Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – south Vietnam

Saigon Saigon is the biggest city of Vietnam, although it’s not the capital. The numbers are somewhere around 3,4 million people living in the inner city and 10 million including surrounding areas. The weather in Saigon can be from real hot, around 40 degrees in summer, to very wet during …

Hanoi, capital of Vietnam

Hanoi A lot can be said about the differences between north and south Vietnam and about Hanoi and Saigon. Overall it’s the Americans that like Saigon most and Europeans that like Hanoi most. Maybe this is related to the history of both cities. If you prefer a dynamic, noisy, polluted, …

Bank account in Vietnam

Bank Card Is it possible to open a bank account in Vietnam? The answer is yes, but there are some things you need to know. Many of the banks issue bank debit cards which can only be used within Vietnam. You go through all the paperwork to apply for a bank …

Traffic in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Traffic chaos The people who have been in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) know what this post is about. The traffic is chaotic and crazy. If you don’t like big cities, if you don’t like noise, if you can’t handle pollution, stay out of Saigon. The traffic was …

Temple of Literature – Hanoi – Vietnam

Temple of Literature – architecture and courtyards The Temple of Literature is located south of the Thang Long citadel and has a size of 54.331 m2. This includes the literature lake, Giam park and the courtyards, which means the total compound within the walls as can be seen on pic. In total there …

10 days Vipassana meditation course

What is Vipassana? Vipassana is an old meditation technique to get to the stock room of the mind. You can also say to get to your deepest level of unconsciousness. You learn how to reach it and how you can empty old stock. Obvious that isn’t a quick and easy …

Teaching English in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Teaching English When you have a plan of teaching English in Vietnam, you might take the following experience in consideration. Is teaching English possible without experience and educational background? You won’t find easily an organisation that offers a job to someone without both. If you do find one, it might …

Language issues and barriers

Language issues Do people from outside Asia need to worry about language issues and barriers when living or travelling in Asia? It all depends on which country you’re going to and which places in that particular country. There is no need to worry when you’re going on a vocation, stay in …