Hanoi for Digital Nomads

Your Ultimate Guide to Remote Work in Hanoi

Great destination for:

🚵‍♀️ adventure | 🎨 culture | 🌳 nature | 🥾 hiking&walking | 🏙️ city break | 🍔 food & drink | 😎 great for singles | 😎😎 great for couples | 🚼 child-friendly | 🚶‍♀️safe for solo travellers

Why workation in Hanoi:

  • ✅Vibrant cultural and historical ambiance
  • ✅Affordable living and coworking spaces
  • ✅Delicious street food scene

⭐⭐⭐⭐ ”Hanoi feels more like a "large village" than a proper city.”

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⌚ Time difference UTC +7 hours
📶 Average internet speed Very Fast 78 Mb/s
💉 Recommended travel vaccinations Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Typhoid, Japanese Encephalitis.
🧭 Travel Advice (U.S. Department of State) 🟩 Exercise Normal Precautions

The local vibe in Hanoi

Hanoi buzzes with a vibrant energy that's both chaotic and charming. Motorbikes zip through narrow streets, weaving around street vendors selling steaming bowls of pho. The scent of strong Vietnamese coffee fills the air, mingling with the sweet fragrance of incense from nearby temples. Locals haggle at bustling markets, their laughter mixing with the sounds of daily life. Amidst the modern hustle, ancient pagodas stand serene, offering a quiet escape. Hanoi is a city where tradition and progress dance together, creating a lively, unforgettable atmosphere.

Pros & Cons of Hanoi for digital nomads

Pros Cons
✅ Extremely affordable cost of living ❌ Air quality issues, especially in winter
✅ Generally safe for residents and visitors ❌ Hot and humid summers with heavy rainfall
✅ Good internet access in urban areas ❌ Cold and damp winters can be uncomfortable
✅ Rich cultural and historical sites ❌ High population density and urban crowding
✅ Friendly community and easy to socialize ❌ Traffic congestion and poor road safety
✅ Growing business environment, especially for startups ❌ Language barriers for non-Vietnamese speakers
✅ Accessible healthcare for basic needs ❌ Smoking is common in public places
✅ Welcoming and relatively safe for diverse groups ❌ Limited freedom of speech and strict political climate

Our favorite cafés with good Wi-Fi & workspaces

All cafés recommended by us are certified laptop-friendly.

#1 choice
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Xofa Café & Bistro

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.3) – Google reviews

✅ Wi-Fi at Xofa is great

✅ drinks menu is also super extensive

✅ great place for co-working

Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM | Sat-Sun: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

What to expect when working remotely in Hanoi

Nestled in the heart of Southeast Asia, Hanoi, Vietnam is a captivating city that seamlessly blends tradition with modernity. With its bustling streets, vibrant markets, and rich history, Hanoi offers a unique experience for digital nomads seeking a workation destination.

One notable aspect of Hanoi is its irresistible charm. The city's old quarter, with its narrow streets and colonial architecture, transports you back in time. The air is filled with the aroma of street food vendors and the sound of motorbikes zipping through the streets. This lively atmosphere creates an energy that is both invigorating and inspiring for remote workers.

A glimpse of life in Hanoi

What fellow nomads say about Hanoi

"The most vietnamese city in Vietnam. The Old Quarter and West Lake are the highlights. If you come, try the egg coffee. Be mindful Vietnam has cracked down on visas, and it is not as friendly to foreigners. I was able to relax after I received a 5-year spousal visa."

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Mitchel

"Hanoi feels more like a "large village" than a proper city. It's also what I call "unapologetically Vietnamese" given the way most places and shops are occupied and used by locals. English penetration isn't bad, but maybe because I speak Vietnamese I never had much of a problem in Hanoi. Prices for coffee, juice, smoothies, and food are insanely affordable. I wouldn't say the locals are "friendly to a fault" and mostly have left me alone."

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Ella

"Yes, the old town city center is dirty, garbage on the sidewalks and streets are a common sight. Traffic is chaotic but I never found it a nightmare, no worse than other SE Asian cities I've been to. I wasn't really prepared nor never liked how "cash only" heavy Hanoi is, even higher end cocktail lounges don't accept cards."

