Contract negotiations can be a funny thing. In the spring of 2018 I found myself in the manager’s office at school thrashing out the possibility of a second year in Rui’an, China. I felt settled both professionally and personally and was enjoying that rare sensation of knowing that, for the time being at least, I was exactly where I needed to be. Fuck, I thought, when she agreed to my salary demands without even blinking, should have aimed higher. Getting an increase in annual leave however proved a step too far, so I reluctantly accepted defeat on that front and hit her with the bombshell that I wanted a one-month break between contracts. “A month!??” “Yes”, I insisted, “I’m going to do some travelling in Vietnam!”
So off I set, taking a train to the Chinese city of Guangzhou for my three-hour flight over to Hanoi. It was my first time in the country, a glorious four weeks of mostly  unrushed exploration. Have a look at my articles from:
Halong Bay
Đồng Hới
Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park (coming soon!)
Hue (coming soon!)
Da Nang (coming soon!)
Hội An (coming soon!)
The Cham Islands (coming soon!)
Ho Chi Minh (coming soon!)
The Mekong Delta (coming soon!)