Teaching in Hue, the old capital of Vietnam

What’s your favorite thing about the city?

Hue has a little bit of everything, nice river, close to a beach, and of course the local food.

How busy is the city and how the quality of life?

It's not as busy as Hanoi, the roads are much quieter. I enjoy the quality of life here, it's very relaxed.

Where is good to eat and drink? (Top 3 places)

For specialty Hue food Quan Hanh serves up decent food for a good price. Hue boasts some of the best vegetarian food I've ever had, I have at least 5 go-to veggie places around the city. I used to need meat with every meal before moving to Hue. Besides eating out you can pick up fresh produce and cook at home like me.

Any nice cafes around? What’s the nightlife like (if applicable)?

Cafe hopping can be fun, until you get a caffeine and sugar rush. There are some late night bars and karaoke, most of the city including myself are usually in bed by 11pm.

What do you like to do and where do you go in your free time?

I like to explore, go to the gym, cook, read and enjoy my time here.

Are there any places that is a must see, any major tourist attractions?

Definitely see the citadel and the royal palaces. Hue is rich in Vietnamese culture and history. There are hot springs outside of the city. A really quiet beach around 17km away. The best thing about Hue is the food, you must Come to Hue and eat.

 Where is the center located in the city (e.g. near residential area, near business area, easy to get to etc.)?

The center is located in business building, there is another English center located above. You'll meet other teachers here, there's a good community of expats. We’re in the center of Hue, it only takes me 3 minutes to get to the center from my home.

What is it like driving in your town / city?

You can’t beat the freedom of riding a motorcycle around the city, just make sure you look ahead. Traffic is on par with most cities particularly between 5/6pm. Vietnamese traffic looks scary but everyone drives slow, giving you plenty of time to react.

 What’s your center like?

Everyone is wonderful and positive. The students are fantastic, we’ve had the chance to work with smaller classes and seen tremendous progress from students.

What’s the Vietnamese population like; do you have any Vietnamese friends, ever hang out with them or socialize?

Hue is such a friendly city. Our neighbor often cooks Vietnamese dishes for us and I return the favor and cook dishes for her. She’s always so excited to eat foreign food. I also play football every week with a group of Vietnamese guys, a CM at the center introduced us.

Tell us anything you like about life in the small town.

Smaller cities are great fun, you get to immerse yourself into a more traditional way of living. The air is cleaner, prices are lower and people are really friendly.


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