The Rising Star of Asia

One of fastest growing economies in Asia, Vietnam is a country with a rich history and a bright future. Bordering Cambodia, Laos and China, Vietnam has emerged as an economic tiger over the last two decades. Its low cost of living and its incredible growth make Vietnam a perfect place for people who want to earn a comfortable salary and be on the forefront of economic change. With bustling cities and beautiful beaches, Vietnam offers an modern lifestyle with easy access to tranquil oases.

At our newly opened Vietnam school, our staff are taking part in this radical growth.

 Culture

Vietnam has a fascinating history, for centuries it was strongly influenced by China, then came the period of French colonization, and now all this history is interwoven with the modern bustling economy. Known for its strong Buddhist traditions, temples and religious complexes can be found scattered throughout the country.

Vietnamese is the official language, however, English is widely used in the cities and many tourist towns. Popular as a holiday destination, Vietnam received over 15 million tourists from all over the world last year alone.

 Food

Singapore’s food is as varied and diverse as the people living there. Each group brought its own flare and added to the plethora of Singaporean cuisine. Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Western cuisine can all be easily found.

When dining out, Singaporeans often eat at hawker centers, coffee shops or food courts rather than restaurants. These are widespread, cheap and may feature hundreds of stalls in a single complex, with each stall offering its own specialty dishes.

 Transportation

There is a wide variety of travel options in Singapore. The public transport network is very well developed and ultra-efficient. The average cost of a one-way bus trip is between SGD $2-$3 and buses throughout the day and night. Singapore is also covered by a mass rapid transit system that is widely accessible and easy to navigate. If your time for travel is limited, taxis are readily available and are clean and relatively cheap. Taxis range from standard to limousine style, but be prepared to pay more if you’d like the 5-star experience!

Many Singaporeans and expats also make use of the extensive network of bicycle paths to get out and commute to and from work. While it might get a little hot and sweaty, especially in the summer, it’s a great way to get around and explore everything the island state has to offer.

 Housing

Most homes here are apartments as opposed to houses with lawns and gardens. While some are small and close together, others are modern and spacious and come with common amenities. Public housing style apartments (HDB) are in groups and are set up by the government in Singapore to provide affordable housing. They have basic cooking facilities, 1 or 2 bedrooms and may or may not be furnished. While older and not having common amenities, e.g., swimming pool or recreation facilities, they are cheaper and offer a great way to meet local Singaporeans and experience the culture. Condominium style apartments come with common facilities and are generally more modern in style and materials than their HDB counterparts. However, the swimming pool, tennis court and other conveniences mean that you will pay more per month in rent.

A lot of expats in these gated condo complexes share apartments with other professionals which helps to bring the cost of rent down. HESS Singapore provides assistance in locating housing for its staff and assisting them to settle into the Singapore lifestyle.

 Geography

Geographically, there are three major regions in Singapore. The central hilly region, the narrow ridges in the west, and the flat and sandy region in the eastern part. In total, Singapore only covers 720 square kilometers kilometers (280 sq. miles).

The narrow Singapore River meanders through the city, with the Central Business District near its mouth. It boasts of an impressive skyline with many high rise buildings and apartments. This area also houses the shopping hub (Orchard Road), parks and attractive squares.

Urbanization has also drastically changed the landscape. The hilly central region has been levelled, swamps have been drained and filled, and the islets have been enlarged to set up industrial estates. Three main water reservoirs and their catchment area is what is left of the rainforests and occupies the central region of the city-state.

 Weather

Singapore is located very near the equator. This means there are two seasons: sunny and hot, and rainy and hot. High humidity and abundant rainfall is what you’ll experience year round.

There is no clear-cut wet or dry season and rain is experienced every single month, usually in the afternoons and early evenings. However, there are two main monsoon seasons in Singapore: Northeast Monsoon Season (DecemberMarch) and the Southwest Monsoon Season (JuneSeptember). In short, always remember to bring your umbrella!

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Culture

Vietnam has a fascinating history, for centuries it was strongly influenced by China, then came the period of French colonization, and now all this history is interwoven with the modern bustling economy. Known for its strong Buddhist traditions, temples and religious complexes can be found scattered throughout the country.

