Living in Vietnam: An Expat Guide to Ho Chi Minh City

Nick and I have had “Live Abroad as an Expat” on our bucket list for several years now. We’ve dreamed about being emersed in another culture – learning the language, eating the food, and making local friends. We originally thought we’d move to Bangkok but after our trip to Vietnam in 2018, we quickly changed…

The Best Breweries and Craft Beers in Saigon, Vietnam

Bet you didn’t know that Vietnam is a rising star in the craft beer scene, did you? We didn’t either until we first visited Saigon in 2018 and sampled as many local brews as we could. (Fast forward to 2019 and we’re living here!) The Saigon beer scene rivals that of any city in the…

Having a Baby in Vietnam: My Story of Giving Birth in Saigon

Most people thought that we were crazy when we first told them that we had decided to give birth in Vietnam. They asked, “Isn’t it a third world country?”, and “What are their hospitals like?”. “Do you have insurance?” We even questioned our sanity a few times – especially when I was laying on the…

Saigon Brunch: 6 Delicious Breakfast Spots to Try in HCMC!

If you’re planning to spend a few days in Ho Chi Minh City you’ll probably find that the best things to do in the city involve eating and drinking. Saigon has long been known for its incredible street food, but these days you’ll also find cozy cafes, modern restaurants, and luxurious fine dining. Not only…

15 Incredible Things To Do in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Saigon (formally known as Ho Chi Minh CIty and often shortened to just HCMC) is too often just a quick stopping point for travelers heading to the north of Vietnam. But Saigon has so much to offer! From delicious food to craft beer to gorgeous architecture – it would be a shame not to spend…

Vietnam Shopping Guide: What To Buy in Vietnam

Traveling to Vietnam and wondering what traditional souvenirs you’ll find for sale during your trip? We have lived in Vietnam for a year and shopped extensively in stores and markets across Vietnam. We now have a pretty good idea of the best Vietnamese souvenirs to buy for friends and family back home and where in…

The Best Cafes in Saigon: 15 Cute Coffee Shops you Must Visit!

As travel writers who live in Saigon (also known as Ho Chi Minh City) and get tired of working out of our studio apartment, we have had the opportunity to check out lots of outstanding cafes and coffee shops around town. One of the things that I absolutely love about the coffee shops in Vietnam…

Shopping in Ho Chi Minh: What to Buy & Where to Shop

We spent several months traveling around Vietnam before finally settling down in Saigon (also known as Ho Chi Minh City). And we did a fair bit of shopping along the way. We purchased colorful textiles in Sapa, souvenirs for friends back home at the night market in Hanoi, and a few leather bags in Hoi…

The Best Places to Visit in Vietnam

Vietnam is a stunningly beautiful and diverse country with lovely people and delectable cuisine. It’s truly one of the most amazing countries in the world and if it’s not yet on your bucket list, it should be. But with so much to explore, deciding where to go in Vietnam can be overwhelming – especially if…