Hi all, new user here and I have a few questions if you would be so kind... My boyfriend and I are both mid-20s (enjoy the occaisional pub night out, exploring, socialising, relaxing) and are planning to move away to teach for a year. After a great deal of thought we have (nearly) decided on Vietnam rather than China or Korea due to the pay, the proximity to other countries of interest and just the newness of it all, I suppose. I have a few questions that you might feel charitable about answering I was thinking of posting on Dave's ESL but heard, after trawling a few posts, that he can have a few rightwing tendencies? Anyhoo. We’ve been researching quite a bit and are thinking that Da Nang might be a good place to start. I think it’s a big, possibly ugly city (?) and it isn’t as cosmopolitan as HCMC but it’s next to the gorgeous, gorgeous beaches & Marble Mountains, glorious countryside etc. Plus, and this is a big plus, it is only 20 mins away from Ho An (I think it’s called) which, I’m beginning to gather, is a big touristy place and enough to give us our fix of Western comforts and people. Another thing that I was worried about in a big city like HCM is the traffic and smog and scary roads and concrete and arghh. In a smaller place I think that we could get our confidence up and buy mopeds or something. Is Da Nang the right place to build up that confidence and escape the smog, chaos and congestion of HCMC? Oh, another thing, it is monsoon season in October which is when we are planning on going out. Is monsoon season very scary like I suspect it is? I don't wanna be washed away... Also, one of our major conerns are mosquitos and humidity. Of course being in the tropics you have to expect that it won't be pleasantly mild like middle England but is it unbearable and impossible to get used to? Mosquitos particularly love me.. will this be a huge problem or are there ways to deal with them effectively? I have a friend who visited Halong Bay, HCMC etc. I looked at her photos - she has a similar complexion to me aka English rose and in all her photos she has a sweaty, red face. Will that be a daily reality for me? I'm also a size 16 person though i'm trying to get down to 14 before we move... I know it's hard to get these sizes in Vietnam bit will the Vietnamese people think i'm an horrendous hulk? I suppose if it's that hot then I can sweat off a bit of the lard. I thank you in advance for reading the jumbled mental vomit. I hope some kindly souls are able to give us some good advice.