Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Ha Long Bay

Ten spots we liked and disliked as coworking spaces in Ha Long Bay

Digital nomads coming to Vietnam tend to stick to the big cities, like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. These cities offer fast and reliable Internet in coworking spaces and coffee shops. As one of the most popular destinations, Ha Long Bay seems to attract a fair share of digital nomads as well, even though it has zero coworking spaces. This area is considered one of the most beautiful in Vietnam, so they rightfully want to spend some time here, both sightseeing and working. If you’ve never been to Ha Long Bay before, this video will help you explore it:  

If you decide to work in Ha Long Bay, you will have to do it from cafés, restaurants, and hostels. Wi-Fi is free and mostly available, but its quality and speed vary from place to place. If you decide to go on a cruise, you may have access to 4G onboard or even Wi-Fi, just make sure to ask before you book a tour. Since working conditions are not ideal, it may be wise to have your travel stand desk with you at all times. 

Take a look at our list of spots decent enough to use for work, as well as one place to skip.

Halong Ecolodge—Eco House is the best place to cowork in Ha Long Bay

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Halong Ecolodge—Eco House is a treehouse-like hotel in the mountains by Ha Long City. This may be an ideal spot for those working long hours or looking for a quiet place to focus on their work.

Everyone here speaks English, so you will communicate with staff and other guests easily. The in-house café is surrounded by windows, so you will have an abundance of natural light. The view is breathtaking, and you will easily find inspiration overlooking the forests and the Ha Long Bay from above. There are several high spots to use as standing desks when you grow tired of sitting down in available wooden chairs.

Although Halong Ecolodge is all about nature and tranquility, you will have the best Wi-Fi in the bay. It’s not only available at the café, but also in the rooms, which come equipped with a small coffee table and chairs, so you can also work from there. If the weather is nice, the best place to work from is the observation deck, with a gentle breeze and beautiful sunsets. Coffee is not free, but it’s cheap, and enjoying some while you work will hardly make a dent in your budget.

Basics
Pricing estimates Moderate
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday: 24 hours
  • Sunday: 24 hours
Workspace
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Phone No
Coliving Yes

 CAM café is our least favorite place to cowork in Ha Long Bay

Image source: CAM café Facebook

CAM café is a charming little café on a busy street and a nice place to have a cold drink. If you want to work here, you should think twice before unpacking your laptop, though.

While chairs and the one couch are fine enough for coworking here, there isn’t much else supporting that idea. When it comes to Wi-Fi, it’s mostly unreliable, and there were moments we could hardly check our email.

Since the windows are always open, you will be exposed to the noises coming from the outside traffic and daily rush. The place is also acoustic, so closing the windows doesn’t make this café any quieter if there are a few guests inside. We were surprised by the prices, which are a bit higher than they should be for the food and beverages they have on the menu.   

Basics
Pricing estimates Moderate
High-Speed Internet No
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 8 am–11 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am–11 pm
  • Sunday: 8 am–11 pm
Workspace
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Phone No
Coliving No

Four places to cowork in Ha Long Bay we also liked

The following places can’t replace the amenities of coworking spaces, but are good enough to catch a few hours of work when in Ha Long Bay:  

  1. Wander Station
  2. Eco Cafe
  3. Yeu Cong Ha Long
  4.  Nam Phong Coffee Novotel – Bai Chay

Wander Station

Image source: Wander Station Facebook

Wander Station is a café in Ha Long Bay, where you are most likely to meet other digital nomads. The place is often packed with foreigners thanks to its excellent Wi-Fi, making it a perfect spot for networking.

The coffee is one of the best in the bay and made by professional baristas, which is another reason why we liked coming here to cowork. If you come early, you can sit at more comfortable tables without having to slouch over your laptop.

Being such a popular place has a disadvantage, and Wander Station’s major downside is that it is always noisy. It’s nothing headphones can’t solve, so make sure to pack them before you come here.

Eco Cafe

Image source: Eco Cafe Facebook

Eco Cafe is a cozy coffee shop, located on one of the main streets of Ha Long Bay. It’s nestled between buildings with a narrow path leading to the entrance, keeping it away from the noisy traffic.

