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Living in Hanoi, Vietnam:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Hanoi, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 13 people living in Hanoi what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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One of the must-know places for someone moving to Hanoi is the Old Quarter. This is the historical and cultural heart of the city, where you can find many ancient buildings, temples, markets, and street food stalls. The Old Quarter is also a lively and vibrant area, where you can experience Hanoi’s local life and culture. You can walk around the narrow streets, shop for souvenirs, enjoy a cup of coffee or a bowl of pho, and watch the traffic chaos. The Old Quarter is a place that you will never forget.

Charming, historical, safe, friendly people, good variety of foods at reasonable prices.

The city is very green and there is a lot to see and do. Restaurants and coffee shops abound – try the world renowned ‘egg coffee’. The cost of living is cheap, if you buy local. Obviously, buying imported western goods increases the price considerably. The people are friendly, but not pushy. They will smile and say ‘hello’ but won’t want to know your life story. Hanoi is becoming more of a modern 21st century city, with electric buses/cars/bikes (own by Vingroup – which pretty much owns EVERYTHING) everywhere. Yes, the traffic can be awful, particularly in rush hour (5-7pm) but people are courteous and calm, not losing their temper. June is the hottest month, (35oC+) with storms frequently. All in all it is a much more all round pleasant experience than Bangkok.

Michelle, says: 2023

THIS CITY IS INUNDATED WITH MOTORCYCLES. Crossing the street might seem intimidating, but just cross and the drivers will make way for you (if you walk at a normal and consistent pace). Also the honking is annoying. And the air quality is not really good…

When moving to Hanoi, the first thing that anyone should know is getting familiar with traffic here. As Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, there are millions of people living and working in this city. That is why traffic system here is complicated with many lights and signs that could make anyone overwhelmed.

Hanoi is a mix of the ancient, French colonial and the modern. It feels much more authentic and traditional than the second city, Ho Chi Minh City. The southern city comes across as Western and generic. Hanoi has four seasons and is usually noticeably cooler than Ho Chi Minh City. The capital city, Hanoi, is a city of eight million people but often feels more like a village.

Hanoi is regarded as a peaceful city with a diversity of recreational areas. As the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has been experiencing a rapid economic growth. Many academic institutions, including schools and universities, are in the city, and foreigners choose it as an ideal relocation destination where they not only start up their businesses but also consider as their second home.

Jenalynne, says: 2020

Ha Noi is the capital of Vietnam. My city has a lot of beautiful scenes like The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, The Temple of Literature, Sword Lake, West Lake, Hanoi Old Quarter. However, Ha Noi has problems with traffic and pollution. Only over six million people but there are 4.5 million motorbikes and cars. Traffic jams occur. There’s a lot of smoke and dust in the air. The air isn’t really clean. The price and service are a bit expensive, so many people don’t like living here.

Ha Noi is the capital of Viet Nam. It is the second largest city in Vietnam It has a history of 1000 years, which makes Ha Noi’s culture very diverse. Nowadays, with a very fast economic development, Ha Noi has a high-polluted atmosphere, which makes the life in this city not easy.

Been everywhere all over the world, Hanoi is still my most favourite city. The old quarter is well-reserved, there’s a series of gorgeous lakes, amazing street food spots and local markets. Each time I returned from any trips, I loved this crazy little city even more. Hanoi is very liveable. Arrived in Hanoi, you may get overwhelmed by the swarms of motorbikes, fruit sellers, taxis, more motorbikes, noise, pollution, honking, hawkers, amazing coffee, street dogs, delicious street food.

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the second biggest city in the country. Bustling with life in short bursts from sunrise to sunset, be warned traffic here is horrendous. Morning rush hours, lunch rush hours, afternoon rush hours and empty streets at night. This is how I would describe Hanoi, a city that is perfect for professionals seeking jobs. With four distinctive seasons, you get two months break from the stifling heats of Vietnam’s weather. this city offers you all the perks of a tourist hub, packed with history and delicious pho.

With over 1000 years of culture, Hanoi is the largest cultural center in Vietnam with many cultural relics. The land has produced folklore with many songs, proverbs, famous heroes and people, and festivals imbued with history. What makes Hanoi special, are the different cultures from many parts of the world, making the culture here so diverse and nowhere in Vietnam are there many civilized villages like Hanoi. Villages with Buddhist influence, or French architecture are scattered throughout the city, making visitors extremely excited about the cultural values ​​that exist in a busy city like Hanoi.

Hanoi is an ancient city and the capital of Vietnam. You can find many interesting stores, monuments, and entertainment services here. You can visit some famous landscapes not far from Hanoi such as Ha Long and Ninh Binh. Hanoi’s people are also very friendly and approachable.

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