Thanks for visiting Expat Heather! I’m an international teacher, writer, and expat mom currently living in Vietnam. On this site you’ll find things about raising kids abroad, teaching in international schools, travel, writing, and expat life.
This week I had the opportunity to stay at luxury hotel The Reverie Saigon in District 1 Ho Chi Minh City. It was perfect timing, as I’d been busy with work even during winter break, and I needed a little Saigon Staycation.
The Reverie has been open for about a year, with the official opening just in September 2015. I’ve walked by the Times Square building where The Reverie is housed several times during this period, and I had no idea this hotel was inside. The lobby is on the 7th floor, and the rooms start at the 27th floor. I’ve been to many of the skybars in Saigon, and the view from my Panorama Deluxe Room on the 28th floor beat all of them.
I’ve visited Hoi An in Central Vietnam three times since I moved here in 2012. It’s always a wonderful place to visit, and I’m already planning my next trip back!
Here are some photos taken during our Grade 11 Field Trip and scavenger hunt around Hoi An.
Lang Co Beach is one of my favorite beaches in Vietnam. I love quiet beaches where there are very few facilities or activities beachside. The cool thing about Lang Co is that the small number of resorts are set back from the beach and feel quite separate, but you can still see the water and hear the waves from the villas.
From Ho Chi Minh City, you can fly into Hue or Danang before traveling to Lang Co. The flight to Hue is longer, so it only makes sense to go through Hue if you’ll be stopping there. Lots of flights are available at various times on Vietnam Airlines, JetStar, and VietJet Air. The easy flight availability makes Lang Co a good weekend getaway.
The road both south and north of Lang Co is scenic and enjoyable on a motorcycle during the dry season of mid November through July. Here’s a photo of my friend Julie heading out from Hue to travel to Hoi An with Easy Riders!
Earlier this year, I headed to Chiang Mai for a two-day conference hosted by Chiang Mai Circle of International Schools (CMCIS). One of my colleagues found out about the workshop, a 2-day intensive focused on ELL scaffolding strategies with Jon Nordmeyer. I also thought it would be a good opportunity to see how schools in Chiang Mai collaborate.
The cheapest way to get there without booking on two different airlines is with Air Asia via Bangkok. Keep in mind that Bangkok has two airports: BKK and DMK. I used the SkyScanner app to keep track of prices from SGN to CNX (Chiang Mai) and send me alerts when the pricing changed for my travel dates. Due to a longer layover in Bangkok DMK, it took 6-7 hours door-to-door each way. Although this seems like a long time for a getaway, it’s actually about the same amount of time it takes me to go door-to-door from my house in Saigon to a hotel in central Bangkok.
*Note – all positions have been filled for the 2016-2017 school year. Check back on expatheather.com in November 2016 for updates.
It’s that time of year again, and ISHCMC – American Academy in Vietnam has some open international teaching positions for the 2016-2017 academic year. Pictured above is the school Senior Leadership Team: Rob Wilson (Dean of Students), Christina Nelson (EAL Coordinator), Mark Lewis (Head of School), Bill Hanrahan (Technology Integration Specialist), and me, Heather Carreiro (Deputy Head of School). Not pictured: Michael Tower, our Counselor.
If you are interested in living and working in Vietnam, here is the information that we have posted already on Search Associates. You do not need to be a member of Search Associates to apply.
ISHCMC – American Academy is an American curriculum campus for grades 6-12. The ISHCMC-AA campus is located directly next to the main ISHCMC campus and serves approximately 300 students.