Are you a digital expat living in Vietnam, or considering moving to Vietnam?
Co-working spaces are getting more popular than ever and now offer amazing working locations all over the country.
In this article, we cover all of the best co-working spaces in the major cities throughout Vietnam.
Read on to catch our best picks and find out where to work in the cities below:
- Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
- Nha Trang
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PROS and CONS of coworking spaces
- more affordable than renting a space
- variety of offered amenities and services
- sense of community, along with socializing and networking opportunity, especially if you are new in town
- great environment for brand new startups and entrepreneurs
- ability to find a niche space that fits YOU — some coworking space are “women only”, “writers only” or strictly for techies
- too many distractions
- you might have to wait to use an amenity or a private meeting room
- limited seats and type of seats, from a hot desk, standing desk, to offices with a lock
- it is just not for everybody. Try and see for yourself, for example, in Vietnam!
What makes a good co-working space?
Most remote workers and freelancers spend most of their time sitting down.
The seating arrangement is very important, as is privacy, and noise.
An ideal coworking office space has separated zones for working and for mingling, as well as several seating options, from beanbag to shared desk, hot desk, or a private meeting room.
Digital professionals value freedom, but also a bit of guidance.
Services and offers such as training programs, networking events, parties, and other social events, or even summer camps are very welcome.
Many co-working spaces are in beautiful cities, by the mountains or the sea, which also boosts well-being.
For this, many co-working spaces also have great amenities and services, such as a well-equipped kitchen, bar, snacks (bonus point for healthy ones), or a gym.
Office space also needs to look nice.
Design and colors are very important. Did you know that orange and yellow induce creativity?
However, yellow in combination with red induces hunger and a “need for speed.”
Now you know why the McDonald’s sign is red and yellow!
People also tend to pay more for beautiful, modern things and office designers know this. Many co-working spaces are full of art and furniture that is often ergonomic.
The ecological aspect is also very important.
From the office being green at the first sight (plants or use of natural materials and natural light), protecting the environment by avoiding single-use plastics in the kitchen, separate temperature controls in all areas, to using energy-saving lights, recycling, and promoting sustainability.
However, functionality and technology is a must.
Reliable internet connection, eye-friendly lightning, enough electricity plugs, and enough printing facilities are expected.
Coworking spaces in Hue
CoPlus was the first coworking space in Hue. A hot desk in open-plan seating costs 15,000/hour and 66,000/day.
See? Hue really is cheaper than other cities from our list.
Even if the price is cheaper, you will find several amenities here, from lockers, free parking, onsite cafe, to standing desks and a printer, scanner, and photocopier.
It is open 7:30 am – 6:30 pm Monday to Saturday.
A minus is that their website is in Vietnamese only.
It is still the best coworking space in Hue, though.
Verdict: An affordable place to work with an onsite cafe.
Visitors like the simple, clean decor and plants.
At Box, you can rent a private office, dedicated desk, or a hot desk.
Private office starts at 4,000,000 VND a month, a dedicated desk at 1,500,000 VND a month, and 900,000 VND for a hot desk rented for a month.
If you rent for 3 or 6 months, the prices are lower.
However, there are not that many services available as at the previously mentioned place.
A plus is that it is opened every day, from 7 am to 10 pm.
Verdict: If CoPlus is closed, you can always go to Box, which is open till late and also on Sundays.
Coworking spaces in Danang
Danang Coworking Space offers hot desks, dedicated desks, and private offices.
You can also rent meeting rooms, spaces for events, or virtual offices for 990,000 VND a month.
What is the difference between a coworking space and a virtual office? A virtual office is… well, more like an office.
Someone can get your mail, the receptionist can answer your calls, and you have a usable business address.
The minimum renting period for a virtual office here is 6 months. Overall service at DNC is great, there are enough power outlets, employees are hospitable, but internet performance could be better, there are no standing desks and the phone booth is not soundproofed.
DNC is also harder to find for the first time – there is no sign.
One day costs 75,000 VND and one month 990,000 – 1,450,000 VND.
The most expensive option is a serviced office: starting at 5 million VND a month.
