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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  • God, another annoying South African ""english teacher"" that can't even speak proper English without butchering his pronunciation. "Hallo, it's ze nenja teaher here!"

    Brown Puppy February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • Moving to ho chi Minh in 3 months I have been before

    Benjamen Bui February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • You watch ONE video on a Vietnam English teacher and get recommended 100 different videos.

    Zz’rod February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • I've been living in Thao Dien since 2016, wouldn't want to live anywhere else in Saigon.

    katrina hessenthaler February 5, 2020 10:34 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 February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • You sound South African bro

    Thabo Xaba February 5, 2020 10:34 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 February 5, 2020 10:34 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 February 5, 2020 10:34 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 February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • How safe is Vietnam? I recently heard about the two teachers from South Africa who went missing

    Lucas de Oliveira February 5, 2020 10:34 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 February 5, 2020 10:34 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 February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • I live at vietnam

    DJpanda 4856 February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • Alex where did you get that shirt? I love it. I want to buy one

    By Khai Tran February 5, 2020 10:34 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 February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • Many things he spoke about is not just in Vietnam….it's in Saudi Arabia as well…

    Erica Latif February 5, 2020 10:34 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 February 5, 2020 10:34 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 February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • btw, thanks its a good mic. much better quality sound

    Bruce McMillan February 5, 2020 10:34 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 February 5, 2020 10:34 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 February 5, 2020 10:34 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 February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • I know all about Vietnam cause i am Vietnamese

    Subscribe Tram February 5, 2020 10:34 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 February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • People who are bothered by these things shouldnt even bother traveling lol stay home in your bubble

    HighMonkeyMonk February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • Wt

    Hoàng Thành Thăng Long February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • Most of this …. is very reminiscent of living / teaching in S.Korea.

    Susan Eberhardt February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • I am only 15 but my dream is to move to Vietnam for a few years to teach English. I absolutely love the country and I love the people (and the food of course). My dad and pop took me to Vietnam last year and I miss it so much. After my brother passed away I struggled a lot with mental health issues and especially my Tourette’s because my brother was always so helpful with my Tourette’s. Going to Vietnam was like a breath of fresh air and it was the first time I really felt happy after my brother died.

    Paikea Kehlani February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • this is good! thanks for the video.

    Nereyda Ramirez February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • I think the title should have been "Watch this before deciding to move to Vietnam" due to the matters that were covered. Alex did not talk about teaching English per se.

    Marko Mendoza February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • I have a couple questions. I'm an American and I want to teach English in Vietnam (probably Saigon). I love the culture, people and land of Vietnam, but I'm anticommunist and I hate their government. I realize I'll have to bite my tongue there about my political views.

    What I want to know is, are the schools there mostly private or mostly government controlled? Out of principle I'd like to be in a private school if possible. What are the pros and cons of government vs. private schools? Also, do we have to do some pledge to Ho Chi Minh or their communist flag each day?

    tedmccarron February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • just curious…(video 2:00) two guys on moped without helmets? how is that possible getting around without a citation from the traffic cops? also, (video 1:53) two locals without helmets also…a lady coming towards us and a man on the left driving away from us. is this the norm in district 2 (assuming) since you are talking about district 2.

    I love your attitude…"yeah, its Vietnam"…two things people can do about anything in life…1. appreciate it or 2. depreciate it…its a successful vs unsuccessful mindset. Yeah…I love your attitude man…

    Old Teenager February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • I'm actually moving to HCMC next month for a job (not in teaching) and the office its in D2, so this video its really informative for me, and I thank you for it. Although I am not a stranger to Asia as I lived in Thailand for 8 years. So it seems rather familiar already with the exception of the traffic chaos.

    DKZS February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • at 3.20 the lady exercising disappears , was it paranormal?

