As you might have noticed, almost everyone in Vietnam is connected to Facebook. There are Facebook groups to ask questions, to buy/sell stuff or to meet up. We made a list of the most interesting groups, but be sure to browse for yourself.
If you would like to give back to this amazing country and do some volunteering, there are many great options.
Vietnam Causes gives you an overview of the Not For Profit organizations in Vietnam that could use your help. We have good experience with the Lin Center for Community Development.
ARC Pet Rescue is an organization that takes care of abused and abandoned animals.
Know One, Teach One, is a great organization that trains young adults in their restaurant and kitchen so they will be able to find work in the world of hospitality. They are always looking for people to get involved and volunteer.
Although social clubs might sound like something from the old days, luckily for us, they have evolved.
The Hash House Harriers are a well known international phenomenon. If you like your Sundays active and outdoors, this is your link. The Saigon H3 organizes Sunday afternoon walks for the whole family, every week in another (greenish) part of Saigon. The group assembles on Sundays at 2 pm in front of the Caravelle Hotel in D1. Transport is organized. Be sure to check the contribution.
When you have young kids, it can be hard to find the right place to connect with other parents. At the BaMa Café this issue is solved! You can meet other parents, have a coffee and relax, all while your child is having fun playing with other little ones. The best part is that your precious yet untamed toddler is always in sight so you get to enjoy some real down time by chilling on one of the lounge cushions. A win-win if we do say so!