Vietnamese is the official language, however, English is widely used in the cities and many tourist towns. Popular as a holiday destination, Vietnam received over 15 million tourists from all over the world last year alone.

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Food

Vietnam is renowned for its fresh and flavorful food and the best bread and coffee in Asia. There is food for every palette, from the iconic pho to amazing spring rolls and the ever popular banh mi sandwich, you will not be disappointed.

The basic Vietnamese meal is noodle-based and very fresh. It is very common to have fresh lettuce wraps, or rice paper wraps, which are perfect for a warm evening’s meal. With influences from Thailand, China and France, Vietnam is a food lover’s paradise.

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Transportation

Scooters are by far the most common form of transportation for the locals and the expats. While the traffic may seem a bit hectic at first, one quickly learns how it flows. Many of the expats find the scooter to be the best way to get around and explore, but there also many who prefer to take it a bit slower and ride a bike or take the bus.

Flights, trains and buses are some of the options to explore the country and to visit other nearby Southeast Asian locales. All are affordable and offer many opportunities for people see all of Vietnam’s beautiful destinations.

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Housing

The rapidly growing metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City has a variety of accommodation options. From French colonial multistoried villas to the modern condominiums and apartment complexes that are becoming widely available as the city expands, there are many places for our teachers to choose from.

The colonial houses which are a prominent feature in Ho Chi Minh City are often found just off the main streets. The bottom floor is usually used as a storage space for motorbikes and bicycles, the next floor up will usually consist of a kitchen and dining room, and the upper level will be where the bedrooms are located. Most houses in Ho Chi Minh City will have a small deck on the roof.

Apartment complexes and condominiums are widespread in the city. They are modern and in line with what you would expect in most Western countries. They usually include facilities such as gyms, swimming pools, and a laundry area. They often have security guards who are on duty 24 hours a day. Apartments often have basic furnishings such as a bed, sofa, fridge, and air conditioning but these items will increase the monthly rent. These complexes usually have mini supermarkets, convenience stores, and dry cleaners in the community, making life super convenient.

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Geography

Vietnam is a country of tropical lowlands, hills, and densely forested highlands. It is located on the eastern margin of the Indochinese peninsula and occupies about 331,211.6 square kilometers (127881.5 square miles). The country is divided into the highlands and the Red River Delta in the north; and the Central Mountains, the coastal lowlands, and the Mekong Delta in the south. The country borders the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, and Pacific Ocean, along with China, Laos, and Cambodia. This J-shaped country has a north-to-south distance of 1,650 km (1,030 mi) and is about 50 km (31 mi) wide at the narrowest point. Up to 80% of the country is mountainous.

With over 3260 km (2030 miles) of coastline, Vietnam has many beaches along its east coast. Ho Chi Minh is the largest city in the country with a population of 8,636,899. Almost 10% of the population if Vietnam lives in Hi Chi Minh.

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Weather

Vietnam has great climatic diversity within the borders of the country. The southern part of Vietnam experiences a tropical monsoon climate, where seasons differs only by amount of precipitation and the directions of the wind. There are two seasons, the Dry Season (November-April) and the Rainy Season (May-October). No significant temperature changes are observed throughout the year. Normally temperatures hover between 27°C (81°F) and 33°C (91°F) year-round. The weather does get cooler in the higher altitudes, with nighttime lows getting as low as 3°C (37.4°F). In the north it can be a bit cooler and more mountainous.

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The Rising Star of Asia

One of fastest growing economies in Asia, Vietnam is a country with a rich history and a bright future. Bordering Cambodia, Laos and China, Vietnam has emerged as an economic tiger over the last two decades. At our newly opened Vietnam school, our staff are taking part in this radical growth. At our newly opened school, our staff are taking part in this radical growth.

The Rising Star of Asia

One of fastest growing economies in Asia, Vietnam is a country with a rich history and a bright future. Bordering Cambodia, Laos and China, Vietnam has emerged as an economic tiger over the last two decades. At our newly opened Vietnam school, our staff are taking part in this radical growth. At our newly opened school, our staff are taking part in this radical growth.

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