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Shallow Pockets: How to travel Vietnam on a budget | XO Tours Blog

Shallow Pockets: How to travel Vietnam on a budget | XO Tours Blog


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Vietnam is one of the most popular budget travel destinations in the world. The easiest way to travel frugally is to know how and where to find the bargains!

The Absolute Best Halong Bay Cruise | Top 13 Recommendations

by Andrzej Ejmont @ Wanderlust Storytellers | Family Travel Blog | Travel with Kids | Travel Tips

Are you looking for the best Halong Bay cruise for your next holiday in Vietnam? Join in with thousands of happy travelers on a trip of a life time on the best Halong Bay tour in Vietnam! In order to make your planning that much easier, we have compiled a […]

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Can I stay in Vietnam as a dependent spouse if my partner (wife) is teaching English?

by @elephanttalk @ Can I stay in Vietnam as a dependent spouse if my partner (wife) is teaching English?

@elephanttalk wrote:

After taking lots of small trips around the world as vacations, we’ve fallen in love with Southeast Asia and have decided to go there to teach English. Well, sort of - my wife is certified and will be teaching. I plan to use the time to develop an app that I have been trying to work on during nights and weekends up to this point. I figure I can live modestly and work on it full time for a year and see if I can get it “done” enough to actually launch after a year’s work!

I don’t plan to make any money while there, and I don’t want to get a job (poor me…) just to enable me to stay - I just want to work on my app (unpaid) full time. I plan to try to get a TT visa (http://immigrationservices.com.vn/visas-tt-vr/), and she will hopefully be on the LĐ visa (https://visa.mofa.gov.vn/NewsDetail.aspx?type=Info&id=28#sec1).

Here’s the wrinkle: most advice I find online (admittedly geared toward those travelling solo) tends to recommend going on a tourist Visa and finding a job, housing, neighborhood that you like in person, and then getting your employer to sponsor your work permit, then using that to get the business (LĐ) visa. Indeed, a lot of resources say it can be hard to find a reputable language school to hire you and sponsor your visa before entering the country.

If we both went on tourist visas, and she found work and was able to get a work permit, could I then convert my tourist visa to a TT (dependent spouse) visa? Is there any way to be sure that this is going to work besides just going and hoping?

As a follow up if that plan sounds too sketchy, should I get certified to teach English just in case I need to get my own job? I’d like to avoid it if I can, the certification and training is pretty expensive.

Worst case scenario, how many times can I do a visa run and stay on a DL (tourist) visa? Maybe I’m just bad at researching, but I can’t find a really good resource for this kind of information.

I hope this isn’t asking too much. Even a link to some more in-depth resources online would be greatly appreciated - I can’t seem to find any definitive information on people using the TT visa in Vietnam.

Thanks in advance!

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No Vietnam Visa Required For Citizens Of Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain Vietnam Embassy, Bangkok The Vietnamese government have announced a important change for Vietnam tourist visas – if you’re from Britain, Germany, France, Italy or Spain, you no longer need to […]

The Farmhouse Eumundi – Eumundi

by suzanne abicair @ Eat, Play and Stay

This luxury bed and breakfast is the Sunshine Coast’s newest luxury boutique accommodation. Located 20 minutes west of Noosa, 90 minutes north of Brisbane, and just minutes from the bustling Eumundi Markets, it’s the perfect place to explore the area. The farmhouse is set on 23 acres of cultivated countryside, and offers guests an easy […]

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The Hungry Ghost Festival…What is it??

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

Today marks an important event in the Lunar Calendar – The Ghost Festival or Hungry Ghost Festival! This festival typically starts from the 7th month in the Lunar Calendar and on the 15th Day, and lasts for a month. Why … Continue reading

Best Places to Stay in Hanoi, Vietnam | Top Hotels & Hostels

Best Places to Stay in Hanoi, Vietnam | Top Hotels & Hostels


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Looking for the best place to stay while in Hanoi? Here's our list of personal recommendations showcasing the best places to stay in Hanoi. Top hotels and

The Best Homestays in Sapa (For An Authentic & Personal Experience)

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

H’mong, Dao, and Giay people speaking English more fluently than Vietnamese, tremendous natural vistas right outside your balcony, an early morning chill with clouds hovering over the mountains, this and more is what you should expect from Sapa! Located on the northern border of Vietnam, Sapa is the only region of the country that has […]

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Eating Bánh Khọt in Vũng Tàu

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Bánh Khọt are delicious gems: crispy discs of rice flour batter & coconut milk, fried until they’re crunchy on the outside but moist on the inside, then wrapped in herbs & dipped in a sweet-spicy sauce. Here are 7 places to eat bánh khọt in Vũng Tàu... Continue reading

List of the Best Hostels in Vietnam – From $6

List of the Best Hostels in Vietnam – From $6


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In this article, you will find the following - Best hostels in Hanoi; Best hostels in Sapa; Best hostels in Hue; Best hostels in Hoi An; Best hostels in Nha Tra(...)

Faster and easier e-visa to Vietnam by 2017

by admin @ Vietnam Visa On Entry

In a recent tourism development conference on August 9th in Hoi An, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stated that Vietnam is to issue printable e-visa as soon as January 2017. Prime Minister Phuc has also allocated US$8.8 million to expedite above e-visa project to launch on Jan 1st 2017. Travelers will receive their new […]

12 reasons to visit Vietnam at least once in a lifetime

by Hoa Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Located in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is not as celebrated as its regional cousins Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and even Indonesia. However, this does not mean that it is any less intriguing or wonderful than they are.

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5 epic Airbnbs in Vietnam you can't stay in (Because they're fully booked a year)

5 epic Airbnbs in Vietnam you can't stay in (Because they're fully booked a year)


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Love staying with Airbnb? We have rounded up the best in Airbnb Vietnam. From beach-side bungalows in Hoi An to modern lofts in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam Visa Application Forms: Where to get them.

by admin @ Vietnam Visa On Entry

Where do I start? There are two ways to apply for Vietnam Visa: Via Vietnam embassy in your respective countries or via Vietnam Immigration Office in Vietnam. Vietnam Embassy in each country has their own Vietnam visa application form, and is available for download on their respective website. You can also choose to fill out […]

TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT HO CHI MINH CITY DURING TET

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Lunar New Year, or more commonly known as Tet, is a wondrous and prosperous time in Vietnam, and is an event that is anticipated throughout the year!  It marks the arrival of spring, a brand new start for many of life’s endeavours, and is a time to appreciate and spend time with family.  If you…

Will U.S. stay committed to toxic Agent Orange cleanup in Vietnam?

