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Moving to Hanoi, Vietnam

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on May 06, 2023

Summary: Expatriates are drawn to Hanoi, Vietnam for its vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and low cost of living. The city is a great place to experience the unique blend of traditional and modern Vietnamese culture, with its ancient temples, bustling markets, and lively nightlife. Hanoi is also a great place to explore the country's stunning natural beauty, with its lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and picturesque countryside. Additionally, the city offers a wide range of job opportunities, making it an attractive destination for those looking to start a new career.

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What do I need to know before moving to Hanoi?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Hanoi, they said:

"There are only a few areas where most expats live in Hanoi. You can live in town but then the noise can be a factor. Most kindergardens and schools are out of the centre. There are a few real estate companies and they generally have very good networks. I would recommend picking two or three and just spending time driving around to see what is on offer. You should never tell them your real budget and ask around to see what others are paying. You will probably change houses at some time during your stay and will know better the second time," explained one expat living in Hanoi, Vietnam.

"Hanoi is a bustling city with a rich culture and history. Expats should be aware that the city is very crowded and the traffic can be chaotic. It is important to be aware of the local customs and etiquette, as well as the language barrier. Expats should also be aware of the cost of living in Hanoi, which is generally lower than in other major cities in the region. Additionally, expats should research the availability of healthcare and other services in the city before moving. Finally, expats should be aware of the weather in Hanoi, which can be hot and humid in the summer and cold and wet in the winter," said one expat in Hanoi.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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