The DNC is open from 8 am – 9 pm on weekdays and 8 am – 6 pm on Saturday. This space is closed on Sundays.
Verdict: Friendly environment, from staff to several businesses that offer mentorship to DNC members.
This vibrant black/yellow space with green elements offers several packages for digital expats and also a coliving option!
It is the first coliving coworking space in the city.
Coworking starts at $79/month for a flexible seat, $96 for a fixed one, but there are also hourly, daily and weekly rates.
Services include free locker, beverages, or parking.
There are meeting rooms, too, starting from $3.5/hour.
Coliving here means having an apartment with a private kitchen, bathroom, access to a gym, rooftop, free washing machine use… and a 5% discount for co-work options.
Apartments cost $348 – $435 a month, dorm $122 – $153. There are 2 Enouvo locations in Danang, open Monday – Friday: 8 am – 7 pm, Saturdays from 8 am – 5 pm.
In many reviews, Enouvo ranks as the best coworking place in Danang.
Verdict: A nicely designed interior that boosts work morale and creativity, plus, there is the option of coliving that supports the community feeling.
This comfy little spot with an on-site cafe does not break a bank according to digital expats.
The price of the hotdesk is available upon inquiry.
A whole studio on the 3rd floor suitable for 3-7 people starts at 5 million VND, including drinking water.
However, note that there are no fancy additions, such as phone boots, standing desks, or conference room.
For us, the fresh coffee and the fact that it is open 7 days a week (9 am – 5:30 pm) are a big plus.
Verdict: A smaller, cozy spot with an on-site cafe. And the coffee is really nice!
SpaceA is located in a renovated traditional Vietnamese house, and offers a big lounge space on the first floor (where you can be chatty), a quiet space on the second floor (great if you need to concentrate), and a multi-purpose space on the third floor.
It is a space where many events take place.
You can pay for $1.3/3 hours, $7/1 day, or $32/5 days. A plus is, that these days do not have to be consecutive.
There are drinks and snacks, a printer, a projector, and a whiteboard.
It is not your typical coworking space, there are not that many amenities, modern comfortable furniture… they call themselves a lounge or a travelers station.
If you want to give it a shot, opening hours are 8 am – 6 pm, Monday to Saturday.
There is even a “travel concierge” to help you in case you have questions about Danang.
Verdict: A spot for those that do not like modern, shiny interiors but prefer traditional Vietnamese architecture.
TOP Coworking Space is located in the center of the city, and it works as a business accelerator and incubator for young entrepreneurs.
Perfect for startups, workshops, or meetups, as event space can be rented as well, for 2,000,000 VND/half a day.
There are hot desks, dedicated offices, and private offices, priced at 70,000 VND a day/1,000,000 VND a month (hot desk), private offices rented per hour for 130,000, and virtual offices for 1,000,000 VND a month.
Know that there are no conference rooms or phone boots, shall you need one.
This coworking space thinks about the safety of your data, and material things — they have their own power generator and bike parking with 24/7 security.
It is also nicely designed. However, unlike other places on our list, this one is closed all weekend. It is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 17:30.
Verdict: Power outages are, sadly, quite regular. A report done by Vietnam Electricity found out that there were 543.28 “dark” minutes in 2018.
TOP Coworking space has its own power generator. No risk of losing your work-in-progress.
The Embassy has 4 locations in the city and members have access to all of them.
The pass includes free coffee, water, and tea, and there is also a restaurant and a bar.
The lunch menu costs 95,000 VND. Embassy members can use monitors, green screen, whiteboard, scanner, photocopier, microphone, projector, printer… you name it.
High-speed internet is a must (100 megabit fiber), however, there are no conference rooms, only private rooms, and offices.
A private office costs 7 million VND per month.
Visitors can use Skype rooms and pick their favorite seating arrangement: a dedicated desk or a standing desk.
The Embassy has 24h access, except Sunday, when it is closed. 1-day entrance costs 70,000 VND, 1-month 1,200,000.
Verdict: If you really like to dive into your work for several hours, you will appreciate a restaurant and bar at The Embassy.