Will U.S. stay committed to toxic Agent Orange cleanup in Vietnam?


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Vietnam's Da Nang International Airport was less than a year ago one of the most toxic Agent Orange sites in the world. In advance of President Trump's arrival for the APEC Summit, the USAID marked the completion of the first and only American reclamation of a major Dioxin contamination site in that country. What is the American obligation Special correspondent Mike Cerre reports.

Two Days in Hanoi – How to Make the Most of It

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Small alleys crammed with food stalls, delicious smells filling the air of the quaint Old Town streets and imposing monuments honoring Vietnam’s rich and turbulent history— all that and more is Hanoi. If you are planning a short trip here and want to see all the main attractions, this two-day itinerary of the capital is […]

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Sapa-Y Ty Scenic Motorbike Loop

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Sapa's dramatic mountainous landscape continues north of town, via Y Ty Village, all the way to the Chinese border. Several small roads penetrate deep into steep, terraced valleys & climb high above ferocious rivers creating a scenic loop.... Continue reading

Sharp decrease in stamping fees for Vietnam visa on arrival since 23rd November

by admin @ Vietnam Visa On Entry

After the 15 days visa-free proposal by Vietnam Tourism Association in July for five European countries (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the UK), a new circular 157/2015/TT-BTC has been recently issued setting up the regime of collection, remittance and use management of fee for issuance of passports, visas and papers sheet on entry, exit, transit […]

How to travel with 2 passports: Hongkong and BNO

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

BNO passport & Hongkong passport - which passport you can use when applying visa to Vietnam in Hongkong? Details can be found here.

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Can I stay in Vietnam as a dependent spouse if my partner (wife) is teaching English?

by @elephanttalk @ Can I stay in Vietnam as a dependent spouse if my partner (wife) is teaching English?

@elephanttalk wrote:

Thank you so, so much for all the amazing information! This is a thoughtful and detailed reply and I’ve spent the morning browsing the schools and locations you recommended. People sharing their experience like this is what makes it possible for people like me to make the decision to travel - much of the information online about working as a foreigner in Vietnam is so dodgy and contradictory!

To follow up on a few of the finer points:

She is going for the TEFL / TESOL. As she’s already enrolled and is starting the training next week, I don’t think there’s any changing that (your answers got me thinking that I might want to enroll, too - they still have some spots open, and it’s about 1/3 cheaper than the CELTA course). Anyway, do you think she can still find work on the TEFL? I have seen some job ads for teachers (usually teaching children, which is fine) that list TEFL as a requirement, so I’m optimistic - we don’t need lots of money or a fancy way of life, just enough to live reasonably in Da Nang.

Regarding my visa, I was specifically asking about the TT visa, which is for families of foreigners coming to work in Vietnam. It sounds like the perfect one for my situation, but with all my research I have been able to find exactly ZERO reports online of someone using it. You can imagine my hesitation. Do yo know how one can get definite answers on visa questions such as mine? Should I contact the Vietnamese embassy here in the US?

I think she’s going to stick with the TEFL course and we’ll just have to hope that we can find her a position at a language center in Da Nang. I’ll do some soul searching and decide if I should sign up too.

The other stuff still totally up in the air is the fact that it’s technically illegal / not possible to convert a tourist visa to a working visa any more as of Jan 1, 2015 (laws here). Did you run into this at all? Did you encounter anyone who had problems along these lines?

Thank you so much for taking the time to write back - it means a lot. If you decide to respond to this one too, I’ll consider it a bonus!

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List of the Best Luxury Hotels in Mauritius

by Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor @ Two Monkeys Travel Group

Before you go, check out our Ultimate List of Best Luxury Hotels in Mauritius for recommendations that include rates, locations, and great reviews. This article will definitely help you with your stay! Browse through our best hotel finds in these top cities that cover: Grand Baie | Port Louis | Mont Choisy | Trou aux Biches | Flic en Flac ...

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Discovering Sapa: A Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Vietnam’s Northern Hill Station

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Sapa is famous for its beautiful landscapes full of verdant rice paddies, rolling hills, Vietnam’s highest mountain, and hidden trails in overgrown valleys. While the idea of coming here for a trek far off from the noise and pollution of the big cities inspires wanderlust, organizing it all can be a bit daunting, especially for […]

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The Church – Gawler

by suzanne abicair @ Eat, Play and Stay

Standing proud and prominent on the doorstep of the Barossa Valley sits the iconic silhouette of a former church. This remarkable building, complete with bell perched atop the steeple, has been converted into a luxury self-contained home, just waiting for a vibrant group of friends or family to book and enjoy. The Church functioned as […]

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7 Must See Sights In The Mekong Delta

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

Come visit the Mekong Delta region of Southern Vietnam to discover hidden wonders. Ecotourism is a strong industry in this lush tropical region. Cruise down the Mekong River in a boat taxi and discover a world from the past. Floating markets, ancient temples, fruit orchards, museums, and scenic rice paddy farms dot the area. Here are 7 must see […]

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Longer stay in Vietnam: Finding a good newspaper or website to keep you up to date

by @ Business-in-Asia.com

I travel often in the SE Asia region and even when not traveling daily read multiple national and regional newspapers, website and story aggregators to keep up to date on the region.  I not only read the larger more obvious … >>> Read more...

