EER026: Vietnam Family Travel Tips

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EER026: Barbara Adam discusses Vietnam family travel tips and more

Need Vietnam family travel tips? Meet Barbara Adam, founder of Saigon Street Eats and contributor to Fodor’s Vietnam travel guide.

After realizing that her life and work weren’t making her happy, Barbara left Australia to find out what would — a journey that sent her from Vietnam to Singapore and back again, with numerous stops in between.

Vietnam Family Travel Tips

Now based in Ho Chi Minh City, Barbara has a uniquely amazing life, which includes a husband, two beautiful children and a food tour business that helps travelers discover Saigon’s exceptional curb-side cuisine. Unlike most guests on Epic Education Radio, Barbara is based in one city, and like EER episode 17’s Darryl Kotyk, she has built a business around the place where she now calls home. Tune in as we discuss French schools, milk bottles, picture books, Saigon cafes and Vietnam family travel tips.

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  • Names: Barbara Adam, husband Vu, and their young daughter & infant son
  • Hold passports from: Australia & Vietnam
  • Type of travel: Moved to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • A few places they’ve been: Lived in Singapore & Thailand, but mostly in Vietnam. Traveled extensively through Europe and Southeast Asia

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EER026: Barbara Adam discusses Vietnam family travel tips and moreEPIC ORIGINS

  • Started solo travel in 2007
  • A bike trip through Vietnam with her father started Barbara onto a path away from her job in Australia and toward a more carefree life in Vietnam. Details in the podcast.


  • Not many routines, but most travel rituals revolve around acquiring food and milk for the children. Usually travels with crackers, raisins/sultanas and longlife milk

EER026: Barbara Adam discusses Vietnam family travel tips and moreEER026: Barbara Adam discusses Vietnam family travel tips and more


  • Barbara did many things — English teaching, freelance writing, consulting, social media management, and remote working, etc — before starting up their street food tour business. She still does freelance writing and may pick up more remote editing work next year.


  • Laptop
  • Milk bottles
  • A milk brush
  • A stroller (nothing special)
  • One smartphone
  • One camera “for when we get a moment to use both hands on something other than the kids.”


  • Daughter is in a French school in Ho Chi Minh City. Details in the podcast.

EER026: Barbara Adam discusses Vietnam family travel tips and moreEPIC RESOURCES

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Some of her favorite Australian childrens’ books:


  • When going to a new city/country, rent your first place for about a week, and then search for a better deal once you hit the ground.
  • Self-catering is not always the easiest option, especially in Southeast Asia.
  • Prep a little bit, but be prepared to be flexible (details in the podcast).


  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Sunshine Coast, Australia, especially Mooloolaba Beach
  • Singapore (if you don’t mind spending a lot of money)
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


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