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I accessed AWS without any issues for 2 years. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ
Other than general internet interruptions due to โ€œcut undersea cablesโ€
Thank you Guys!
Nothing blocked as far as I experienced. But the routing failed for many pages, so I'd recommend a vpn regardless of nothing being blocked, if you experience pages often give timeouts
Ya VPN is a good idea. I was running WireGuard on the router for the entire household at times, especially when the cables were cut. Routing via Singapore.
๐Ÿ›ฌ hbjlpzwgutmrct just arrived in ๐ŸŒ‰ Da Nang, #vietnam
Can anyone recommend good coworking space in Hanoi and Da Nang with good community events to meet people? Thanks!
IMO there are no good coworking places in Da Nang, only mediocre ones.
Hey aijbludq - how did you find a luxury condo for a maid at $650 / monthโ€ฆ I'm coming to da nang for a month and looking on Airbnb I can't find anything like that - any tips?
To be clear, luxury condo and a maid are separate expenses.

Luxury condo Hiyori Garden Towers -- each unit is individually owned, so you need check a few to see what suits you best. Some are decorated so terribly. Ours was ๐Ÿ’… - can link you with an agent who was in charge.

Maid bTaskee _(app, like Uber for various tasks)_

Chef this was someone we found, and she was already offering this service to someone else. She was laid off during the covid crisis and started cooking at home to support herself and her family. But I believe she was expanding and actually doing well, so I don't think she'd go back to working at a restaurant now and is probably still doing this. I can connect you also, if you want. She used to work at some foreigner-oriented vegan restaurant in Hoi An. But she cooks non-vegan stuff as well.
Ok got it! Thanks nxrtmcyt - yes if you could link us with the agent - that would be great!
Agent:

```Hoai Thi Nguyen
โ€ญ+84 90 5772088โ€ฌ
โ€ญ+84 98 5222888โ€ฌ
```
She doesn't actually speak English well. But she does a bit. I wouldn't recommend her in general, and she seemed to be quite disconnected and didn't care much about anything. Just wanted to get her comish. The only reason I bring her up, is that she knows the specific unit owner and also has connections with other owners in the building. She showed us ~ 5-7 units before. So it's a bit of necessary evil :smile:

BUTTTT if you don't need this ASAP, and can do this on the ground, you can also talk to the rental office on the first floor. This is the official office. But somehow I feel like there is something funny going on. I think the official office is somehow playing the agent's game because they weren't really eager to help. And were kinda useless.

It's a really strange setup. But overall, the building is really nice and maintained.
FYI our unit was `1208A` and I can vouch for that specific one. Not sure if it is occupied yet or not.
That specific one had nice furnishings, a TV in every room, good internet, and good kitchen supplies. Plus we left a bunch of our "upgrades" there haha. Like a vacuum cleaner, a nice rice cooker, etc... We left in April of this year. The building in general had a pretty high vacancy rate, so there is a chance it is still empty.
Noted thank you! uhdjygaeztabw Definitely would add to the trip expense.
hfbkqjew - this is insane! thank you for all of the info ๐Ÿ™‚
๐Ÿ›ฌ uanpytg just arrived in ๐Ÿฒ Ho Chi Minh City, #vietnam
๐Ÿ›ฌ ymnfafxxlnnzf just arrived in ๐Ÿฒ Ho Chi Minh City, #vietnam
There are a lot of nice cafes though :slightly_smiling_face:!
Mua coffee and high5 for example both have a more silent area on the second floor where almost all guests are working
Hey iukcyvjr can you please share more info regarding the chef ? How much did you pay her per month and how did the process look ? Did you choose from the menu that she provided or created order yourself ?

The contact would be much appreciated, thanks !
vmksnosdix we post paid her every Sunday. She sent us an itemized bill and I made a bank transfer.

She has a menu from which you can choose. This menu slowly changes overtime. You can also customize the items per your liking.

She can also do custom meals entirely. But I feel like she was a bit reluctant when we asked. But she did do it :) Maybe she was just worried it was too new for her. We asked for some obscure ethnic food.

