Ho Chi Minh City is clearly the place to be right now. What I like most is the diversity : there are quiet places, busy places, cheap places, fancy places. Above all, the most important thing for a digital nomad is the Internet and it's almost perfect (there are some breakdowns a few seconds here and there) but overall it's pretty fast. You can feel a great vibe, there is just the right balance between chaos and comfort. Highly recommend.
🎒 Nomad Score4.08/5 202 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet great😀 Fun good👮 Safety okayTap to Open🌥Feels 49°120°34°93°🥵😷AQI521$1,024 / mo24Mbps×
I've been here a couple times, living in HCMC right now. Compared to HCMC, there's alot less traffic and pollution. Beach is a huge plus. Locals are super friendly. Loads of Korean tourists. Nightlife is actually pretty decent given it's not an especially big city. I'd say there's a fair amount for a young single guy to do. Considering moving here. One of the other reviews mentioned the construction, that's everywhere in Vietnam. But it's easy enough to avoid it in Da Nang if you get a place closer to the river/downtown. I'm honestly surprised to see Da Nang hasn't taken off more with the remote working crowd. Way better than Bali. Yuck!
🎒 Nomad Score3.81/5 202 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet okay😀 Fun okay👮 Safety okayTap to Open🌧Feels 36°97°29°83°🥵AQI192$1,087 / mo13Mbps×
I lived in Hanoi for 3 full months and I really loved it.
Hanoi has a big foreigner district called 'Tay Ho'. If what you are looking for is somewhat foreigner(English) friendly, the spot is yours. However I preferred to stay in the Japanese area that was full of good sushi.
The charm of the city comes from the people. Vietnamese are aggressively kind and way too friendly.
I even rented a piano from a local shop, placed it at home and played it. Took private Muythai lesson from a local gym where the instructor speak no single word of English. Had beautifully tasted egg coffee from a local coffee shop and delicious bun-cha, pho and bahn mi. Went to a local market to buy fruits and veggies. Had beers and hookah in the old quarter. Made a best friend with piano teacher and my bf's barber(!).
Hanoi is the city that wonderful things happen :)
🎒 Nomad Score3.47/5 209 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet bad😀 Fun okay👮 Safety okayTap to Open🌦Feels 38°100°30°86°🥵😷AQI933$1,025 / mo8Mbps×
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Completely artificial and touristy city. The only locals you see are there to serve tourists. Gets extremely packed from afternoon to night time. Hoards of Chinese tourists. But tons of great food with many international cuisines, and still cheap to rent. So if all you care about is the comforts of home at a cheap price, maybe you’d like it, but I would never visit here for more than 2-3 days let alone be a nomad here.
🎒 Nomad Score3.35/5 175 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet okay😀 Fun good👮 Safety okayTap to Open🌧Feels 36°97°29°84°🥵AQI174$1,089 / mo10Mbps×
City was cheap and pretty but there's not that many cafes to work from, plenty of tourists and it was hard to make friends. If you go here make sure to rent a motorbike and check out the nature but there are better places to live at in Vietnam.
🎒 Nomad Score3.34/5 191 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet okay😀 Fun good👮 Safety okayTap to Open🌦Feels 50°122°34°93°🥵AQI205$674 / mo11Mbps×
Perfect temperatures, fantastic coffee scene, rather relaxed mid-sized town atmosphere. As of late 2018 it's still not crowded with tourists or expats so it's retained authenticity. That said, the small expat community is very friendly and relatively close-knit. Moreover, great waterfalls and a few decent mountain hikes around the city.
On the downside: the night life is about non-existent and the town seems poor for dating if you're into it. However, overall it's great for winding down from big city life and getting some work done.
Best time to stay: from late November to late April, when it's dry.
🎒 Nomad Score3.31/5 169 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet bad😀 Fun okay👮 Safety okayTap to Open🌥Feels 28°82°25°78°🥵AQI176$913 / mo9Mbps×