Da Nang, a city located in central Vietnam, may not be the first location that comes to mind when thinking of a hub for digital nomads. However, despite a lack of co-works, this city is quickly becoming a popular destination for remote workers.
With a growing number of cafes offering fast Wi-Fi, Da Nang is proving to be a viable option for those seeking a change of pace from the typical bustling metropolis. Whether it’s for a quick work cation or an extended stay, Da Nang’s combination of stunning natural beauty and modern conveniences makes it an ideal location for digital nomads.
I have been to Da Nang 3 times, and each time I discovered new things. During my stay, I was able to explore the city and its surrounding areas by motorbike, meet more digital nomads, get some dates from Bumble, and find nice cafes and coworking spaces to work in.
In this guide, I’ll be summing up the best cafes and coworking spaces to work, how to meet new people, recommendations of things to do in the area, and some practical information about how to get around. So, let’s start!
Best Accommodation for DN in Da Nang
Here are the places I’ve been and I recommend.
Light House Hostel – Hostel with a Co-work
I stayed at the Lighthouse Da Nang Hostel for 1 month, and it was one of the best budget-friendly places I’ve ever stayed. I paid only 6.30$ per night!
They have a nice co-working space, which was perfect for me because I could save money by working there instead of going to cafes or other co-working spaces outside. The staff was also very friendly and helpful, and I met some great people there. The internet was fast and reliable, and the hostel is located just a 5-minute walk from the beach. I would recommend this hostel to anyone looking for a cheap and convenient place to stay in Da Nang.
Raon apartments – Affordable apartments
I stayed at the Raon Apartments for 2 months. The place is located in a quiet neighborhood, only a 5-minute walk from the beach. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, and they always went out of their way to make my stay comfortable.
The internet was generally reliable and fast, but it would sometimes drop out on stormy rainy days. On those days, I would either share my mobile internet connection (E-SIM) with my laptop or go to a cafe downstairs, which had a more stable internet connection.
My apartment was small but clean and well-equipped. It had a kitchenette, a bathroom, and a small living area. The bed was comfortable, and the air conditioning was great for the hot weather.
I would recommend Raon Apartments for those who are looking for privacy or to work from the room.
3 Top Cafes for Digital Nomads in Da Nang
Kopi Coffee & Co-Working Space – The best one!
I was impressed with my experience at Kopi Coffee & Co-Working Space, formerly known as LION COFFEE. The name change was not the only transformation, as the second floor has been turned into an impressive co-working space.
From the moment I walked in, I was greeted with comfortable office chairs that provided excellent back support. The ambiance was quiet, which was perfect for concentration, and the friendly staff not only served me coffee but also helped me with my queries.
The stable internet connection was a huge plus, and although there was no 5G network available, I didn’t face any issues with the speed. I found myself spending most of my time here, as the space increased my productivity levels.
Previously, the best part about this co-working space was that you could get access to its facilities by simply purchasing a drink or food item from its menu. However, they have since updated their subscription model and now offer a variety of packages for accessing their facilities.
Here is a picture of their current subscription package options:
I highly recommend checking out Kopi, the place, and I’ve even made a video showcasing the place to give you an idea of what to expect.
Some pictures from the place
I had also the chance to work at Cafe The Flower, formerly known as KAKAO KAFE. The main reason I chose this cafe was its convenient location – it was in the same building as my hotel.
This cafe has a charming ambiance and fast internet speed (5G), which is always a plus when working remotely. They have a variety of coffee options and some food options on the menu, which was perfect for grabbing a quick bite during my work breaks.
However, I must admit that the chairs were not very comfortable for me to sit in for long periods. Although I tried to adjust them, they didn’t seem to work well for my posture. Due to this reason, I usually worked here for an hour or so, and then I would move to another location.
Overall, Cafe The Flower is a great option for digital nomads who are looking for a cozy cafe with fast internet and delicious food and coffee. Just make sure to choose a seating option that works well for your comfort.
Location: 31 Nguyễn Công Sáu, Phước Mỹ, Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng 550000, Việt Nam
Some pictures from the place
Der’Morgen Beverage & Coffee Shop is a great spot to grab a cup of coffee and get some work done. The atmosphere is quiet and perfect for those who want to focus on their work. Although the shop looks fancy, the prices of the coffee are quite low, which is a pleasant surprise.
