Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Vietnam

Check out these 9 best (and 3 worst) coworking spaces in Vietnam

Vietnam is quickly rising in popularity among digital nomads and people looking for a permanent place to move to in east Asia. Previously overlooked for popular nearby countries of Thailand, Malaysia, and even Japan, recent economic and technological prosperity put major cities of this region on all remote worker maps.

More and more jobs are moving out of big, expensive offices, and into people’s living spaces. Both companies and workers see a mutual benefit:

  • Businesses save on money on space, office supplies, and regular maintenance
  • Individuals enjoy the freedom to work from wherever they feel most comfortable and are close to or at home

Recently, coworking spaces have started to become more popular and requested. They bring a new dynamic of relaxed working and socializing, without the added pressures of either. Previously, what was holding Vietnam back was relatively low average internet speeds (5 Mbps). However, major cities have significantly upped their game with the increase in popularity of online gaming, streaming services, and coworking, among other things.

Our favorite coworking cities in Vietnam

Before we show you the best coworking spaces, we have to talk about the best areas to station yourself in. We’ll give you three major locations across the country and list three amazing, and one bad coworking space to know about in each. Our top cities are:

Hanoi The capital city
Ho Chi Minh City The largest city packed with digital nomads
Da Nang A less crowded, coastal city

Best (and worst) coworking spaces in Hanoi

Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam and a force rapidly rising on the global economic map. Like many cities in this situation, Hanoi is suffering from its own success. The city center and major business districts are booming, but so are the prices. While many come to the city to find success in their business or career, it’s getting harder for the average Vietnamese citizen.

There’s an obvious gap in development between rural and inner-city areas. That being said, people working in modern industry sectors such as IT, marketing, finance, and similar have great opportunities waiting for them in Hanoi. Here are the coworking spaces worth the mention:

  1. Toong Embassy
  2. CoGo Viet Tower
  3. UP@VPBank
  4. (AVOID) VSV Corner

Our favorite coworking space in Hanoi is Toong Source: TOONG Facebook

Toong coworking spaces are a massively popular chain for many good reasons. Their areas are spacious and have lots of natural sunlight. The interior designers did an amazing job, as well. The work stations are modern, elegant, and full of plants. Every room is colorful and gallery-like. 

The working space is located in a high-end building with both office and living spaces. Because of that, the building complex features amenities like a gym, swimming pool, library, and more. Toong Embassy is one of the rare spaces that work on Sunday, as well. The only downside might be the off-center location in the north of the city.

Pricing Hot desk, one day: $4.3 (VND 100,000)

Hot desk, one month: $69 (VND 1,600,000)

Dedicated desk, one month: $100 (VND 2,320,000)

Private office, four people, one month: $141 (VND 3,300,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Every day 8 am – 8 pm
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving Yes

These coworking spaces in Hanoi are also great

CoGo Viet Tower

Source: CoGo Facebook

CoGo is another famous chain of coworking spaces in the city, with (soon to be) five offices in total. CoGo’s home in Viet Tower, Hanoi, takes up a stunning 3,300 square meters. The area is spacious and airy, and it offers great views of the city from all sides. It has everything you expect from a high-end office space. There are plenty of desks or smaller offices to choose from at a reasonable price. It also hosts plenty of learning and community events. The building itself offers accommodation, so you can work and live in one place.

Pricing Hot desk, one day: $6.45 (VND 150,000)

Hot desk, one month: $81 (VND 1,900,000)

Dedicated desk, one month: $129 (VND 2,400,000)

Private office, one month: $150 (VND 3,500,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 10 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday:  8 am – 9 pm
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving Yes

UP @VPBank

Source: Up-Co

This facility is part of the UP Coworking Spaces chain. It is located on the 21st and 22nd floor of the luxurious VPBank Tower. The modern office spaces have an inspiring “I made it” vibe because the building and equipment are so state-of-the-art. The space offers some awesome, unique additional features, such as a swimming pool, trampoline, a podcasting room, and more. There are plenty of social and learning events hosted in the building, and it has a dedicated TEDx host space. Other utilities include on-site parking, personal lockers, kitchen, and more. The only issue you might have with Up-Co is that, with such a high-end space, the prices are a bit inflated, especially when it comes to food and entertainment in the surrounding area.

Pricing Hot desk, one month: $124 (VND 2,900,000)

Dedicated desk, one month: $167 (VND 3,900,000)

Private office: From $322 (VND 7,500,000) per month, depending on the size (negotiable)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Every day 7:30 am – 10:30 pm
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving Yes

Avoid VSV Corner

Source: VSV Facebook

There are multiple things wrong with VSV Corner. For one, the official website is “under construction”, despite the place being operational since 2017. The place also has no official social media where you can scout them out. It doesn’t offer anything worth mentioning, and mostly relies on the reputation of the Vietnam Silicon Valley, where the space is located. This gives false promises that you’ll find many new leads for your career and business. Although they do have conference rooms and private office spaces in the building, they aren’t listed as for rent.

We can assume they’re only used for private arrangements. The location is fine, but there are plenty of amazing and developed coworking spaces nearby, not to mention that, since this is a major business hub, prices for space are not competitive. Nearby entertainment and food prices can also be massively inflated.

Pricing Hot desk, one day: VND $6.45 (VND 150,000)

Dedicated desk, one month: $129 (VND 3,000,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 7 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday:  7 am – 7 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Best (and worst) coworking spaces in Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, is the largest and most populated city in Vietnam. It is home to nearly 8.5 million citizens when rounding up all municipalities. It is estimated that as much as 25% of the city’s population are foreign workers, mostly from other Asian countries. Here are the coworking spaces to know about:

  1. The Hive Thao Dien
  2. Dreamplex Dien Bien Phu
  3. Wor.Kafe
  4. (AVOID) WeWork E. Town Central

Our favorite coworking space in Ho Chi Minh city is The Hive Thao Dien

Source: The Hive Facebook

The Hive is our first mention in Ho Chi Minh City. The interior is elegant and mostly made of wood, making it feel more natural. The Hive Coworking spaces can be found across Asia and overseas, including in cities like:

  • Melbourne
  • Bangkok
  • Hong Kong, and more.

Your membership status and perks can be carried over to those places as you travel for work. Being a multinational company, the staff speaks proper English. It’s no surprise that non-local workers quite prefer their spaces. The Hive strives to not just be a place of work, but also a community. When you’re not working, you can enjoy the in-house relaxation room, swimming pool, and rooftop terrace. The only drawback is that the location is slightly off the city center, across the Saigon Bridge 1.

Pricing Hot desk, one day: $9 (VND 210,000)

Hot desk, one week: $38 (VND 880,000)

Hot desk, one month: $107 (VND 2,500,000)

Dedicated desk, one month: $146 (VND 3,400,000)

Dedicated desk, one year: $131 (VND 3,060,000)/month 

Private office, two people, one month: $473 (VND 11,000,000)

Private office, three people, one month: $710 (VND 16,500,000)

Private office, five people, one month: $1,182 (VND 27,500,000)

Private office, two people, one year: $425 (VND 9,900,000)/month

Private office, three people, one year: $638 (VND 14,850,000)/month

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

Other coworking spaces to check out in Ho Chi Minh

Dreamplex Dien Bien Phu

Source: Facebook Dreamplex

The Dreamplex brand has three coworking spaces in Ho Chi Minh City. All of them are highly recommended, but our favorite one is Dien Bien Phu. The location is great, being just outside major central city areas. The interior is creative and colorful, and the three floors it covers offer plenty of space. 

It also houses a state-of-the-art auditorium where events, such as TEDx talks take place. Brand members also enjoy perks with their brand’s sponsors. This includes things like special discounts at certain food and entertainment places, among other things. 

The price is also worth mentioning, as it’s competitive compared to similar spaces. If there’s one drawback, it’s the corporate-like working hours. If you prefer a flexible schedule, as opposed to regular nine-to-five, you should pick another place.

Pricing Hot desk, one week: $26 (VND 600,000)

Hot desk, one month: $64.5 (VND 1,500,000)

Dedicated desk, one month: $133 (VND 3,100,000)

Private office, eight people, one month: $1,376 (VND 32,000,000)

Private office, twelve people, one month: $2,064 (VND 48,000,000)

Private office, fifty people, one month: $8,600 (VND 200,000,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday:  9 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No


Source: Wor.Kafe Facebook

As the name cleverly suggests, Wor.Kafe is a work-friendly cafe designed with coworking and comfort in mind. The cafe is located on the ground floor and serves as a part of the Boutique Hotel. This makes it a great meeting place for coworkers, and even a long term stay option for remote workers and expats. 

This place is ideal for those who don’t require too much office space and enjoy a more laid back, social dynamic. Since the space is oriented towards working, you won’t have to worry about any regular cafe distractions, such as rude customers, loud music, and inefficient workspace.

Although smaller than many other coworking spaces, the place manages to pack quite a few designated rooms. It even has a TEDx community space on site. The location is a pleasant commercial area, in the dead center in the city. The only downside is that the price is noticeably higher than other equally good spaces.

