Living in Hanoi, Vietnam, provides you with the chance to experience the unique character of a 2500 year-old city as Vietnam struggles to become a modern nation. The sights, sounds and colors are myriad, exotic and exhilarating — to have a bowl of pho on the street of the city where it was invented, to visit the 1000 year-old Temple of Literature, or to stroll through the cramped and crooked streets of the Old Quarter are experiences that can’t be duplicated.
However, as a modern Asian metropolis, the other side of Vietnam’s cultural and political capital is chaos, noise, air pollution, crowds and traffic jams. This guide to living in Hanoi presents the practical information you need to settle comfortably in Hanoi, to enjoy the cultural, artistic and culinary richness the city offers without being dismayed by the terms of day-to-day life.
Relocation to a foreign city can be a complex and emotionally draining process. The key to a smooth transition is knowing where to find amenities you need from home while discovering new things to enjoy in your adopted home. This international relocation guide will help lessen the frustrations and difficulties that expatriates inevitably experience when moving to a country where they do not understand the local language or customs.
Here you’ll find information on housing, supermarkets, restaurants, and a guide to the different neighborhoods of Hanoi, from the teeming Old Quarter to the calmer streets of West Lake.
Whether you’re an executive, a diplomat or an entrepreneur moving to Hanoi; whether you're alone or with a family, here you’ll find all the information you need to arrange visas, accommodation, transportation, phone and internet service, bank accounts, and how to enjoy the richness and beauty of the city in your free time.
Our guide to Hanoi covers the following topics-
A detailed view of the various visas that are available for legal entry into Vietnam together with information about how expats can ensure that they obtain and maintain a visa that’s right for their needs while living in Hanoi.
The Expat Info Desk relocation guide to Hanoi offers a one-stop overview of all the popular residential areas in the city. We present facts and figures related to each area and provide details about nearby amenities, transportation links and proximity to the city’s main areas. When you arrive in a new city it can be difficult to choose where to live, our expat guide can help by presenting you with all the information you need to choose a place to live that is suitable for your needs.
Once you’ve settled in, you’ll find advice here about how to access the social and cultural aspects of the city, including art galleries, museums, bars and cafés, bookstores, cinemas and live performances. And when you’re ready to start learning Vietnamese, or need to get out of the city for a holiday, you’ll find the help you need in our international relocation guide.
Don’t let living in Hanoi turn into a nightmare, make sure you are thoroughly informed on everything you need to know about health and safety. Our comprehensive guide is packed full of information about areas and practices to avoid; and how to access medical care and health provisions and help when you need it.
What are the people in Hanoi really like? Our relocation guide contains a comprehensive insight into understanding Vietnamese cultures and customs, traditional dress and methods of communicating with one another. We give you practical insights that can help you to understand the behavior of those around you while also giving you the best start for enjoying your experiences living in a new country.
This is not a travel guide. It is a guide to really living in Hanoi and, as such, it includes every element of living in this city that you will need to know. Written by expats, for expats, you can be assured that you have the information that will really make a difference to your life in this part of the world. The Expat Info Desk guide to Hanoi will become your bible.
|01||Though there are many shopping options in Hanoi, you may find that the style or size you need is unavailable. Large western sizes can be very elusive!|
|02||Learning Vietnamese offers an important window onto Hanoi society and culture & helps at all levels of social interaction and day-to-day convenien|
|03||GET OUT OF TOWN! just a weekend away can work restorative miracles. Don’t wait till you feel run down—plan excursions in advance and keep|
|04||Mail delivery from overseas is not always reliable, so try to think in advance of any books, CDs, or software you may need in Vietnam.|
|05||Set up online banking before you leave, and be sure to notify your bank you’ll be using your ATM card in Vietnam—otherwise they may think|
Hanoi has over 600 temples and pagodas, more than any other city in Vietnam.