The place has two floors, which provides a good amount of space for customers. The internet connection is stable, making it easy to work on the go.
Location: 236 Dương Đình Nghệ, phường An Hải Bắc, quận Sơn Trà, thành phố Đà Nẵng, Quận Sơn Trà, Vietnam
Some pictures from the place
More good options:
- Space A for the coworking space
- Local Beans
- Bread N Salt
- Haian Rooftop
- Arrow Cafe
- Mua Cafe
- Eco Green Cafe
- Space A Travelers
What to Do & See While You’re There
Da Nang is a great city with plenty to offer, from beaches and mountains to traditional Vietnamese cuisine. There are plenty of things to do when you’re not working, such as taking a boat tour along the river or exploring the local markets for some delicious street food.
First, Rent a motorbike
Renting a motorbike is one of the best ways to explore Da Nang, as it saves you the cost of booking a tour or trip with a travel agency or taking a taxi.
In addition, It is much more convenient, as you are able to move around the city at your own leisure and explore all its hidden gems in a relaxed manner.
If you work during the week (like me) and hang out on the weekends (also like me). You can rent a motorcycle for the weekend and explore the city.
I rented a bike from Cho thuê xe máy Đà Nẵng. The owner was super friendly and helpful, and the process was very easy. It cost me 150,000 VND (around $7 – 6$) per day, and it was definitely worth it.
There are monkeys in Da Nang!
One of the things to do when in town is to take the Monkey Pass with your rented motorbike. The pass is located in the Hai Van pass, about 30 minutes away from the center of Da Nang.
The Monkey Pass is a stunningly beautiful winding road that can be explored freely with your motorcycle. Along the way, you will encounter monkeys and stunning views.
The Golden Bridge is an iconic bridge that looks like two giant hands holding up a long golden bridge. (Who doesn’t want to take pictures with huge hands).
To reach the bridge. You can book a tour, take a taxi, or rent a scooter and make the journey on your own.
The Marble Mountains
The Marble Mountains are a great place to visit while in Da Nang. The area is made up of five limestone mountains and has several Buddhist temples, pagodas, and caves to explore. It’s a great spot for hiking as well as taking some amazing photos. You can also take advantage of the cable car or ride an elephant to the top.
For most of the sites, you can arrive with a motorcycle, so I highly recommend renting one.
How to Stay Connected with Fast Internet and Local SIM Cards
You can find SIM cards at the airport and around the city. The most popular provider is Viettel, and the card costs around 200,000 VND (9$). For more information on local SIM cards, search on google.
Most hotels and cafes in Da Nang will offer free Wi-Fi, so you should be able to get connected pretty easily. I also found WIFI in street restaurants, but the connection is unreliable.
TIP: When you book a place to sleep. Make sure there is a cafe / co-work nearby in case The Wi-Fi at your place isn’t good.
Da Nang was ranked first in Vietnam for mobile internet speed by the Speedtest Global Index in April 2022. So no worries about the speed.
Meeting other digital nomads in Da Nang
I did find it a bit challenging to connect with other digital nomads. Unlike other destinations where there are many events and co-livings specifically catering to digital nomads, I didn’t find as many opportunities to meet like-minded individuals in Da Nang.
But after all, we are in a technological age, and there are still apps and groups that can help in this matter. Here are some ways to meet more digital nomads:
Nomad list allows users to connect with other digital nomads in the area, making it a great way to meet like-minded individuals.
Some of the active groups I found on Facebook:
There is an activity on Couchsurfing Da Nang, and you can join in on some of the meetups or even host one.
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Tinder and Bumble in Vietnam
Tinder and Bumble are two of the most popular dating apps in Vietnam. You can use these apps to meet people in Da Nang and other cities in Vietnam.
To use Tinder in Vietnam, you can set your location to Da Nang and start swiping on the profiles of people in the area. You can also use the app’s bio section to mention that you are a digital nomad and that you are looking to meet other digital nomads in the area.
Bumble is similar to Tinder, but it has a few key differences. For one, women have to make the first move on Bumble. This means that if you are a man, you will only be able to match with women who have swiped right on you.