Pricing Hot desk, one hour: $2.15 (VND 50,000)

Hot desk, one day: $6.45 (VND 150,000)

Hot desk, one week: $30 (VND 700,000)

Hot desk, one month: $107.5 (VND 2,500,000)

Hot desk, three months: $96.75 (VND 2,250,000)

Hot desk, six months: $86 (VND 2,000,000)

Dedicated desk, one month: $161 (VND 3,750,000)

Dedicated desk, three months: $145 (VND 3,375,000)/month

Dedicated desk, six months: $129 (VND 3,000,000)/month

Private office, four people, one month: $516 (VND 12,000,000)

Private office, four people, three months: $490 (VND 11,400,000)/month

Private office, four people, six months: $464 (VND 10,800,000)/month

Private office, four people, one month: $438 (VND 10,200,000)/month

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Comfortable Chairs Yes, but not everywhere
Standing Desk No
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving Yes

In Ho Chi Minh, we recommend you avoid WeWork E. Town Central

Source: Facebook WeWork

WeWork E. Town Central supposedly has everything you might need, but, unfortunately,  it doesn’t. Although there’s plenty of space, there aren’t too many rooms to make use of. The policy of only being able to rent on a monthly basis is ridiculous. Who wants to risk paying one month upfront and not liking it? That’s awful for those looking for short-term solutions. Then again, those looking to settle for longer periods can find better offers elsewhere. 

The prices are through the roof compared to other places. The only positive note is that it’s accessible 24/7. Everything else can be found in other places, but either better or cheaper.

Pricing Hot desk, one month: $215 (VND 5,000,000)

Dedicated desk, one month: $258 (VND 6,000,000)

Private office, two people, one month: $812 (VND 18,900,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • 24/7
Comfortable Chairs Yes, but not everywhere
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Best (and worst) coworking spaces in Da Nang, Vietnam

For those looking to avoid crowded cities, overflowing with tourists and foreign workers that just rack up the prices, Da Nang is the place to be. The small (for Asian standards) coastal city is not only expat-friendly, but it’s also home to some of the top beaches in Vietnam. This makes it ideal for those looking to escape from winter in the western hemisphere and enjoy working in their extended summer. 

The public transportation is at a decent level, and Da Nang has its international airport, making for good inner and outer city connections. Here are the noteworthy coworking spaces:

  1. Danang Coworking Space (DNC)
  2. TOP Coworking Space
  3. Enouvo Coworking and Coliving Space
  4. (AVOID) IoT Space

The best coworking space in Da Nang is DNC (Danang Coworking Space)

Source: DNC Facebook

Danang Coworking Space takes the number one on our list. Its offices are spacious, well-lit, and the high ceilings and good air conditioning keep the rooms cool. The interior design is colorful and vibrant, but not overdone. 

The location is great, close to the river Han. The bridge nearby makes both sides of the city easily accessible. There are plenty of rental options, and the prices are fair when compared to other options nearby. The space is also home to both social and educational events for its members. The ambiance is youthful, both staff and visitors speak proper English, and there’s plenty of room to grow your social and working network.

Pricing Hot desk, one day: $3.20 (VND 75,000)

Hot desk, one month: $42.5 (VND 990,000)

Dedicated desk, one month: $62 (VND 1,450,000)

Private office, ten people, one month: $541 (VND 12,600,000)

Virtual office, six months minimum: $42 (990,000 VND)/month

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday:  8 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

Other coworking spaces in Da Nang we liked

TOP Coworking Space

Source: TOP Facebook

Our second choice is TOP Coworking Space. There are plenty of positive things we can say about it:

  • Free underground parking with security 24/7
  • Backup generator assisting against power outages
  • Relaxation and entertainment rooms
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Personal lockers

The office setting is colorful and spacious, and there are lots of options to choose from. Compared to similar spaces, the pricing is great. TOP also has lots of community activities, such as workshops, gathering events, and even a dedicated sports team. The only issue with this space is the working hours, as it’s only open until 5:30 pm and doesn’t work on weekends.

Pricing Hot desk, one day: $3 (VND 70,000)

Hot desk, one month: $43 (VND 1,000,000)

Dedicated desk, one month: VND $51 (VND 1,200,000) 

Dedicated desk, six months: $30 (VND 700,000)

Private office, one hour: $5.60 (VND 130,000)

Event space, half-a-day: $86 (VND 2,000,000)

Virtual office, one month: $43 (VND 1,000,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Enouvo 2 Coworking and Coliving Space

Source: Facebook Enouvo Space

Enouvo has two coworking facilities within a few minutes from each other. Their facility on Ta My Duat Street is worth checking out, but it’s the An Nhon Street facility that really puts Enouvo on the map. Enouvo 2, as it’s known, houses both coworking and coliving spaces, making it fully equipped for every form of remote living and working. The building has important living necessities, such as:

  • Private rooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry room
  • Gym
  • Free parking
  • Social events

The location is also convenient and central. On-site, you will find plenty of additional services such as projectors, private lockers, equipped photo and video studio, extra monitors, and similar.

Pricing Hot desk, one hour: $0.60 (VND 15,000)
Hot desk, one day: $4.3 (VND 100,000)
Hot desk, one week: $19 (VND 450,000)
Hot desk, one month: $77 (VND 1,800,000)
Dedicated desk, one month: $95 (VND 2,200,000)
Private office, five people, one month: $300 (VND 7,000,000)
Private office, seven people, one month: $560: (VND 13,000,000)
Private office, ten people, one month: $730 (VND 17,000,000)
Private office, 15 people, one month: $900 (VND 21,000,000) 
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving Yes

If you’re in Da Nang, avoid IoT SPACE

Source: IoT Facebook

Seeing negative reviews always feels bad, especially when a place looks promising on photos. That’s the issue with IoT SPACE. There are plenty of positive things to stay:

  • Modern office area
  • Comfortable chairs
  • Good tables
  • Lots of natural light

That being said, all the benefits we could list are honestly more or less what is expected of a modern-day coworking space. Some people have raised genuine concern with hygiene, maintenance, and distracting noises coming from the rest of the building. 

Another worrying trend is that great customer reviews seem to be older, while the negative ones are more recent. It doesn’t help that the prices are not competitive either. For example, TOPCo, which is #2 on our list of good spaces, is only a few blocks away. There are just better options out there.

Pricing Hot desk, one day: $3.5 (VND 80,000)

Dedicated desk, one month: $55 (VND 1,300,000)
Dedicated desk, three months: $50 (VND 1,170,000)/month

Private office, nine people, one month: $410 (VND 9,600,000) 

Private office, 13 people, one month: $515 (VND 12,000,000)

Private office, 20 people, one month: $655 (VND 15,300,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 mbps fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

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

Image source: Halong Ecolodge—Eco House Facebook

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.

Pricing estimates Moderate
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday: 24 hours
  • Sunday: 24 hours
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.   

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
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:

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Da Nang

We’ve got the intel on the 7 best (and worst) coworking spaces in Da Nang!

Da Nang, Vietnam, is growing in popularity by the hour! Not only is it swarming with tourists during the peak seasons, but it is on the remote workers’ agendas as well. This coastal city has plenty of choices for your downtime activities, but it also has numerous coworking spaces to offer. We have the rundown of the best ones that you absolutely have to visit, and the one that we think might not be worth the trouble.

Here are the coworking spots in Da Nang that you can read about below:

  1. The Embassy Coworking Space
  2. DNC — Danang Coworking Space
  3. TOP Coworking Space
  4. Nomad Space & Cafe
  5. Enouvo Space
  6. SpaceA — Da Nang Travelers’ Station
  7. IOT Coworking Space

The Embassy Coworking Space is our favorite coworking spot in Da Nang!

Source: The Embassy Da Nang

The Embassy Coworking Space is a favorite spot among the freelancers in Da Nang due to its convenient location in the city center. It is close to all relevant places, such as the market, local coffee shops, book stores, restaurants, and mini-marts. The public transport stops are also nearby, so even the out-of-towners don’t have trouble locating the place.

Another convenient aspect of The Embassy is that its members can access any of its four locations in Da Nang. Apart from the one in the heart of the city, it also has offices in Tran Phu, Nguyen Van Linh, and Hoang Ke Viem.

This coworking spot is praised for its ambiance. It has lots of natural light, and most of its rooms look over the bustling city. Inspiration isn’t lacking in this coworking space.

The pass to The Embassy Coworking Space includes free coffee, water, and tea. There is also an on-site restaurant and a cafe, as well as a wide array of equipment at your disposal, such as:

  • Dual and single monitors
  • Greenscreen
  • Microphone
  • Projector
  • Scanner
  • Photocopier
  • Printer
  • Video recording equipment
  • Professional lighting equipment

The membership to The Embassy includes invites to workshops and community events, as well as mentorship programs. The members also have parking on the premises, free of charge for the duration of the day, as well as open bike parking spots.

  • Half-day package: VND 50,000 (four hours)
  • Per day: VND 70,000 (eight hours)
  • 10-day package: VND 550,000
  • Per month: VND 1,200,000 (20 days)
  • 4-hour meeting room package: VND 150,000
  • 8-hour meeting room package: VND 250,000
  • 4-hour meeting room package: VND 250,000 (with lunch)
  • 8-hour meeting room package: VND 350,000 (with lunch)
  • Photocopy: VND 25,000 (50 sheets)
  • Working set menu: VND 95,000 (Soup/Salad + Main course)
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 8 am – 6.30 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 12 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • 24-hour member access
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

DNC — Danang Coworking Space is our office crush! We love its inspiring design!

Source: DNC — Danang Coworking Space

Danang Coworking Space has only one establishment in Da Nang, but it is a rather spectacular one. The place is spacious, well-lit, and air-conditioned. It is situated in downtown Da Nang, next to the Han river. It is in the vicinity of all the most important locations for remote workers, such as the best coffee shops, restaurants, banks, and stores.

DNC offers a plethora of services and packages for its visitors. Apart from the standard hot desks, there are dedicated desks, private offices, several meeting room packages, rentable event spaces, and even a virtual office option.

DNC has partnerships with many influential organizations and businesses that offer consulting and mentorship programs to its members. You can attend frequently organized events at this coworking space, learn new skills, and expand your network.

