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Few countries can offer English language teachers a lifestyle that compares to Vietnam, as well as the opportunity to immerse one's self in a truly diverse culture.
The cost of living is low and you can enjoy a fantastic standard of living whilst still saving money. However, everyone eventually needs a holiday and the money that you have saved can go quite a long way travelling in South East Asia!
Vietnam is a wonderfully diverse country with something for everyone. Whether you want to experience a new culture, relax on a beach or trek through the mountains, there are unlimited travel options. Transportation methods also differ widely from buses to motorbikes, planes to boats and you can visit a large number of destinations by these different transport methods.
If you are living in Ho Chi Minh City, the constant hustle and bustle of this vibrant city will make you want to get away to a quieter area of the country every once in a while. Vietnam has great, cheap private transport and because of HCMC's size, getting out of town for a day or a long weekend is easy to do.
No matter how you like to travel or how long you've got to spend, there is always something available for you. If it's a quick city getaway that you're after, then you might like a trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels, the Mekong Delta or Vung Tau. Looking for a longer trip? Why not check out the islands of Phu Quoc and Con Dao in the south, or the beach towns of Mui Ne and Nha Trang to the north? If you enjoy a more mountainous terrain, then Hue and Dalat in the centre of the country, might be just what you're looking for.
Bordered by three countries and the South China Sea, Vietnam is a great launching pad to explore the rest of Southeast and East Asia. Visiting Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and China is incredibly convenient. If you choose to travel just an hour or two longer, you can visit Hong Kong, the Philippines, or Malaysia. It's worth the time and the savings to even extend your horizons to Australia, Japan or Myanmar.
There are various websites that outline the tourist hotspots in Vietnam and offer recommendations but we recommend the following: