We are still in Hanoi, Vietnam and we are checking out what the price of food is, and we take a short trip to the Hanoi Hilton (Hỏa Lò Prison). Come and see what Hanoi has as a place to retire to.
Can a RIPper (Retiree In Paradise) living in Hanoi get by on a Cat 1 budget with a decent lifestyle? We are still having a great time in Vietnam and we are really excited to explore Hanoi and we are getting to know its people better and loving what we are experiencing.
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So join us as we continue to cover what it is like to live in Vietnam. We will continue to contemplate the question, “what would life be like living in Vietnam as a retiree?” We will continue to see what the upsides and downsides are to living in a Communist country like Vietnam.
Hanoi (Vietnamese: Hà Nội), the capital of Vietnam, and also its second largest city, is a fascinating blend of East and West, combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair. It is largely unscathed from the decades of war, and is now going through a building boom, making it a rapidly developing city in Southeast Asia.
Hanoi has held the title of Vietnam’s capital for more than a thousand years, through several invasions, occupations, restorations, and name changes.
The Nguyen Dynasty gave the city its modern name of Ha Noi in 1831, but they had transferred power to Hue by then; it remained there until 1887, when the French made Saigon and then Hanoi the capital of all French Indochina. It changed hands again in 1954, when it was ceded to Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh after almost a decade of fighting, and it became the capital of North Vietnam; Saigon was the rival in South Vietnam. Upon reunification in 1976, it assumed that title for the entire country.
The climate is tropical, with wet and hot weather much of the year. But due to the city’s latitude, temperatures drop drastically in the wintertime and the wind chill and dampness means winter weather can feel cold. If possible, avoid the summer months of mid May to mid September, as the city turns into a sweltering sauna with little to no wind.
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