Living in Hanoi City, Vietnam

 Since it was founded more than a thousand years ago Hanoi has been a cultural hub of Vietnam. In the the Ly Dynasty, one of the oldest and strongest empires of Vietnam, the city was named Thang Long (meaning ‘ascending dragon’).

Under the rule of the French and America, Hanoi witnessed and reflected changes in architecture and lifestyle. The city nowadays is where East blends into West in a unique way, preserving its heritage in the Old Quarter, ancient pagodas, monuments and colonial architecture as well as modern developments.

Living and studying in Hanoi gives you the opportunity to explore an old city. But don't expect a sleepy ambience. The charming Vietnamese capital is developing rapidly as it has become one of the most energetic capitals in South East Asia. 

1. Climate

Hanoi has a humid sub-tropical climate with four distinct seasons. The average humidity throughout the year ranges between 74 per cent and 83 per cent.
Summers are hot and humid. The hottest months are May-September, with highs of 30-33 degrees Celsius during the day and lowest temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius at night.

Winters are comparatively cold and dry. The coolest months are December to March, with highs of around 20 degrees Celsius and lows of 13-15 degrees Celsius at night. However some days may drop to below 10 degrees.

The wettest months are May to September and daily afternoon/evening downpours are common.

2. Food

Hanoi offers an endless variety of soups, noodles, Bún Chả , Bún Cá, rolls and sandwiches paired with plenty of fresh greens – and fresh beer too. You can taste a wide selection of these local delicacies bought directly from the vendors.

You could spend a week eating your way through walking the maze of bustling streets in the Hanoi’s Old Quarter and never eat the same meal twice; dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of street food. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, there are street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life and explore Hanoi’s exciting history, exceptional culture and distinctive architecture as well as meet friendly people following the food trail.

A number of Hanoi street food tours are available by scooter and cycles. Hanoi cooking class tours are also available at local tour operator companies. For about US$20 per person you can sample delicious Vietnamese dishes and local specialties just like the locals: on the street, stroll through hidden alleyways and markets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter or at a hidden café with spectacular view of Hoan Kiem Lake.

Aside from local street food, in Hanoi you can try excellent foods from world-wide cooking styles. With the cultural connections of France and China, as well as rich native traditions, restaurants in Hanoi bring together many influences from around the world and make every meal an adventure. You can discover a wide range of international cuisines such as Italian, French, Korean, Japan, Thai, Chinese and Mexican.

3. Accommodation

Hanoiresidence location is in Tay Ho district, closed to the banks of one of Hanoi's most picturesque lakes (Westlake). The location is fitted with the healthy living, less noise and air pollution than any other district.

We offer APARTMENT, SERVICED APARTMENT, HOUSE, VILLA and OFFICE for rent in different locations, with well-equipped and modern furniture. We will provide you with housing support to search for the accommodation that you rent through us.  In addition, when you arrive in Hanoi you may choose to stay in a short-term rental house and find your ideal house later.

4. Transport

For transport you can freely choose from bike, motorbike taxi (in Vietnamese “Xe ôm”), or taxi. Traveling by public bus has become popular in Hanoi now due to the cheap price and availability. Buses in Hanoi can be recognised by the typical colours of white, red and yellow. The price is about $US0.5 depending on distance.. You can buy a monthly ticket to travel different routes around the city, from the centre to the suburbs to visit many traditional handicraft villages.  

5. Living cost

Living expenses in Vietnam will vary, depending on lifestyle. The largest costs in an expat’s monthly budget will be housing, schooling and western food. Travel, phone and internet cost remain low.

·         Apartment rent : 200$ - 500$/ month

·         Utilities (including electricity, water, garbage) for 85m2 apartment: 25-40$/month

·         Food: 200-300$/month

·         Transport:

-          Gasoline (1 liter): 1 $

-          Taxi start (normal tariff): 0.5$

·         Internet: 15$/ package (unlimited)

·         Sport and Leisure:

-          Fitness club, monthly fee for 1 adult:  $50

-          Cinema, 1 seat: $4-5

-          Tennis Court Rent:  $1 - $10 an hour (on weekend)

·         Restaurants:

-          Meal for one, inexpensive restaurant:  $2

-          Domestic beer (0,5 liter draught):  $1

-          Imported beer(0,33 liter bottle):  $2

-          Cappuccino (regular):  $2

-          Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle): $0.50

-          Water (0,33 liter bottle): $3

6. Entertainment

With a number of lakes, parks, shady boulevards, ancient pagodas, temples and monuments, Hanoi is quieter than Saigon. One Pillar Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda, and Ngoc Son Temple are some famous pagodas in Hanoi. They are not large but are beautiful, some with mysterious legends. Though these places can easily be visited by taxi, walking is the best way to explore, especially in the Old Quarter. The 1000 year-old quarter consisting of 36 streets is where many tiny shops sell all kinds of goods. After exploring the Old Quarter, you can take a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery. And when the sun goes down, you will see a very different Hanoi. 

While Hanoi would not receive plaudits for its nightclubs, there are a multitude of fun and interesting things to see and places to go. Perhaps the most classic night time venue in Hanoi is “Bia Hoi” (fresh beer) bars. This is the most popular after-work activity for Hanoians. These Bia Hoi stands can be easily found in Ta Hien, a street located in the Old Quarter with different small bars, street food stands, souvenir shops, clothes stores and numerous tourist offices. A glass of Bia Hoi costs a fraction of what it would in the west. Having a glass of Bia Hoi on the pavement of Ta Hien while enjoying the atmosphere and people-watching are how you can experience the typical Hanoian nightlife.

Outside the city centre you can visit many traditional handicraft villages in the suburbs. In the past when there were not many providers of handicraft, a lot of Vietnamese people in the countryside had to make handicraft works to meet their own needs. Each village specialises in a type of handicraft and the techniques were always kept secret. When visiting these villages, you will see the process of making products and even have chance to do handicraft yourself. It is a great way to escape from the stressful daily life in the city and enjoy fresh air in the countryside.