Halong City is the gateway to Halong Bay and is a popular destination for English teachers. Halong Bay is one of the most recognizable and beautiful sights in all of Vietnam – this natural attraction with tall, pinnacle shaped, and forested islands scattered throughout the turquoise waters is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In this area, tourism is a huge industry, and guided boat tours are popular, along with kayaking and boating excursions. There are two parts to the city of Halong; one is local with businesses, markets, and schools at which international teachers work, and one is wealthier with many restaurants and hotels that cater to tourists.
Hanoi is the capital and second largest city in Vietnam. Even with its many skyscrapers, Hanoi maintains the charm of a smaller city, with tree-lined boulevards, lakes, and parks, as well as a well-preserved Old Quarter that features historic monuments and colonial architecture. In fact, Hanoi is considered the cultural mecca of Vietnam! If a thriving culture is important to you, Hanoi would be a great fit. Residents of Hanoi say that it has grown quite a bit in the last 20 years, with many more buildings and apartments, and it continues to grow by the year. Hanoi is the largest placement location in the Teach in Vietnam Program, and participants usually teach in government primary and high schools.
Read an interview with Ella, a past Teach in Vietnam participant who taught in Hanoi!
Haiphong is a developed, coastal port city and the third largest metropolis in Vietnam. It’s popular with foreign students and teachers, because of its alluring landscapes that include beaches, a national park, and the rugged Cat Ba Island. Nestled in-between industrial buildings and skyscrapers of the city are ancient temples, shrines, pagodas, and mausoleums that show the culture of old Vietnam. Wander through one of the many markets selling traditional Vietnamese items; you’ll soon see why this large city is Vietnam’s most important seaport. Haiphong is easily accessible to Cat Ba Island by boat or ferry, or Hanoi and Halong City by bus.
The ancient capital city of Hue has a lot more history than many other developed Vietnamese towns, and you’ll be able to see the vestiges left from imperial Vietnam, some of which are more intact than others. The famous, vast 19th century Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls, encompasses the Imperial City, one of Hue’s main attractions. Hue’s picturesque location on the Perfume River also makes it one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam, and the blending of the new and the old is fascinating, truly deserving of its status as a UNESCO World Heritage city. Hue is also easy to navigate; locals and tourists are frequently riding bicycles down the tree-lined streets.