Three cities, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hoi An, are named amongst the top ‘workation’ destinations by vacation-rental giant Holidu. According to Holidu, a workation destination is one that perfectly blends business and pleasure and displays work-friendly features such as low cost of living, high speed internet and picturesque landscapes.  

On the list, Hanoi ranks no. 18th out of 147 cities while Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An come closely behind at positions 21 and 32 respectively. 

The Germany-based vacation search engine company ranks cities and towns across the world on several metrics, including:

  • Monthly rent
  • Average sunny days
  • Wifi speeds
  • Taxi rates
  • The availability of co-working spaces
  • Tourist attractions
  • The price of after-work beers


Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, earned its top 20 position due to low living costs: around $336.79 per month for a one-bedroom apartment, while eating out averages $1.70 for a simple but delicious meal. 

Hanoi - Bun Cha
A world famous dish from Hanoi - Bun Cha @ FotoGraphik / Getty Images

Working in Hanoi is also cheap and easy with over 50 note-worthy co-working spaces. As for taxis, they cost just $0.51 per km. Though internet speeds are quite low - 14 Mbps, compared to Singapore at 93 Mbps , there is no end to the wonderful coffee shops and bars that offer it for free. Plus, Hanoi is strategically positioned for all kinds of amazing excursions. 

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City comes in a close second with a one-bedroom apartment costing around $550.51 per month. Meals are estimated to cost slightly more than Hanoi at $2.10 - definitely a bargain for some of the world’s tastiest food!

Toong coworking space
Toong (Bee Hive) is Vietnam's first and largest working space chain @

Working in Ho Chi Minh City is a blast. With 92 co-working spaces to choose from, internet speeds of 13 Mbps, and an economy that powers over 25% of the country's GDP, Vietnam’s biggest city is full of opportunity and wanderlust. Plus, it costs only $0.63 per km for a taxi.

Hoi An

Hoi An follows closely at third place with living costs of just $218.95 for a one-bedroom apartment. Restaurant meals are also cheap and cheerful at $1.82 per meal.

Working in Hoi An
One of the most attractive reasons for a digital nomad to move to Hoi An is the affordability @ Tara Tadlock /

Co-working spaces in Hoi An are also widely available, but with so many amazing attractions in short distance to the town center, working often takes place in beach bars and restaurants. Hoi An is ideal for the laidback digital nomad looking for a beachside paradise - something Hoi An well-known for. With internet speeds hitting 12Mbps, the average remote worker or online teacher will have no problem in their day to day routine. 

The Holidu top workation awards

These famous Vietnamese cities join other destinations such as Bangkok, New Delhi, Lisbon and Barcelona.

According to Sarah Siddle, public relations and marketing manager at Holidu, “all the cities that secured top spot places managed to do so mostly due to their very affordable cost of living, with the price of accommodation, food and drinks offering extremely attractive prices”. 

"The events of the past year and a half have completely shifted the ways in which we work, showing us that we don't always have to be in the office five days a week to do our jobs. Hence, a workation is the perfect way to spend an extended period of time in a destination you want to explore without the limitations of staying within yearly holiday allowances,” says Sarah. 


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