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…

7 Best Hoi An Tours + Day Trips from Hoi An, Vietnam

Often claimed as Vietnam’s most romantic city, Hoi An is a must-see destination when visiting the country. Situated off the central coast of Vietnam, Hoi An is best known for its fading yellow french architecture and the hundreds of Chinese lanterns that light up the town every night. Spared from fighting during the Vietnam-American War,…

Where to Stay in Hoi An, Vietnam: 8 Beautiful Boutique Hotels

If you are planning a trip to Vietnam, you’ll undoubtedly visit the most darling little city in the center of the country – Hoi An. It’s an incredibly popular tourist destination and for good reason! The pedestrian streets that run through the center of the Old Town are lined by old, yellow colonial-style buildings and…

18 Best Things to do in Hanoi, Vietnam

The capital of Vietnam and the second-largest city in the nation, Hanoi is the first stop on many people’s Vietnam itinerary. And while we would most certainly argue that you should get out of the city and into the countryside, you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to explore the many amazing things that Hanoi has…

Ban Gioc Waterfall, Vietnam: How to Visit on Your Own

Tucked away in a remote area of Northern Vietnam, the province of Cao Bang is bursting with beautiful dramatic scenery and landscapes like the gorgeous Ban Gioc Waterfall (also known as Detian Falls in China). Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark, where the falls are located, is still relatively uncrowded during the week, making this majestic…

The 20 Best Things to do in Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An (Vietnamese spelling: Hội An) is a darling little tourist attraction town located in Central Vietnam. The old town was a trading port from the 15th-19th century and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Today it boasts bright yellow colored colonial French architecture, a quaint riverfront promenade, pedestrian-friendly streets, and 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…

The Perfect 2-Week Vietnam Itinerary

Before deciding to move to Ho Chi Minh City in 2019, we spent a significant amount of time exploring Vietnam. We traveled all around Northern Vietnam – trekking our way through Sapa, sailing around Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay, motorbike cruising around Ninh Binh, and exploring the best of Hanoi. From there we headed…