Vietnam

All you need to know about working remotely from Vietnam

The good

  • 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 and functionning mobile network in Vietnam is Viettel.

Visas and documentation

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

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

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

For the rest of the worl, the e-visa is the go to option. A single-entry visit for 30 days at a cost of 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 beeen 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 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 obviously 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. Rainy season goes from June to December then dry season comes in. Passed March, temperature can sometime 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

Hotels & Airbnb

It is relatively easy to afford a room in a hotel or an apartment during your trip in 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