Plus, as a member, you have access to all Embassy locations.
If you are looking for a coworking place or a virtual office, head to The Offish.
You can rent a desk for 1,600,000 VND a month, a private office for 8,000,000 VND a month, or a virtual office for $99/month if you sign up for 3 months.
There are meeting rooms, snacks and drinks, office supplies, conference rooms, and even a room for relaxing.
You can get a one day trial, too. The Offish is open from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday to Saturday.
Verdict: No harm in trying it with a one-day free trial.
Coworking spaces in Nha Trang
LIVIN Collective is a coworking space, restaurant and a concept store, established by an American couple in Nha Trang, a coastal Vietnamese city.
It has a nice, clean design, food is tasty and many events take place here.
There is no charge to use the space, you can purchase something to support them.
Up to you if it will be a beer and bbq, or organic product from their store.
LIVIN is open 7 days a week, which is a huge plus.
We Office is suitable for both solo remote workers and small teams.
This professional space offers dedicated desks for 1,600,000 VND a month, hot desks for 90,000 VND a day, virtual offices for 800,000 a month and meeting rooms/private offices, too.
Free parking and optic fibre internet and free water make it a popular spot.
We Office is open Monday to Saturday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Coworking spaces in Ho Chi Minh City
CirCo is our favorite, plus you can pick from 4 locations: District 1, Dong Du Street, District 3, Dien Bien Phu Street, District 4, Hoang Dieu, and District 1, Nguyen Trai.
What are the differences?
Hoang Dien and Dien Bien Phu locations offer private offices, starting at 18,000,000 VND per month, and dedicated desks starting at 3,500,000 VND.
You can also get a daily pass from 150,000 VND, and weekly from 500,000 VND.
A flexible desk starts at 1,800,000 VND a month.
A virtual office is available everywhere, for 800,000 VND per month.
There are even meeting rooms, conference rooms, and event space!
What makes CirCo one of the best coworking spaces on our list?
These perks: receptionist, mail handling service, gym discount, periodic medical check for members, discount for Google services, free beverages, and many events that take place there.
If you get a daily or weekly pass, CirCo is accessible 8 am – 6 pm.
Verdict: 4 locations and many benefits for members make it one of the best places for digital expats.
The Hive is a multi-country network and if you buy a Hive pass in Saigon, you can access other locations, as well: Bangkok, Taipei, Singapore, Hong Kong, and more.
The Hive in Saigon is located in District 2 and offers hot desks from 1,300,000 VND/month, dedicated desks from 2,800,000 VND, private offices from 5,000,000 VND, and part-time (10 days) and full-time (1 month) memberships.
A hot desk day pass costs 190,000. Virtual offices are available, too.
Young entrepreneurs benefit from special rates and if you want to socialize, look into Social membership, with access to a villa and a pool.
Nothing like a nice dip in hot Saigon! Member app, free coffee, phone booths, and printers are available too.
If you have a day pass or a weekly membership, you can access The Hive 8 am – 8 pm. Full-time members have 24/7 access.
Verdict: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
No worries, The Hive is not dull, it is a great place to meet people.
Plus, young entrepreneurs benefit from lower rates.
There are 3 locations in total, 2 in District 1 and one in Binh Thanh.
Dreamplex got famous when Barack Obama spoke here in May 2016. Since then, many events and TedX talks have taken place here.
As a digital professional looking for a comfortable space to work, be sure to find these options here: virtual office from 1,000,000 VND a month, desk in a shared workspace from 2,500,000 VND, private office from 4,800,000 VND.
Meeting rooms and event space can be rented, as well.
Amenities and member benefits include a member app, discount on delivered food, phone booths, lockers, comfortable lounges, kitchenette, or mail handling. Coworking space has 24/7 access, too.
Verdict: 24/7 access is great but you might love this feature: there is a room where you can nap if you get too tired!
This is one of the smaller and quiet workspaces.
Dedicated desks start at 2,600,000 VND/month, studio for a team of 3-5 people starts at 7,700,000 VND/month and private studio (6-16 team members) starts at 12 million.
There are printers, scanners, secured parking, and some free refreshments.