This coworking space is highly praised by its members. The staff is reported as being forthcoming and hospitable and having a vital trait for foreign customers — proper English speaking skills. The place also has enough power outlets for all members, and the desk space is more than sufficient for comfortable coworking.

What we didn’t like about DNC

DNC is not without flaws. When it has a lot of visitors, the internet speed is reported as average, which is below par for a superb coworking hub. The phone booth is also not soundproof, which is quite distracting for coworkers. There are also no clearly visible signs on the road that point to the coworking space’s entrance, which is rather confusing for first-time visitors.

  • Per day: VDN 75,000
  • 3 days a month package: VND 180,000
  • Per month (standard): VND 990,000
  • Per month (premium): VND 1,450,000
  • Per month (official premium): VND 2,100,000
  • Serviced office/studio: starting from VND 5,000,000 (per month)
  • Meeting room (7–10 people), per day: VND 165,000
  • Meeting room (15–20 people), per day: VND 330,000
  • Event space rental: VND 2,200,000 (four hours, up to 60 people)
  • Event space rental: VND 4,400,000 (four hours, only weekends, up to 120 people)
  • Virtual office, per month: VND 990,000 (minimum 6 months)
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 8 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • No 24-hour member access
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

TOP Coworking Space is our top choice for startups in Da Nang!

Source: TOP Coworking Space

TOP Coworking Space is yet another space located at the heart of the Da Nang city. That is particularly convenient as it not only minimizes commute time but also makes it easier to meet with clients.

There is also unlimited free parking below the building, which has 24/7 security. You can freely leave your valuables in your TOP personal locker. This is especially convenient for digital nomads and travelers because they can rest assured their money, work files, and personal documents are stored safely.

Another advantage of the TOP Coworking Space is that it has its own power generator. Power outages are not uncommon in Vietnam, so this is a welcome benefit as you will have uninterrupted electricity and internet access at all times.

TOP works on the Startup Studio Model, which is a platform for supporting new businesses. The coworking space offers excellent Accelerator and Incubator programs for young entrepreneurs. It also hosts regular workshops, meetups, and member-exclusive events.

  • Per day (hot desk): VND 70,000
  • Per month (hot desk): VND 1,000,000
  • Per month (dedicated desk): VND 1,200,000
  • Per hour (private office): VND 130,000
  • Event space (half a day): VND 2,000,000
  • Virtual office: VND 1,000,000 a month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
  • No 24-hour member access
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Nomad Space & Cafe is a coworking space that will make you feel at home!


Source: Nomad Space Vietnam

Nomad Space & Cafe is a relative newcomer to the Da Nang coworking scene. It opened in 2019 and has already gathered quite a following.

What is so endearing about this coworking spot is that it is nothing like the big players, such as WeWork or The Hub. This place is located in the city center but on a tranquil street, soothing to those remoters that need peace and quiet to focus on their work. The offices are snug and cozy, and the visitors here have formed a close-knit community.

Another point that distinguishes this spot is their significantly lower prices. If you are on a budget and cannot splurge on the more expensive coworking spaces in Da Nang, you should give Nomad Space a go. It also has an on-site cafe that serves delicious coffee to power your work endeavors. In case you need a break, you can soak up the sun and chat with other coworkers in the outside chill-out area.

What is the disadvantage of the Nomad Space?

Nomad Space & Cafe may be a favorite of those who are not fans of mainstream coworking hubs, but we should note that a comfy spot like this one comes at a price. You won’t be able to enjoy all the amenities that a larger place can provide, such as a virtual office, conference and event rooms, or soundproof booths.

  • Hot desk: available on inquiry
  • Coffee: $0.7
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 9 am – 5.30 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 5.30 pm
  • Sunday: 9 am – 5.30 pm
  • No 24-hour member access
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices TBA
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Enouvo Space is the ultimate coworking+coliving spot in Da Nang!

Source: Enouvo Space

Enouvo Space is the ultimate promoter of the remote working lifestyle. It caters to freelancers, digital nomads, entrepreneurs, and small businesses alike. The space was designed to inspire creative and collaborative work. The carefully thought-out design of the amenities and the yellow-black color combo all work towards energizing the visitors’ work efforts.

Enouvo offers a wide array of packages for its members. From hot and dedicated desks to private offices and coliving arrangements, Enouvo Space will set you up with whatever you need. There is also a variety of free-to-use equipment on the premises, including recording, copying, and lighting equipment, as well as a photo studio and various Macs and PCs.

When you need to take a break, you can relax and interact with other coworkers on the sunny balcony or head to the kitchen or the indoor break room.

Coliving arrangements offer a variety of accommodation options. You can buy separate or joined coliving and coworking memberships. Enouvo coliving grants you access to the gym, BBQ rooftop, and the coffee bar.

What we didn’t like about Enouvo Space

Online coworking websites state that this space has 24-hour member access, which is not true. Many people have been unpleasantly surprised because they counted on this benefit and ended up without it. Another rather disappointing point is that the free coffee in this place is below par. If you want to get a proper cup of Joe, either pay up here or get a reliable takeaway elsewhere in Da Nang.

  • Per hour: $ 0.65
  • Per day: $ 4.35
  • 5-day pack: $ 21.75
  • 6-day pack: $ 23
  • Per week: $ 32.61
  • Per month: $ 78.26 (flexible)
  • Per month: $ 95.65 (fixed)
  • Private office: $ 3.5 an hour
  • Private office: $ 22 a day
  • Private office: $ 301 a month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 8 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • No 24-hour member access
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving Yes

SpaceA — Da Nang Travelers’ Station is the best place for out-of-towners and people on the go!

Source: SpaceA — Da Nang Travelers’ Station

SpaceA — Da Nang Travelers’ Station is envisioned as the first place inbound travelers will check out in Da Nang. It offers information about Da Nang, concierge services, a coworking space, and a community for medium- and long-term travelers all in one.

This coworking space is equipped with super speedy Wi-Fi and an air conditioning system. It has a private room for phone and video calls. If you are an online teacher, you can give uninterrupted tutoring lessons without distractions in this room. However, unless you want to pay a fee for headphones and a microphone, you shouldn’t forget to bring your own.

Free parking is available on the spot. You also get a complimentary coffee upon arrival. If you opt for a three-hour stay, you are mandated to order at least one drink or dish to use the space.

There is an outdoor terrace and a chill-out area for when you need to take a break, and you can also purchase alcoholic beverages for maximum relaxation.

What visitors don’t like about SpaceA — Da Nang

Apart from the mandatory one drink or dish minimum, visitors don’t appreciate not being allowed to bring in their own food or drink. SpaceA is a lounge as well as a coworking spot, so that is against the rules.

Another complaint is that the prices are somewhat high for the service provided. Many users claim that other coffee shops and cafes in Da Nang offer even better food and drink for a fraction of the price. The management is also frequently reported as being quite rude and disrespectful towards visitors’ complaints.

  • Three hours: VND 30,000
  • Per day: VND 160,000
  • Five days: VND 750,000
  • Morning combo A: VND 125,000
  • Morning combo B: VND 110,000
  • Cafe combo: VND 100,000
  • Online teaching room: VND 30,000 per three hours
  • Each additional hour: VND 50,000
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 8 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

IOT Coworking Space is the one that we liked the least in Da Nang!


IOT Coworking Space is located in the Phan Dang Luu district in Da Nang, which is slightly away from the city center. That can be considered as a disadvantage as most of the other coworking spots in this coastal city are located in the downtown area. The commute to IOT Space takes longer and is more complicated to make for first-time visitors to Da Nang.

Although the photos of this coworking hub look promising, with beautiful ergonomic chairs, spacious desks, and wide windows, many past users report that the place has very poor hygiene and that the desks are rather dusty.

There have also been many instances of overbooking when groups who wished to occupy a private office ended up being seated in the common coworking area and disrupting hot desk coworkers with their meeting.

Considering that Da Nang has plenty to offer in terms of coworking spaces with countless raving reviews, we believe that, until IOT’s reputation improves, it is best left avoided.

  • Per day: VND 80,000 (hot desk)
  • Per month: VND 1,300,000 (dedicated desk)
  • 3 months: VND 1,170,000 a month (dedicated desk)
  • Private office: VND 9,600,000 (nine people)
  • Private office: VND 12,000,000 (13 people)
  • Private office: VND 15,300,000 (20 people)
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 8 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • No 24-hour member access
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

If you’ve given our suggestions a try and still haven’t found what you were looking for, we have more options for you. Why not give these places a go?

  1. Bridges Da Nang Boutique Hotel
  2. Regus Indochina Riverside Office Tower
  3. VIS Office Da Nang
  4. Toidayhoc Space
  5. The Offish

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Hoi An

The ultimate rundown of the 19 best coworking places in Hoi An, Vietnam

Image source: aninexc

The age of wireless internet has utterly changed the way business is done and has caused the common worker to evolve into a brand new subspecies — the remote worker. And mind you, “working from home” is no longer the species’ way. It has given to living in the wild and relocating its work wherever the Wi-Fi signal takes it.

The world has had to accommodate as well. Places that offer amenities suitable for working away from home have never been more abundant, and the coworking (and coliving) hubs continue to pop up. Cafes with amazing coffee have also become frequent gathering places of the working population, as they offer a less office-y and more relaxed vibe. All of that applies to Vietnam and its ancient city of Hoi An as well.

A word on Hoi An, Vietnam

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Hoi An is a beguiling little tourist town, a former trading port with well-preserved architecture traditionally bathed in hues of mustard yellow. It is situated along the coast of the East Vietnam Sea and enjoys the perfect weather for most of the year, with temperatures ranging from the pleasant 68 to the tropical 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It is no wonder that many people choose this spot on the map to work from.

If you are a first-time traveler to Hoi An, you will be enchanted by its mesmerizing sandy beaches and a selection of local delicacies that are bound to blow your mind. In case you are still looking for a place to stay in Hoi An, we have got you covered. The town is rather touristy, so it has plenty to offer in terms of places to visit and restaurants to dine at. Most importantly, it has loads of cafes with exceptional, locally grown coffee from which you can get some work done.

Regardless of whether you are a digital nomad in search of the best desk for your laptop (apart from your trusted travel stand desk, that is) or a local professional looking for a place to spend your business hours more productively, look no further. Once again, we’ve got your back. Delve into our guide to the best places you can work from in Hoi An.

The spots that captured our attention the most in Hoi An are:

  1. Hub Hoi An
  2. Dingo Deli
  3. The Espresso Station
  4. Reaching Out Teahouse
  5. Rosie’s Cafe
  6. Le Fê Cafétéria
  7. Avos & Mango
  8. ROAST Coffee & Bakery
  9. Mia Coffee
  10. Mun Coffee
  11. Mango Rooms
  12. Vietnam Sustainable Space
  13. Gemstone Art Museum
  14. The Chef
  15. 3A Cafe
  16. Hoi An Roastery
  17. Cocobana
  18. Cocobox
  19. Ca Phe Pho Co (The Cafe of the Ancient Town)

The top spot on our list goes out to Hub Hoi An, the only dedicated coworking space in Hoi An!

Source: Hub Hoi An

Hub Hoi An prides itself in being the first coworking space in Hoi An, and it is undoubtedly an incredibly popular one! Countless online reviews by loyal visitors of this place speak volumes about the hospitality and the utmost level of service they got while coworking from this place. Special emphasis is put on community building here — there are weekly workshops and events, such as Community Lunches, that promote networking among members.

The place is beautifully designed and furnished with gorgeous furniture. It is surrounded by lots of greenery — you get a 360-degree view of the lush garden from their glasshouse. There is also a shared desk on the lunch table in the outdoor area, as well as a quiet room and a meeting room if you need some privacy.

A lot of effort was also put on the in-house amenities. You can get snacks and beverages, both free of charge and for a fee, depending on what you feel like having. You also have plenty of equipment at your disposal, such as scanners, printers, keyboards, extension cords, and laptop stands.

This coworking and coliving spot finds itself in the close proximity to the An Bang Beach. It is located in the neighborhood of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An, so it is effortless to find it even if you have just arrived there for the first time.

The only downside we could identify is the pricing. Most of the other places you can work from in Hoi An are cowork-friendly cafes, and the average price of a coffee or a drink there is around $2, while a day pass at the Hub Hoi An is a staggering $9. That is undoubtedly a point worth mulling over before you venture a visit to this otherwise fantastic place.

  • Per day: VND 210,000 ($9)
  • Per week: VND 1,300,000 ($57)
  • Per month: VND 4,000,000 ($175)
  • 3 months: VND 3,720,000 ($160) a month
  • 50% discount for the Vietnamese
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
  • 24-hour member access
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving Yes

Dingo Deli offers the most all-encompassing service you can find in all of Hoi An!

Source: Dingo Deli

Dingo Deli is a Western-style restaurant that offers pizza and roasted dishes, so it is a favorite spot for expats living in Hoi An. Go out the back, and you will find an amazing, secluded, and distraction-free coworking space.

It leaves somewhat to be desired in terms of aesthetics, especially in comparison to the restaurant part. It is nevertheless a functional coworking space that you can easily spend the entire workday at. It is air-conditioned, which is a blessing in itself, and it has a strong Wi-Fi signal. In case there is a power outage, which is anything but unheard of in Vietnam, Dingo Deli has its own generator, so you know you would be able to work without a problem.

The truly awesome part is that you can bring your child with you, as there is a garden playground that you can see from the coworking space. Did we mention they also serve Lavazza coffee?

Service Price
Sandwiches, salads, and deli boards from 130,000 VND ($5.5) upwards
Bottomless filter coffee VND 35,000 ($1.5)
Working hours
7:30 am to 9:30 pm
277 Cua Dai Road

The Espresso Station has the best organic sips in Hoi An to power your work efforts!

Source: The Espresso Station

The Espresso Station is famous for its delicious coffees made from organic coffee beans. One of the best coffees to get your workday to kickstart on a positive (and delicious) note is their “Dark Soul Latte.”

Although The Espresso Station is a cafe and not a coworking space, it is located in a peaceful alley near Hoi An’s Ancient Town. It has a small, planted yard where you can tuck away in a corner and work without a problem.

Service Price
Coffee VND 45,000–80,000 ($2–$3.5)
Working hours
10 am to 7:30 pm
28/2 Tran Hung Dao street

Reaching Out Teahouse is the quietest place to work from in Hoi An

Source: Trip Advisor

Reaching Out Teahouse is perfect for people who need the utmost silence while they work. The staff at this place is made entirely of deaf people because it is a charity organization whose earnings in part go to empowering the disabled population in Hoi An.

Apart from contributing to a good cause and finding a quiet place to get your work done, you will get quality and unorthodox service here. There are paper and pen sets on each table on which you can write down your orders. Every table also has wooden tiles with standardly used expressions, like “thank you” and “coffee” to facilitate your communication with the staff.

Service Price
Coffee VND 80,000–150,000 ($3.5–$6.50)
Working hours
10 am to 7:30 pm
131 Tran Phu street

Rosie’s Cafe is the most elegant space you can work from in Hoi An!

Source: Rosie’s Cafe

Rosie’s Cafe also finds itself in a tranquil corner of the Ancient City in Hoi An. There is a backroom that is perfectly suited for working as it is generally not too crowded. There are long bench tables and small individual ones. The place has a lot of natural light and breeziness to help you stay awake and focused on your tasks.

The downside is that, like many other cafes in Hoi An, Rosie’s has no air conditioning, so make sure you arrive early and secure a spot as close to a fan as possible. Alternatively, you can seat yourself at the porch to take in the fresh air. After you’re done working, you can treat yourself to a smoothie bowl or fresh juice!

Service Price
Coffee VND 25,000–50,000 ($1–$2)
Brunch dishes and smoothie bowls From VND 60,000 ($2.5)
Working hours
7 am to 7 pm
8/6 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai

Le Fê Cafétéria has the most delectable snacks to get your creative juices flowing!

Source: Living+Nomads

Le Fê Cafétéria is possibly the most colorful cafe in Hoi An, perfect for those whose surroundings have an impact on their productivity. It is also extremely quiet, as it is located in a small, peaceful alley. Here you know you won’t risk losing your focus and being distracted. The only sound you can make out at times is the Koi Carp fish bubbling up the pond’s surface and splashing about.

The passion fruit smoothies are out of this world, and the coffee and tea they serve are also among the best ones in Hoi An. Every Sunday evening at 8 pm, there is an acoustic music performance by local artists. Make sure you check it out!

Service Price
Coffee From VND 30,000 ($1.3)
Smoothies From VND 50,000 ($2)
Working hours
10 am to 10 pm
69/3 Phan Chu Trinh

Avos & Mango has the healthiest snacks that will give you boundless work energy!

Source: Avos&Mango

Avos&Mango is a relative newcomer to the coworking cafe scene in this coastal town. It has the most enchanting, Instagram-worthy interior design that you can find in the whole of Hoi An. Just beware not to be too distracted by posting your gorgeous selfies to work.

Both the food and the coffee here are affordable, and the Wi-Fi is stable. The background ambiance music is kept at low volumes, so you are unlikely to be bothered by that while getting your work done.

What we liked most about Avos&Mango is that the majority of its menu is composed of delicacies made of mostly avocado and mango. If avocado butter, toast spreads, and avocado and mango salads and spring rolls are not your cup of tea, you can hop to one of the neighboring restaurants and grab a meaty dish for your lunch break.

Service Price
Coffee From VND 28,000 ($1.2)
Smoothies From VND 55,000 ($2.4)
The two-people specialty of the house VND 90,000 (under $4)
Working hours
10 am to 5 pm
82 Thai Phien

ROAST Coffee & Bakery is yet another vivid cafe you could work from for a day in Hoi An!

Source: ROAST Coffee and Bakery

ROAST Coffee & Bakery is a bright and lively cafe that has the most delicious donuts that you will find in Hoi An! Apart from that, they serve locally produced and freshly ground Vietnamese coffee that will wake you up in a jiffy!

The setting here is yet another specimen of beautifully decorated cafes in this seaside spot. We believe it will motivate almost anyone who decides to work from here on any given day.

There is a tiny flaw in it serving as a temporary, make-believe office, though. The place tends to attract a generally younger crowd, and it is known to get a bit loud, both in terms of music and chatter.

Service Price
Vietnamese coffee From VND 30,000 ($1.3)
Baked goodies From VND 17,000 ($0.74)
Working hours
7 am to 10 pm
473 Hai Bà Trưng

Mia Coffee has genuine home-made coffee that will blow your mind!

Source: Trip Advisor

Mia Coffee is yet another viable option for working out of the house. Although it lacks aesthetic appeal in comparison to previous mentions on our list, it offers exceptional coffee. It is one of the original coffee roasteries in Hoi An with decades of enviable reputation.

It has two floors, and the one we would recommend for working is the upper floor. The Wi-Fi router is there, so the signal will be more reliable, and it generally has fewer visitors than the terrace in the front.

The food menu is not the best here, but it will do if you’re in a hurry. The main focus of the business is coffee, and we have to say that their paninis go great with it!

The locale is not air-conditioned, though, so yet again, we advise you to choose a table near a fan (or two), especially during the summer months. Another important point to mention is that there are plenty of power outlets here, so you won’t have issues powering your laptop for an extended work session. Keep in mind that Vietnam uses two-prong plugs, so in case you come from a country that uses the three-prong one, make sure to buy an appropriate adaptor and bring it with you wherever you go.

Service Price
Coffee From VND 50,000 ($2)
Toasted paninis From VND 60,000 ($2.6)
Working hours
7 am to 11 pm
20 Đường Phan Bội Châu

Mun Coffee is the place that will give you the best artistic kick!

Source: Trip Advisor

Mun Coffee has the quirkiest interior of all the places we listed. Keep in mind that you’ll have to take a good look around before you even get down to doing any work here. Not only is the furniture choice unconventional for a coffee house, but there are a lot of exotic-looking plants all over the place as well as some thought-provoking artwork on the walls.

This coffee shop also has two levels. The upstairs is almost always loud and busy, and most people would not be able to work from there. The downstairs area is much quieter and more suited for digital nomads, freelancers, and anyone wanting to get round to doing some work.

Note that the coffee here is cheap and loved by many, the locals in particular. However, it may get a bit too “perfumed” for Western taste buds, especially if you like matcha lattes or similar mixes.

Service Price
Coffee From VND 18,000 ($0.8)
Working hours
7 am to 10 pm
79 Phan Chu Trinh

That rounds up our top ten picks of places to work from in Hoi An, Vietnam! If these are not quite up your alley, there are others, so make sure you check them out as well. We liked these nine coworking-friendly spots:

  1. Mango Rooms
  2. Vietnam Sustainable Space
  3. Gemstone Art Museum
  4. The Chef
  5. 3A Cafe
  6. Hoi An Roastery
  7. Cocobana
  8. Cocobox
  9. Faifo Coffee

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Ho Chi Minh

6 seriously amazing coworking spaces in Ho Chi Minh

If you’ve found yourself in the pearl of the far East, known by the locals as Saigon, and to us Westerners as Ho Chi Minh City, work is probably the last thing on your mind.

The blessing of a digital nomad lifestyle is its curse too. You see many beautiful places and experience different cultures, but you can never do it freely—there’s always the weight of the work that must be done pushing on your shoulders.

There’s room for argument there—is there a better way to experience another culture than to go through your regular daily routine surrounded by unknown cultural beauties and pitfalls? It is not always easy, and that’s why we—the digital nomads—must take the necessary steps to make sure we stay productive even when the scatterbrain in us is threatening to take over.

One of the best ways to achieve that is through the use of coworking spaces. My experience has taught me that productive surroundings equal a productive mind. Unfortunately, we encounter another difficulty here—in a city like Ho Chi Minh that’s overflowing with coworking spaces, how to decide which one to choose?

Don’t worry—it’s our job to make it easier for you. Here are the six gems of Ho Chi Minh’s coworking spaces.

CirCO is our absolute favorite place to cowork in Ho Chi Minh

Source: CirCO

CirCO is happily situated in the very center of the city. You can find it right across the bridge between District 4 and District 1. It’s only a two minutes’ ride from Pham Ngu Lao, Bui Vien, and Ben Thanh Market.

It is one of the longest-lasting coworking spaces in Ho Chi Minh, which means that it has a strong community of loyal visitors. It is considered a high-profile place, so it has a reputation to maintain—it invests a lot into top-of-the-line facilities and the aesthetic appeal of the premises. CirCO prides itself on providing a space wh ere ideas are shared easily and in a pleasant environment. They host a plethora of events—social and business—to encourage this type of interaction.

When it comes to more practical matters, they provide plenty of benefits to consider. Some of them are fast internet, free refreshments, spacious workspaces, meeting rooms, and printer stations. The lighting systems imitate natural light, so they’re great for working, and there are soundproofed private offices for people who have difficulties concentrating.

Those who like to stay in shape will appreciate the discount that CirCO members get in the gym located in the same building. The gym is luxurious and well-equipped, so it’s a great place to work out after you’re done with work.

  • Per day: VND 150,000
  • Per week: VND 500,000
  • Per month: VND 1,800,000
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone Booths Yes
Coliving No

Other five coworking spaces we enjoyed immensely

If CirCO doesn’t fit in with your plans, here are other great options in Ho Chi Minh.

  1. The Hive
  2. Dreamplex
  3. Spiced
  4. Saigon Coworking
  5. Toong

The Hive

Source: The Hive

Located in District 2 of Ho Chi Minh City, The Hive boasts a vast network of locations throughout Asia. If you become a member, you get a “Hive Passport,” which lets you use each and every one of their locations—Ho Chi Minh, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, take your pick!

They organize events such as the weekly Thursday Social to promote the communal spirit that they greatly cherish. The Hive allows you to meet plenty of people in your area of business and form meaningful business connections. They organize workshops, lunches, and drinks for the members, and they have a Facebook group.

When it comes to technicalities, the Hive provides plenty of attractive little somethings. For example, they provide standing desks and ergonomic chairs, so the place is quite comfortable to work in.

They have printing equipment, Skype rooms, personal lockers, and more. Best of all—there is free coffee! There is also a barista who can whip you up something fancier if you want, but for that, you’ll have to pay extra.

Open hours Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
Price Per day VND 210,000
Per week VND 880,000
Per month VND 2,500,000
Per year VND 2,250,000/month


Source: Dreamplex

Dreamplex has three locations in the city—Nguyen Trung Ngan Street, Dien Binh Phu Street, and Binh Thanh District—and it is an undeniably pretty coworking space. In an effort to make their space different from the others, they incorporate murals in their aesthetics to enhance the happy feeling you get when you enter the space.

Dreamplex has an auditorium as well—and Barack Obama spoke there in May 2016. This coworking space also regularly hosts TEDx talks.

They provide free beer for visitors, as well as coffee and tea. There are bean bags, printing equipment, high-speed Wi-Fi, personal lockers, and many more attractive amenities. They also provide a room where you can nap when you get tired from work and want a fresh start.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Price Per week VND 600,000
Per month VND 2,000,000


Source: Spiced

Spiced is a coworking and coliving space, located in District 1. It is dedicated to improving and teaching startups and entrepreneurs as well as connecting the tech community in Ho Chi Minh. They try to achieve this thorough monthly workshops, meetups, and lectures. They offer tech as well as English speaking courses to their members. They host BBQ pool events, community lunches, team building activities, and so on.

They provide plenty of attractive amenities. If you’re looking for comfort, you’ll find hammocks, beanbags, ergo chairs, and standing desks. If you’re more interested in equipment, there are projectors and printers, scanners, and photocopiers, as well as computers with dual or single monitors. There is a Skype room and a podcasting room. When you’re done with work, you can swim in the swimming pool, nap in the nap room, or play board games with other nomads.

Open hours Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
Price Per day VND 160,000
Per month VND 2,200,000

Saigon Coworking

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Saigon coworking is a quiet and friendly place, located in Phu Nhuan. There are many restaurants, cafes, and other attractions in the area. This makes it extra appealing for those of us who don’t like having a sandwich for lunch and don’t mind going a bit out of our way to get some good quality food.

They offer high-speed internet and air conditioning, as well as printing equipment, free parking, and personal lockers. They also provide free drinking water, tea, and coffee.

Open hours Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
Price Per month VND 2,000,000

Toong 20 Minh Khai

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Not to be confused with the other Toong location in Ho Chi Minh city, Toong’s location is 20 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai street. It is like a little oasis in a bustling city—calm, peaceful, and more akin to a resort than an actual coworking space. You’ll find a library and an art gallery on the premises, which makes Toong perfect for chilling after work or during the breaks.

They provide plenty of other little tidbits to make your stay more pleasant and productive. There are standing desks and beanbags, so you can be comfortable while you work. There are also printing equipment, microphones, and projectors. The speed of the internet is excellent, and there is free coffee as well!

Open hours Monday – Sunday: 8 am – 8 pm
Price Per day VND 150,000
Per month VND 1,900,000


Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Hanoi

Our favorite (and least favorite) coworking spaces in Hanoi, Vietnam

Sitting on the Red River, Hanoi is one of the world’s oldest capitals. This enchanting city represents a curious fusion of the ancient Eastern and contemporary Western cultures. Towering skyscrapers have rapidly changed the city’s look and feel, but culturally significant sites remain intact. This has made it appealing to tourists and digital nomads alike. Check out what it’s like to be a digital nomad in Hanoi:

The Vietnamese capital has welcomed this surge of location-independent workers. Coworking spaces are popping up around the city. Here are our top picks.

Toong is our favorite coworking space in Hanoi

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Toong is a chain of coworking spaces in Vietnam. There are as many as five locations in Hanoi alone. Each of their spaces has a different theme going on, but they all serve a blend of Vietnamese tradition and contemporary office culture. It is one of the oldest chains of coworking spaces in Vietnam.

Their first Hanoi-based space, Toong Trang Thi, is our favorite. This place is located in the middle of the historical center of Hanoi. It’s only a couple of minutes on foot from the famous Hoan Kiem Lake. If you’re staying anywhere in the Old Quarter, you won’t have any trouble accessing it. When you see the building where Toong Trang Thi is nestled, you won’t believe there are office spaces inside. It’s a beautiful old French villa repurposed for coworking. Enter it, climb a fancy circular staircase, and voilà — you’re in the most stylish coworking space in Hanoi.

Their offices take up two floors of the villa. There are both private offices and open-concept areas to choose from. If you go for the open area, you won’t have to sit elbow-to-elbow even when it’s crowded. The desks are long and wide. Plenty of greenery gives it a homey feel. Huge overhanging ferns and green walls make for a pleasant sight. The overall design is gothic-oriental, with ornamental wood carvings, figurines, and cushions. The staff is hospitable and the community multicultural — a digital nomad’s dream!

