Knowing what you know now, would you still move to this city?

No. For those working in the development/NGO sector, Hanoi (and Viet Nam) is yesterday's news. It's developed (or getting there rapidly). On one hand, it has been refreshing to see a city that 20 years ago had one traffic light and mostly bicycle traffic transform into a crazy urban jungle with office blocks piercing the sky and even the presence of a new Maserati dealership. But in the process, with the influx of tourists, teachers, and nomads, it's lost a lot of what once made it so charming. Don't get me wrong - that charm is still there, but it's a lot harder to see than it used to be. And with the toxic air, it's just not a livable place anymore, even if it is on balance safe and easy. So, for me and my family at least, while Hanoi will always have a special place in our hearts, it's time to move on for new challenges, clean air, and blue sky. - Dec 2019


No, but I enjoyed my time and made the most of it. - Jul 2019


Yes. I would come again a first time, but I wouldn’t extend. 2-3 years is enough. - Apr 2018


Absolutely. - Dec 2017


No. We're sorry that we came. This is the first posting that we've every felt this way. It's not been a good experience for us or our kids. - May 2016


Yes. - Mar 2015


Yes. - Aug 2014


For a hardship post, it is not that bad. It is still pretty safe to go around if you take basic precautions. Life around here is mostly what you make of it. I’m glad we are here, it is a rich experience, but one time is enough. - Dec 2011


Yes - we complain a lot but Hanoi has a good school for our kids, interesting work and is generally a fascinating (though sometimes frustrating) place to be. - Aug 2011


Probably not. - May 2010


Absolutely. - Feb 2009


Oh yes. Obviously there daily challenges with living here but that is what makes life in Hanoi fun. There is never a dull moment or a drive home without something to laugh about. - Sep 2008


Sure, the people are friendly, work load at the Embassy is average. Enough things to do to keep your interest. - May 2008


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