There are 3 locations: Phu Nhuan, Thao Dien, and one that is only a 9m drive from the airport.
Verdict: If you need peace and quiet, visit one of their three addresses with 24/7 access.
A second co-living space on our list is Spiced, located in District 1. Rooms start at $36/night.
You can also work at a hot desk from 160,000 VND a day and 2,200,000 VND a month.
The whole thing is very comfy and easy-going, with ergonomic chairs, beanbags, even hammocks.
However, techies do not have to be sad, there are projectors, printers, scanners… Even a Skype and podcasting room.
This is a very “digital nomad” type of place, offering hostel-like entertainment such as board games and a swimming pool.
Community lunches and events also take place at Spiced. Try a free trial every Thursday.
Verdict: A chilled, but professional environment awarded by several blogs.
There is a swimming pool, too!
Toong has 10 locations in Saigon and 2 of those are located on Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai Street, number 126 and 20. We will look closely at those.
They offer hot desks, starting at 1,900,000 a month, meeting rooms from 200,000 an hour, and private serviced offices for 1-30 people with a flexible price range.
Amenities include drinks, library, mail handling, receptionist, and lockers.
Apart from Ho Chi Minh City, Toong is present also in Hanoi, Danang, Nha Trang and Laos, and Cambodia.
Toong is open every day, 8 am – 8 pm.
Verdict: Many locations to pick from, both in the city and in the country.
Plus, you can book a tour of Toong coworking before you sign up.
Coworking spaces in Hanoi
Apart from Ho Chi Minh City, Dreamplex is present in Hanoi, too. And it is not shy: it occupies a total of 3,360 square meters in Thai Ha, Innovation Tower of Dong Da District.
We love the design of this place.
Amenities and services are the same as in Ho Chi Minh City: 24/7 access, mail handling, conference rooms, lockers, common spaces to relax, and network…
A desk in an unlimited coworking area starts at 2,500,000 a month, a dedicated one at 4,000,000, a private office at 6,000,000, and a virtual office at 1,200,000 VND a month.
Verdict: Nicely designed, spacious co-working, with a professional, but warm atmosphere.
Many online reviews say that the best part about Dreamplex are the people.
Ba Dinh district is perfect if you want to avoid the “too touristy” Old Quarter or “too Western” Tay Ho. Prices start at 150,000 VND a day for a hotdesk, and 11,000,000 VND/month for a private office.
There is free water, coffee, access to printer and scanner, personal lockers, and several events are happening, too.
Verdict: A smaller but cozy spot. The previous visitors praise the enthusiastic staff.
There are 5 locations in Hanoi, in Bac Tu Liem District, Ba Dinh District, Hoan Kiem, and two in Cau Giay District, open from 8 am to 8 pm.
Toong Trang Thi near Hoan Kiem lake was the first one, so let’s look at it closer.
Hot desks start at 1,900,000 VND/month, meeting rooms at 400,000/hour.
Prices of available serviced offices for 1-30 people are available upon request.
Event places that can accommodate 70-150 people are also available.
Amenities and freebies include lockers, tea, and coffee, library, or lockers.
Toong is a very stylish and green place, and along with Dreamplex is one of the popular places.
Verdict: Trang Thi address is our favorite: it is an old French villa with a homey feel.
Coworking is an unstoppable phenomenon worldwide, and in Southeast Asia, too.
The Internet economy of Southeast Asia also rises. In 2019 it hit $100 billion.
Vietnam is leading with rates above 40% a year!
This, plus the low cost of living makes it a top destination for digital expats.
Many people love the freedom, independence, possibilities for self-realization, and overall more freedom of choice that Vietnam offers them.
And coworking does the same for digital nomads and digital expats. Why not combine it?
If you’re a remote employee looking to relocate to Vietnam, it is currently problematic due to the COVID-19 restrictions traveling to Vietnam.
However, this situation will not last forever!
Iglu hires digital professionals and can help remote employees to relocate and work remotely in Vietnam.
Iglu’s first office in Vietnam is located in Hue, at the HueCIT (Thua Thien Hue Center for Information Technology).