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Apartment Hunting in Hanoi, Vietnam 2017 | LIFE IN VIETNAM

Hey what’s up guys? I’m lakeside here, this is just a one minute
walk away from my new apartment. I never imagined living so close to a lake
in Vietnam, I think this is the biggest lake in Hanoi. There’s just a lot of people, there’s nice
park space. And, you know, families are out there. There’s people exercising, there’s lots of
free exercise machines, just like Korea. So you get a lot of the old people and stuff,
doing light workouts and stuff. Working the ellipticals and other kinds of
stretches. It’s really good to see this. I like this environment and I like that it’s
right by my new apartment. So speaking of new apartment, this is the
apartment hunting video in Hanoi. In Hanoi, just like anywhere else, it depends
on what you’re looking for in terms of housing. You know, if you’re looking for like a two
bedroom, if you’re looking for a studio, if you’re looking for roommates. Those are all going to be factors that go
into finding your place, right? So just like anywhere else in the world, Hanoi
has its very low range, and very high range. If you want to spend a couple grand for an
apartment per month, or if you want to spend just a couple hundred bucks. So those options do exist. While looking for apartments, there’s several
ways you could do it. You could call a real estate agent, themselves,
you can go online, I went through the “Hanoi Massive Housing” Facebook group. It’s a really great place where you can find
posting on all types of units, for rent, or for sale. Short term, long term, it’s all listed there. So initially I was looking for a room in a
shared apartment ranging between $170 to $250 and hopefully one of those rooms would have
an “ensuite bathroom” meaning that the bathroom is inside the room, not outside of the room. And also a private balcony. I wanted some natural lighting and if possible
a balcony space where I could look up some emails and stuff like that. Drink a cup of coffee in the morning and just
chill on my own balcony. So the first apartment, I was taken to this
place that has actual slum surroundings, there’s like a sewage stream and it had like styrofoam
and all this other trash in it. Not the first thing that I want to see when
I’m coming, literally, to the first apartment in Hanoi. We go in this very nice big first floor but
also in the kitchen we turn on the lights and there were all these rats. It was pretty gross. So it’s dark, he turns the light on, and I
hear all this noise, like what the hell is happening? And all the pots and pans in the sink and
stuff are moving around and then like 3 rats go jumping out the window. That was totally unexpected and so on top
of the slum stuff, plus the rats, that’s definitely not something you want to see while house
hunting. So immediately, those two things, without
even seeing the room, I was just like nope, off the list. But just to show you guys what the rooms do
look like. There was a room, it had barely any light. The balcony was kind of big but it faced the
back of the building and so there was like no view. It’s kind of strange to go sit out there in
the morning and have a cup of coffee. And the bathroom was shared with one person
that lives on the same floor. And that bathroom was dark and damp. So it did not meet any of the requirements
that I was hoping for, except that it was a shared apartment, in the budget range. Apartment 2 was in a little bit more of an
actual residential area, which is great, it’s what I was looking for. Unfortunately, the room was still occupied,
the tenants weren’t going to leave for another week or two. So that was like a really big downside. The balcony was very tiny, and the bathroom
wasn’t in the room like I was hoping for. It was across the hallway, and that also had
like no natural light, it was very dark and damp and moldy smelling. That one was $250 per month for that unit. The 3rd place I was looking at was $250 a
month, and it had a really big room. It had a big room with natural lighting, enough
space in there for a desk and a refrigerator, and a queen sized bed, plus like a living
room, you know? You could walk around in it and not feel like
you’re trapped in a box. It did come with a small balcony, enough that
you could potentially maybe put a chair out there and a small table. I don’t know. So this room was also occupied, and they also
had the cutest puppy, that puppy was so playful. Omg, I love dogs! So the room itself was fine, but it seems
like the shared kitchen situation just wasn’t happening. It was really dirty, there was trash everywhere,
people were mainly using the kitchen on the 4th floor on the top. Instead of the one on the 1st floor, where
the motorcycles are. I don’t know why, but anyway, both were a
little bit dirty. The unit after that was also $250 for a room
in a shared apartment, it was actually next door to the first unit that I was shown this
day. And the balcony was really small, there was
