On top of the fact that it is Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi is also a city rich in flavour and charm. With its unique culture and blend of old and new, Hanoi is the type of city that will quickly find a place in any expat's heart.
Due to the many new construction projects starting every day and the city’s western edge expanding ever outwards, it’s easy to see that Hanoi is fast becoming a city of more than just political importance in Vietnam.
Expats moving to Hanoi will find a city that maintains a balance between significant development, including large shopping malls, apartment complexes and new roads, and preserving a relatively cheap cost of living. With numerous lakes, fantastic restaurants, vibrant night life and some of Southeast Asia’s best preserved colonial architecture, Hanoi is an easy choice for many expats moving to Vietnam.
The local expat community is a very active one. There is also a multitude of accommodation options to suit any budget and the number of Western orientated grocery stores and restaurants ensures that missing home comforts is not something that will occur often.
With a significant diplomatic community, a large number of NGOs, ESL teachers and expat-employing businesses, Hanoi also has a range of healthcare and education facilities catering for its expat community.
Overall, Hanoi is one of Southeast Asia's best expat destinations and those willing to make the move will not be disappointed by the quality of life in the Vietnamese capital.
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