I just discovered this page “International School Advisor” that gives insight on what parents, pupils and teachers really think about the schools you are considering. Take a look at the list of 20 best internationl schools in Hanoi – the capital city (located in the Northern part of the country – , and in Hochiminh City (formerly known as Saigon) – the economic center, former capital of South Vietnam, where I came from. As my preference is for the southern way of live, I would recommend you to take a look of these schools first.
International Schools in Ho Chi Minh City
There are over 30 international schools in Ho Chi Minh City and the surrounding area, with 10 British schools, 11 IB schools in Shangai and 9 American schools. Most are English speaking and some are bi and multi-lingual.
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is Vietnam’s largest city with a population of around 9 million. The city is famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War and for its 19th Century colonial French landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, entirely built from imported, French materials, Central Post Office, designed by French architect Alfred Foulhoux but is often mistakenly credited to Gustave Eiffel, Hotel Continental, City Hall and the Opera House. Ho Chi Minh City is modern metropolis with some impressive modern design and architecture including the Bitexco Financial Tower and the soon to be constructed Fulbright University and Central Park developments.
In spite of its size and bustling streets, Ho Chi Minh City is a safe and friendly city. Vietnamese people are very helpful, welcoming and open. They are happy to become friends with people from other parts of the world and love to practice their English. The Vietnamese love children and enjoy meeting them, taking pictures and sometimes sniff kissing them.