Cost of living in Hanoi, Vietnam: My $350 apartment
I’ve decided to get an apartment and stay in Hanoi a bit longer than I was originally thinking. The main reason is that I just want to stay in one place for a while so that I can focus on getting some work done. I’ve got a lot of material that I’ve been accumulating since I left Japan nearly two months ago and it’s hard to focus when you’re jumping around from hotel to hotel every day or two. (I’m planning to do a video soon to explain why I was changing hotels every day.)
Having my own place will allow me to focus much better and it should also save me quite a bit of money too. Staying in hotels is expensive. Not only are the rooms themselves much more expensive that renting your own place, but when you are staying in hotels you can’t save money by cooking your own food. You are constantly eating out and even the cheapest restaurants aren’t as cheap as cooking at home, nor as good. Another problem with changing hotels often is that you can’t really buy large amounts of food at the supermarket because carrying it around with you is heavy.
For all these reasons, I’ve decided to get my own place.
So if you’ve every wondered how much rend is in Hanoi, this video shows you what $350 a month can get you. The apartment is in a pretty good location and comes furnished. It’s in Ba Dinh, which is about half-way between Hoan Kiem Lake and West Lake (Ho Tay) – both very popular locations for tourists and locals alike. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to Hoan Kiem Lake and about 20 minutes to walk to West Lake.