  • VND 150,000 per day
  • VND 1,900,000 per month
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Sunday: 8 am – 8 pm
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

iHouse is our least favorite coworking space in Hanoi

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iHouse is in yet another old Hanoi villa turned into an office space. This one is set in the Cau Giay district, in a narrow street, which is not so easy to access. Another thing that might make it even harder to find this place is the fact that there are no signs or boards with the name. If you don’t check the exact address, you will pass by this villa thinking it is a private residence.

The owners advertise it as a garden-inspired coworking space filled with plants and daylight. Too bad that you might also end up sitting on a garden chair. Many of their chairs are completely unsuited for work, and the desks are not much better. The view of the garden and the porch are indeed beautiful. If you decide you like the view and the atmosphere of the place, you might be able to work around the uncomfortable ergonomics. Attach a travel stand desk to any ordinary desk and work standing up. The daily coworking space features only a couple of desks. Dedicated desks are not an option here. Some guests reported a dreary condition and unkempt surfaces.

One good thing about the place is the outdoor terrace. It is surrounded by trees and guests can recline in their hammocks. Another benefit is that it’s open until late evening hours. iHouse is perfect for rest, but for work — not so much.

  • VND 120,000 per day
  • VND 1,400,000 per month
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 10:30 pm
  • Saturday: 8:30 am – 10:30 pm
  • Sunday: 8:30 am – 10:30 pm
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths No
Coliving No

2 other coworking spaces in Hanoi we like

Here are two other places to cowork in Hanoi:

  • HanoiHub
  • The Learning Hub

HanoiHub in Ba Dinh


Image source: HanoiHub Facebook

If you’re not a fan of big crowds and touristy streets, you may like the Ba Dinh district. It’s close to the Old Quarter but not as crammed with people. HanoiHub is a coworker’s haven in the Lang Ha street in Ba Dinh. They have another location in Thuc Khang street, but this one is more popular.

HanoiHub is a bright and perky nook for anyone who needs more positive energy in their work zone. Cheerful yellow and warm orange tones dominate the rooms and make them appear more spacious. Plenty of natural light and potted plants scattered around the place contribute to the casual, laid-back vibe. There are both private offices and an open space area. A wide variety of seating options are available, from bean bags to standing desks. Light study music plays in the background and helps visitors concentrate on the task at hand.

If you want to clear your head before or after hard work, there’s also a relaxation room. It features a mini library stuffed with books and comics. There are also PC and Mac computers at the guests’ disposal. Coworking spaces are largely non-smoking areas. This one has a balcony where smokers can puff on their cigarettes while enjoying the beautiful view. The staff is friendly and cordial and makes you feel at home.

What we don’t like about this place

The kitchen is adjacent to the hall, and the smell coming from it may annoy some customers.

The Learning Hub in the Old Quarter

Image source: The Learning Hub Facebook

The Learning Hub is another cozy space near Hoan Kiem Lake in the Ngo Quyen street. Be careful not to miss the building. There is only a tiny green logo displayed near the entrance. The location is well-connected, and there are plenty of cool spots around, such as the Opera House. Many local Vietnamese food places are in the vicinity. We recommend you try the famous Trang Tiem ice cream in the neighborhood.

The Learning Hub is a quiet place despite it being in the city center. It is bright and luminous and isn’t crammed with unnecessary decoration. There’s everything you may need — open and private rooms fully equipped, beanbags and comfy chairs. They serve free coffee and tea all they long, and there are also snacks. The staff is friendly and accommodative. For a central location like this, The Learning Hub is surprisingly affordable, starting from VND 20,000 per hour.

The community that gathers here is great. The second time you come, you’ll already feel like a part of it. On weekends when the place is closed for work, they organize various community events, such as movie nights, dinners, and workshops. Internal exchange fairs they host are a great opportunity to exchange ideas about various projects participants are working on.

More coworking places in Hanoi

We listed our favorites, but there are many more coworking spaces in Hanoi to explore. These include:

  1. UP
  2. eSpace
  3. WeShare
  4. Hatch! Nest

Where to stay in Da Nang

Where to stay in Da Nang

Where to stay in Da Nang, the city of bridges

Da Nang goes by several nicknames—Tourane, City of Han River, and The City of Bridges. As one of the biggest cities in Vietnam, it has gone through the process of urbanization over the years. The history of the city can be traced back to ancient times, and throughout the centuries, Da Nang has been through a lot which is reflected in the city’s landscape and culture. Da Nang plays a key role in the region of Central Vietnam, and that’s thanks to its accessible port, which is important for the economy and trade, and a number of universities.

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5 best places to stay in Da Nang

There are eight districts in Da Nang – two of them are rural, whereas the remaining six are urban districts. Each of them has a number of communes. 

Here are our picks for the top 5 places to stay in Da Nang:

  1. Hải Châu 
  2. Hòa Vang 
  3. City Centre
  4. Liên Chiểu 
  5. My Khe Beach 

Where to stay in Da Nang

Best for culture vultures Hải Châu The cultural center of Da Nang filled with historical and cultural sights
Best for first-time visitors Hòa Vang The most popular tourist districts in Da Nang, home to the most iconic sights in the city 
Best long-term City Centre The most developed and urban area, as well as the business center of Da Nang 
Best budget area Liên Chiểu A quiet district filled with small cafes, local shops, and some great attractions 
Best for nightlife My Khe Beach A neighborhood lined with a number of bars and beach clubs, so it’s a great spot for partying and having fun.

Transportation in Da Nang

There are several ways of getting around the city. The cheapest way is by bus, but it is not the most convenient due to the potential long waiting period. It also takes a while to get to your destination due to the number of stops.

When it comes to taxis, there are two options – your regular, good old taxi, and Grab. Grab can be described as Vietnam’s Uber. In order to get a Grab, you need to download an app from the App Store. This option may save you a bit more money than a regular taxi. Another thing worth mentioning is that regular taxis have a meter, so you don’t have to negotiate the price and you don’t have to worry about being overcharged for your ride.

Motorcycles are the most popular mode of transportation in Da Nang. You can rent a motorcycle pretty much anywhere in the city, even at the airport. If you are feeling confident and have the skills, rent a motorcycle and explore everything Da Nang has to offer.

Where to stay in Da Nang – the culture edition: Hải Châu

Hải Châu represents the cultural hub of Da Nang.  If you decide to stay here, you can see some truly remarkable landmarks and sights. It is home to the Da Nang Cathedral, a museum, charming cafes, and other interesting sights. 

Things to see and do in Hải Châu

Here is a list of things you can visit in Hải Châu:

  • Da Nang Cathedral
  • Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture
  • Dien Hai Citadel

Da Nang Cathedral

Da Nang Cathedral was built in a Gothic style in the early decades of the 20th century. Besides being the only Catholic church in Da Nang, its most recognizable feature – and what ultimately contributed to its popularity among tourists and visitors – is its pink façade.

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Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

A museum that exhibits and showcases the collection of Cham sculpture. This museum has the largest collection of art from this ancient civilization.

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Dien Hai Citadel

Once an important fortress, the Dien Hai Citadel today serves an important function as a historical landmark and a national relic.

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Where to stay in Da Nang for the first time: Hòa Vang

A little less urban and a little more rural is the best description for this district in Da Nang. It is a bit away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. Still, it has some beautiful and mesmerizing sights definitely worth visiting.

Things to see and do in Hòa Vang

Here are some ideas for places to visit while staying here:

  • Hot Spring Park
  • Fantasy Park
  • Ba Na Hills SunWorld

Hot Spring Park

Treat yourself to a relaxing day at this resort. They offer a variety of services, including the options for enjoying a mud bath or soaking in the hot spring pool. It’s a perfect way to spend a day during your holiday in Da Nang.

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Fantasy Park

Fantasy Park is an indoor amusement park located in the Ba Na Hills. This fun, exciting amusement park has rides and attractions suited for different ages and preferences.

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Ba Na Hills SunWorld

Ba Na Hills SunWorld is an incredibly popular tourist attraction both among the local population and foreign visitors. It consists of two levels: one which contains a massive amusement park (Fantasy Park) and a French Village, and the other level with the Golden Bridge and gardens, among other things. An impressive feat of engineering and architecture, this attraction is definitely worth a visit.

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Where to stay in Da Nang long term – City Center

The City Center is an ideal location for an expat wanting to live in this city. This is because it offers you easy access to transportation, shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, and all the other things we are used to having access to while living in an urban area. The City Center is also the heart of business and economy, and you can find a wide variety of properties.

Things to see and do in the City Center

Here are some ideas for places to visit or things to do:

  • Dragon Bridge
  • Hàn Market
  • Han River Bridge

Dragon Bridge

Da Nang didn’t earn the nickname “City of Bridges” for no reason. The Dragon Bridge is an impressive achievement of both engineering and design. And if having a dragon at one end of the bridge isn’t impressive enough, make sure to check out the fire and water show. This usually happens during the weekend.

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Hàn Market

No foodie should miss the Hàn Market: a large indoor market where you can find everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to clothes and house products.

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Han River Bridge

Han River Bridge is yet another impressive bridge Da Nang has to offer. It lies over the Han River, and during the night it lights up with beautiful lights in different colors.

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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. 


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: 


Ideal for: 


Cat Ba Island

First-timers Has everything from the typical tourist scenario

Titop Island


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


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

Where to stay in Vietnam

Choosing where to stay in Vietnam based on vibe, budget, and interests to plan the perfect trip

Vietnam is an outstanding country that attracts tourists and expats alike. Its rich culture, pleasant weather, tropical nature, and friendly people have made it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Since it used to be a French colony, Vietnam is an interesting mix of western and eastern cultures and you will get to know both its sides. From French architecture and Japanese influences to ethnic tribal artifacts and remnants of the Vietnam War, Vietnam is one of the rare places in the world with so many faces. Whether you are a foodie, culture vulture, party animal, or a beach hopper, you will have the time of your life in this amazing country.

