To help our students and graduates make a smooth transition to their new lives teaching English abroad, we've enlisted our ITA Ambassadors to provide us with insider facts and tips for making the most of life in major cities around the globe like Hanoi, Vietnam.
Whether it's finding an English-speaking doctor, opening a bank account, or simply finding a supermarket where you can find the odd comfort food from home (peanut butter!), our ambassadors have actionable on-the-ground-tips to help you feel at home in your new home city. Please note that things change and we will do our best to keep these "Fact Sheets" updated over time and that current and future ambassadors will continue to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information possible.
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|Visa Type||Work Visa|
|North American Comfort Food Locations||
There are small Western shops all over the city, most are found in the Tay Ho district.
L's Place - Several locations throughout the city:
You can also find some Western goodies in the larger supermarkets. Check out Lottemart or Fivimart (many locations throughout the city).
You can take the bus, many people do. The routes are getting a bit better with new BRT Rapid bus lanes. You can type in your location and destination into Google Maps and click on the public transport option for available bus routes.
The most popular way to get around the city however, is by motorbike. You can buy or rent a motorbike depending on the level of responsibility you would like. Many rental places will fix mechanical issues for you or swap out a bike for a different one if you don't like your current one.
Bike Rental Recommendations:
1. Rent a Bike Vietnam: Number 27 Alley 52 To Ngoc Van - tay Ho District
There are also ride-sharing programs. Uber is in Vietnam, and another ride-share called Grab (which I recommend). If you are traveling solo you can request a motorbike pickup via smartphone at a very affordable cost. They also have the basic car and taxi options as well.
|Hospitals & Doctors (English Speaking)||
My number one recommendation for a doctor to visit is:
1. Benh vien da Hong Ngoc: They are every affordable and have accurate translators, The address is 55 Yen Ninh, Ba Dinh, Truc Bach.
|Beauty Supply Stores, Hairdressers & Barbers||
There are beauty stores all over the city. Just walk around your new neighborhood and you should find some. Men can get their hair cut on the street and a shave for 30,000-60,000 VND.
Korigami: Men and women can get a cut and a style for around 100,000 VND ($4 USD). Address is 7 Tran Te Xuong, Truc Bach, Ba Dinh District.
Huong Sen Spa (several locations throughout the city): This spa is amazing. You will feel like a new person by the time you leave. For 350,000 VND ($15 USD) you soak in two different baths, sauna, and steam room, followed by an hour massage and facial. After all that is over, they feed you warm soup and fruit. It's the best!
|Bank Account Location||
Citibank Vietnam - Hoan Kiem - Old Quarter.
Some options I enjoy:
1. Street Sushi: Mechanic by day, sushi shop by night. Good sushi with great prices. Ba Dinh District.
1. Nola Cafe: Old Quarter - this cafe has floors of interest decor. It's a great space to relax or get some work done.
Places of Interest:
3. Thang Loi Swimming Pool: Tay Ho - this swimming pool is lakeside with great views. It is excellent for relaxing.
|Permanent Housing Resources||
There are several websites that are good for finding housing:
|Expat Community Resources||
There are many expats in Hanoi. The biggest expat community is in the Tay Ho District. You can also find events, things for sale, etc, on the Hanoi Massive - A New Era Facebook Group
Despite the Hanoi Massive - A New Era Facebook Group, I really recommend the group Hanoi Beautiful, for expat women living in Hanoi. It is a lovely and positive community.
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