only standing space, and the room was still occupied. It did have an ensuite bathroom, but it was
kind of dark and no lighting or anything like that. And the room itself smelled a little bit funky,
but I guess that’s because it was still occupied by the tenants who were going to leave later
on that week. So it finally came down to my 3rd day of apartment
hunting, and I figured I’m looking at all these rooms in shared apartments, between
$170~$250 a month. Maybe I’m not seeing what I’m hoping for because
of the price range. So even if I go up just a little bit and try
to get some of those creature comforts that I enjoy, such as a clean kitchen, private
bathroom. So I decided why not go for a studio, that
way I don’t have to worry about roommates or anything like that. So day 3, I checked out this studio apartment
for $350 a month. So this place had a kitchen, and a bedroom,
and a patio space. The shower was a little weird, it was this
like Italian imported shower jacuzzi massage thing, which seemed really out of place for
the type of apartment it was. There was also no air conditioning, but they
did promise to me that they could have it installed before I move in. Yeah, this place was really like run down,
it’s definitely seen better days. The ceiling panels were somehow not all the
way fitted properly, so there’s all these major gaps connecting the attic to the rooms. So you know, like roaches and centipedes and
all that other stuff, could easily just come through that stuff right into your room. There’s no sealed factor to the apartment. The patio space was really nice, it’s outdoors,
up on the 2nd floor and it overlooks a nice local street. You get to see all the local people eating
and drinking, and stuff like that. So nightlife seems like fun, but I don’t know
exactly how loud it would be every night, going into the evening when people are eating
and drinking. I don’t know if it would be like Korea, where
people would be out until like 2 in the morning, or later, drunk and causing a loud ruckus
in the neighborhood. I don’t know what that would be like. There were 2 deciding factors that made me
really cringe and say no to this place was 1) the bathroom. The bathroom is not actually in the unit,
you go downstairs to the 2nd level. There’s actually a boutique shop there, someone
opened up like selling boutique clothing. And outside of their shop is the bathroom,
it’s the toilet, and you need a key to get in. It’s almost like a public bathroom, it seems
like. The other factor that made me decide no on
that place was the fact that it was built on top of a restaurant. So you have to physically walk through the
restaurant customers to get to the stairwell that goes up to the place. When I was doing that, coming in, there was
all these upside cockroaches, like really big ones. And that makes sense, cockroaches are going
to be anywhere there’s a restaurant, it doesn’t matter how fancy your restaurant is, there’s
going to be roaches in any food establishment. Finally, I get to check out this awesome space. Checked out this studio apartment for $350
a month, it had a really nice open space, everything seemed nice and new. There was lots of natural light, and that’s
really something I wanted. It had it’s own kitchen space with actual
granite countertop. It’s away from the road, the main road, so
it’s really quiet. It’s fully furnished and comes with this sofa
and a nice queeen sized bed. Unforunately it doesn’t have any balcony,
but you don’t really need a balcony when you’re in Vietnam, you could just go to the roof
if you absolutely need to. And there was a nice chill space up there. The laundry machine and the dryer are shared,
and the roof top space is shared, but that’s it. Everything else is all your own. The only downside to this unit was behind
the building there’s all this construction going on. So there actually was this sewage canal that
was there but the city has been trying to get rid of these places over time, and so
right now they’re dredging out all that sewer canal and they’re implanting an actual proper
sewerage system with pipes and stuff. And they’re going to lay cement and dirt over
it, and they’re going to make like a mini backalley road behind there. So eventually, there will be some mopeds and
stuff going back and forth, but it shouldn’t be loud because it’s not the main road, it’s
just a backalley road. So it’ll just be locals driving by and I don’t
mind that. So what do you guys think I chose? Yeah, I chose the studio apartment with the
construction behind it. It seemed the best bang for my buck, $350
a month. So stay tuned, I’ll give a proper apartment
tour, full on apartment tour in detail in another video. So stay tuned for that. Thanks for watching guys, I really hope you
enjoyed this video, I hope it gave some insights into apartment hunting here. It’s very easy. There’s tons of places. You just got to come out, go for it, and you’ll
find your place real soon. It took me 3 days to find an apartment here
after arriving. See you guys in the next video! Bye!