This is the reason many digital nomads find this café one of the most tranquil and pleasant place to work from. The stable Wi-Fi also adds to the café’s good reputation, although downloading and uploading big files is somewhat challenging.

Wherever you choose to work from, you will be surrounded by plants of all shapes and sizes, inside and in the garden. Some seating arrangements may be more comfortable than others, but you will be able to work comfortably for at least a couple of hours.

While the staff is trying to do their best, we had some problems with communication. They don’t speak English well enough to understand complex sentences, so you will be better off just showing them what you want from the menu.

Yeu Cong Ha Long 

Image source: Yeu Cong Ha Long Facebook

Yeu Cong Ha Long belongs to the franchise of coffee shops with vintage décor, reflecting different periods in Vietnamese history. Even though entering this café seems like traveling back in time, their outstanding Wi-Fi will remind you what year it is.

This café has several sitting options. The best ones are those secluded from other patrons that give you enough privacy to make calls and work in peace. These are also the most popular seats in the house and, if you come early, you may be able to get them.

In the evenings, Yeu Cong Ha Long usually holds some kind of thematic event, like game night or music performance, so stick around after work and have some fun.

Nam Phong Coffee Novotel—Bai Chay

Image source: Nam Phong Coffee Novotel—Bai Chay Facebook

Nam Phong Coffee Novotel—Bai Chay is a coffee shop belonging to the Starbucks-like franchise available all over Vietnam. It has a spacious open floor with comfortable chairs ideal for working all day long. The Wi-Fi didn’t disappoint, and we were even able to watch some videos online.

This is one of the rare cafes in Ha Long Bay that doesn’t allow guests to smoke inside, which we appreciated. On the downside, families come here with small children running around, so that is a little bit distracting, making it hard to concentrate on work. Other than that, coffee was great and inexpensive, so you will get all the caffeine boost you need to work.  

Check out other spots for coworking in Ha Long Bay:

Where to Stay in Halong Bay

Where to Stay in Halong Bay – A guide to Descending Dragon’s (1,600) remote islands

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Aside from its capital, Hanoi, Vietnam has many natural wonders to offer to travelers. One such beautiful oasis is Halong Bay (Ha Long Bay). Located near the Chinese border, the ‘’Descending Dragon’’, hidden meaning behind Ha Long, is one of the tourist hotspots in Vietnam. It consists of more than two thousand limestone islands and islets with turquoise waters harboring over them. 

Because of its rich vegetation, followed by the splendid landscape, this area has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Ever since it hasn’t been attracting only travelers, but also artists, scientists, and researchers from all over the world and diverse fields of research to explore this, mostly uninhabited, and intact, natural wonder. 

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Safety alert!

Halong Bay is a safe travel destination both for men and women. There are only minor inconveniences one can expect during their visit. 

Firstly, the greatest problem Halong Bay faces are inconsistencies when it comes to following international safety regulations. Since many cruises take this route, in case you want to sign up for a tour, it would be best to select one of several trustworthy cruise companies listed on the Official Web Portal of Quang Ninh Tourism

Secondly, the infrastructure on the mainland is far from the standard and the level of fatalities is quite high, so you should take extra care during your transport from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Lastly, the sea can be very polluted at times but don’t let this ruin your stay at this natural paradise. 

Transportation

Since Halong Bay basically consists of more than two thousand islands, some of them even uninhibited, and smaller islets, the most efficient way to arrive at this location is by cruise ship. Most of the tourists even base themselves on these cruise ships as they allow them to explore and reach the nearby islands much easier.

