Hanoi - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there any particular mental health issues that tend to crop up at post, such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (winter blues)?

Winter is gray and smoggy. Summer is hot and humid, but not unbearably so. - Aug 2021

If not seeing the sun or blue sky for months on end bothers you, then this is not the place for you! - Dec 2019

During the winter it can be damp and grey, with no sun for weeks at a time. It's always good to get out of the city and head elsewhere for a break. - Jul 2019

Daylight is relatively consistent during the year so SAD is not a huge issue. I would say one mental health issue that affects some people is the fact that life in Vietnam can be overwhelming in some ways. Hanoi is a busy, noisy, chaotic, and sometimes messy city, and it can be hard to "get away" from it all and find quiet personal space. Thankfully, regional travel options and flight connections are plentiful so it's only a few hours away to a quiet Southeast Asian beach or mountain resort. - Dec 2017

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