    Phil Anderson February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • Vietnamese Expectations are: – economy more development; spoken english is more common; that 's it

    Đình Hiệp Nguyễn February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • The bad side effects from your youtube clips are that you`ve been motivating a lot of white cashless folk to invade Southeast Asia, especially VN or Thailand and spoil the local prizes. Trashy white people think they could go anywhere and exploit the poor countries and behave like they still were the colony lords. Just look how badly you white ppl misbehave in Thailand: begging the locals for money or in Phnom Penh. So ashamed! And such trashy Whites are motivated by your youtube clips coming down here and complain that VN is not modern and convenient like their homeland. So sad what you do to these poor countries, Alex 🙁 These wanna-be-English-teachers or even yourself wouldn`t get a chance to teach English in Singapore because S`pore is a country where you MUST HAVE MONEY and PROPER DEGREES for a teacher before entering. I do feel deeply sorry for VN to let you white, cashless and sometimes uneducated people invading this beautiful country. Please stop destroying my country by posting your propagandas!!!!!! Greetings from Singapore

    jimmy love February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • Hello Alex. Have you ever lived or visited Bac Ninh? It's a province close to Hanoi (35 km). I've just got accepted to teach english there (via AIESEC) and I'm wondering if I should take that opportunity, or maybe wait until I find one at the center of Hanoi, or maybe Ho Chi Minh city. I'm just a bit afraid I might be a bit isolated or bored, since it's a smaller place etc. Thank you so much 🙂 Your videos are awesome

    Arian Motta February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • My wife's family lives in Saigon. We just went there for our honeymoon and besides having an upset stomach and sunburn, it was very calming. The culture is content with poverty and generally patient which is exactly what I should be surrounded by for personal growth. I've thought about doing this or working for family in Saigon and I don't feel like I have a lot to lose leaving the US.

    Randy Bobandy February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • Where do you find places that have shared accommodation available for English Teachers

    Wheels Down February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • You guys should search on youtube " vietnam supercars " its fun to watch

    Phuong Nguyen February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • I used to live in Thao Dien about 4 years aago…so much nostalgia watching this

    Tom Kingsford-Dowd February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • Man I love that VW bus shirt, very cool. Also I wanted to commend you on the quality of your videos. You're getting better all the time. Almost up to Kyle Le standards. Keep it up.

    bill presser February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • I know you've taught at both hanoi and saigon, from your experience what is a better location for a first time teacher?

    Ever Gonzalez February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • I live here. Its a nice quiet area with everything you will need.

    killbotone February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • Alex, I’m Vietnamese but my native language is English. My Vietnamese is pretty good as well. I was wondering how difficult it is to find teaching work as an Asian American in Vietnam?

    Kenny P February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • Really cool inspirational videos which have provided a glimpse into the life in HCMC and other parts of Vietnam. I'm curious about sporting opportunities in the city. Is it possible to head out for a jog or cycle? What about the prevalence of gyms and indoor spots to escape the pollution? Whats the workout fitness culture out there?

    Luke Esprey February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • Well said. But even thou it's a little bit chaotic there is a charm to it. And the people are lovely, just love their big smiles even when they are mocking you for being such a "foreigner". It's a fun experience! Thanks for your videos cause watching your channel is what made me decide to come out here. Hope to meet you at one of the next meet ups

    Karla Gutierrez Moreno February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • Great video. I have been teaching for 8 months now. I usually teach at universities around HCMC. I was living in District 2 at Masteri as you briefly mentioned about in your video. A few other teachers and I lived there. I must say its expensive and management was not good in our opinion. Even found there were meth-heads living above us. In fact nine of them squeezed into a 2 bedroom who litterly attacked their night security guard who tried to quiet down the noise at 3am in their apartment. I tried many times to talk to management about the issues they usually ignored my pleas to be moved or to move the problem upstairs out. Finally my wife and I had enough and moved out (leaving a 2 month deposit behind worth 34 million VND).The manager lady threatened me via phone "with big things" (her words if I didn't pay an extra month. Nothing happened obviously. I live in nearby Binh Thanh now and its been fantastic. Just a headsup to fellow teachers. Watch the contracts you sign if you do big real estate apartments like Masteri. Ask about noise, what is done of there are problems with neighbors, and deposits. Get it in writing!

    Roy February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply
  • ..Really like your authentic and objective perspective. Your videos are so helpful, dude!

    Sterling Brown February 5, 2020 10:34 pm Reply

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