Vietnam Information Guide


Vietnam - Blending a beautiful landscape with cultural hotspots and friendly people, Vietnam has authentic charm. Enjoy the city street life with tropical fruit stalls and colourful festivals. Further afield peaceful rice paddies with water buffalo can be found.

Vietnam - An Expatriate Guide

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Expat Focus Recommended Website Award - Vietnam

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VietnamNet Bridge

The first English online newspaper in Vietnam. VietNamNet Bridge gives a lively, honest reflection of the economic, cultural and social panorama of Vietnam.

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Expat Experiences of Life in Vietnam (submit yours here)

Michael Tatarski, Ho Chi Minh City

Michael Tatarski

My name is Michael Tatarski. I am a 22 year-old American from New Orleans who is teaching English in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I attended the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, where I studied Political Science and History. I moved to Ho Chi Minh City, which most people still call Saigon, on September 8th of this year. I moved a few weeks after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh. I wanted to get a job overseas but wasn't hired by my desired government agencies, so I decided to go into the ESL field and move to Vietnam...


Jonathan Hoff, Ho Chi Minh City

Jonathan Hoff and Chi

Jonathan Hoff, born in Bournemouth England. I'm 30 years old and currently a teacher by profession. I moved abroad to Korea in 2004 before heading to Vietnam in 2005. I had spent a year travelling Asia and Australasia before that, and the thought of returning to England to embark on a long, mind-numbingly boring career (which seemed the only option) was not too appealing. I preferred the excitement of boarding a plane with a few hundred dollars in my pocket to a far away country. I took a contract to teach English in a small South Korean countryside town and have never looked back...


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