Vinh Phuc's Profile

Teaching in Vinh Phuc - The story of our teachers in Vinh Phuc. Vinh Phuc is a city in the mountainous province northwest of Hanoi. 


               What’s your favorite thing about the city?

It’s quiet. Also, I found this place where they got pretty good coffee. I like that! – Emil

Less traffic than Hanoi & less pollution – Stephanie

The fresh air! It’s a busy enough city, but not anywhere near as busy as Hanoi. It’s really close to the airport and Hanoi is just an hour away. Also, close to some good places to visit like Tam Dao & Dai Lai Lake. - Michael


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

Good – Emil

Quality of life is very consistent. A lot less stress. You’re able to save more and get sick less. – Stephanie

It’s lively at the weekends. At 10PM everything basically closes. The quality of life is really good, relaxed and laid back. - Michael


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

Many places. There are some really good Korean places around here. – Emil

For food, Delicious Pizza & Vegan Buffet. For drinks, Café Street, New Coffee and Toripo. – Stephanie

Delicia for a mix of western and Vietnamese good, Tay Ho for western food, - Michael


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

Haven’t really tried it. I like to go to bed early 😛 – Emil

For good café’s, see my previous answer. As for the nightlife, Musty’s Pub, Gangams for good rice wine – Stephanie

There are lots of good Café’s and bubble tea places. Mostly Vietnamese styled coffee, but we have found some café’s that do good cappuccinos etc. There’s no real nightlife. One or two pubs, lots of Bia Hoi places stay open late. There are loads of Karoake places. - Michael


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

I read, write, exercise and do MMA. I relax most of the time, life is good here – Emil

Grab coffee with CSO’s and co-workers. Play Jenga, go to the English club or New Coffee and meet some locals on Mondays. Swimming and going to the local gym is always fun and enjoying some peace and quiet in my room with embroidery. – Stephanie

I have done a number of day trips, exploring the countryside and getting lost really. I spend a lot of time in the gym. There are 2-3 good gyms here and I enjoy sitting and chatting in café’s. I like wondering the central market, where they sell everything. - Michael






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

No real must see places, but it’s really nice here. – Emil

I would recommend the museum and botanical gardens, although they just recently started construction. The  are lots of parks and a few temples to see – Stephanie

I would say Tam Dao. It’s the Sapa of Vinh Phuc. Beautiful scenery, good places ti eat and a scenic drive to the top. - Michael


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

It’s really easy to get to. - Emil

My center is right above a Canifa Kids store and next to Ding Tea – Stephanie

The city is spread out, with lots of open spaces, it makes the center easy to get to – Michael


               What is it like driving in your town / city?

Typical Vietnamese roads, no where near as big as the city roads – Michael

Really Safe, I ride a bicycle. The city is not large enough for the need of a motorbike – Stephanie

Really nice I own a bicycle - Emil


               What’s your center like?

My Center’s great! – Emil

Our center is great. Very busy with lots of teachers and CSOs. The JOM and CMs are very helpful and approachable. The kids are lovely! – Michael

It’s small, close to everything and a very calm environment - Stephanie


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

One of the teachers set-up an English speaking club where we have met lots of local people. We go to their house for dinners, meet for coffee and they are very helpful with any problems we have – Michael

Yea! I have tons of Vietnamese friends, they’re all really cool. I like the people here! – Emil

Yes, I made many friends through the APAX English club. We celebrate sports, grab drinks and hangout a lot - Stephanie


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

I lived in Hanoi for 15 Months. The break & fresh air is wonderful – Stephanie

The fresh air! You can’t underestimate how nice it is. Relaxed way of life and the people have been really nice so far. – Micheal

Life in a small town is really good - Emil

Special Thanks to Stephanie, Emil and Micheal!!!


Interested in finding out more about the small towns Vietnam has to offer? Check out our teacher Q&A series. We were lucky enough to get input from some of our amazing Vinh Phuc teachers about life in the small towns. A Big Thank you to Dai, Ross, Jerri and Michael.

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