Central Vietnam offers a cleaner, safer, more relaxed way of life
Quality of Life
Central Vietnam offers a cleaner, safer, more relaxed way of life than the country’s larger urban centres. As more and more jobs transition online, moving to the region with your family has never been easier. But don’t take our word for it, ask our parents how they did it. Email our Parent Network
Nothing beats a fresh sea breeze!
In 2020, the pollution monitoring agency, IQAir.com, reported that Danang was Vietnam’s cleanest city, with an average Air Quality Index reading of 57. Hanoi was the most polluted, with an AQI of 107. Pollution in Hanoi and HCMC has become so bad that some schools have taken to monitoring it daily and keeping children inside when it climbs too high, while others have installed air filtration systems to combat it even while they are inside. The Green Shoots filtration system comprises green trees, wide open paddy fields, and a gentle onshore breeze!
The best gift you can give your family
Numbeo, a crowd-sourced global database that measures quality of life in different places, ranks safety on a scale of 1 to 100 with higher numbers meaning a safer environment. It gives HCMC a score of 46/100, Hanoi a score of 62/100, Danang 71/100, and Hoi An an impressive 93/100.
There are no traffic jams on that Extra Mile to happiness
Traffic jams are all-but nonexistent in the central region. With beautiful sandy beaches on one side and the Thu Bon River on the other, Hoi An is the perfect place to jump on a bicycle and pedal: to school, to work, to your favourite cafe, or to the beach. Danang is a bustling city but its forward-thinking planners knew that traffic would grow and they invested in roads and bridges to cope, meaning even the region’s biggest city has escaped the daily rush hour blockages that blight Hanoi and HCMC.
The central region is developing fast and now offers the facilities and opportunities that are available in larger cities, but still at a fraction of the cost.
Make home your family’s Happy Place
Numbeo, a global crowd-sourced database that measures quality of life around the world, reports that housing in Hoi An is 48% cheaper than in HCMC, and 18% cheaper than in Hanoi. The departure of some in the tourism industry since COVID-19 closed many tourism industries around Hoi An has brought many properties onto the market and pushed rental prices lower still. Real estate companies like Nha Toi and Central Vietnam Realty, as well as independent real estate agents who advertise via local social media groups, can help you find a new home or office.
Other Living Costs
Live well, don’t miss out
There’s no reason why a move away from the city must mean you lose out on the good things in life. Groceries, eating out, and entertainment options are plentiful and are cheaper in the central region than in HCMC and Hanoi.
An affordable ‘passport to the future’ in paradise
A survey of CIS-member schools shows that an international-quality education at Green Shoots costs families around half of what they would pay in HCMC or Hanoi.
HSBC operates a branch in Danang, as do some joint-venture banks. Major Vietnamese banks in Hoi An and Danang provide English-speaking services to expatriates.
Don’t worry, the air conditioner won’t go off!
A decade ago, life in Hoi An came with intermittent electricity, poor internet connectivity, and the occasional water supply interruption. Not anymore. Reliable household utilities and high-speed internet are available wherever you choose to live. Free city-wide wifi makes working from a beachside restaurant or cafe in Hoi An Ancient Town an easy alternative to working from home or in an office.
Never a dull moment
There is a large and growing number of cinemas, theme parks, shopping centres, and sporting venues/events in the central region. In addition, residents can enjoy a wide range of day trips, cafes, restaurants, and other services developed to cater for tourists visiting the region. For more information visit www.hiddenhoian.com it covers both Hoi An and Danang.
Danang is home to Vietnam’s third largest airport and offers hundreds of national and international flights each week.
There are dozens of daily flights to Hanoi and HCMC with Vietnam Airlines and budget carriers, as well as direct flights to other destinations in the north, centre, and south of the country
From Danang you can access direct flights to destinations in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos) and North Asia (Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Japan and Korea). Connections to the Americas are easy via North Asia and to Europe via the Middle East, Hanoi or HCMC.