Social life

If Vietnam was a human being, Ho Chi Minh would most definitely be its heart! A high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the whole country forward with its pulsating energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here!

With nearly 8 million inhabitants, it is a lively and animated city with so much to offer from the finest of hotels to the cheapest of guesthouses, the classiest of restaurants to the tastiest of street stalls, the choicest of boutiques to the cheap markets. Ho Chi Minh city really is a city of contrast and diversity!

Ho Chi Minh is also famous for its French colonial architecture, including Notre-Dame Basilica, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the neoclassical Saigon Central Post Office.

Outside of work, teachers can take time to explore the city, find bargains from the many markets and shopping centres right on their doorstep, taste the food of the world, enjoy the beautiful contrast between the historical French architecture and the city’s modern buildings and skyscrapers. At night, the city seems to come more alive with more restaurants, bars and clubs filled with music and laughter. For quieter Sundays, many choose to relax with friends in the interesting cafes, from book shop style to cafe on the beach atmosphere, located around city. For a more educational weekend, many venture to nearby attractions such as Cu Chi Tunnel- an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Cu Chi district. On hot summer days, Giang Dien waterfall, the park’s main attraction is the man-made waterfalls where visitors can climb on the rocks and let the cool water refresh their bodies, is a great and active way to spend your time. And if the excitement of the city becomes too much for you, Ho Chi Minh city is surrounded by beautiful serene beaches such as Vung Tau, Phan Thiet, Mui Ne, less than 2 hours away, perfect for a weekend getaway!

Ho Chi Minh City also attracts many tourists as it’s a great place for start your Asia adventure, exploring the wonders of Vietnam, other beautiful and interesting cities as well as neighbouring countries such as Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.