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Leon

Daily Budget for Hanoi

Accommodation
Hostel: $10-$20 per night
Guesthouse/Private Room: $20-$50 per night
Hotel: $40-$100 per night
Food and Drinks
Local Eats: $2-$10
International Cuisine: $5-$20
Beer at a Bar: $1-$5
Coffee: $1-$3
Transportation
Public Transport: $0.30-$1 per trip
Taxi/Rideshare (short distance): $2-$10
Motorbike Rental (daily): $5-$15
Coworking Spaces
Day Pass: $5-$15
Cafe (with Wi-Fi): $2-$10 (minimum spend)
Entertainment and Activities
Temple Entrance: Free-$5
Cultural Show: $5-$30
Miscellaneous
Souvenirs: $3-$15
SIM Card with Data: $2-$10
Total daily budget: $50-$150

Travel tips for exploring Hanoi

How to Get There

Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport, the most convenient transportation options to Hanoi city center include taking a taxi, booking a ride through a ride-hailing app, or using the airport's shuttle bus service. For a smooth journey, consider booking a ride in advance or using the official taxi queue. Remember, the ride to the city center takes about 30 to 45 minutes, depending on traffic.

Greeting Phrases

  • Good morning: Chào buổi sáng
  • Good afternoon: Chào buổi chiều
  • Good evening: Chào buổi tối
  • Hello: Xin chào
  • Thank you: Cảm Æ¡n

FAQ Hanoi

How crowded is Hanoi?

Hanoi, as the capital city of Vietnam, is quite crowded, especially in the Old Quarter and around Hoan Kiem Lake. The city's population density is high, and during peak hours, the streets are bustling with motorbikes, cars, and pedestrians.


What is the nightlife like in Hanoi?

The nightlife in Hanoi is vibrant and diverse, ranging from bustling street markets and food stalls in the Old Quarter to upscale bars and clubs. The city also offers a variety of cultural shows, such as traditional water puppetry, that provide a glimpse into Vietnamese culture.


What kinds of people can I expect to see in Hanoi?

In Hanoi, you'll encounter a mix of locals, expatriates, and tourists. The city is a cultural melting pot, reflecting a blend of Southeast Asian, Chinese, and French influences. You'll see people from all walks of life, from street vendors and local artisans to business professionals and international visitors.


Are there healthy eating options available in Hanoi?

Yes, Hanoi offers a wide range of healthy eating options. Vietnamese cuisine is known for its fresh ingredients, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan choices available. Many restaurants and street food stalls serve dishes with fresh vegetables, herbs, and lean meats, making it easy to maintain a healthy diet.


Is Hanoi pedestrian-friendly?

While Hanoi's historical areas and some newer districts are pedestrian-friendly, navigating the city on foot can be challenging due to busy traffic and narrow sidewalks in certain areas. However, pedestrian zones around Hoan Kiem Lake during weekends and in the Old Quarter offer a more pleasant walking experience.


Does Hanoi experience frequent power outages? How long do they last?

Power outages in Hanoi are not frequent, and when they do occur, they are usually brief and localized. The city's infrastructure has improved significantly, and continuous efforts are made to ensure a stable power supply. Any outages are typically resolved quickly, often lasting only a few hours.


What is the natural environment like in Hanoi?

Hanoi is known for its beautiful lakes, parks, and tree-lined boulevards, offering a breath of fresh air amidst the bustling city life. The city's natural landscape includes the Red River and its surrounding rural areas, which provide scenic beauty and a glimpse into traditional Vietnamese life.


Is it easy to access other destinations from Hanoi?

Yes, Hanoi serves as a major hub for traveling to other destinations in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. The city's well-connected transport system includes a modern international airport, train services, and bus routes, making it easy to explore the region's cultural and natural attractions.


Map of Hanoi

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✅ Local emergency number 113 (Police), 115 (Ambulance)
✅ Best hospital Bach Mai Hospital | 78 Giai Phong Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi | +84 24 3869 3731
✅ U.S. embassy 7 Lang Ha Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi | +84 24 3850 5000

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