Hanoi – Vietnam’s bustling capital – is fast becoming a hub for digital nomads from all over the world. Many stay in South-East Asia’s up-and-coming destination much longer than planned. With its low cost of living, friendly locals and positive, go-getting outlook, it’s easy to see why it’s a growing coliving location both for long-term and short-term stays. In Hanoi, you can enjoy fresh coconuts by the many lakes while watching the motorbikes go by, explore the Old Town with its many museums and get lost in the alleyways behind the main roads to get a glimpse of local life. You’ll find a charming mix of European architecture, Russian inspired So-Viet style and ultra-modern skyscrapers. Hanoi might not have a public transport system but taxis and motorbike taxis are very cheap here. Hanoi is a city that is bursting with optimism and you will find a supportive community of remote workers – especially around the Tay Ho area where there are many coliving spaces. Whether you are a fan of trendy yet affordable rooftop cafés and bars, street food, shopping for tailor-made clothes or want to get involved with local charities, Hanoi has something to offer for everyone. It is a very affordable location for anyone considering coliving in Vietnam.
Here are some fun facts about Hanoi:
- Over 7.8 million people live in the capital city.
- The name ‘Hanoi’ means ‘in-between rivers’.
- The city center is called ‘the 36 streets’.
- Has had city status for over 1,000 years but people have lived here since 3,000 B.C.
- Houses with shops on big roads cost up to ten times more than those one street behind.
- Is the best place in Vietnam to eat pho – a local soup with beef, chicken, seafood or vegetables in a rich broth with herbs and noodles. Many locals eat it for breakfast.
- Hanoi is a popular destination for coffee lovers.
- In 2010, Hanoi had a Guinness World record for the biggest mosaic at 16,902 square feet (1,570.2 square meters).
- Dong, the Vietnamese currency, makes everyone feel like a millionaire.
- Hanoi is famous for its water puppetry shows.
More and more remote workers are basing themselves in Hanoi and many new coliving spaces are being built here.