Moving in Vietnam

May 23, 2019

Hi there.

 

This is Hiro.

The topic for this week is moving in Vietnam.

I wrote about moving from Japan to Vietnam last time and you can refer to it here.

 

I had a chance to talk to a person from CROWNLINE the other day.

CROWNLINE is one of the leading moving companies in Vietnam.

The information they provided is below.

 

- Amount of luggage-

On average, the luggage of the single person and family are below based on 50*50cm cardboard box.

Single : 10

Family : 35

*I asked one family and they said it was more than 60 boxes.

 

- Fee-

Under basic plan, the fee is based on the amount of the luggage and other details, and there is the minimum fee.

The service includes packing.

The single person with lots of luggage or family are suitable for this plan.

(Basic plan assumes the number of boxes to be 35.)

 

- When to contact-

They can sometimes accept the order for the next day moving except for the high season.

*Contacting the moving company one day before moving date is not recommended at all.

It is advisable to contact the company one month before the moving date.

 

The below is the contact information of CROWNLINE.

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CROWN LINE JOINT STOCK COMPANY

Mr. KAGIMOTO)

Email : kagimoto@crownline.jp

TEL : 098 693 6314

HP : http://crownline.jp

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-Points to note-

  • March and April is the high season in the moving industry. Some companies don’t accept orders for March and April from February.
  • The fee can be higher than usual when the moving date is on weekend or during high season.

 

Lastly, the below is the general flow of moving.

 

1) Contact the moving company

2) Moving staff visit the house

3) Get a quote

4) Make a contract

5) Moving

 

I hope today’s blog would be helpful to those considering moving in Vietnam.

Moving to Vietnam

May 16, 2019

Hi there.

 

I’m Hiro.

 

Today, I will write about moving stuff to Vietnam.

There are mainly 3 ways to move stuff to Vietnam.

 

1) Carry with you

 

2) Send by air

 

3) Send by ship

 

1) Carry with you

 

The things you carry with are the expensive stuff or the ones which you need soon after you move to Vietnam.
Examples are passport, electric devices, clothes you often wear, medicines.

 

2) Send by air

 

These are the ones you need relatively soon in Vietnam.

It takes about 14 days to send stuff from Japan to Vietnam by air.

It is recommendable that you don’t send the fragile things by air since they will not be handled carefully.

 

 

3) Send by ship

 

These are the things which you don’t use soon but still need in your Vietnam life.

The examples are books, furniture.

It takes about 40 days to ship to Vietnam.
I recommend you send expensive fragile stuff such as chinaware by ship rather than by air.

Also, sending by ship is more suitable for big or heavy stuff than sending by air because of the fee.

 

It is important to take out the insurance just in case.

 

- Do I need appliance and furniture from Japan?

 

The answer is it depends on your preference.

Because apartments in Vietnam are normally fully furnished, it’s not necessary to bring them from Japan unless you have strong preference.

 

However, some people bring appliances, which some of its functions are not available in Vietnam.
One example is a rice cooker.

 

I often hear concern about the air pollution and am asked if it’s better to bring an air cleaner from Japan.

I would say you’d better buy it in Vietnam since the air cleaner made by Japanese maker is available here.

 

*You need to buy transformer if you bring appliances from Japan because of the difference in voltage.

(Japan : 100V, Vietnam : 200V)

 

 

- Things to note

 

  • Many Japanese companies move their employees to foreign countries in spring.
    Therefore, contacting a moving company early is important so that the moving schedule is fixed as you wish.

 

  • Sorting out the stuff into the above mentioned 3 kinds makes work much easier and faster on the day you move.

 

  • To avoid the last minute argument, it is advisable to consider what to do about the things you leave in Japan. (i.e. ask relatives to keep them or rent a storage room.

 

  • Process of claiming insurance can take 1 to 2 month.

 

 

- How to choose a moving company

 

1) Is there the agent service for processing the documentations to send things by air or ship?

 

2) What kind of support does the company offer after arriving Vietnam?

 

3) Are there optional services?

 

 

The most important thing is early preparation and collecting information well in advance.

 

I hope for the seamless moving for all the people coming to Vietnam.

 

Introduction of International schools in Hanoi

May 8, 2019

Hi there.

I’m Hiro.

