Watch This Before Teaching English In Vietnam! Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

I take a walk through Thao Dien, a popular expat area of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam and talk about something you should know before moving out to teach English in Vietnam.
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  • I am the kind of person that likes order, but I do have some family in Vietnam. Had no idea District 2 is where the expats are. When I last went to Vietnam a couple years ago I was in Saigon, and went on an excursion to visit Paradise Cave in Phong Nha.

    Quang Nguyen June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • Moving to ho chi Minh in 3 months I have been before

    Benjamen Bui June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • You watch ONE video on a Vietnam English teacher and get recommended 100 different videos.

    Zz’rod June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • I've been living in Thao Dien since 2016, wouldn't want to live anywhere else in Saigon.

    katrina hessenthaler June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • Hey Alex,
    This was a great video. I have never been outside of the US. Iam a laid back person and Iam open minded. Im board and frustrated with the prices of everything here in America. So I would like to visit Vietnam next year.

    Andrea Schumann June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • You sound South African bro

    Thabo Xaba June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • Exactly how bad are the rats? I can deal with almost anything, but I've got a pretty strong phobia when it comes to rats. Uuugh…

    Rottinghere June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • Been in Thao Dien just a month ago for 2 weeks. Really was struck down a bit by the calm that it provided compared to the other shore. Lots of construction work taking place, good balance between locals and expats, and great coffee! Totally agree that this area is still one of the most liveable for expats in Saigon.

    David Gabrić June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • Hey Alex, are you still out there 2019?
    I'm planning to come out there by 2020 to get my TEFL and live in Vietnam for a few years.

    Thomas Carlyle Sutherland V June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • How safe is Vietnam? I recently heard about the two teachers from South Africa who went missing

    Lucas de Oliveira June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • Good informative video. Thank you. I'm a U.S. and E.U. citizen and I have lived in the U.S. and in Germany/Sweden about 50/50 of my life. There are advantages and disadvantages in any county. I agree with the comments here. You cannot bring your home country/expectations with you. My fiancee is Vietnamese and lives in Vietnam. When I was there recently, I didn't expect the amazing hospitality, love, care, warmth, and laughter I received and even though many people have little, they still give a lot. Here, in the West, we can easily live in a hamster wheel and put more emphasis on a nice car than on a nice heart. I felt a calm, a peace, and happiness in Vietnam for the first time in life in many years. Vietnam is a gem that can become YOUR gem if you let it.

    bouncingdude June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • I've just moved to HCMC, been here less than a week and planning on being here for four months studying. You've given me something to think about.. I've been in District 3 and am looking at moving to Thao Dien but maybe that's not the right choice.. I dont know! But thanks for the great video regardless 🙂

    Victor Leoncelli June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • I live at vietnam

    DJpanda 4856 June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • Alex where did you get that shirt? I love it. I want to buy one

    By Khai Tran June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • Thanks for the great and informative video. Looks like an area where someone could find relatively quiet places to ride a bike.

    WILLIAM MORRISON June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • Many things he spoke about is not just in Vietnam….it's in Saudi Arabia as well…

    Erica Latif June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • I love your videos, thoughts and company. If I ever move to Vietnam I´d love to join. About this particular video, I wanna say that moving street vendors outside the city center is great and the right thing to do. Getting stuck just to be cool and feel "like Vietnam" does not make much sense. Moving forward is always welcome!

    Albert Guntinas June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • The 'whole bathroom is a shower' is also common in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and I'm guessing Laos and Cambodia.
    The alternative is often to use a dipper to lift water out of a cistern.
    If you want to live in Tropical paradise, eating wonderful food, you have to accept dead rats in the gutter after a heavy rain.

    Brian Max June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • btw, thanks its a good mic. much better quality sound

    Bruce McMillan June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • thanks ninja teacher, my three months VN I love best! ya Hanoi, okie say to all my friends there. its true, I barely know a few words, but everyone wants english so can’t really lose. teaching is great!

    Bruce McMillan June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • a friend lives there and its all nice fun and cheap but yeah, then his shop was burned down by the mafia and the police was corrupt. thats the bad side of those countries.

    Enneki June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • Damn moving out because of a cold shower 😂 i feel like maybe the priorities are a little off.

    But so true! I feel like one of the best things about vietnam (or living in any other country) is being exposed to things that youre not used to and getting out of your comfort zone! I know its one of the main reasons i came here and i im sure it is for many others as well. It helps you grow as a person

    abrodey June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • I know all about Vietnam cause i am Vietnamese

    Subscribe Tram June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply
  • If you travel abroad and you think America or Europe is coming with you, then you better stay home. Every country has their reality. Been living in Vietnam since 2013 (lived in this district for a year it was ok but too European) and would never want return to the states, the freedom I have here is just something I never experienced in over 50 years in the US… as for civility it is different in different countries. I prefer Vietnamese culture and reality over anything in the US. (Lived in Thailand, been to japan, China (amazing!) South Korea, Germany, France, Netherlands, Mexico, all thru out the US). If you’re going to travel abroad leave your country mindset behind and enjoy what other countries are. Then you’ll appreciate your travels..

    JVS 3 June 11, 2020 5:32 pm Reply

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