Learn How to be an Expat in Vietnam
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Learn How to be an Expat in Vietnam

Everything I wished I new when I first arrived in Vietnam!
4.3 (10 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
591 students enrolled
Created by Greg Vanderford
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn the best places to travel in Vietnam
  • Learn places to avoid in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam
  • Learn about the best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Learn about secret beaches in Vietnam that nobody knows about
  • Learn secrets to saving money in Vietnam
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  • A desire to learn about Vietnam
  • An interest in Vietnamese culture
  • An adventurous spirit

Have you ever dreamed of traveling to Southeast Asia or visiting some of the pristine far away beaches you always see on TV? In this course I'm going to show you places in Vietnam that you wouldn't even believe existed, especially not for the prices that you'll see.

The truth about travel is that the best experiences you'll ever have usually aren't at resorts you see advertised on TV because everybody else is also seeing those advertisements and planning trips there, AND those places charge a premium price.

But once you've traveled around the world you start to realize there are some absolutely unbelievable places that most tourists will NEVER find. In this course, I'm going to show you some of the places that I found in my five years living in Vietnam.

I'll show you the best beaches (some of them totally secret to this day), the best restaurants and night clubs in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), and many more destinations that other tourists and backpackers will never find in a guidebook or other travel literature.

I have also included my Vietnam travel secrets eBook, 5 Secrets to Vietnam Travel. The tips in this eBook alone are worth more than the price of the course.

It took me many years of travel and living abroad to compile this information so I hope you take advantage of this opportunity to plan the trip of a lifetime!

Who is the target audience?
  • People planning a trip to Vietnam
  • People planning to move to Vietnam to live
  • People planning a trip through Southeast Asia planning to stop in HCMC
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
Secret Places in Vietnam
6 Lectures 46:14

This video offers a preview of what we will cover in the course, including some of the secret places and tips that no guide book will ever tell you about.

Preview 07:53

By far the best beach experience I've ever had during my travels. If you want to find a remote tropical beach with almost nobody there and white sand to boot, you'll want to watch this video.

Preview 09:06

One of the most beautiful places in Vietnam, the town that we learn about in this video offers waterfalls, terraced rice farm hillsides, and huge flower fields that support the entire flower market of Vietnam. It's also a great place to escape the heat of the city for a few days and enjoy a cooler tropical climate.

A Jewel in the Mountains

The place we learn about in this video is truly unique. It's a small remote mountain village populated by ethnic minority groups that make and sell their own local style of clothes and jewelry. You have to actually hike up into the village from the end of a remote bus route below. The experience is well worth the hike!

A Jewel Even Higher in the Mountains

In this video we learn about a UNESCO world heritage site that universally stuns all who encounter it with it's beauty. This lesson will cover the best ways to tour this amazing natural treasure without missing a thing.

One of the Most Beautiful Places in the World

Another UNESCO world heritage site, this small village in central Vietnam is one of the most culturally and historically rich places in the entire world. With roots that go back over a thousand years into Chinese occupied Vietnam, some of the original buildings from these feudal times still stand to this day. Don't miss a visit to this site while traveling to Vietnam!

One of the Most Culturally Rich Places in the World
Secret Places in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)
6 Lectures 58:30

A beautiful and secret cabaret style nightclub where you will never encounter another foreigner! Offers locally famous Vietnamese singers and a magical environment tucked away from the main hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh city.

A Super Secret Nightclub That NOBODY Knows About

In this video we cover yet another amazing but rarely visited site in Vietnam. This enormous theme park that took over a decade to build was completed in 2008. For the price of a movie ticket you have access to the entire place.

The Cheapest Theme Park I've Ever Been To

Discover the best snails and oysters in all of Ho Chi Minh City. Imagine filling yourself up on the best seafood for only a couple bucks!

The Best Snail and Oyster Joint in HCMC

In this lecture we cover the best place to go dancing in HCMC as well as where to live if you are looking to stay in the country long term. My recommendations are based on many years living in both major expat districts and spending a great deal of time in the other areas of the city mentioned.

The Best Place to Go Dancing and Live in HCMC!

Of critical importance to those looking to relocate to Ho Chi Minh City with their children is what school to attend. In this video I cover the best international schools in the city and some of the major strengths and weaknesses of each.

The Best International Schools in HCMC

Just like in every large city there are areas that you don't want to visit. In this video I cover which areas those are and why we want to avoid them.

Places to Avoid in HCMC
How to Save Lots of Money as a Foreigner in Vietnam
6 Lectures 42:11

It is very easy to get ripped off by taxis while traveling in Southeast Asia. In some cases it can even be dangerous. In this video I explain how to travel safely by taxi and save yourself A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY along the way.

How to Save Money on Taxis

Even more important than saving money on taxis is not getting overcharged at the market. This lesson will put you light years ahead of other tourists while shopping in markets in Vietnam.

How to Save Money at the Market

Most tourists overpay for lodging while traveling in Vietnam. In this video I explain how to save tons of money on hotels, while not sacrificing an ounce of quality.

How to Save Money On a Hotel

For those choosing to stay in Vietnam long term, an apartment is usually the way to go when it comes to housing. In this lesson you will learn how to get a great deal on an apartment, which most foreigners never do.

How to Save Money on an Apartment

In this video we cover some general rules of thumb to avoid getting over charged, ripped off, and scammed while in Vietnam. This lesson alone should save you enough money in one day to pay for the whole course!

How to Not Get Ripped Off in Vietnam

In this lesson we review the material from the course to reinforce the important points. Especially how to avoid getting overcharged, how to save money, and where to have the time of your life while in Vietnam!

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About the Instructor
Greg Vanderford
4.6 Average rating
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Teacher and Entrepreneur

My courses are designed based on my many years as a teacher and student of education and business. I hold a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and have been designing curricula for over a decade.

The business, language, and chess courses that I have built on Udemy are a reflection of this experience and dedication to education. My goal is to reach as many people as possible with my courses, which is why I have chosen the internet and the Udemy platform as my ideal mode of delivery.

The following is a little more about my expertise and background. I was born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho. I attended the University of Idaho where I earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2004. After a few years in the work force as an account manager I moved to Vietnam where I lived for over 5 years.

While in Vietnam I taught English as a second language for almost 2 years to students of all ages and backgrounds. For the 3 final years that I lived there I opened and ran a sports training company called Saigon Sports Academy. We coached sports such as soccer, chess, tennis, and basketball as well as ran large sporting events such as tournaments and leagues. My positions while at the company included Director of Strategic Initiatives as well as Director of the Chess Program.

While living in Vietnam I became fluent in the Vietnamese language and developed a deep love for teaching and traveling internationally. I then came back in the United States to work on a masters degree in education so that I would be an even more effective teacher in the future. It is my wish to be a positive force for education in the world, and to inspire my current and future students to be the best that they can be in whatever they do.