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5 best cities to stay in Vietnam

Vietnam is not a small country and there are dozens of cities worth visiting. The culture is exceptionally diverse and each city has a distinct lifestyle and atmosphere. These variations are especially notable between the northern and southern cities due to their historical differences. The north proclaimed its independence early, so authentic Vietnamese culture is present everywhere. The south, however, remained under the French rule until the end of the Vietnam War, so the French influences are still very noticeable. In the end, when choosing the best city in Vietnam, it all comes down to your own interests and preferences.

To help you make the best decision, we have selected our five favorite Vietnamese cities:

  1. Hanoi
  2. Ho Chi Minh City
  3. Hoi An
  4. Da Nang
  5. Vung Tau

We made our picks based on the following criteria:

  1. Overall atmosphere of the city
  2. Cultural and historical significance
  3. Cost of staying and living
  4. Interesting things to see and do
  5. Safety

Where to stay in Vietnam

Where to stay in Vietnam

Best for nightlife Hanoi Vibrant capital of Vietnam offers hundreds of bars and clubs
Best for the first time Ho Chi Minh City Historical center full of tourist attractions and entertainment options
Best on a budget Hoi An A coastal town with a rich history and fascinating attractions
Best for bohemians Da Nang A seaside city with a distinct culture and lots of trendy places
Best for long-term stay Vung Tau A peaceful coastal town in the vicinity of Ho Chi Minh City

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Where to stay in Vietnam for the first time—Ho Chi Minh City

Ho chi minh

Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is the perfect starting point for your visit to Vietnam. The so-called Pearl of the Far East is a fascinating city in every way and showcases Vietnam’s rich history. As the main representative of Vietnamese independence and the war, it is full of museums and landmarks devoted to these bloody events. The city mixes modern and traditional culture. You can explore the remnants of the French Colonial era and experience the indigenous Vietnamese lifestyle.

What to see and do in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is an amazing city to visit as it offers something to everyone: whatever your interests may be, the city will offer you something you won’t forget. Culture vultures will fall in love with its museums and galleries, foodies can experiment with local snacks, and party animals can dance all night in its lively bars and clubs. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our favorite places:

  • War Remnants Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City Museum
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Ben Than Market
  • Saigon Opera House
  • Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
  • Pham Ngu Lao Street
  • Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum
  • The Tan Dinh Church (the Pink Church)

Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels are an extensive tunnel network that stretches over 70 kilometers. The tunnels served as a military base and hiding spots for Vietcong guerillas during the Tet Offensive of 1968. The tunnels are now one of Ho Chi Minh’s main tourist attractions. You can visit most of the underground chambers and experience Vietcong living conditions during the war.

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Ho Chi Minh City Museum

If you want to explore the city’s rich and violent history, you shouldn’t miss the Ho Chi Minh City Museum. Its many artifacts showcase Vietnamese resistance to French occupation, as well as Ho Chi Minh’s traditional culture. You will find whole galleries dedicated to the War, as well as ceramics, ancient maps, and marriage costumes of different ethnic groups.

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Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City

Since Ho Chi Minh is such a large city, there are plenty of options when it comes to accommodation. The outskirts are cheap but the central area is a bit pricier. Still, staying in Ho Chi Minh is surprisingly budget-friendly and the average night in the city costs around $45. Check out our top picks:

Budget option: this affordable riverside studio

Midrange option: this spacious apartment.

Luxurious option: this beautiful apartment in the very center.

You can find more accommodation options here

Where to stay in Vietnam for nightlife—Hanoi

Just like in most countries, the capital is the best place to experience Vietnamese nightlife. Hanoi is a magnificent city with outstanding cultural and historical value, which makes it one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Unlike some smaller cities, Hanoi also offers a wild, vibrant, and totally unique night scene. Although most places close at midnight due to the country’s strict laws, there are several places that break the rules and stay open until the authorities show up to close them. 

What to see and do in Hanoi

The city is known for its many attractions that are well worth visiting, including the Imperial Citadel, Hai Ba Trung Temple, and the Women’s Museum. As for its nightlife, the options are endless. If you’re a backpacker who wants to experience traditional night fun, you will adore sipping local beer in Hanoi’s crowded streets. Those looking for a more intensive action will be glad to hear that Hanoi is full of fantastic bars and clubs. If you can’t make up your mind, here are some ideas where you could spend your nights in Hanoi:

  • Apocalypse Now
  • Bia Hoi Junction
  • Bia Hoi 68 Hang Quat
  • Water Puppet Theater
  • Dragon Fly Bar Lounge
  • King Pirates Pub
  • Binh Minh Jazz Club
  • Le Pub Hanoi

Apocalypse Now

If you like to dance until the sun rises, Apocalypse Now may be the best place in Hanoi for you. This is the only club that’s officially open all night so most people visit it after midnight. The atmosphere is crazy and the dancefloor crowded at all times. Both locals and foreigners frequent the club so you can hear all sorts of music and meet all kinds of people. The only issue with this club is that alcohol is quite pricey.

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Bia Hoi Junction

Bia Hoi Junction is a must-visit place for any nightlife lover. This junction is known for its many bars and is crowded all day and night. If you visit it in the evening, you will find hundreds and hundreds of tourists and foreigners alike sitting on plastic stools, sipping Vietnamese beer, and tasting local snacks. The atmosphere is so lively you may feel like you’ve visited a carnival. 

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Where to stay in Hanoi

Hanoi offers a wide range of accommodation options, from extra cheap to high-end. The prices vary from neighborhood to neighborhood but on average, you need to pay around $50 for one night. Here are our top picks:

Budget option: this affordable room in a townhouse.

Midrange option: this cozy studio

Luxurious option: this gorgeous apartment in the Old Quarter

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Where to stay in Vietnam on a budget—Hoi An

Hoi An is a wonderful coastal town, ideal for budget travelers because of its low cost of living. The town is known for its slow-paced, relaxing lifestyle so you will get the peace of mind you don’t even know you need. Hoi An has an incredibly rich history, best seen in its architecture and cultural heritage. You will get to know the authentic Vietnamese lifestyle, as well as the remnants of Chinese, Japanese, and French eras. Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which serves as proof of its cultural significance. 

How to spend your days in Hoi An

Although it is more quiet and peaceful than major Vietnamese cities, there are plenty of things you can do in Hoi An. If you like exploring exotic cultures, you’ll find this town heaven sent. There are myriads of interesting museums, temples, and galleries to visit. The nightlife is not as rich as in big cities but there are enough pubs and bars to make your evenings more than interesting. Hoi An’s beautiful nature and pristine beaches are also wonderful, so we suggest you check them out. Here are our Hoi An top picks:

  • Japanese Covered Bridge
  • Old Town
  • Phung Hung Ancient House
  • The Hoi An Night Market
  • Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum
  • Tan Ky family house
  • An Bang beach
  • Champa ruins

Japanese Covered Bridge

Japanese Covered Bridge is unique in every way. Who would have thought that you can find the world’s only covered bridge that serves as a temple in this little town? The bridge was built by the Japanese and Chinese merchants as a symbol of goodwill and has distinct Japanese architecture. The bridge is covered by carvings and statues of animals that will capture the heart of any art lover.

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Champa ruins

Champa ruins are located outside Hoi An but they are absolutely worth renting a motorbike to get there. In Champa, you will find My Son Vietnam, a group of centuries-old temples that are nothing less than extraordinary. This sacred place was the heart of the Champa Kingdom and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site was bombed during the Vietnam War but the ruins are still marvelous. 

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Where to stay in Hoi An

Accommodation in Hoi An is quite affordable and the average price for one night is around $35. Some parts of the town are even more budget-friendly, so you can easily find a nice AirBnB without breaking the bank. Check out our top picks:

Budget option: this super cheap private room.

Midrange option: this rustic Ancient Town house

Luxurious option: this trendy hotel room.  

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Where to stay in Vietnam for bohemians—Da Nang

Da Nang is a wonderful coastal city where you can experience a completely authentic Vietnamese experience. Although it is the third-largest city in the country, it is not as popular with tourists as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. We think it’s totally underrated as this city has plenty to offer. It has wonderful beaches, exotic nature, delicious cuisine, and an enormous historical and cultural value. Da Nang is close to Hoi An and Champa ruins so you can easily go on a day trip to these fantastic places.

What to do and see in Da Nang

Da Nang is full of interesting places to visit so you will never get bored in this fantastic city. From sunny beaches and glorious mountains to a bridge that breathes fire (we kid you not), the city has something for everyone. After a long day of exploring the city, you can unwind in one of its trendy rooftop bars or hip nightclubs and have the time of your lie. Make sure to check out these places:

  • The Marble Mountains
  • Ba Na hills
  • Dragon Bridge
  • Museum of Cham Sculpture
  • The Da Nang Museum
  • Sun World Ba Na Hills
  • Monkey Mountain

The Marble Mountains

The Marble Mountains are undeniably one of the most breathtaking places in Vietnam. As their name suggests, they are comprised of marble, as well as limestone. You can hike to the top for a mesmerizing view of the city, explore various tunnels and caves, or admire gorgeous Buddhist shrines. You will also find hundreds of stalls selling marvel carvings and sculptures, which makes this place ideal for souvenir shopping. 

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Museum of Cham Sculpture

Da Nang is home to many nice museums but the Museum of Cham Sculpture is our top pick. It is around one century old and contains hundreds of wonderful sculptures that were made between the 7th and 15th centuries. The collection of terracotta and stone works is impressive as well. If you want to get familiar with the fascinating Champa civilization that ruled Southern Vietnam for over 1600 years, make sure not to miss this amazing museum. 