Both Tinder and Bumble are great ways to meet people in Vietnam. However, it is important to be aware of the local dating culture. In Vietnam, dating is often seen as a more conservative activity. Therefore, it is important to be respectful of local customs and traditions when using these apps.
I made a guide about Tinder in Thailand. Although he is in Thailand, there is a lot of useful information that can be applied to any destination you go to in Asia.
Overall, digital nomads in Da Nang are hard to find, but with a bit of effort and the right apps, you should be able to find like-minded people. So don’t worry! You won’t get bored in Da Nang.
DO’S AND DONT’S:
- Rent a motorbike or bicycle to get around the city.
- Try the local food. Da Nang is known for its delicious street food and seafood. Some must-try dishes include banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich), mi quang (a type of noodle soup), and bun cha (grilled pork with vermicelli noodles).
- Visit the beaches. Da Nang has some of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam, such as My Khe Beach, Non Nuoc Beach, and Bac My An Beach.
- Visit the Marble Mountains. This group of limestone and marble hills is a popular tourist attraction and offers great views of the city.
- Take a day trip to the nearby towns of Hoi An and Hue. Both are known for their historical and cultural significance and make for great day trips from Da Nang.
- Be respectful of the local customs and traditions. Vietnam is a culturally rich country, and it’s important to be mindful of customs and traditions when visiting.
- Don’t haggle too aggressively. In Vietnam, haggling is common, but it’s important to remember that the prices are often quite low, and merchants make a living by selling their products. Haggling too aggressively can be considered rude and disrespectful.
- Don’t ignore traffic rules. Da Nang is a relatively safe city, but like most of the cities in Vietnam, traffic can be chaotic and dangerous. Make sure to follow traffic rules and be aware of your surroundings when crossing the streets.
- Don’t ignore the weather. Da Nang can be hot and humid, especially during the summer months. Be sure to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
- Don’t be too loud and rowdy. The Vietnamese culture values peace and tranquility, and it’s important to be mindful of the noise levels and not to be too loud or disruptive in public places.
Good news: Vietnam lawmakers approve extension of e-visa validity to 3 months. Now, digital nomads and other visitors can stay in Vietnam for longer without having to apply for a visa on arrival. This is a welcome development for those who want to explore Vietnam for a longer period of time.
Is there a digital nomad visa?
ATM In DA Nang
ATMs are located throughout Vietnam, and most of them accept international cards. In Da Nang, you can find ATMs in almost all tourist spots as well as at the airport and shopping malls.
Be sure to check with your bank before traveling to make sure your card will work in Vietnam, and be aware that there may be extra fees.
- Withdrawal fee: 22000VND ($1)
- Withdrawal limit: 5,000,000VND ($200)
*The info is based on my experience and might have changed since then.
My Experience As A Digital Nomad in Da Nang
My experience as a digital nomad in Da Nang was a mix of good and bad.
I arrived in the city from a flight from Bangkok and initially stayed in a hostel because I wanted to start off in a social environment. Unfortunately, the hostel I was in wasn’t built for socializing, so after a few days, I decided to move to an apartment by myself.
This proved to be an excellent decision as it gave me a great atmosphere to work in, as I could work both from the cafe downstairs and in the apartment.
Regarding socializing, it was a bit challenging for me to connect with other digital nomads and foreigners, but I found some football games to play and attended a few meetups.
One of the challenges I faced was finding street food that suited my taste, as Vietnamese food is mostly seafood and spicy. That’s why I used the Grab application a lot, and it was through this experience that the idea to write an article about how to use Grab’s app in a way that will save you money.
Overall, the atmosphere in Da Nang was nice, and I liked going to the sea, which was only a few minutes away, to clear my head. I was also able to find some places with free Wi-Fi, which enabled me to work from different locations.
Is Da Nang good for digital nomads?
Yes! Da Nang is becoming increasingly popular with digital nomads thanks to its great infrastructure and low cost of living.
Where do ex-pats live in Da Nang?
Most ex-pats in Da Nang live in the An Thuong, Hai Chau, and Son Tra districts.
Is it expensive to live in Vietnam?
Compared to other countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is a relatively cheap place to live. Of course, this can vary depending on where you are living – the cost of living in the cities is usually higher than that in rural areas.
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