabric that resists wear, moisture, dirt and abrasion. A lockable double zipper pull keeps contents secure and SpeedThru pocket allows quick access to travel items at security checkpoints
  • Lifetime Guarantee: The only luggage company that offers an unconditional lifetime guarantee. If your bag is ever broken or damaged, we’ll repair it free of charge, no proof of purchase is needed, and no questions asked

How to Choose the Best One-Bag Travel Backpack

Traveling with only one bag gives you a sense of liberation. All of your vital belongings are within reach, forcing you to forego many of life’s ostensibly required consumer things that you could definitely do without. You may simply move from place to place with just one bag, always having just enough but never too much.

Choosing the ideal travel backpack for one-bag travel is a difficult task. There are a plethora of brands and models to pick from, each with its own level of durability, affordability, and try-on-ability (we made this word up for trying something out before buying it online). When you throw in different points of view and perspectives from people with varied values, needs, and body kinds, you’ve got a real slew of possibilities to sort through. Having the finest travel backpack that fits you is vital, whether you’re a first-time traveler planning your first trip, a digital nomad going through a “sell everything and put it in a backpack” period, or somewhere in between.

My Top 5 backpacks


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Large Capacity and Organized: Men’s travel backpack owns 20 independent pockets for large storage and organization for small items. 3 spacious main multi compartments with many hidden pockets can accommodate lots of stuff like college supplies, travel accessories, stationery, notebook, cord organizer, and side deep zipper pocket for easy access essentials. Side elastic net pockets conveniently hold travel gear umbrellas or water bottles.

Extra Large 50L Travel Laptop Backpack with USB Charging Port Fit 17 Inch Laptops

Kaka Travel Backpack.

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Durable anti-theft travel bag: This backpack is Made with high-quality terylene oxford fabric. It’s a very durable backpack, Anti Theft, Water Resistant, Scratch Resistant, Professional design, and strap with high-density soft decompression foam for your comfort. 

Carry On Backpack Durable Convertible Duffle Bag.

  • Durable anti-theft travel bag: This backpack is Made with high quality terylene oxford fabric. It’s a very durable backpack,Anti Theft, Water Resistant, Scratch Resistant, Professional design, strap with high density soft decompression foam for your comfort.
  • Larger Roomy Compartments: A total of 10 pocktes. 1 Main zipped pocket, 3 front zipped pockets, 1 side mesh pocket, 2 small strap pockets and 3 pockets in the large front zip pocket,It can provide separated space for computer, iPad, A4 files, wallet, clothes, power bank and more your items.
  • Large-capacity Backpack: The backpack Size – 20.5 X 12X 6.7 inches, Laptop Compartment Dimensions – 18 X 11 X 6 inches Capacity: 35L (Large size fits most 15.6″ Laptop.)weight:3.68 LBS

G-FAVOR 40L Travel Backpack, Vintage Canvas Rucksack Convertible Duffel Bag Carry On Backpack Fit for 17.3 Inch Laptop Ba

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3-in-1 multifunctional backpack: Convertible backpack (backpack, shoulder bag, hand luggage bag), the bag is designed with straps, shoulder straps, and hand straps, and you can use several different carrying methods to give you a different experience.

Travel Backpack, Vintage Canvas Rucksack Convertible.

  •  MULTI-FUNCTIONAL TRAVEL BACKPACK. This carry on backpack designed as a convertible backpack (backpack, cross-body bag, duffel bag backpack), this travel luggage backpack can use several different carrying methods to give you a different experience. Comfortable design gives you maximum back support. Breathable and adjustable shoulder straps relieve the stress of shoulder for a long time carry on.
  • LOTS OF STORAGE SPACE & POCKETS. The laptop backpack with a main compartment and a 17.3 inch laptop compartment, it has independent pockets inside, in which small items can be easily stored. There are several compartments on the computer backpack, and there is a waterproof shoes compartment, make your items organized and easier to find.

High Sierra Dells Canyon Travel Backpack.

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A stylish orange and grey backpack

  • Take on any TSA line with the quick-draw laptop and tablet compartment
  • Grab your gear on-demand with stay-in-place front zip organizer.
  • Multiple grab handles on all sides make traveling easy from any angle.
  • Discrete luggage piggy-back strap and compression straps.
  • Hike happy with Airmesh straps made from premium EVA foam
  • Avoid swamps and swamp-back with ventilated Airmesh back panel

High Sierra XBT – Business Laptop Backpack

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The large main compartments and multiple pockets allow you to keep all of your gear secure and organized. Multiple pockets including a zippered mesh pocket, pen pockets, lidded media pocket and key fob hook are perfect for keeping all of your smaller items secure.
A fully padded laptop compartment accommodates most 17-inch models. A dedicated Tech Spot sleeve provides an ideal space for your tablet.
The suspended back panel allows air to travel between the pack and your back for cooling. The back panel design also allows for the bag to be slipped over the handle of a rolling bag for carry convenience.
The grab handle is well padded for comfort. The handle is reinforced with a covered bridge cable and metal rivets for the ultimate in durability.
Final Thoughts.

Whatever piece of luggage you have decided on when travelling in Vietnam, or anywhere, please keep a close eye on it. Vietnam is a safe country to travel in, and most crimes here are opportunistic crimes. Petty crimes, like bag snatching, do happen. So, it pays to be aware especially around bus stations and airports where there might be 2 or 3 people wrkinh together to relieve you of your new luggage..

When investing your money into anything like this, it is my opinion to spend a little more and get quality rather than purchasing goods that need to be replaced frequently.

Whatever you choose make sure it is right for you. Buy cheap, buy twice.

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Any money made is used in helping the students and teachers in Vietnam. Thanks so much.