Survival Bible in Hanoi

Tips and advices to live in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam 

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Tips and advices to live in Hanoi - Localisation

Arrival in Hanoi is generally via Nôi Bài International Airport, located about 30 km from Hanoi, between 45 minutes and 1 hour by car. You will find many taxis at the airport, which will cost between 350,000 and 400,000 VND, which corresponds to 17 USD$.From Hanoi, you are located: 

  • 4 hours from Halong Bay by bus
  • 6 hours of sapa by bus
  • 1 hour and a half by plane or 1 night by train from Hué
  • 2 hours flight from Da Nang
  • 2 hours 30 minutes flight from Ho Chi Minh City
  • 3 hours flight from Singapore
  • 3 hours flight from Hong Kong
  • 2 hours flight from Bangkok


The level of crime is low in Hanoi. Nevertheless, foreigners are the main targets of pickpockets and snatching. 

Also pay attention to road traffic. Wearing a helmet is mandatory on a scooter, and strongly recommended for cycling. 

Vietnam's drug legislation is one of the strictest in the world, and gambling is also prohibited.


Hanoi's climate is subtropical. This city experiences a hot summer with heavy rains and a dry and cold winter. Autumn (around September to November) and spring (March and April) are the two best seasons to visit Hanoi, the weather is pleasant with milder temperatures.

Emergency contact

Police: 113
Fire brigade: 114
SAMU: 115
General information service: 1080

Tips and advices to live in Hanoi - Health services 

Family Medical Practice Hanoi
Address: 298 I Kim Ma Street, Building A1 Van Phuc, Van Phuc Compound, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Tel: +84 24 3843 0748


Opening hours: Monday - Friday 8h30am - 5h30pm / Saturday 8h30am - 12h30pm 

Dental Clinic Mozart (dentist)

Address: Bâtiment TID-4e stair 4 street of Lieu Giai-Ba Dinh-Ha Noi-Viet Nam

Tel: +(84) 04 3771 9381


Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9am - 12h30pm / Saturday 8h30am - 12h30pm

Nha Thuoc Hapharco (Pharmacy) 
Address: 2, Hang Bai, Hanoi, Vietnam

Tel: +84 (0) 24 3934 0712
Opening hours: every day from 7am to 10pm

Tips and advices to live in Hanoi - Our restaurants

La Badiane
Founded by French chef Benjamin Rascalou, La Badiane is a high-end restaurant that combines French cuisine with local spices. 

Address: 10 Nam Ngu Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Tel: +84 24 39 42 45 09
Timetable: Monday to Saturday, 11h30am-2pm/6pm-10pm, closed on Sunday

Minh’s Jazz Club

Address: No.1A Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi

Tel: 84-024-3933 6555

Timetable: every day from 7pm to 11h30pm, concert everyday at 9pm

Mrs. Hien
Vietnamese cuisine
Address: 15 Chan Cam Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi Tel: +84 4 3938 1588
Timetable: open every day from 11am to 10pm

Green Tangerine
This restaurant, founded in 2003, is located in the old French quarter of Hanoi. Here, you will discover a mix of European and Vietnamese flavours
Address: 48 Hang Be Street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi,
Tel: (+84) 24 3825 1286
Timetable: every day from11am to 11pm

Tips and advices to live in Hanoi - Bars and Cafés 

Ta Hien Street
This busy street is one of the most crowded in Hanoi's old quarter. It also has many small bars, and is very famous for its beers and street food.

1900 Le Théatre
This bar/night club is the ideal place if you want to enjoy the nightlife of the capital! 

Address: 8 Ta Hien Street | Hang Buom Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Café Giang
Founded in 1946, this coffee is one of the most popular in Hanoi, especially for its egg coffee, whose recipe has not changed since its creation.

Address: 39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hoan Kiem - Hanoi

Café Lam
One of the oldest coffee shops in the capital
Address: 60 Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hoan Kiem - Hanoi

Tips and advices to live in Hanoi - Districts

Expatriate District - TAY HO

Located to the northwest on the peninsula, of the same name on the shores of Lake Ho Tay (western lake) Tay Ho is one of the most residential areas. 
There are also a large number of expatriates living there. Renting a villa in this region costs from 1,500 to more than 4,000 USD$ per month. 
It is a quiet and less polluted, greener, lively and resourceful area (Western and local restaurants, sports halls, bookstores, etc.).

The Old Quarter of Hanoi - HOAN KIEM

This neighborhood is a lively and resourceful, but tiring, rather messy and very busy neighborhood.
Pleasant for a few tourist days but few expatriates decide to settle there in the long term. 
Most public institutions, bank headquarters and skyscrapers are located there, as well as many tourist attractions such as the Ngoc Son Temple, Hanoi Opera House, the National Museum of Vietnam History or the Water Puppet Show.

Hanoi Old Town

The French Quarter - BA DINH 

Located 15 minutes by car from downtown Hanoi (Hoan Kiem), it is the political center of Vietnam.
It is a quiet and authentic district. 
The main places to see in this district are: the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the headquarters of the Vietnamese Communist Party, the botanical garden and many buildings from the French colonial era.


This district, located north of Hoan Kiem, is accessed by a bridge built by Gustave Eiffel.
You will find many of them that are often appreciated by expatriates for their comfort and safety.



Little House International Kindergarten
Address : No. 40 Tay Ho Street, Quang An, Tay Ho District 

Tel: +8424 3823 8997


Kinderworld International Kindergarten & Prep School 

Address: Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 

Email :

Rainbow Preschool 

Address: Tay Ho, Hanoi

Tel: 022 6114 7114 


Morning star international kindergarten 

Address: No.98, To Ngoc VanTay Ho, Ha Noi

Tel: 024 3719 5115 – 024 3718 8198


International Schools 

Alexandre Yersin French High School

Foreign languages taught: French, English, German, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese

Address: Ba Dinh, Hanoi 

Parent Association:

United Nation International School (UNIS) 

Address: Tay Ho, Hanoi

Hanoi International School (HIS) 

Address: Ba Dinh, Hanoi

AZUR School

Address: 16 Hoang Hoa Tham - Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa

Tel: (058)3820491

British International School 

Address: Hoa Lan Road, Vinhomes Riverside, Long Bien District, Hanoi      

Maple bear Canadian School
Address: Quận Hai Bà Trưng

, Hanoi