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Where to stay in Da Nang

Da Nang has hundreds of available AirBnBs so you can easily find an option that suits your budget. The average price per night is around $50. Here are some ideas where you could stay:

Budget option: this cheap riverside house

Midrange option: this beautiful apartment

Luxurious option: this cute and cozy house

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Where to stay in Vietnam long term—Vung Tau

If you want to stay in Vietnam for a while or turn into a digital nomad, you should consider settling in Vung Tau. This town is becoming more and more popular with expats every year, and for good reasons. The cost of living is super low and the town is safe and peaceful, far from the hectic lifestyle of big cities. Still, it won’t take you more than two hours to get to Ho Chi Minh City by bus, so you can easily experience that big city atmosphere whenever you want. Add its gorgeous beaches and beautiful nature to the mix and you get a fantastic town to live in. 

What to see and do in Vung Tau


As Vung Tau used to be a crucial port back in the day, it has great historical value. There are plenty of interesting sights to enjoy, all without the irritating presence of thousands of tourists. You will also find many bars and interesting restaurants, so you don’t have to worry about getting bored. Here are some places that we highly recommend:

  • Statue of Jesus Christ
  • Martyr’s Memorial
  • Vung Tau Lighthouse
  • Thang Tam Temple
  • Villa Blanche
  • Ho May Culture & Ecotourism Park

Statue of Jesus Christ

Overlooking the town from the Nui Nho mountain, the Statue of Jesus Christ is a fascinating Vietnamese take on Rio de Janeiro’s famous statue. The statue is 105-foot-tall and you can see it from most parts of the town. Adventurists at heart should try hiking to the top of the mountain, although we have to warn you: it’s not an easy feat. Still, it’s absolutely worth it as you can enter the statue, climb its many steps, and look at the city from its shoulder. 

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Villa Blanche

Villa Blanche, also known as the White Palace, was the summer home of General Paul Doumer, a French governor. The villa is the most interesting remnant of the French Colonial era in this town and was the location of many important historical events. It is the best place in Vung Tau to explore how the French colonialists used to live. The architecture is fascinating and you will see many carvings and beading, as well as interesting Hellenic statues. 

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Where to stay in Vung Tau

In Vung Tau, you can find super cheap AirBnBs as well as some more luxurious accommodation options. On average, one night will cost you around $50. If you’re not sure where to stay, check out our top picks:

Budget option: this affordable apartment near the beach

Midrange option: this cozy studio

Luxurious option: this elegant home.

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Where to stay in Hoi An

Choosing where to stay in Hoi An depends on who you are

Far from the tourist crowds and hustle and bustle of big cities, Hoi An is an amazing place for both world travelers and expats. The town is rather small and peaceful, known for its slow-paced, calm lifestyle. It has a rich history and plenty of tourist attractions so visiting it is on many globetrotters’ bucket lists. Since it was a melting pot of many historical events, you will notice not only Vietnamese influences but Japanese, French, and Chinese as well. Hoi An is known for its delicious cuisine, wonderful nature, and picturesque countryside. Its pristine beaches are not crowded with tourists so you can unwind completely while sunbathing and enjoying an ice-cold beer. Hoi An is also an amazing place for long term stay, and it was named one of the 20 best cities in the world for expats

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Transportation in Hoi An

Hoi An is a small town so moving around is pretty easy. There are no crowds and traffic jams, and the town has a decent public transport system. Still, most people prefer walking or renting Vespas and motorbikes. Bicycles are also an incredibly popular way of transport. 

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5 best neighborhoods to stay in Hoi An

Hoi An is a small town so wherever you decide to stay, you will reach the center with ease. Still, each neighborhood has its distinctive culture so some areas will suit you better than others. To help you figure out which neighborhood is the best for you, we have selected top places where to stay:

  1. Old Town
  2. An Hoi
  3. Cam Chau
  4. Cam Pho
  5. Cam Thanh

Our picks were based on the following criteria:

  1. Cultural and historical value
  2. Interesting things to see and do
  3. Location
  4. Safety
  5. Overall vibe and culture
Where to stay in Hoi An
Best for your first visit Old Town The epicenter of tourist attractions and entertainment
Best for nightlife An Hoi A lively island full of bars and restaurants
Best for bohemians Cam Chau A relaxing neighborhood where you can get a taste of the local culture
Best on budget Cam Pho Affordable area close to the center with many accommodation options
Best for long-term stay Cam Thanh A safe and peaceful community in a more rural part of the city

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Where to stay in Hoi An for the first time—Old Town

Hoi An’s Old Town, also known as the Ancient Town, is the historical and cultural center of the city. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is home to major tourist attractions. As such, it is the best place for first-timers. The neighborhood is rather small, so you won’t have to waste money on a taxi—you can get anywhere on foot. You can spend your day sightseeing, unwinding in one of Old Town’s many cafes and restaurants, or roaming around its beautiful alleys lit with lanterns. Shopaholics will fall in love with traditional, colorful shophouses.

What do see and do in Old Town

If you decide to stay in Old Town, you surely won’t get bored. There are so many fun places to visit. If you need help deciding where to go first, check out our top picks:

  • Japanese Covered Bridge
  • Ha Ha—Art in Everything gallery
  • Central Market
  • Cau Chua Pagoda
  • Phung Hung Ancient House
  • Quang Trien Assembly Hall

Japanese Covered Bridge

Your trip to Hoi An wouldn’t be complete if you missed seeing the city’s main tourist attraction: the Japanese Covered Bridge. The bridge was built in the early 18th century and is a fascinating representative of Japanese architecture. It is covered with gorgeous carvings and sculptures that will enthrall any art lover. 

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Where to stay in Old Town

Old Town is a fantastic place to stay in but finding accommodation in this area is not easy. It doesn’t offer as many hotels and AirBnBs as its surrounding neighborhoods. If you have difficulties finding a place to stay in, check out our top picks:

Budget option: this affordable room in a beautiful villa.

Midrange option: this room in a family-owned hotel.

Luxurious option: this elegant apartment.

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Where to stay in Hoi An for nightlife—An Hoi island

An Hoi is an island located in the Thu Bon River, connected to the city center with a small bridge. Peaceful during the day but wild at night, the island is ideal for nightlife lovers. Although the clubbing scene is not rich, this tropical island is the epicenter of An Hoi’s bars and restaurants. There are also many cultural attractions and entertainment options. 

Where to go in An Hoi

The island offers a variety of restaurants and bars so it all comes down to your taste. Here are some places you shouldn’t miss:

  • The Hoi An Night Market
  • Backpackers Bar
  • An Hoi Sculpture Garden
  • The Wild Street

The Hoi An Night Market

An Hoi is where you will find the most vibrant and joyful place in the city: the Hoi An Night Market. This 300 meters long street is the most crowded and liveliest night spot in Hoi An. You can experiment with local specialties and roam around while sipping the local beer. It is the best place for buying gifts and souvenirs as the offer is truly unique. Of course, the highlight of the market are the lantern stalls where you can find magnificent lanterns of all shapes, sizes, and colors. 

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Where to stay in An Hoi

Unlike Old Town, An Hoi is full of nice, affordable AirBnBs and other accommodation options. Here are our top picks:

Budget option: this uplifting cheap room.

Midrange option: this beautiful villa.

Luxurious option: this fantastic double room.

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Where to stay in Hoi An: bohemian edition—Cam Chau

You will find Cam Chau area right between the center and the beach, which makes its location perfect. You can easily get anywhere you want to go on foot. This neighborhood is not as urban as others, so it’s fantastic for those who want to enjoy the tropical beauty of the city and experience the authentic Vietnamese culture. You can explore traditional cuisine and trendy bars or rent a bike and drive around gorgeous river shores and rice paddies.

What to do and see in Cam Chau

Whether you are into culture and history or natural adventures, you will find something interesting to do in Cam Chau. Make sure you don’t miss these places:

  • Tra Que Village
  • Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum
  • Aubergine 49 Restaurant

Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum

This fascinating gallery is home to Réhahn’s Precious Heritage Collection. It offers an insight into the tribal culture and the authentic lifestyle of all parts of Vietnam. This museum is not only free but also one of a kind as you can’t find these photographs anywhere else in the world. If you want to experience genuine Vietnamese history and culture, make sure to visit the Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum.

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Where to stay in Cam Chau

Cam Chau has plenty of cool, affordable places to stay in. Take a look at our top picks:

Budget option: a room in this gorgeous, unbelievably affordable villa

Midrange option: this whole amazing villa.

Luxurious option: this wonderful suite

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Where to stay in Hoi An on a budget—Cam Pho

Cam Pho is the most affordable neighborhood in Hoi An which is why it is ideal for backpackers and budget travelers. It is within walking distance to the city center so you won’t have to spend money on transport. Cam Pho is relatively small and not as busy and crowded as some other neighborhoods. There aren’t many entertainment options there but it is close enough to Old Town.

What to do in Cam Pho

If you don’t feel like walking to the city center, there are some places in this neighborhood that are quite interesting. Check out our top picks:

  • Com Ga Huong street
  • Thanh Cao Lau

Com Ga Huong street

Cam Pho is a place that will swipe even the fussiest eaters off their feet. This area is notable for its many restaurants and food stalls where you can try local snacks. The most popular places are located in Com Ga Huong street where you can get the best com ga (chicken rice) in the world. 

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Where to stay in Cam Pho

On average, one night in Cam Pho costs around $30, which makes it backpackers’ favorite part of the city. Check out our top picks:

Budget option: this super cheap house.

Midrange option: this cozy room with a balcony.

Luxurious option: this cute room near the center.  

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