A guide to Hoi An’s Lantern Festival

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

Hoi An, at any time of the year is stunning but it’s particularly magical during the full moon. The electricity is switched off; the streets are closed off to traffic and the old town is transformed into a fairyland of … Continue reading

Retro Port Douglas – Port Douglas

by suzanne abicair @ Eat, Play and Stay

Just a short stroll from Port Douglas’s bustling Macrossan Street, the apartments are close to the town’s many iconic restaurants, boutique stores, and art galleries. Arrive at the town centre in less than 10 minutes by foot, or head to Reynolds park, located opposite the apartments, for a jog, hit of tennis, or match of […]

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1st Time to Ho Chi Minh: Where Should I Stay? - Where Should I Book My Hotel

1st Time to Ho Chi Minh: Where Should I Stay? - Where Should I Book My Hotel


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If you’re a first-time visitor to Ho Chi Minh City, it’s important to know where to stay and which hotel that best suits your budget and preference. Without proper research, this could lead to unnecessary hassles and travel expenses. Hailed as Vietnam’s biggest city and

The Ultimate Guide on How to get from Danang to Hoi An (& Vice Versa)

by Jolene Ejmont @ Wanderlust Storytellers | Family Travel Blog | Travel with Kids | Travel Tips

When traveling from Danang to Hoi An, in Vietnam, there are a few options you can choose. Those options are private car, taxi, bus or, if you are really adventurous, you can rent a motorbike. Whilst Uber and Grab (a local type Uber company) are available in the area, chances […]

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Top 10 boutique budget hotels in Hanoi, Vietnam

Top 10 boutique budget hotels in Hanoi, Vietnam


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Hanoi's buzzing streets and chaotic traffic are part of its charm, but it's good to have a calm, stylish bolthole to escape to. Here's our pick of affordable boutique hotels, hostels and homestays

8 Places You Must See In Ho Chi Minh City Saigon

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

As the largest city in Vietnam and one of the most prosperous areas of the country, Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) is often known as the Paris of the Orient. With rich cultural influences from France and China, Ho Chi Minh City is the most multicultural city in Vietnam. Here you can […]

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TOP 5 Day Trips from Ho Chi Minh City

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

We recently put together for you an itinerary for exploring Ho Chi Minh City as part of our Custom Itineraries for Vietnam series.  After you have explored Ho Chi Minh City and if you have an extra day in your travel itinerary, short day trips are a great option.  Fortunately, outside of the city, there are several places…

Vietnam Itinerary: 7 Days (1 Week) - Travel Happy

Vietnam Itinerary: 7 Days (1 Week) - Travel Happy


Travel Happy

In seven days, you’ll be able to see Vietnam’s highlights, making your way from Ho Chi Minh City in the south to Ha Long Bay in the far north.

Southeast Asia for New Zealanders – What to know about visa & travel

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

To begin your trip to the attractive Southeast Asia, let's figure out where you can initiate first and whether you need visa to these places or not.

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1 year multiple entry Vietnam Visa for U.S. citizens

by admin @ Vietnam Visa On Entry

What’s the news? From August 26th 2016 onwards, one month, three month, and six month Vietnam Visa are no longer available for U.S. citizens. US passport holders will only be able to obtain 1 year – multiple entry Vietnam Visa. The 1 year – multiple entry Vietnam Visa On Arrival (VOA) for U.S. citizens costs […]

The Coast Road: Saigon to Hoi An & Beyond

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Thanks to new coastal roads, it's now possible to ride from Saigon to Hoi An, and beyond to Dong Hoi, following the coast all the way & avoiding the busy main artery of Highway 1 for the vast majority of the route. This is a salty, sunny, sandy & scenic road trip.... Continue reading

Liberty Central Hotel, Nha Trang

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Liberty Central Nha Trang is a contemporary, stylish, high-rise hotel just a block from the beach. Featuring elegant, minimalist decor, extraordinary sea views, rooftop bar & its own section of beach, Liberty Central is a solid place to stay in Nha Trang.... Continue reading

6 Historic Attractions In Hue Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

In the culturally rich city of Hue, Vietnam, you can explore many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including The Forbidden City, 7 Royal Tombs, and many pagodas. Affordable hotels and savory cuisine beckon visitors year round. Countryside bike tours and river boat tours are also enjoyable ways to explore this scenic area. Hotels are located in the […]

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Must-known information about Vietnam Visa for Spanish passport holders

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

When will Spanish be exempted from Vietnam Visa? How to get Vietnam Visa for Spanish passport holders? How many types of Vietnam Visa? Click here.

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List of the Best Luxury Hotels in Suriname

by Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor @ Two Monkeys Travel Group

Before you go, check out our Ultimate List of Best Luxury Hotels in Suriname for recommendations that include rates, locations, and great reviews. This article will help you with your stay! Browse through our best hotel finds in these top cities that cover: Paramaribo | Nieuw Nickerie | Cajana | Lelydorp | Nieuw Amsterdam | Groningen. The Republic of Suriname ...

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Hải Đăng Vegetarian Restaurant, Saigon

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Hải Đăng is a simple, local, informal vegetarian restaurant in Saigon's Binh Thanh District. The sheer variety and freshness of vegetable dishes on offer (not just tofu and 'fake meat') sets it apart from other Vietnamese vegetarian eateries in the city.... Continue reading

21 Incredible Places To Visit in Vietnam - Advice From Travel Experts

21 Incredible Places To Visit in Vietnam - Advice From Travel Experts


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From the mountains of Sapa, to Vietnams's best beaches, cities and bays, here are the top 21 places to visit in Vietnam, recommended by travel experts.

Daintree Ecolodge & Spa – Daintree

by suzanne abicair @ Eat, Play and Stay

Located just an hour and a half drive from Cairns International Airport, the boutique resort is the perfect getaway to return to nature.  Built with respect for the environment and surrounds, the ecolodge has an emphasis on sustainability and community. Daintree is committed to the preservation of the luscious rainforest the resort resides in, and […]

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Vietnam Visa for South Korean citizens

by admin @ Vietnam Visa On Entry

As a South Korean passport holder, you are allowed to enter and stay in Vietnam without a visa for up to 15 days. In case South Korean nationals wish to stay longer than 15 days, Vietnam visa is of crucial. There are 3 ways to get Vietnam visa for South Korean passport holders Option 1: […]

Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

by John Jenkins @ Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

Hi Guys, I would like to make a correction if possible. Dorm beds at Mui Ne Backpacker Village start at $4/night during low season and $5/night during high season. Great value!!!