Overall our experience was very positive. My wife was a bit less enthused. She said she got a bit bored of the same food all the time. But this was not a problem for me. And I'm the one a picky eater and a food enthusiast in the family ๐Ÿ˜€
And these cafes usually have terrible furniture. Hard wood chairs and low tables. Really poor working conditions. There are a few exceptions, but it's rare.
faskknag where do you suggest to work from in Da Nang then? ๐Ÿ˜…
thanks U02FCV5NP99!
in the cafes i metioned tables are good, standard size, chairs are of course not office chairs ๐Ÿ™‚ i don't have any issues, but i also don't have to work super long days
but if you do a lot of calls it is probably also better to look for a flat where you also feel comfortable working from for a part of the day
In Mui Ne there used to be a police checkpoint focused on getting money from foreigners. Probably still there on the way to the sand dunes.
Nice, so she pre-cooks meals and delivered them to you ?

Can you please share her contact ? Thank you in advance :slightly_smiling_face:

<@U04CD3CGH>
Yes, she pre-cooks and delivers. She can do daily or not, doesn't matter to her. We preferred Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Sunday we always had a cheat day and we ate out. It was just easier to manage less deliveries. Every day delivery was too annoying to manage.
```Xuรขn Cao Thanh
โ€ญ+84 96 5417820โ€ฌ
```
wznygllawluvk I worked from home 95% of the time. I just made sure to setup my environment at home. I had a good desk, chair, external monitor, good lights for Zoom, etc. But it was also during the pandemic. However, I don't think I'd change anything. Because I visited every place, and every place had _some_ issues. But my circumstances might be unusual for most people. I was bootstrapping a startup, so needed lots of concentration & had many calls. So cafes did not work. And coworkings were so poor and far that I didn't see the point.
Ok, got it. Will definitely try her food

Thank you for the info! ๐Ÿ‘
I haven't been, but always use coworks wherever I go. I even review some for fun so have experienced well over 50. For any destination start with Google maps. Look through the reviews while keeping an eye out for mentions of the owner or anyoneโ€™s name. This means there was a strong social connection in the space. Second look at their Instagram/Facebook. The more active the better, look for group photos and mentions of events. If the reviews don't mention anything about people and their social media is dead, it's likely to be a quiet place.
Hello all, does anyone have an idea on which Visa we should get if we are looking to stay for one in year in Vietnam as digital nomad and work from there? Tourist visa can only be obtained for 1 month and renewing it is quite hassle
Do you have family that is Vietnamese, or are you of Vietnamese heritage ? If not short of going for a business visa you are limited to the 30 days with border runs
There are some visas for students, diplomats, investors etc etc but for a tourist visa 30 days is where you are at
They used to have much longer tourist visas pre-COVID but there has been no word yet of when they'll bring those back
What kind of turnaround times have you guys been getting on your evisas? I applied Thursday morning and hoping it comes through before I leave next Tuesday ๐Ÿค”
3 working days so you will probably get it on Tuesday.
3 days is the norm
I quite liked enouvo. Very quiet.
(But like wrsyiwoy I mostly work at home)
I checked out enouvo once, but didn't like it. It was too hot and they didn't want to use the A/C, and the tables were so crammed together, I felt very uncomfortable. I need my bubble ๐Ÿ˜„
Ah, it was well air conditioned when I went.
I have Niacin from iHerb which I don't need. I am in Ho Chi Minh, district 1. Still sealed. Itโ€™s a form of vitamin Bโ‚ƒ. Anyone needs it?
Hello, not that I want to spread panic here but is anyone aware about the upcoming super typhoon Noru? ๐Ÿ‘€ I am currently in Da Nang, wondering whether I have toโ€ฆprepare?! I am in a hotel, but have not heard from the staff and read it only by accident in the news. Do any of you guys have some more information, or maybe also in a similar confused state? ๐Ÿค—
Weโ€™ve lived thru the strongest typhoon in a decade. This was in 2020. It wasnโ€™t terrible. Some damage to light objects. But mostly ok. Definitely stock up on some water and food. Not because thereโ€™ll be a lack of. But simply because you might not want to leave your home for a couple of days.
I also wouldnโ€™t live on the first line near the water. Winds are so strong theyโ€™ll rattle everything like crazy. And you might have water seeping thru because construction is shoddy at times.
This is the current predicted path of Noru, da nang is clear path for tue i would move inland some if you are on the other side of the bridge if it was me
thanks guys! Iโ€™m going to move a little bit inland for the next 2 days as my hotel is right on the beach
Just wanted to check if yโ€™all made it through safely
It was very uncomfortable and noisy which made it hard to sleep. Otherwise Iโ€™m fine. Thanks for asking! :)