Five best places to stay in Halong Bay

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Travelers usually decide to spend a day or two on the cruise. There are two types of cruise, normal, with a moderate price, and luxury, rather expensive, but with greater amenities. Staying on a cruise allows you to explore numerous islands much easier. However, if you prefer accommodation on the mainland, Halong Bay has got you covered. With the increased number of tourists, Halong Bay has seen many new hotels and Airbnbs open on the islands, and along the coast. With plenty of accommodation options so you can have a hard time finding the ideal place as your base. We recommend: 

  1. Cat Ba Island
  2. Titop Island
  3. Co To Island
  4. Quan Lan Island
  5. Halong City

If you are interested in exploring the natural beauty of the islands, then you can always stay on one and visit other islands nearby on a day trip, or you can base yourself on the mainland, in Halong City, and enjoy the Bay at sunset. On the numerous islands, you can enjoy relaxing on the beach, participate in watersports, or admire their preserved and thriving nature. 

Either way, wherever you decide to stay in Halong Bay, you won’t be disappointed. So as not to be overwhelmed with the available options, we have made a list of the most popular places among tourists with their details: 

Place

Ideal for: 

Why? 

Cat Ba Island

First-timers Has everything from the typical tourist scenario

Titop Island

Nightlife

Restaurants, bars, and pubs are located on this island

Co To Island

On a budget

Tourist attractions and activities with affordable accommodation

Quan Lan Island

Bohemians

The mixture of the sea, sand, nature, and seafood ie everyone’s dream 

Halong City

Long-term stay

The most convenient location

Where to stay in Halong Bay for the first time – Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island is not only the biggest island of Halong Bay but also the most popular one. Located at 50 km from Hai Phong City, it takes approximately one hour by speedboat to reach the island. Since the island has great biodiversity, one part of it is a National Park where the visitors can enjoy the relaxing scenery filled with coral reefs, forests, white sand beaches, and mangroves. 

The best way to explore the island is by renting motorbikes. Apart from the trekking route around the National Park, and Ngu Lam mountain, Cat Ba Island has three beaches for those wanting to go for a swim. Given the natural beauty and numerous activities, this island is perfect for your first visit to Halong Bay. 

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Things to see and do on Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island offers numerous opportunities for hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, rock climbing, and swimming. Other than that, there are restaurants serving famous Vietnamese seafood dishes, and drinks, where you can relax with a spectacular view of coral reefs and sea. 

Check out our top places to visit:

  • Cannon Fort
  • Monkey Island
  • Lan Ha Bay
  • Cai Beo
  • Cat Ba National Park 
  • Green Mango Restaurant 

Cannon Fort

Once a fort defending the island from the invasion of the Japanese military, today the visitors of the island can enjoy the spectacular panorama of the island and the whole Halong Bay. Apart from the amazing view, it also contains underground tunnels, cannons, and model soldiers.

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Monkey Island

Take a field trip to the popular Monkey Island where apart from the amazing beaches and tracks leading to astonishing greenery, you can see monkeys roaming freely around the island. Also, it is a great place for kayaking and exploring the island.

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Lan Ha Bay

If you are interested in greenery, amazing landscape, sea, and kayaking, then make sure to visit Lan Ha Bay, a group of more than 200 karst islands, rocks, and caves spread around the southeast coast of Cat Ba Town.

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Cai Beo 

Cat Ba was once a fishing port, and its remains are still visible today in Cai Beo, the ancient fishing village. It is also known as the ‘’Floating Village’’ because of more than 300 boathouses which today fish or farm seafood for living. 

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Cat Ba National Park 

Rich in flora and fauna, and home to more than 32 different species of mammals, some of which are endangered, this National Park is also the ideal place for hiking lovers because of its hiking trails which allow you to explore it and enjoy the nature and scenery.

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Green Mango Restaurant

Praised both for excellent food and service Green Mango Restaurant is the tourist hotspot in Cat Ba. While enjoying your meals and drinks, you can also enjoy the view of the harbor. 

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Where to stay on Cat Ba Island

As Cat Ba Island is quite an attractive tourist location, it has a wide range of accommodation options to suit everyone’s taste. Still, the island tends to be crowded so it might be hard to find the perfect place to stay.

We recommend the following ones: 

Affordable optionWoodstock Jungle Camp – Great accommodation, with the only downside being its location 8 km away from the center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moderate optionThis room on the Lan Ha Bay – Cat Ba island Cruise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury optionThe room on Cat Ba Sisters Legend Cruise