With its Vietnamese trademark motorbike filled streets, Hanoi moves at a more relaxed pace than Ho Chi Min City, an unusual reversal as it is the country’s capital.

Hanoi – Vietnam

This Northern Vietnamese city is one of the most fascinating places in Southeast Asia and an excellent place to call home. With its blend of heritage and modernity, you can wander the old quarter, sampling al fresco beers and some of the country’s most delicious cuisine whilst never being too far away from all that a modern city offers.

Most teachers living in Hanoi embrace the favoured mode of transport and hire bikes themselves. For those not feeling as brave you can avail of the motorbike taxi service and let someone else do the driving. Also, you won’t find a better place to base yourself in Vietnam if you are keen to experience more of the country in your free time. Its location is the perfect jumping off spot for scenic Sapa & UNESCO world heritage centre, Halong Bay.

Location Information

A gateway to Southeast Asia
Safe for solo females
Many expats living in the city
Cost of living per month inc. rent VND 24,000,000 per month
Meal for two at mid-range restaurant VND 500,000
Lunch local restaurant VND 50,000
A beer for one, .5l VND 19,000
One-way public transport VND 5000
Cinema Ticket VND 100,000
Monthly gym membership VND 550,000