Unfortunately, 16 people died in Cambodia and Hoi An stands under water. No idea what else happened. It seems like people here in Da Nang have returned to everyday life very quickly.
I think Hoi An basically floods every time. They got used to it ๐Ÿ˜„
Thats good, but yea I have heard the same ivvccsnw โ€ฆsad to hear about cambodia
๐Ÿ›ฌ gcvyqtsvipwn just arrived in ๐Ÿฒ Ho Chi Minh City, #vietnam
Xin Chร o gang, Iโ€™m returning to HCMC for the first time in a a few years. Curious how things have changed in terms of renting a motorbike without a Vietnamese or International motorbike license (used to be loose af)?

Also have people been having any issue re-entering the border immediately on a border run? I did it a ton back when I was on 3 month visaโ€™s and working as an english teacher (now Iโ€™m a legit DN working in marketing yay). So Iโ€™m not sure if theyโ€™ll care looking at my passport thatโ€™s just full of those visas.
Only planning to stay two months atm.

Lastly wondering if anyone recommend a co-living or cool co-workings with stable wifi and a fairly good social vibe around D1, D8 or D7?

Appreciate it and would love to meet up with anyone whoโ€™s going to be there in November.
Thanks
Not sure how you stay more than a month without business visa. Also, I tried to rent a scooter last month in Dalat with just international permit, no one would rent to me. needed to be Viet. granted, the roads up there are a bit more dangerous, but it is a huge holiday destination so I was surprised they wouldnโ€™t rent to me. Maybe will be different for you, but I think things have tightened up with rentals. Grabs are so cheap and come so quickly, it is pointless to have your own bike in Saigon tho.
I love riding a motorbike in Saigon. It feels like being a fish swimming with a school of other fish
Yeah, riding a bike in Saigon is lit. Also safer for me to drive then ride with a Grab driver who is face-timing his girlfriend half the time.