Cory May

Jun 6, 2017, 6:30 am Reply

I hope you enjoyed this apartment hunting video, it was an adventure to see all the different types of places.
Thanks for all your love and support everyone, it really means so much to me!
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PrincessMegan Elsa

Jun 6, 2017, 7:39 am Reply

?? OMG my Home Vietnam is Beautiful Glad You Doing Goood cory!! yay another vlog video, ????

Caroline Nguyen

Jun 6, 2017, 7:49 am Reply

Congrats on the apartment!

Jannika Karlsson

Jun 6, 2017, 7:56 am Reply

Dude… I cringed with you! Glad you found that studio, looks really good and as you said, the best you could get for your budget. Happy the hat is back 😉

Gil Soto

Jun 6, 2017, 7:58 am Reply

Love your videos, good luck in you're new adventure!!

Jeff W

Jun 6, 2017, 8:03 am Reply

Apartment 6 seems like a winner! I’m glad your apartment hunt went so smoothly. I doubt you’ll miss a balcony—popping up to the rooftop seems pleasant enough. Hope you enjoy the place. ☺️


Jun 6, 2017, 8:09 am Reply

Nice video. Good choice by the way. It looks like quite a nice place. A lot of the other apartments didn't look that nice but this one looks good. I am looking forward to your actual apartment tour. 🙂

homesteader downunder Australia.

Jun 6, 2017, 8:29 am Reply

Vietnam looks loverly.


Jun 6, 2017, 8:58 am Reply

Nice one glad you chose the last place to live 🙂

Peter Kelly

Jun 6, 2017, 9:06 am Reply

I like your style … am glad Pho Your Eyes Only ( B,C & S ) introduced .. we love Hanoi. More rower to you …


Jun 6, 2017, 9:10 am Reply

Hope you enjoy it, Cory! Definitely the right choice for your budget! Look forward to your tour-hope construction noise isn't a problem!

Marie Frenette

Jun 6, 2017, 9:32 am Reply

This was pretty fun to watch. Was there a deposit?


Jun 6, 2017, 9:45 am Reply

Home base established. Time to eat and have a beer.

Quick Look n Teardown

Jun 6, 2017, 10:08 am Reply

the next video is: Apartment tour. Yay!


Jun 6, 2017, 10:11 am Reply

congrats cory.my vietnamese friend lives in hanoi too.

William Soh

Jun 6, 2017, 10:58 am Reply

Seems the landlord is cool with you taking videos of the place, even before you made any commitment. Nice video and information, i enjoyed it. Thanks!


Jun 6, 2017, 12:31 pm Reply

So, after a week, hopefully construction behind the house problem is not bad. Just watched you and Bryan on his channel, I knew you guys would collab but not expected it happened so soon, great job! Hope to see you and Charly meet up too

Maria Lee

Jun 6, 2017, 1:40 pm Reply

Cory, can you show us more apartments? I'd love to see spaces in other price ranges too! Vietnam looks really interesting and I'm really curious about all of it. 🙂


Jun 6, 2017, 2:14 pm Reply

Wow, didn't know you could rent an apt in 'Nam w/o a job.

Julize van Staden

Jun 6, 2017, 2:37 pm Reply

Glad you found your own apartment 🙂


Jun 6, 2017, 2:43 pm Reply

Hi, How do you deal with G85's awful AF? any tips?

Christina Joanne

Jun 6, 2017, 2:47 pm Reply

I'm so sorry you had to go through that ?. I was cringing throughout the entire video. Those rats, the bugs, the dirt. Your studio looks amazing though! And I think it really suits you! Can't wait to see a detailed tour! PS I also watched Pho Your Eyes Only vlog yesterday, and watched the collab. Definitely was crying from happiness ?! Thanks for fulfilling this girl's request, I can't wait to watch your footage as well from the other side of the camera

Marjorie H

Jun 6, 2017, 4:23 pm Reply

So excited for you, Cory!

