Vietnam – For Digital Nomads

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Covid 19 Update - Important Information

It appears that Vietnam, due to the Covid-19 situation, is no longer allowing entry to any tourist or digital nomad.

The level of restrictions for foreigners that are already in Vietnam is important. Some of them are sharing information on the Facebook group Digital Nomad Around the world.

The official immigration department website can be found here if you wish to know more about Vietnam’s Visa current policy.

All you need to know about working remotely from Vietnam

The good

  • The cost of living is low
  • Beautiful landscapes
  • Great food

The bad

  • Fluent English speakers are rare
  • Traffic can get chaotic

Connectivity

It might be surprising for some but Vietnam has fairly high internet speed across the country, and in big cities, you will find lots of hotspot with WiFi, mostly cafés.

4G networks have spread around the country reaching more than 95% of the national population. The most popular mobile networks in Vietnam are Viettel, Vietnamobile and Vinaphone.

Visas and documentation

There are different cases when it comes to travelling to Vietnam.

A Toal of 24 countries have visa exemption for different lengths of time from 15 to 90 days:

*Due to COVID-19, some exemptions have been temporarily suspended.

For the rest of the world, the e-visa is the go-to option. A single-entry visit for 30 days for 25 US dollars:

Where to work

Coworking spaces

Just like many other Asian countries, Vietnam has embraced the digital nomad culture and many coworking spaces have been created over the last 10 years.

Here is a list of our preferred spaces for four of the main cities in Vietnam:

Cafés

It is quite common to see a lot of cafés in Vietnam, no matter where you are. They provide high-speed WiFi as long as you grab a drink or food to go with it.

Knowing the cost of beverages and meals in Vietnam, cafés are undeniably an exciting and cheap place to work from.

Tech stuff for digital nomads

Power plug types

Most of the electrical outlets in Vietnam are suited for type A, C and F plugs (two flat vertical pins, two round). You need an adapter for power plugs that have 3 pins.

Laptop & phone repair

Repair shops for computers or phones are not hard to come by, they are mostly honest and cheap. This goes for Apple, PC and Android users.

One problematic thing can be the language barrier, while explaining the origins of the matter that brought you, you should always make sure that it is fully understood and recognized.

Language

The predominant language is Vietnamese. English is far behind except around tourists attractions. More and more Vietnamese are getting educated in English, starting from a young age at school. In more remote areas, you will sometimes meet French speakers as well.

When to visit

Being this elongated “S” shaped country, Vietnam comes with a wide variety of climate from North to South and Central Vietnam, which makes it a year-round destination.

Generally during March to April is the prime time to visit Vietnam as the temperatures are not too high and rainfalls are light.

In the North, winters are cold and dry, summers are very hot and humid. Early autumn (September to October) is another period where days are pleasant, warm and sunny.

Central Vietnam is pummelled by typhoons during the wet season from August to November. The rainy season falls around February. At that time you can experience warmer temperature and sunnier days.

The South has a very typical tropical climate. The rainy season goes from June to December then the dry season comes in. Passed March, the temperature can sometimes go over 40°C (104°F).

Food

Vietnamese food is known around the world for its healthiness, fresh and strong flavours. You can find the next best dish you’ve ever eaten in a street because it is that simple to make and yet very tasty.

Top 10 of the best Vietnamese dishes by Vietnam-guide.com

Accommodation

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Hotels & Airbnb

It is relatively easy to afford a room in a hotel or an apartment during your trip to Vietnam. We recommend using both of these websites:

Coliving

From the listed coworking spaces found above, Enouvo Space and the Hub Hoi An have limited accommodations for their members. Make sure to check the coliving section of their website for more information:

More info on the main cities

Da Lat

  • 12.7 Mbps average download speed
  • 9.3 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G partially covered
  • VietnaMobile / Viettel / Vinaphone
  • Cost of living at ~$864 per month
  • Subtropical highland climate
  • A little bit of English

Da Nang

  • 0.83 average download speed
  • 1.53 average upload speed
  • 4G partially covered
  • Cost of living at ~$976 per month
  • Tropical monsoon climate
  • A little bit of English

Hanoi

  • 1.39 Mbps average download speed
  • 2.17 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$975 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • English friendly

Ho Chi Minh City

  • 11.8 Mbps average download speed
  • 8.8 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$942 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • English friendly

Hoi An

  • 19.2 Mbps average download speed
  • 9.1 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G slightly covered
  • Cost of living at ~$1,057 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • English friendly

Hue

  • 12 Mbps average download speed
  • 8.3 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$961 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • A little bit of English

Mui Ne

  • 10 Mbps average download speed
  • 4.3 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G slightly covered
  • Cost of living at ~$943 per month
  • Tropical Monsoon/Savanna climate
  • A little bit of English

Nha Trang

  • 10.4 Mbps average download speed
  • 6.2 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G partially covered
  • Cost of living at ~$701 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • A little bit of English

Phu Quoc

  • 6 Mbps average download speed
  • 2.1 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G partially covered
  • Cost of living at ~$977 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • A little bit of English

Sa Pa

  • 8 Mbps average download speed
  • 4 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G slightly covered
  • Cost of living at ~$674 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • English friendly
Sofiann

Sofiann

I am a digital nomad. Not the kind of nomad that keeps travelling all the time though.

I tend to live for 6 months at home in France and 6 months abroad. In the last seven years, I have been living in 13 countries.

I created this blog so I can share some insights about the places I have been and how did I manage to work and travel at the same time. I hope you will enjoy it :)