Portland and Binh Duong Exchange Visits

by @ Business-in-Asia.com

In early 2016, a delegation from Binh Duong province in Vietnam led by Becamex Deputy CEO Pham Ngoc Thuan has yearly visited Portland, Oregon to promote economic, educational and cultural cooperation.  The delegation gave a briefing on province and Vietnam

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8 Must See Sites In The Beachside Resort Of Nha Trang

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

If you enjoy leisurely days at sparkling beaches, delicious Vietnamese cuisine, or underwater adventures in coral reefs, Nha Trang is the spot for you to travel. Known as the most appealing beachside resort-town in Vietnam, Nha Trang Bay has an interesting history and a wide variety of activities to enjoy in and out of the […]

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Mai Anh Dao – the spring’s flower symbol of Da Lat city

by Obs @ Vietnam Visa On Entry

Mai Anh Dao is Vietnamese name of a one-of-a-kind flower in Da Lat which blooms in the first months of the year to welcome spring. It has been a proud symbol of local people. Mai Anh Dao has Latin name of Prunus Cesacoides – a special cherry blossom tree. Its trunk is like peach, but […]

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Student Recruitment in Vietnam

by @ Business-in-Asia.com

In June, 2017 Runckel & Associates President, Chris Runckel, spoke at the ICEF, the International Consultants for Education and Fairs Asia Pacific meeting of International educators and student recruitment professionals in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

This was the largest … >>> Read more...

Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

by Sabine @ Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

So many hotels you've reviewed! It's so nice to compare a lot of different hotels. This mist be helpful for people that would like to stay over ther.le. I have never been there before but surely will check this post if I need a hotel :)

All-You-Need-to-Know about Vietnam Visa - The Christina's Blog

All-You-Need-to-Know about Vietnam Visa - The Christina's Blog


The Christina's Blog

Interested in traveling to Vietnam for tourist or business purposes? This is a complete guide for you in order to ease your process of getting Vietnam Visa.

List of the Best Luxury Hotels in Mexico

by Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor @ Two Monkeys Travel Group

Before you go, check out our Ultimate List of Best Luxury Hotels in Mexico for recommendations that include rates, locations, and great reviews. This article will help you with your stay! Browse through our best hotel finds in these top cities that cover: Mexico City | Guadalajara | Tijuana | Puebla | Ciudad Juárez | Monterrey. Mexico has always been ...

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6 month and 1 year Vietnam Visa (for non-US nationalities)

by admin @ Vietnam Visa On Entry

A couple of years ago it was impossible for first time travelers to apply for 6 month or 1 year Vietnam visa. The maximum visa duration available was 3 months, and those who wished to stay longer had to go through a strenuous visa extension procedure that required various proof of staying purpose: invest certification, […]

QT Port Douglas – Port Douglas

by suzanne abicair @ Eat, Play and Stay

Located just an hour’s drive from Cairns, Port Douglas is a trendy resort town with a laid back, tropical attitude. Home to the Four Mile Beach, a pristine coastal area famous for its bright white sands, Port Douglas provides access to bright reefs as well as some of Queensland’s verdant rainforests bustling with natural wildlife. […]

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Friendly South-East Asian destinations for Indian

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Here are list of beautiful Southeast Asian places which having friendly visa policy for Indian citizens. Easy to read and prepare for your next trip!

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Best Hotels & Resorts in Vietnam: Recommended Places to Stay for a Memorable Trip!

by Jolene Ejmont @ Wanderlust Storytellers | Family Travel Blog | Travel with Kids | Travel Tips

Are you scared of getting scammed, when booking your Vietnam Accommodation?   Worried that the place you are booking is not going to live up to your expectations?   Well, WORRY NO MORE!   Today we will share with you a list of the best hotels in Vietnam.  How do we […]

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WHERE TO STAY IN VIETNAM - GlobalGiraffe

WHERE TO STAY IN VIETNAM - GlobalGiraffe


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Where should I stay in Vietnam? Let these top travel bloggers help you with a few recommendations!

From Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi: where to stay on your Vietnam trip

From Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi: where to stay on your Vietnam trip


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Vietnam is a country of great diversity. From Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, discover our list of the country's best hotels.

List of the Best Luxury Hotels in Honduras

by Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor @ Two Monkeys Travel Group

Before you go, check out our Ultimate List of Best Luxury Hotels in Honduras for recommendations that include rates, locations, and great reviews. This article will help you with your stay! Browse through our best hotel finds in these top cities that cover: Tegucigalpa, Honduras | San Pedro Sula, Honduras | La Ceiba, Honduras | Sula, Honduras. If you’re pressed ...

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Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

by Nichi Chan @ Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

Thank you for this informative post ! Will travel to Vietnam on November and we were planning on taking backpacker's accomodation , not booking on a hotel . Will check on the named list above .

Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

by Joy Mendiola @ Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

Vietnam is one of our list to visit. Hopefully soon. Thanks you for sharing your adventure.

Tomb Rider: Hue to Dong Hoi on Back-Roads

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Covering nearly 200km of completely empty beach, coastal back-roads lead from the old imperial capital of Hue to the beach city of Dong Hoi. Scattered with thousands of traditional-style tombs, this coastal region is rarely explored by foreign visitors... Continue reading

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 1: North Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Generally, Vietnam is a very safe country in which to travel. Compared to most major tourist cities in the West – Paris, London, New York, Rome – the streets of Vietnam’s urban centers are much less threatening. However, in some of the more popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, there are a handful of tourist scams and…

Can I stay in Vietnam as a dependent spouse if my partner (wife) is teaching English?

by @NicholasDNewell @ Can I stay in Vietnam as a dependent spouse if my partner (wife) is teaching English?

@NicholasDNewell wrote:

No worries! I’m happy to help =)

I would strongly recommend doing the CELTA. Anything less tends to be inferior and might ultimately be a waste of time and money especially when you can’t even get an entry-level job. There are a lot of official sounding teaching certificates that are scams, so just be careful. If you don’t get the CELTA you’ll most likely end up at a badly paid/managed, second rate school and wish you had just gotten the CELTA. ILA is known worldwide in the the English teaching industry for being a very good place to learn.

Da Nang has some great schools too. Both ILA and Apollo have learning centers there (they will only hire CELTA graduates). ELI is probably the best. The ILA center is great according to a buddy of my mine who went to work there after graduating from the CELTA. A friend of my partner’s also went to work in Da Nang for Apollo.

