October 2017

October monthly round up so the adventure begins can gio ferry

Since when have we been in the last quarter of 2017?! October was another fast (and productive) month here in Vietnam, so let’s quickly fill you in on life this side of the world!

We made it out of city!! Twice! Shock, horror. I know, we’ve been mentioning at the end of every monthly round-up what our loose plans are for the next month and they always go along the lines of “take a quick trip away from Ho Chi Minh City”, but they never really materialise because, well, life. The biggest thanks has to go to some new adventurous friends who were able to convince us on a Sunday night to go hiking the next morning. If it had just been the two of us, we would probably have shaken off the idea due to exhaustion after a busy weekend of working, but with arrangements to meet friends there was no last minute cancelling. It was a fun road trip and we super were lucky to get the only dry day of the week. So, we did the same again the week after! We clearly haven’t been put off by the sore bottoms.

Black Virgin Mountain

Black Virgin Mountain, Tay Ninh Province

The first motorbike day trip we took was venturing North of Saigon, into Tay Ninh province in search of some hiking. Black Virgin Mountain is actually the highest peak in Southern Vietnam. Standing alone in the middle of a sea of farms, rice paddies and palms, the drive through Tay Ninh offered the lush greenery we really needed after weeks cooped up in the city. We didn’t quite make it to the summit due to some time challenges, plus it was more like intense bouldering than hiking. Buuuut we did make it to this epic view point which we were more than delighted with.

Can Gio Mangrove Park and Monkey Forest

Our second road trip adventure with our new friends saw us venture in a different direction out of Ho Chi Minh City. For this trip we headed south into the Mekong Delta and boy, it was such a different drive. Instead of coming in and out of the city via heavily used motorways, we found ourselves quickly slip onto country roads. The drive was super interesting and even involved us loading the bikes onto a local ferry.

The first stop was the Mangrove park where the trees were so cool and really eerie. We then headed further into the Mekong to visit the Monkey forest which, let me tell you, was damn near terrifying. Those monkeys are fierce! After an anxious wander through the forest being scared of getting close to the monkeys we headed back to Saigon, just in time for an American Diner feast.


Aside from our two little adventures out of the city, this month has mostly focused on working lots. David did a week of training new starts and I worked three of my Tuesdays off in a row (one more shift next week and then I vow to stop stealing all the overtime). So pretty busy but hopefully we have another happy pay check (not that our pay checks aren’t normally).


Another exciting thing that happen this past month was David getting a tattoo he’s been talking about for a while. I think it’s so cute – what do you think? The artist was so good and David couldn’t recommend Saigon Ink enough!

We are officially going home for Christmas

October also saw us book our flights home for Christmas which is super exciting. And it’s only 6 weeks away! We are going to be back in Scotland for slightly different time periods. David will be home for around 2 weeks, and I’m staying an extra 10 days. We both agree that our flying visit to Scotland in May wasn’t enough time to really see everyone properly so I want to stay for longer. But as jobs go, work have a policy against this much time off so I will be giving up my HT position whereas David will be returning in order to keep his (and the training position he also holds).

On the Blog this October

Another successful blogging month. We almost kept up the pace from last month and are working our way through the long over due list of posts we’ve been wanting to share. We’ve mostly been sharing posts on Hoi An which has been fun to relive all our travel memories from trips to Hoi An. So I think next month will see mostly living in Vietnam posts and some teaching English posts, along with a few about the motorbike trips we’ve taken recently. Going to try and get through all the posts we want to share about living in Vietnam before transitioning back to more travel related posts.

If you missed any of October posts then here is a little recap of what we were sharing and writing about:

finding the Hanoi train street– Updated –

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Also the baby Facebook page is still growing which is exciting. Last months round up saw it as 235 likes, and now we are up to 282! Don’t like it yet? Give it some love and help us hit the big 300!

NEXT UP: November plans

Okay, I know we always say we hope to get out of the city. But this time, I promise it is actually happening! First up we are headed to Da Nang for a business trip, so we will be working over the weekend there. But we then have all Monday and Tuesday free to explore more of the area before we come back to Ho Chi Minh City. So anyways, that will be super exciting and, I think, our 5th trip to the Quang Nam province. Then the week after is Davids birthday, so while he will unfortunately have to work his birthday we have booked the following week off so we can do something adventurous to celebrate! It’s not been decided what or where yet, but I promise we won’t be hanging around the city wasting our vacation days!

How was your October? Do you have any travel plans for November? Fill us in!


3 Comment

  1. Vietnam is simply astonishing, David and Frances. When I was there, I loved Monkey Forest. What did you like there best?

  2. Johna721 says: Reply

    Hey are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you require any coding knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would be really appreciated!

    1. francesFR says: Reply

      Hey, I am using WordPress and no you don’t need to know coding to get started – I know basics which have allowed me to modify my theme to my own style 🙂 Good luck!

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