Vietnam 2014 (Day 3 with “Talking With The Tourists Group”)

So we went to the park which is just 2 blocks away from my hostel. I got to meet a lot of Vietnamese people. Most of them are in college. The “Talking With The Tourists Group” literally means they are talking with the tourists to practice their English. Since these students cannot afford to pay for English training school, they go to the park near backpackers area. They invite tourists to sit and talk with them.

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Since I am a tourist and is able to speak English well, I had a group of Vietnamese people surrounding me. As expected, they asked a lot about Philippines and about me. We had so much fun even though it was challenging for me to talk to them.


The talk was from 3PM to 6PM. Then, people decided to have smoothie with me and the other two foreigners the group got the talked with who just arrived from the Philippines.


I was so tired so around 8PM, I decided to leave. I was talking non-stop for 5 hours! I got back to my hostel and took a shower after a long day. When I checked my phone, I got literally 68 friend requests and 36 messages on Facebook all from Vietnamese names. They all want to meet me so they can practice their English. OMG! I accepted those with mutual friends and replied to all the messages. I was wondering how did they all know my FB account then I found out that the guy I met in SG posted it on their group website. Oh shoot!

I think this group is awesome. They are all determined to practice their English. I wish I can meet everyone and help them but I am only here for few days.


iamryshel View All →

I am a woman consumed by wanderlust. I am outgoing but I also love to spend time alone, live for “being yourself”. I love new situations and to meet new people.

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