This is What You Should be Doing in Vietnam
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Vietnam is so popular in the world of TEFL, that it wouldn’t surprise us if you’re reading this from Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi, sipping a cup of sweet, dark coffee and eating a banh mi. Because it’s so popular, you are probably already aware of the places you should visit while you are there – Ha long Bay, Hoi An, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh.
Don’t get us wrong – you should definitely visit those places. They’re breathtakingly beautiful and you’ll kick yourself if you don’t see them, but we all know about them. *yawn*
So we’re not going to talk about them.
Instead, we’re going to tell you what you should do when you’re in Vietnam, nine quirky experiences you can only have in Vietnam.
Get lost in the Phong Nha caves
Ok, try not to get lost, because it’s very easy to do that here. Cave exploring might not be for everyone, but these caves aren’t what you’re expecting. Hang Son Doong is the biggest cave in the world – so big that it can fit a skyscraper, a boeing, or a New York city block in it (but not all at the same time), so big it has its own weather system. Even better, you won’t have to jostle in a crowd to get in; thanks to tourism controls, more people have stood on the summit of Mount Everest than have been here.
Find love in Sapa
Sapa is a mountainous little town in the north-west of Vietnam. With backdrops that would make any influencer jealous, it’s the perfect place to go trekking. It’s also the perfect place to find love. The Love Market is a traditional market where Dao and H’mong men and women come to sing love songs from each other. If you’re expecting John Legend or Boys II Men, prepare to be disappointed.
Get a tailored suit in Hoi An
Hoi An is the place to be if you want anything tailor-made. Walk in, choose your fabric, have your measurements done and voila, in two or three days you’ll have your very own unique garment.
Eat pho in Hanoi
Pho is a surprisingly simple dish made from just four ingredients – stock, beef, rice noodles and herbs – but a bowl of this steaming goodness has been known to change people’s lives. Hanoi is considered the pho capital of Vietnam, so this should be first on your to-do list while here.
Have a mud bath in Nha Trang
The Thap Ba Hot Springs are where you need to go if you need a good old-fashioned mud bath. Medicinal and therapeutic, you can hire a private bath for yourself (or you and up to seven of your closest friends) set into the mountainside and soak in the mud while enjoying the view.
Adopt a cat for an hour in Ho Chi Minh
If you’re missing your beloved furbabies back home, head to one of the many pet cafes in Ho Chi Minh. You can grab a bite to eat, read a magazine, and spend some quality time with a cat of your choice – or a dog or a bird or a lizard, if you’d prefer.
Bike the Hai Van Pass
Like the thought of riding a motorbike but not confident enough to ride yourself? Hire a driver who’ll strap you and your belongings onto the back of his motorbike and be taken for the ride of your life. Expect gorgeous scenery, wind in your hair, and a very sore bottom if you decide to do a 14-day tour.
Walk the Golden Bridge in Da Nang
Two giant hands hold up this bridge which blends in beautifully with the forest and the mountains around it. Walking along the walkway truly feels like you are a teeny tiny part of a fantasy novel.
Eat with Anthony Bourdain and former President Barack Obama
The two men visited the hole-in-the-wall noodle shop Bun Cha Huong Lien in Hanoi in May 2016. Today you too can sit on a plastic stool and drink cold beer, even though their particular table is now encased in glass. Definitely still worth going for the noodles.
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- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.