Regarding the visa situation, I do remember a lot of complaining from mgmt about the visa rule changes. For RMIT this was a huge problem actually; however, a friend of mine who was the former head of operations for ILA in HCMC said that they had adopted a strategy for dealing with the change as ILA, Apollo and the other language schools are heavily dependent on new teachers arriving on tourist visas. You might want to contact one of the schools and just ask what they recommend. Try contacting ILA: celta@ilavietnam.com . Just say that you’re interested in the CELTA, but aren’t sure what visa to get due to your situation. They’ll definitely give you some advice.

My intuition and vast experience with VN bureaucracy tells me that contacting the VN embassy will only provide you with a generic response that won’t factor in all of the loop-holes that the schools in Vietnam exploit and use to get around the rules. Trust me on that one! You could also check the forums here on ESL Cafe for more information from people who are still there.

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The art of crossing the streets in Vietnam…..

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

Locals or anyone who has lived in Vietnam a long time, who have observed the traffic, will see it as though they are watching a perfectly coordinated ballet performance of people, motorbikes, cars, buses or even the occasional chicken. If … Continue reading

Vietnam's best beach resorts | Audley Travel

Vietnam's best beach resorts | Audley Travel


Audley Travel

Read Audley's guide to Vietnam's best beach resorts with recommendations for memorable travel experiences by a travel specialist.

Cat Tien National Park: Where to Stay

Cat Tien National Park: Where to Stay


Vietnam Coracle

Traditional longhouses, luxury safari tents, bamboo huts, camping under tall trees: accommodation in & around Cat Tien National Park is atmospheric, good value and, more often than not, environmentally & socially responsible... Continue reading →

Vietnam Still the Hot Spot in Asean:  Foreign Investment in Vietnam Jumps 52% in 2017 

by @ Business-in-Asia.com

Viet Nam attracted US$21.93 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) during the first seven months of this year, an increase of 52 per cent year-on-year, according to the latest Foreign Investment Agency statistics reported by the Vietnam News Service.

Of … >>> Read more...

VBH Guide to Vietnamese TET New Year & The Year of the Rooster…

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

2017 represents the Year of the Rooster according to the zodiac. To the Vietnamese, the Rooster is one of the most important animals that govern human life. It’s an essential protein for nourishment but is also often used as an … Continue reading

Port Douglas Motel – Port Douglas

by suzanne abicair @ Eat, Play and Stay

Located just a three-minute walk from the picturesque Four Mile Beach, the sand and surf is never far away from your place of stay. Just an hour’s drive from Cairns International Airport and metres from the main shopping strip, Port Douglas Motel is easy to get to, and perfect for exploring. All accommodation at the […]

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List of the Best Luxury Hotels in Zanzibar

by Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor @ Two Monkeys Travel Group

Before you go, check out our Ultimate List of Best Luxury Hotels in Zanzibar for recommendations that include rates, locations, and great reviews. This article will help you with your stay! Browse through our best hotel finds in these top cities that cover: Nungwi | Stone Town | Paje | Kendwa | Kiwengwa | Matemwe Zanzibar, an island in Tanzania, is ...

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What is so great about Vietnam?

by Hoa Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

There is no wrong reason to visit a country, and no matter what lights up your day, you have plenty of destinations to choose from. However, Vietnam will offer you everything from above and more.

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Vietnam Backpacker Hostels Grateful of No Serious Injuries in recent Public Ferry Collision

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

On 1 January 2017, a scheduled public ferry carrying passengers from Cat Ba Island to Hai Phong Harbor, Vietnam made contact with a bridge pylon. The accident resulted in damage to the ferry’s bow, and several seats inside the passenger … Continue reading

Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

by Tamshuk @ Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

Thank you for this post. I am planning to travel to Vietnam later this year and I really needed a list like this. I will definitely refer this post to decide on my accommodations there

Book Your Luxurious Stay in Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island!

by Andrzej Ejmont @ Wanderlust Storytellers | Family Travel Blog | Travel with Kids | Travel Tips

Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island is an elegant and super luxurious resort on a magnificent sand island just off the East coast of Australia. If you enjoy total bliss and relaxation, strolling on the miles of sandy beaches and you love exploring and adventure, then you came to the right […]

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The Vietnam War: Why It Was Impossible for the U.S. to Stay Uninvolved | HistoryNet

The Vietnam War: Why It Was Impossible for the U.S. to Stay Uninvolved | HistoryNet


HistoryNet

U.S. complicity in the overthrow of South Vietnam's president made it impossible to stay uninvolved in the war.

Quang Tri Province, Vietnam

by @ Business-in-Asia.com


Quang Tri Province, Vietnam

Becamex Deputy CEO Pham Ngoc Thuan and an international group of marketing and investment professionals from the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Greater China and Thailand visited Dong Ho City in Quang Tri Province in … >>> Read more...

Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam

by @ Business-in-Asia.com


Visiting Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam

Provincial leaders headed by People’s Committee Chairman of the People’s Committee Ho Quoc Dung and Standing Vice Chairman Phan Cao Thang and leaders of relevant departments and localities on July 19 met in Binh Dinh … >>> Read more...

Fun facts about Hanoi that you may not know…

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

Hanoi translates to “city inside rivers” (there are nine lakes in the city). It’s historic and more formal name is Thang Long, which has a more bad-ass meaning “Ascending Dragon”! Hanoi is over a thousand years old! The city celebrated … Continue reading

Where to stay in Vietnam - Accommodation & Hotels | Flight Centre

Where to stay in Vietnam - Accommodation & Hotels | Flight Centre


Flight Centre

A range of accommodation choices in VietnamWhether you would prefer a pleasant seaside stay in Da Nang or an exclusive suite in one of Ho Chi Minh City's finest hotels, Flight Centre always has great Vietnam accommodation deals on offer.

