What’s life like for a Central Vietnam digital nomad?
After leaving Saigon (read about my experience as a digital nomad in Saigon) I headed north to explore central Vietnam.
Stopping in Dalat, Nha Trang, Da Nang, and Hoi An. This is my review of being a digital nomad in Central Vietnam.
Dalat was my first stop after Saigon, and boy was it a change of pace.
I took the 45 minute flight up there and immediately as I got of the plane I felt a rush of calm, fresh air, and cool air. It was so nice.
Without wanting to sound hyperbolic, I would say Dalat is the most beautiful place I have ever been. The combination of the nature, the cute little town, and the friendly people, all add up to make it a magical place.
Dalat is definitely my favourite place in Vietnam, and the only place I would be in a rush to go back to. It has loads of little coffee shops, great food, and the people are lovely.
It has a special open kind of feeling where you can slip right in and feel like you’ve been there forever, which I have only felt before in Chiang Mai.
It’s a pretty small, quiet town, so not the place if you’re looking for adventure or partying, but a must visit if you’re in Vietnam.
I’ve been to Nha Trang before, so I knew what to expect. It has a reputation as a boring city, full of Russian tourists, with not much to do.
It lives up to it’s reputation pretty well.
I stopped off for one night, because I wanted to catch the train up to Da Nang. Taking a bus for 3-4 hours to Nha Trang was bad enough. I didn’t fancy the long journey up to Da Nang.
Trains in Vietnam are quite pleasant anyway, you can sleep reasonably comfortably overnight and arrive in the morning.
So, I spent one night in Nha Trang, drove out to a quite little beach about an hour away which was nice, but didn’t want to stay any longer than I did.
There’s a few coffee shops that are nice to work in, and the Sailing Club is a great place to take selfies of your laptop looking over the beach. If you want to get your head down, with a beach nearby Nha Trang is alright for a few days, but a bad option for social life and things to do, in my opinion.
Da Nang is an interesting place. It’s still very rare for westerners to go there, it seems. People stare, say hello in the street, little kids come up to you. It’s like they’ve never seen a foreigner before.
That is pretty cool, but has a pretty obvious downside. The level of English is low. Generally younger people are better, as evidenced by my conversation with a group of 8 year old’s, while their mothers sat and smiled (watch the video).
It has a city feel, with plenty of coffee shops, gyms, and stuff to do. I spent almost 2 weeks there, and it was overcast or raining pretty much every day. I didn’t make it to the beach, but it does look nice, when the weather is better.
It has a really beautiful vibe. The energy of the city is open, welcoming, without feeling like it would get boring quickly due to being too small.
Hoi An is a beautiful little town. The heritage buildings, river, and even the rest of the ‘locals’ part of town are beautiful.
Unfortunately it rained all of the 3 days I spent there, and I was sick, so didn’t leave bed much.
My overall sense of Hoi An was that it’s very pretty, sleepy little town, but mostly for tourists. It’s too small to spend much time there, probably better suited to couples than a single guy.
Central Vietnam Digital Nomad
The only place in Vietnam I am in a rush to go back to is Dalat, which was beautiful. Da Nang was cool. but I wouldn’t want to spend too much time there.
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