Tammy Banh

Jun 6, 2017, 5:05 pm Reply

Thanks for taking us around Hanoi Cory! I hope you will enjoy it there! Do you plan to travel to Saigon someday?

Julie Goodwin

Jun 6, 2017, 5:08 pm Reply

Looks like a great start to your new adventure! ( Wish I had the guts to do something like this!)


Jun 6, 2017, 5:42 pm Reply

Hello Cory,

Good choice. If I should choose the new home, I will choose the same like you, the last apartment, there is a nice and pretty open space 🙂

William Digiacomo

Jun 6, 2017, 7:30 pm Reply

those are nice showers…but yes out of place.

Evan and Rachel

Jun 6, 2017, 8:15 pm Reply

Glad you found what you were looking for! The first couple ones would be a step up for us, hahaha. Can't wait for the apt tour. 🙂

JC Baily

Jun 6, 2017, 8:26 pm Reply

Interesting video…thanks…..what are your prospects for work and would it be nearby? Take care and be safe!


Jun 6, 2017, 9:03 pm Reply

Yay glad you finally found a place!! ??
Not sure if you mentioned this in previous videos, but how long are you thinking of living in Vietnam? Just curious!

Alan Newton

Jun 6, 2017, 9:11 pm Reply

Definitely the best choice!! Just have to drink coffee on the rooftop lol


Jun 6, 2017, 9:55 pm Reply

I feel like it is extremely hard trying to find a quiet place in Vietnam, esp Hanoi and Sai Gon. My cousin used to stay at a shared room in Hanoi and it was so disgusting, it was reeked of sewage smell and the people live next door weren't clean and very messy. Their shared bathroom was so gross. Luckily he moved to a different place now. I'm glad you were able to find at least one decent place with an affordable price. Hanoi isn't as cheap as it used to be, real estate prices jump like crazy.

DangerMan the Urban Superhero

Jun 6, 2017, 11:23 pm Reply

Cool I Love this!!

Fran Pavanelli

Jun 6, 2017, 12:57 am Reply

6 is the better for te all, good luck and we wait for more video, one day come to Brazil !

PDB Long

Jun 6, 2017, 1:17 am Reply

Sterility in that price range is not possible; even 10X of that price, you will not be immuned from insects and rodents, noise and fume.

Expat Teacher

Jun 6, 2017, 1:49 am Reply

good luck on your new adventure! i was in saigon for a month when i did my tesol a few years ago. i've yet to visit the northern part of the country, so i am looking forward to all your videos from hanoi.


Jun 6, 2017, 2:59 am Reply

Hello Cory,
I just wanted to let you know that your dear friend Charly(Cheer) & Annie from South Korea are both in your new country of Vietnam, so I sure that they can and will always help you with anything & everything from help find a place to food, site seeing, cooking, clubbing or partying, where to go for the best deals or for the nest things that need, etc. You both are friends and YouTubers, so try and call her beside it will be great to also see you all in a video as well since I am a fan of both, so goodluck to you in your search for a great place that you love & cared about & like to, God bless you peace and blessings to you, PaTrice.☺?????????????

Paul Gianni

Jun 6, 2017, 3:04 am Reply

Great video! I can't wait to get there!

Pho Your Eyes Only

Jun 6, 2017, 3:27 am Reply

Holy jeezzz??So crazy seeing apts in the $250 range! Thanks for the tour! Good find/pick!

Loascs Loa

Jun 6, 2017, 4:19 am Reply

Great! Awesome….

Julie Screenplaydiva

Jun 6, 2017, 5:57 am Reply

So glad you were able to find a nice and clean apartment, Cory! Enjoying your videos on Vietnam! Keep up the great work ??


Jun 6, 2017, 6:06 am Reply

any reason why hanoi but not saigon? i've been watching you since 2014 even before "Pho your eyes only." Sad to see you leave korea bro.