A Foodie’s Guide to Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Come to Hue and Eat like a Local Hue City is the old capital of Vietnam. Despite its location – next to Da Nang – the new economic center, Hue is calm and peaceful in a unique way. If you want to have a truly relaxing travel experience, Hue is definitely the city you must […]

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Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort & Spa

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Just a couple hours' drive from Saigon, Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort & Spa has improved it's facilities and aesthetics in recent years: it's now a lush, relaxing and satisfying retreat from the city.... Continue reading

Getting Around in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Hue is the famous Imperial city of Central Vietnam, the throne of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Old and tranquil, Hue is frozen in time, standing amongst the remnants of a once glorious Asian empire. Because of this, getting around Hue is intriguing with many options available, and sights to see. A major […]

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Noosa River and Canal Cruises – Noosa Heads

by suzanne abicair @ Eat, Play and Stay

Noosa is a coastal region awash with beachfront towns, riverside areas, and hinterland communities. The town is famous for it’s relaxed, friendly atmosphere and spectacular sunsets. There’s no better place to witness one of these breathtaking sunset views, than from the shimmering waters of the Noosa River. The sunset cruise of Noosa River and Canal […]

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Casavino Luxury Villas – McLaren Vale

by suzanne abicair @ Eat, Play and Stay

Located in the heart of McLaren Vale in regional South Australia, Casavino Luxury Villas are just a short walk from the town’s centre, and its many restaurants, wineries, cafes and attractions. Situated on the Main Road of McLaren Vale, villas are set back from the street, making them the ideal accommodation to explore the area […]

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It’s Mid-Autumn Festival Time… What is it?

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

Today marks the beginning of the Mid-Autumn Festival! Named Têt Trung Thu in Vietnamese, it is also known as the Children’s festival. It is said that name came about, as it’s a way for parents to make up for the … Continue reading

Portugal – a destination for digital nomads all over the world

by Hoa Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Portugal has unique surprises and treasures that are waiting to be discovered at the moment and is also an ideal country for digital entrepreneurs and nomads.

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THE BEST MONTH TO VISIT VIETNAM? SEPTEMBER!

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

Yes, Vietnam is a great country to travel all year round depending on the region – but if you ask us which time of the year we like to travel most, it’s definitely the month of September! Here’s why: It’s … Continue reading

Best Hotels & Resorts in Vietnam | Vietnam Accommodation you will Love!

Best Hotels & Resorts in Vietnam | Vietnam Accommodation you will Love!


Wanderlust Storytellers | Family Travel Blog | Travel with Kids | Travel Tips

Trying to find the best hotel in Vietnam; the best resort in Vietnam or the the best beach resort in Vietnam? Here is a list you can trust!

Accommodation | About Vietnam

Accommodation | About Vietnam


Rough Guides

The standard of accommodation in Vietnam is, by and large, excellent. In the main tourist areas the range caters to all budgets, and though prices are a little...

Lasenta Boutique Hotel, Hoi An

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

A comfortable & aesthetically pleasing synthesis of the exotic & the familiar, the modern & the traditional, and Asian & European elements, Lasenta Boutique Hotel is yet another addition to Hoi An's list of excellent value, mid-range accommodation... Continue reading

Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

by Darknight @ Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

Same here, ill be there last week of November. This article will really help me on where to stay there.

All legitimate ways to get Vietnam Visa for Czech citizens

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

A Visa to Vietnam is required for citizens of Czech Republic. This post will introduce you concisely 3 ways to apply for Vietnam Visa for Czech citizens, including Vietnam Embassy Visa, Vietnam Visa On Arrival and Vietnamese E-visa.

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5 things to prepare when travelling to Vietnam from Malaysia

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Visa to Vietnam from Malaysia, exchanging currency, health & travel insurances, checking the weather and learning about destinations in Vietnam are noted.

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Bãi Rạng Beach, Quy Nhon

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

A small crescent of toast-gold sand lined with coconut palms & casuarina trees, Bãi Rạng Beach is squeezed between two rocky bluffs, 15km south of Quy Nhon. It's still a local, working beach & remains undeveloped.... Continue reading

Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

by Swayam Tiwariswa @ Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

I am happy to see Vietnam emerge as a travel destination considering the fact that it is overshadowed by some of the more popular travel destinations. Are the prices in US Dollars? And, would you guys be interested in tying up with me here in India?

Hotels in Vietnam.

Hotels in Vietnam.


Booking.com

Book a hotel in Vietnam online. Hotels from budget to luxury. Good rates. No reservation costs. Read hotel reviews from real guests.

Can I stay in Vietnam as a dependent spouse if my partner (wife) is teaching English?

by @Pashley @ Can I stay in Vietnam as a dependent spouse if my partner (wife) is teaching English?

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An overview article on Teaching English, written for travellers considering it. I think it is fairly good, but I’m biased since I wrote parts of it:
https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Teaching_English

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Get Off the Beaten Track in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Located on the bank of Perfume River, this city is the capital of Thua Thien Hue province, 700 kilometers to the south of Hanoi. Although you can visit Hue at any time of the year, the most charming season is surely from March to August, especially March through April when the temperature is at its […]

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I’M Hotel Review: A Relaxing Stay in the Heart of Makati

by Anna Faustino @ Adventure In You

All my life, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with my hometown Manila. Although there is no place like home, often times, I find this place too intense and chaotic for my liking which is why I moved away 7 years ago. However, during a recent trip back to the Philippines to visit friends and family, […]

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Saigon to Hanoi: A Food Diary

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

On a recent road trip between Saigon & Hanoi I made a record of some of the meals I ate along the way, to try and illustrate the variety of food available, and what a delight it is to eat your way from one end of the country to the other... Continue reading

Summer Special Offer! The Hanoi to Saigon Buffalo Run

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

  We couldn’t be prouder of our Hanoi to Saigon Buffalo Run. Taking you to everywhere that makes Vietnam so damn great, many years of hard work have gone into designing this adventure. And this summer we are offering an … Continue reading

A Thrilling Hai Van Pass Adventure With Onetrip

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Vietnam is a fabulous country that sings harmonies of the wild jungle and the people that venture through it. That is a destination that you must visit at least once in your life if you seek adventure. One of the most desired places to stay in Vietnam for both foreigners and locals alike is Da […]

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Top 10 Sights In Hoi An Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

The historic city of Hoi An is on the central coast of Vietnam and was a major international trading port up until the 19th century. Hoi An has much to offer for tourists: excellent cuisine, ancient ruins, sandy beaches, great shopping, and enough historic buildings to make it a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s one of the […]

