Bikes: Our students may love their bikes but remember to check your insurance policy to see what it includes around motorbikes. You may need a Vietnamese licence to be sure you are covered.
Visa: Let’s make this process as smooth as possible, and I do not say that lightly. Checking through immigration is a nerve wracking experience so make sure you have everything printed and double check it all before you go. The Vietnamese have no problem turning away people and remember your passport needs to be valid for 6 months after you leave. Five and a half months will not do. That stamp is crucial, so be respectful no matter what the process and you will be on your way.
Driving a hard bargain: The Vietnamese love to charge high, especially when they see that European arriving at their stall, so be prepared to walk away until you get the right price. Note- They even love to charge for something you did not want as can be seen from one of our students blog post on first impressions of teaching abroad in Vietnam.
The street food: You’ve been told the street food and especially the Pho needs to be savored. Our advice is to buy from a busy stall and if you have a chance, have a look inside the pot to make sure it is simmering. Pho (pronounced Fuuh) is primarily served at breakfast (Like your cornflakes at home) but can be eaten at any time of the day.
Your phone: Unlock your phone before you get there and you can buy a sim card on arrival. You can top up “pay as you go” on any roadside stop but be careful of your data usage as use of a smart phone abroad can cost a lot.Loads more tips when you sign up, so what are you waiting for.