Now we stray away from the popular options. Sapa is for the true wanderer.
The city doesn't have much going for itself,
it's an old French colonial town, with a few restaurants, cafes and homes,
surrounded by mountains, lakes, cascading rice terraces in all shades, and beautiful ethnic villages.
While the town itself is rather touristy, we suggest you should live outside of it.
What's special about Sapa is basically everything else.
Explore the area, build a homestay by hand from scratch, and truly experience what it's like living in the mountains.
You'll be hunting for your own food, growing your own crops,
and drinking yourself to sleep thanks to all that homemade rice wine.
Four: Ha Long City
This is not a very popular option, however it is gaining more expats.
Ha Long City is where you find the spectacular Ha Long Bay,
the number one visited spot in Vietnam by tourists.
This is not a busy city, and there may not be many things to do.
But it's a great place to escape the chaos.
Not only do you have a plethora of islands to explore at your reach,
but Hanoi is only a four or so hour-bus ride away.
Ha Long City is great for someone looking to explore some nature, while doing a job such as teaching English.
Three: Da Lat
Da Lat, set at an altitude of about 5000 feet (1500 meters),
is what the French colonists used as a cool retreat from the heat and humidity of Vietnam.
Da Lat has year-round cool weather that is extremely welcoming.
Not only that, but there is good food and plenty of nature.
The town is picturesque with colorful French-influenced architecture.
You will find an okay nightlife,
a good handful of restaurants that you will find yourself returning to time and time again
gardens, parks, and supermarkets.
The coffee scene here is wonderful with many plantations
and something you can start up if you know what you are doing.
Two: Mui Ne
Mui Ne has a population of around 300,000, and is a nice little coastal city in the south,
offering beaches, resorts and sand dunes.
You can make what you want of it, a luxury escape, or something more humble, as it can cater to both.
Start a beach side bar with games, books, live music and soul food, and you'll win at life.
You'll make a good living that way and meet some awesome people.
During your free time, you can partake in some kitesurfing,
as this town is known to get some awesome wind swell.
One: Phu Quoc
The number one getaway in south Vietnam is undoubtedly Phu Quoc Island,
sitting pretty just off the coast of Cambodia.
Not only is it surrounded on all sides by beach, but it is also mountainous and densely forested,
especially in the northeast, where you find the gigantic Phu Quoc National Park, mostly used for research.
If you are a beach bum and would like a little beach house
or to spend your day doing beach-related things, then this is ideal.
The town has nothing much to do, just some bars here and there, a market, and some restaurants.
The national park is also great for hiking, camping and exploring.
You will spend some of your days lazing out at the beach, reading stacks of books,
and other days on a motorcycle exploring the island and finding hidden gems.
It will be adventurous, yet relaxing at the same time.
A 40-minute flight to Ho Chi Minh City will cost you about 30 USD, so remember, the city is not too far away.