The topic for this week is the international schools in Hanoi.

In Vietnam, international schools offer education from kindergarten to high school.
Most of the international schools are located in suburban areas and they offer good services and facilities.
The yearly fee increases as the grade goes up.
In general, the yearly fee exceeds 15,000USD.

Although curriculum differs from school to school, the quality of education is basically high and the English skills will be improved.
It is needed that parents contact the international school in order to know the curriculum of the school.
Most of school can be contacted in English.

The school starts from September.
Since there are many parents who consider having their children go to the international school,
I would like you to know the basic information.
The below is the general information on the major international schools in Hanoi.

【Hanoi International School】

Hanoi International School is located closed to Embassy of Japan in Lieu Giai.
The total number of students is about 290.
Japanese, Vietnamese, and Koreansaccount for the majority of the students.
The yearly fee is from about 16,500USD to 26,500USD.
The average number of students in a class is about 20. 

Website : https://www.hisvietnam.com/


【United Nations International School of Hanoi】

United Nations International School is owned by United Nations and it’s called UNIS.
There are only 2 international schools owned by United Nations and therefore
It is very popular.
The location is Ciptra which is north of Ho Tay lake.
There are about 1,100 students.
As there is the limitation which the ratio of one nationality cannot exceed 20% of the total number of students, students from many different countries attend the school.
The yearly fee is from about 24,500USD to 30,000USD.

Website : https://www.unishanoi.org/


【British Vietnamese international school Hanoi】

British Vietnamese international school Hanoi is located inside Vincom Royal City in Thanh Xuan district.
About 1,300 students attend the school and 90% of them are Vietnamese.
The school offers education from kindergarten to high school.
The class is taught in English and Vietnamese.
The ratio of Students to teachers is about 12 to 1.
The yearly fee is from about 15,000USD to 20,000USD.

Website : https://www.nordangliaeducation.com/en/our-schools/vietnam/hanoi/bvis


【British International School Hanoi】

British International School Hanoi is located in Vinhomes Riverside in Long Bien district.
This area is rich in nature and quiet compared to the urban area of Hanoi.
There are about 1,000 students.
27 nationals belong to the school and 50% of them are Vietnamese.
The average number of students in a class is about 18.
The school has a uniform.
The class is from 8:30 to 15:00.
There are many facilities such as a large library, auditorium.
The yearly fee is from about 11,000USD to 15,500USD for kindergarten and
from 20,000USD to 30,000USD for middle and high school.

Website : https://www.nordangliaeducation.com/en/our-schools/vietnam/hanoi/bis


【Concordia International School Hanoi】

Concordia International School Hanoi is located in the suburban area, Dong Anh district.
The school was built in 2011 and it has affiliated schools in Shanghai and Hong Kong.
The number of students is about 400 and they are mainly American, Korean, and Vietnamese.
One national cannot exceed one third of the entire students according to the school policy.
Therefore, there are more than 20 nationals.
There are interview, entrance exams of math and English to enter the school.
The examination fee is 300USD.
The classes are based on U.S. curriculum.
The yearly fee is not public.


【St.Paul American School Hanoi】

St.Paul American School Hanoi is located in the suburban area, Hoai Duc.
About 500 students go to the school and the percentage of Korean is the highest.
The ratio of Vietnamese to foreigners is roughly 3 to 10.
It has about 60,000sqm which is equivalent of 8 soccer fields.
The curriculum is based on U.S. one.
The yearly fee for 7th grade is about 23,000USD.

Website : https://stpaulhanoi.com/


It is not an easy decision to have your children attend the international school.
But, I believe it is worthwhile to consider it since it is a rare opportunity that children can go to the international school.
 

Stay in the luxurious serviced apartment, Roygent Parks Hanoi

May 1, 2019

Hi there,

 

I’m Hiro.

 

Today, I will write about the stay in Roygent Parks Hanoi.

Roygent Parks Hanoi is one of the hottest apartments in Hanoi among Japanese
as it was built by 2 Japanese companies.

The apartment faces Khuat Duy Tien street in Cau Giay and many apartments are going to be built in this area.

 

 

The room types are studio, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedrooms type.

It’s suitable for a single person or married couple.

I stayed in the studio room and its space is 55,6 sqm.