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Living in Hanoi20.07.2019

Where is Ha Noi city located? Ha Noi (sometimes Hanoi) is iconic due to its status as the country’s capital city, but the story only really begins there. Whilst developing at a speedy pace, it still maintains its charming characteristics that make it such a popular place to live. The city is the second largest […]

Where is Ha Noi city located?

Ha Noi (sometimes Hanoi) is iconic due to its status as the country’s capital city, but the story only really begins there. Whilst developing at a speedy pace, it still maintains its charming characteristics that make it such a popular place to live. The city is the second largest city in Vietnam, with around 3.5 million residents, and is located in the North of the country, roughly 1100 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City.

Let’s see what one of our teachers has to say about Hanoi!

Welcome to Hanoi

Alisa Kartyshova

…Close your eyes and listen to the sounds of the city: motorbikes roaring, people chattering in what seems to be all languages in the world, dogs barking, birds chirping, children laughing, music of the genres you’ve never listened to blasting out, construction site is saying hello too- you are here and now, in the ocean of sounds that carry you away from where you came from. This is Hanoi.

Open your eyes: the scenes, the buildings, the magnificent big trees, the people, the movement in the air that your eyes can catch. This well- orchestrated chaos that may overwhelm and enchant you at the same time in just a few moments is one of the most eclectic melting pots in the world. This is Hanoi.

All your senses will tell you a thousand new tales that this magnetic place can offer on a daily basis. You are about to become one of the characters in them.

And this is you, on your new path in your journey. What to start with?

Well, as it seems that your job is sorted, it’s time to think how you could explore this culture in depth or on the surface- anything is possible.  So here are a few unwritten rules that helped a lot of people to settle down here: 

Rule number 1: expect the unexpected. However, don’t be too suspicious- there will be more pleasant surprises than stressful situations. The people here are known to be kind and friendly and always willing to help in this way or another. The community of expats are a big family of fellow travellers who are now local dwellers and most likely have been in your shoes. 

Rule number 2: slow and go. Whether you are a dedicated pedestrian or a keen driver, or both, this rule applies. Until you get used to the local style and learn to trust the traffic and people around on some intuitive level, ‘slow and go’ is the best way to be.

Rule number 3:  smile and do the “lotus thing”. Really, this is good in all situations here, this is the local way. Even though you may at some point witness anything else, most likely you’ll see more smiles and a lot of chill people. Smiles and friendliness come in different shapes and forms. See rule #1. 

Finally, close your eyes, open your eyes- you are in Hanoi. Enjoy!

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