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Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

by Leah Arique @ Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

Thank you guys for the info.i will be traveling alone to Vietnam on August 8 2016 staying in district 1 area I never been to Vietnam before so I need info on how to get around and what to do there?:)

Now Arriving in Hanoi: What You Need to Know

by Vietnam Visa @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

A premiere locale for seasoned jet-setters and new world travelers alike, Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi welcomes you. As Vietnam’s capital and cultural hot spot, Hanoi has enjoyed a long, rich history, with settlement dating back to 3rd century BC. Many areas of the city reflect the remnants of its former French occupation, giving its […]

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WHERE TO STAY IN VIETNAM

by Dan @ GlobalGiraffe

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Nustay Review: How to Save on Your Next Hotel Booking

by Anna Faustino @ Adventure In You

Disclaimer: This post was written in partnership with Nustay as part of their #NuStayExplorers team. As always, my opinions are my own. While traveling, accommodation usually takes a large chunk of your travel budget. Although I am a go-with-the-flow kind of gal, over the years, I have also become quite picky about where I stay. With […]

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The choice: LBJ’s decision to go to war in Vietnam

The choice: LBJ’s decision to go to war in Vietnam


The Conversation

Fifty years ago Lyndon Johnson made the decision to Americanize the conflict in Vietnam. Why?

Vietnam visa for Lithuanian passport holders

by admin @ Vietnam Visa On Entry

Commonly, Vietnam visa can be applied either at a Vietnam Embassy/Consulate in your country, or at Vietnam Department of Immigration via a travel company or a visa agent. However, there isn’t a Vietnam Embassy/Consulate in Lithuania. The closest available Vietnam Embassy is in Poland. So for Lithuanians looking forward to visiting Vietnam, Vietnam visa is […]

Conquering Mount Fansipan the Right Way (Tallest Mountain in Vietnam)

by Anna Suszynski @ The Christina's Blog

Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina peninsula, located in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It was once only visited by adventure seekers fit enough to make the strenuous hike, but now this mountain offers a few different experiences for all types of travelers. Regardless of the new tram that brings […]

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List of the Best Luxury Hotels in Vanuatu

by Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor @ Two Monkeys Travel Group

Before you go, check out our Ultimate List of Best Luxury Hotels in Ultimate List of Best Luxury Hotels in Vanuatu for recommendations that include rates, locations, and great reviews. This article will help you with your stay! Browse through our best hotel finds in these top cities that cover: Port Vila, Vanuatu | Luganville, Vanuatu. Vanuatu is an archipelago ...

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The Country House at Hunchy – Hunchy

by suzanne abicair @ Eat, Play and Stay

This luxury bed and breakfast is nestled in the hinterland hills of the Sunshine Coast. Located a half hour drive from the Sunshine Coast Airport, and just a few minutes from the artisan village of Montville, the country home is close to everywhere you need to be, and even closer to everywhere you want to […]

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Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

by Séjours au vietnam @ Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

Super chouette article ! Les photos sont subimes avec une très bonne qualité d'image ! On apprend beaucoup de chose plus qu'utile pour un séjour au Vietnam avec des "bons plans" à ne pas oublier ! Merci beaucoup pour ce partage et toutes ses informations précieuses !

Can I stay in Vietnam as a dependent spouse if my partner (wife) is teaching English?

by @NicholasDNewell @ Can I stay in Vietnam as a dependent spouse if my partner (wife) is teaching English?

@NicholasDNewell wrote:

I just finished 3.5 years in Vietnam as an English teacher. Yes, you could live in Ho Chi Minh City off of your spouse, but she’d have to be working on a full time contract (at least 20 - 24 contact teaching hours per week).

Living costs are pretty cheap, especially if you shack up with others. My first place was a house share in district 3 with 4 other people. it was a 4 story house, we each had our own bedroom and bathroom and it cost around $275 per person per month. Utilities are cheap.

What kind of a certification does your spouse have? In order to even be considered for a job with decent pay, she’d at least need a bachelor’s and a CELTA teaching certification (DELTA would be best). If she doesn’t have a CELTA or if you decide you want to teach, obtaining it there is a great idea, since it’s cheaper to do it there (around $1500 if I remember correctly). You could teach part time and still have plenty of time to work on your stuff. My partner actually taught part time while we were there and she only worked 2 - 3 days a week in the evenings.

If your spouse works on a full time contract, they will get her the right visa and eventually a residency permit. If you’re working part time (depending on the school) you’ll probably have to pay for it, but they will still handle your visa situation. You can go there on your tourist visa and the HR dept. will work with the authorities to change your status. This may also depend on the school, but both places I worked at did this. If you don’t have a job, visa runs are possible, but to be on the safe side, maybe just teach part time. It’s a great experience! I don’t think you could stay on your partner’s visa, but also know that those rules tend to change often. Don’t worry about it and just go on tourist visas. Figure it out as you go.

A recommended school for someone starting out would be ILA Vietnam. I got my CELTA there and then was hired full time. It was a great experience. I then lucked out and got a job at RMIT University Vietnam. It’s an Australian satellite campus for the Melbourne based university. It pays the best. If your spouse can teach academic English (anyone can!), apply there. Full time at ILA paid about 18k per year as stated on my contract, but I worked over time sometimes and made extra. RMIT payed about 36k per year during my first year and 55k per year my last year. Definitely go for RMIT if either of you has a masters in anything. Don’t worry if you feel under qualified compared to any of the job descriptions. Go for it!

Living costs in Ho Chi Minh City were $700 - $800 per month. I ate out very often and was pretty social. Hanoi was more expensive, but I lived extravagantly at about $1,200 per month. District 7 in Ho Chi Minh City is the best and most expensive area, but pretty impractical for work unless you work for RMIT as it’s far from the city center. Tay Ho in hanoi is the best place overall.

Ho Chi Minh City is more modern, industrial/commercial, has more to do and is cheaper. It also has a large American influence. Hanoi is more expensive, but has more of an artsy culture with more of a French influence and lots of green nature and lakes. Crime was also lower and it had a much better music scene in my opinion. Everyone in HCMC has a negative bias toward Hanoi, but don’t let it scare you. They have no taste!

