Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: With a population of approximately 8 million, Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam. Hanoi's summer temps are in the mid 90s. In the winter, temperatures are in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Hanoi is an interesting place to live, but be prepared for lots of noise and pollution. If you're moving to Hanoi with kids, there are several schools that expat families recommend. Driving tip: get a motorcycle.

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What do I need to know about living in Hanoi?

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

"Be prepared for lots of noise and pollution. Most people find learning Vietnamese very difficult. But other than that, it is a very interesting place to live, also lots to see outside the city especially if you have a motorbike! Most Hanoians are very nice to foreigners," added another expat who made the move to Hanoi.

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How do I meet people in Hanoi?

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When we asked people living in Hanoi about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Depends on interests of course. UNIS (United nations international school) is out of town but offers courses to everyone, including language classes. L'Espace (French) Goethe (German) and other national organisations offer courses, exhibitions and events. Cinematheque offers "arthouse" films for members. Hanoi Opera House offers wonderful performances, very reasonably priced tickets so enjoy. for other information on events/organisations google Hanoi Infoshare and New Hanoian," commented one expat who made the move to Hanoi.

What is life like in Hanoi?

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When we asked people living in Hanoi what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Locals definitely around family, and expats with kids have plenty of opportunity to meet people through school events, same as anywhere else. As the capital, there are many NGOs here this also makes the expat experience very interesting, you meet many people doing interesting and worthwhile things," remarked another expat who made the move to Hanoi.

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What are the schools in Hanoi like?

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"Never send your children to this school. Our 2 children have thrived in schools in just about every corner of the world, but often came home crying from St Paul. The school and administration are a disgrace," said another expat in Hanoi with children at St Paul American School Hanoi.

"It is small, about 300 kids, but the great thing about it is the close sense of community and the school's open door policy. I would say that 90% of the teachers are excellent and well qualified. Once in a while there will be one or two that fall through the cracks. You just need to watch out for those. This is common in ALL schools anywhere!!," remarked another parent with kids at Hanoi International School in Hanoi.

"We have been very happy with the school and has been one of the highlights living in Hanoi. However, there is a waiting list and it can be difficult to be accepted. UNIS does give priority to diplomats and UN but if you are with an NGO or private business, apply early," explained one expat living in Hanoi, Vietnam.

"I would have a long talk to someone from the PTA and ofcourse the headmaster or the admin people. Everyone at this school is very friendly and wil give your answers to all of your questions. But be aware there are long wainting list for some of the classes so do not hesitate to enroll," said another parent with children at HIS Hanoi International School in Hanoi.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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