Vietnam is a growing in popularity as a digital nomad and expat destination and it is among the famous places where you are going to do meet retirees, digital nomads, and expats that are living in Southeast Asia.
Expats are offered the quality of life which is unique from the numerous neighboring nations as their food is delicious and diverse, the cost of living is low, and varieties of well-paid teaching jobs available. The country has a diverse vibe based on where you are. You are going to find a large digital nomad and entrepreneur crowd living in Ho Chi Minh City.
- Some of the criteria that expats want in a country like good food, interesting culture, and quality lifestyle on a budget, Vietnam ticks all these boxes. Another top thing is that Vietnam is generally safe from violent crime and you just have to avoid petty crimes.
- The two major things while Vietnam is a digital Nomad hotspot is also due to its culture and food. You are going to find diverse varieties of traditional dishes that you can try out. There is also a plethora of thrilling things to do and magnificent landmarks to explore all over the country.
- The country also has a varied landscape which makes it enchanting. Vietnam is also a very long nation and the climates do vary from the cold, mountainous northern region to tropical climate in the capital of the country.
- Expats love this country because of the lifestyle as you can easily find a job as an English teacher. You are also going to find a lot of expats that are planning to stay in this country for life.
Internet & Co-Working
The Wi-Fi is quite good in Vietnam but it depends on your accommodation and it is best to do a speed test before you rent the place. There are some houses that have fibre optic while you can also head to the countryside where you can get a speed of about 5Mbps down or 0.3 up. Network speed can get really slow during evenings and on weekends, you can then invest in 3G speeds modem of 20Mbps. You can use this when the internet gets really bad.
There are varieties of cafes in the old town that you can go if you want to work, the best place to work is Dingo Deli. In Dingo Deli, their Wi-Fi is usually fast and it is equipped with comfortable seating, power sockets, and good coffee and cakes to enjoy. There are also co-working space in Vietnam and a top place to go is Hub Hoi An which is located in the rice fields. You can choose to work inside the air-conditioned room or outside in the garden. They also have high-speed Wi-Fi and they also organize meetups which is a perfect opportunity to meet other digital nomads.
Mobile Data Plans
The mobile data plans in Vietnam are not very expensive and they have good speeds. Some of the mobile service providers in Vietnam are Viettel, Vinaphone, and Mobifone. You can easily buy their SIMs and credit vouchers from various convenience stores and you will get the best deals at the airports.
If you are planning to stay for a month or more, it is best to rent a house or an apartment as it is quite cheap. You can easily find a two-bedroom apartment for about $500 and it includes all the bills. You may also find accommodations that are cheaper. You can also look into house-sitting opportunities for digital nomads in the larger Vietnam cities.
The country is relatively safe but you should be wary of petty theft and also scams which involve charities, taxi cabs, and visas. The traffic is usually intense in big cities with motorcycle accidents very common. It is best to carry an insurance policy that covers accidents like this while visiting the country.
There is also regional flooding that may occur during the rainy season. Another issue is that you cannot own land in Vietnam and if you are hoping to buy and build a legacy here, it is quite impossible.
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