Some other schools (I’m sure there are more now) in order of reputation: British Council, ACET, Apollo, Wall Street Institute, VUS, Language Link.

For your first month the best place to stay is in a guesthouse. The best one in Ho Chi Minh City for getting set up is California Guesthouse. I think it was like $350 for a month. Book ahead!

Vietnam is a great place to get started as cost of living is very low and has the best pay in SE in terms of English teaching salaries; however, there are some caveats. It is definitely behind the times compared to places like Thailand. It was difficult to adjust, but I managed. Go with an open mind.

I hope this helps =)

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10 Best Places to Visit in Vietnam

10 Best Places to Visit in Vietnam


Touropia

A long, narrow country squeezed in between the South China Sea and the Laos and Cambodia borders, Vietnam is a land of striking landscapes that range from the lush rice terraces and forested mountains

Off The Beaten Path in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Vietnam is seeing more and more visitors each year, with the actual number of tourists per year reaching well over 6 million.  Some areas in Vietnam, such as Halong Bay, Sapa, and Hoi An, are very beautiful but also packed with tourists year round.  Fortunately, if you want to get away from the crowds, you…

Can I stay in Vietnam as a dependent spouse if my partner (wife) is teaching English?

by @elephanttalk @ Can I stay in Vietnam as a dependent spouse if my partner (wife) is teaching English?

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I forgot to add, we are both Americans currently living in USA.

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Planning A Trip To Vietnam

by Cassandra Caballero Legge @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

The country of Vietnam curls around the countries of Laos and Cambodia like a long comma on the Indochinese Peninsula, snugged up on the east against the South China Sea, and bordered on the north by China. The two most famous cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, are located on opposite ends of the […]

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Best Things To See In Ha Long Bay Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

Ha Long Bay is the most popular travel destination in Vietnam, and just glancing at a friend’s travel photos will show you why. The emerald-green waters, verdant mountains, grottoes, and spectacular limestone islands sprinkled throughout the bay beckon tourists from all over the world. In this UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are so many ways […]

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How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 2: South Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south of the country. Saigon, Nha Trang and Hoi An all have their fair share of scams and safety hazards that travelers should be aware of. (Read Part 1 of this series…

A Fun Stay At Vietnam Backpacker Hostel: The Downtown Hostel (Hanoi)

by max @ Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels

Written by Huong on Jul 13, 2016 The experience of backpacking through Southeast Asia would not be fulfilling without spending a night at a backpackers’ hostel. Among all the experiences I have had so far in Southeast Asia, one of … Continue reading

Vietnam Visa for Portuguese passport holders

by admin @ Vietnam Visa On Entry

Commonly, there are two options to apply for Vietnam Visa: apply directly at Vietnam Embassy/Consulate or apply for Vietnam visa approval letter by Department of Immigration via a travel agent. Unfortunately, there are no Vietnam Embassy/Consulate in Portugal right now, despite several travel agencies and non-official sites falsely claiming otherwise. Portugal is not among the […]

Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

by Aika @ Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

I believe these are the cheapest amongst the hostels around but all of them looks so clean, beautiful and serene i thought yiu were just kidding. This is a much needed list for travellers!

The US veterans going back to live in Vietnam

The US veterans going back to live in Vietnam


BBC News

More than 40 years after the end of the Vietnam war dozens of ageing former American soldiers have gone back - and have succeeded in finding peace.

Can I stay in Vietnam as a dependent spouse if my partner (wife) is teaching English?

Can I stay in Vietnam as a dependent spouse if my partner (wife) is teaching English?


Digital Nomad Forum

After taking lots of small trips around the world as vacations, we’ve fallen in love with Southeast Asia and have decided to go there to teach English. Well, sort of - my wife is certified and will be teaching. I plan to use the time to develop an app that I have been trying to work on during nights and weekends up to this point. I figure I can live modestly and work on it full time for a year and see if I can get it “done” enough to actually launch after a year’s work! I don’t plan to make any...

Mui Ne Vietnam: Where to stay, how to get there and what to eat

Mui Ne Vietnam: Where to stay, how to get there and what to eat


Fulltime Nomad

We escaped Ho Chi Minh City for a long weekend in Mui Ne Vietnam. This is our guide on where to stay, how to get there and... what to eat!

The Ultimate Guide on How to Get from Hanoi to Hoi An (& Vice Versa)

by Jolene Ejmont @ Wanderlust Storytellers | Family Travel Blog | Travel with Kids | Travel Tips

Hoi An is a small town in central Vietnam that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1999. It is known for its rich history, historical heritage, architecture and atmosphere.Well that is all lovely and I bet you already know that Hoi An is worth a visit.  So […]

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New Airport in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, Set to Open in Spring of 2018

by @ Business-in-Asia.com

Vietnam government authorities have announced that an international airport near Ha Long Bay will open in March 2018 according to the officials and reports of Ha Noi Moi Newspaper.

The airport will be the first private airport facility in Vietnam.  … >>> Read more...

List of the Best Luxury Hotels in El Salvador

by Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor @ Two Monkeys Travel Group

Before you go, check out our Ultimate List of Best Luxury Hotels in El Salvador for recommendations that include rates, locations, and great reviews. This article will help you with your stay! Browse through our best hotel finds in these top cities that cover: San Salvador City | Santa Ana | San Miguel | El Cuco | Sonsonate | Suchitito ...

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Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

by ASKSonnie @ Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in Vietnam

This is an extensive list, with a price bet $ 5-10, the hostels are very affordable. The photos you shared are inviting too. Will revert back to this list when I visit Vietnam soon

Vietnam in spring – Best places to go

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

You will never regret when visiting Vietnam in spring! If you wonder which places are the most beautiful in our country during this season, don't hesitate to collect all information in this article.

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10 Things To Do In Hanoi Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

Known as the Paris of Asia, Hanoi beckons to millions of tourists each year to Vietnam thanks to its thriving arts scene, colonial architecture, museums, shopping districts, and the scenic natural beauty of over 20 lakes, pagodas, and over 50 Buddhist temples. Hanoi, the capitol of Vietnam, was ranked in the 2015 Traveler’s Choice Awards™ […]

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