Thanks, I might just have to hit up a dodgy one in Bui Vien
Haha I had a driver playing League of Legends while driving, was talking on another phone at the same time. Pretty amazing.
in Thao Dien is great. They didnโ€˜t ask for my license. You can take over my Honda Vision in 7-10 days when I leave. Many bikes and well-maintained. Mind the new one-way street on Dinh Tien Hoang with police waiting to catch you in the night. Without a license they might ask for 1.5 million VND. I have been in Vietnam for 5 months ;-)
While on motorbike topic, does anyone know how easy to rent it in Da Nang?
Search for โ€œcho thue xe mayโ€, message them on whatsapp/zalo and choose the closest/cheapest one that looks reasonable, zero vietnamese rental places have asked about my license ever, not sure how youโ€™re finding it impossible to rent, sounds like not a thing
wayntwaithbmr scooter rental is trivial country-wide
cginjijf where are you renting out of interest and how much does it cost? I donโ€™t much like my saigon bike person but theyโ€™re cheap and they rent me a lead which is an old lady bike but can fit 3 bags of shopping and 2 children in its storage
Also fwiw Vietnam doesnt accepts IDPs, so if youโ€™re going around asking people if it is valid, theyโ€™re correct to say no, donโ€™t ask, just rent a bike, only ASEAN licenses are valid here
Hey, Iโ€™m onsidering going to Ho Chi Minh City, How is the internet there? Is it possible to work remotely form tere?
as long as they donโ€™t have undersea cable cuts, it was good for me. data plans are cheap enough and the mobile speeds decent for a backup plan
It's ok. My Airbnb was good enough anyway, but I couldn't find many nice places to work outside of my apartment that had wifi good enough for video calls. I don't think it's a good nomad city personally
in thao dien they had quite a few well wired and a good cowork if an airbnb connection turned out spotty
๐Ÿ›ฌ ydqyfeeepzlpt just arrived in ๐Ÿœ Hanoi, #vietnam
How's the internet connection in Da Nang? Does it have good cafes to work from? Planing to go there this Nov.
Any breakfast recommendations in Ho Chi Minh City? I like a Bali-style protein breakfast. It gets a bit old to go to Vintage Emporium almost every day ๐Ÿ˜… It's great for working in the morning, though!
Anyone wants to share a car from Ho Chi Minh City to the Cambodian border on Thursday, 6th October? I have to leave Vietnam on 6th October and want to be in Japan on 11th when they open. Any other idea? I don't want to visit Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Bangkok again for a few days. In Hong Kong they have an app which limits the venues for the first 3 days which doesn't seem great.
Itโ€™s all jungle with string and cup communication ๐Ÿ™„
Agreed on always being easy to rent and never asked for a license. And unlike in Thailand Iโ€™ve never been stopped just to check (for a bribe) although Iโ€™ve heard it happens. Lot in Mui Me. Itโ€™s not terribly difficult to convert your license to a Vietnamese one. Worth it for longer term stay.
Just visiting for a couple of days, does anyone want to grab a beer in hcmc tonight or tomorrow?
Start at Bread n Salt and explore from there โ€ฆ
Which district?
For those considering a trip to Vietnam, donโ€™t make my mistake of assuming theyโ€™d actually do the evisa in three business days- it took a bit over a week for me
Stopped a couple of times and seen friends get stopped but its usually when youโ€™ve done something wrong illegal turn, no helmet. Police are not meant to stop you arbitrarily for being foreign. I paid them 300k to go away last time I got stopped, and thatโ€™s with having a vn license

RE license conversion thats a thing, and you end up with a license that expires when your home one does, a good agent can get you a license that never expires, and presumably doesnโ€™t require a home license at all, my home license is for cars

I paid $130 to get a vn license years ago primarily so I could use it in Bali and Thailand
I had anywhere from 7mb to 300mb , it really depends on where you stay so double check if its airbnb. I got to a point that i would do a speedtest on the floor I was on before staying if I could before. For the most part i would say average is 30-50MB most places
Mobile data filled in the gaps with the places that where not that good easily enough for video calls
๐Ÿ›ฌ hvtondopsxvk just arrived in ๐Ÿœ Hanoi, #vietnam
Wait, you can get one that literally never expires? Like you can come back ten years from now and still be using it?
Iโ€™ve lived in Da Nang, Hoi An, Da Lat, and three districts of HCMC and Iโ€™d say all of them are great options for remote work
Yup, 4 years in so far
Do you mind sharing the agent you used? When I got mine it was tied to the length of my visa
Shout out to Hanoi as well. The cool weather youโ€™ll be getting soon in the winter is not to be underestimated.
Long gone, it was some kid from Hong Kong, I guess he just knew the right people, but Iโ€™d be surprised if it canโ€™t still be done
If I was in your situation Iโ€™d probably hop on over to Korea
I love remote working from HCMC. Hanoi was too cool for me in January ๐Ÿ˜… Especially when you want to go to Halong Bay or Sapa.
Great, I didnโ€˜t consider that. Surprisingly the 2 hour flight from Seoul to Japan is $250-300.
district 1, 3 or nearby Binh Thanh, Phu Nhuan
I think Lโ€™Usine (multiple locations) is a better choice than Vintage Emporium. Tartine (multiple locations) has an interesting menu (and excellent bread). The Running Bean has good breakfast options, including smoothie bowls if you're into that. You might also like The Workshop in D1 or The Loop in Thao Dien.
Can anyone recommend rental company for semi automatic motorbike (scooter? ) for a month to do north to south trip? Preferably with the option to drop it midway if ass declines to drives further. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚
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