Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Hanoi

Digital nomad destination: Vietnam

Vietnam was the very first stop on my digital nomad trails throughout SE Asia, and I had selected this location with good reasons in mind. I was looking for a destination that would allow me to focus on my tasks at hand and also offer a unique cultural experience outside of work.

From my research, Vietnam promised fast, reliable WiFi, various co-working spaces, an excellent cafe scene, good budget accommodation, a plethora of street food and nice travel opportunities. After spending one month working out of Vietnam, I can attest that it did indeed deliver all of the above.

What surprised me, was that Vietnam’s start up scene is maturing rapidly and there was a definite tech buzz around Hanoi and particularly Ho Chi Minh (Saigon). Saigon’s co-working spaces are full to the brim with Vietnamese and foreign entrepreneurs and techies collaborating on a wide range of projects. It is an exciting and positive work environment. The co-working scene provides many social opportunities, and it’s also easy to meet other travellers. One day, as I was walking around the backpacker area in my exploration of the city, I was approached by a team of programmers and digital marketers who were developing a new social networking app. They asked me to perform some user testing so that I could provide early feedback on their app. This contributed to my feeling that Ho Chi Minh is like the San Francisco of the East! All round, working out of Vietnam proved to be productive, motivating and fun.

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Photo by Holly, in Ninh Binh