Jun 6, 2017, 7:06 pm Reply

Hello! It's Alex, Kami's son! I didn't know you had a youtube channel! This is so cool!
That studio is pretty cool! The fact you had rats in that room grossed me out SO much!


Jun 6, 2017, 7:52 pm Reply

this is more like airbnb, not an appt


Jun 6, 2017, 7:59 pm Reply

This is awesome! #feedthecory

Al Moral

Jun 6, 2017, 5:27 am Reply

Hi Cory, nice place man

E Rich

Jun 6, 2017, 6:45 am Reply

Thank you for this gift

Vue Sweets

Jun 6, 2017, 5:41 pm Reply

Love this episode of house hunters lol

Baby Browniekia

Jun 6, 2017, 2:51 am Reply

All The Best Cory ?

Sean Williams

Jun 6, 2017, 11:53 am Reply

just subscribed. Im Korean-aussie also living in Ha Noi.


Jul 7, 2017, 3:20 pm Reply

so cheap!

Hung Nguyen

Jul 7, 2017, 5:02 am Reply

hey bro, say onsuite instead of ensuite.

diana keller The_Fam

Jul 7, 2017, 7:02 pm Reply

what does your electric run and cable and internet


Jul 7, 2017, 6:34 am Reply

Thanks for posting these vids – living vicariously through you. Vietnam looks like a magical place – hope it keeps its charm even after it becomes cosmopolitan. Good luck to u

Clement Lee

Aug 8, 2017, 4:09 pm Reply

Really good choice. I like the one you chose as the other ones were just awful. I cannot have any bugs or rodents. Your vids reminds me of Hanoi which I was just there in May. Good job.

Mark Antony

Sep 9, 2017, 4:44 am Reply

I am moving there on Monday – Expensive 🙁 Lived in china a long time – amazing modern apartments for that price in the best cities. I hope I can find one :(((

Lourence Genebraldo

Nov 11, 2017, 3:40 pm Reply

funny thing is, Ive seen your apartment tour first before this..

Ala Breytenbach

Jan 1, 2018, 6:42 am Reply

Not to mention the nasty hard beds in Vietnam….

rhonda chevis

Feb 2, 2018, 9:35 pm Reply

New to your channel…..WOW a lot to consider…….great job…..thanks for sharing….. from Houston Texas

Brian Pan

Apr 4, 2018, 4:29 am Reply

Let me know if that first space is still available!


Jun 6, 2018, 12:04 am Reply


These Nutz

Jun 6, 2018, 3:12 am Reply

Say how did you find this places? I use to go 6 months on 6 months off.

Dennis Douglas

Aug 8, 2018, 8:24 pm Reply

What is the name of the building with the 350 rent?

Kristofer Milhauser

Aug 8, 2018, 5:56 am Reply

So Cory, how does getting a place work? First month,last month,security deposit? Can you sign the lease with a tourist visa?

Shag Wellington

Nov 11, 2018, 11:15 pm Reply

Thanks Cory. You showed the reality that other vloggers don't. Lots to avoid. It was kind of depressing because I think I'm going to have to live in Hanoi for a while. I am glad they are modernizing their infrastructure. In another 10 years Vietnam will be first world. Not Singapore but in it's own way very good. Glad you found an acceptable place. Hanoi is more expensive than I thought it would be. It is the capitol though. I like the way you get to the point without all the uh's and hemming and hawing.

Drifting Dwarf

Dec 12, 2018, 8:42 am Reply

This was a very good video. Simple and informative and shows the place itself. I'm tired of videos that are mostly done for vanity's sake. Thanks for this sir. I'm moving to Vietnam soon. This made me more excited!

chris bodrum

Feb 2, 2019, 6:40 pm Reply

I am a Canadian arriving in Hanoi on Wednesday, looking for apartment near Eco-park. Love your vlog.

Kevin Ohern

Mar 3, 2019, 11:12 pm Reply

Great great information to-the-point.

Banner Traveller

Apr 4, 2019, 6:39 am Reply

the Balconies are pretty much just a place to go smoke or somewhere to wait for a firetruck if your unit is on fire and you can't get out the front door.

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