Nomad work in Ho Chi Minh City

Posted on August 9, 2012
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If you follow me, you know that I am a nomad worker. Co-founder at Forexagone.com, my business is 100% online after all, so I made the decision in 2011 to keep on travelling and working from different places, different countries… In most of the places where I went, I was experiencing work at coffee shops. Some places have good Internet connection, comfy chairs and all. Some other don’t. In Manila (Philippines) I discovered the practicality of coworking, and experienced it for nearly 6 months at Co.Lab Makati. I am now in Ho Chi Minh City (economic capital city of Vietnam) where I found no coworking space so far, but after some days I found this pretty cool coffee shop in the heart of District 1.

Phuong Nam Corp. is a library, they sell books, DVDs, video games and some office accessories. And they have a café on the side of the store (called Book Café) where people can usually read their books while drinking a refreshing smoothie or a coffee. The chairs and tables are all in good condition and comfortable, most of the tables have a power outlet nearby. It’s never crowded and there are no kids around so it’s pretty quiet. The staff is friendly, drinks are not so expensive so I always give a tip between 5 000 and 10 000 dongs (up to 50 cents), because after all I’m using the wifi and power and I stay long. I like and follow this “coffee shop working etiquette” when I order a drink every two hours as a mean to pay for my rent.

Book Café is located in the Vincom Centre mall (which is the most recent and modern mall in the city, and also the most expensive, located in District 1) at basement 1. Check it out if you’re travelling over Ho Chi Minh City and need a space to work for a day or two, this place will do.

Also, if you have any tip on a coworking space in here, thanks for dropping a comment 🙂

About the author

Cyril Mazur is a serial web entrepreneur with experience in various fields: online dating, forex & finance, blogging, online advertising... who enjoys building things that people like to use.

8 comments

  1. Melissa
    on September 2, 2012
    Hey Cyril,

    I was googling for a coworking space here in Saigon and came across your post. It's very interesting that you decided in 2011 to work and travel at the same time because that's exactly what I did. :)

    I'm a freelance designer from Singapore btw, mostly based here but running around the world a fair bit too.

    Would be cool to chat over a ca phe sua da or something if you've the time!

    Cheers,
    Mel
  2. Cyril
    on September 2, 2012
    Hi Melissa and thanks for your comment. I'm always glad that like-minded folks contact me. I already left Saigon, too bad I must decline the invitation because I love ca phe sua da :p

    Anyways, I'll leave you a message by email ;-)
  3. taka
    on January 12, 2013
    Hey Cyril, Thank you nice information.
    I am nomad worker too and will stay in Ho Chi Minh City next week.

    I know awesome co-working space in Bangkok, Thailand.
    it is HUBBA.
    http://www.hubbathailand.com

    very nice staff, nice location, relax atmosphere, high speed internet.
  4. Cyril
    on January 12, 2013
    oh yeah I spent a day at Hubba when I was in Bangkok last time, really nice place and nice people. I shared lunch together with the staff (very welcoming), they are very friendly indeed. I would recommend that one for Bangkok!
  5. Tuan Anh
    on June 19, 2013
    You can check out my new co-working space (GekkoSpace) in Saigon. Flexible options: rent by day, month, ... you can email me directly if interested, tuananh@thien-an.com
  6. Cyril
    on June 21, 2013
    Next time I'm in Saigon, I won't hesitate to pay you a visit Tuan Anh :)
  7. Simone
    on July 8, 2013
    There is the Saigon Coworking space in between District 1 and Phu Nhuan. Very nice, in a peaceful neighborhood...here's the link http://www.saigoncoworking.com/

    Cheers!
  8. Margot
    on July 8, 2013
    Hey Cyril,

    It is nice to read from you because you are exactly the kind of people we are looking for and glad to work with !

    I introduce you our new creation & innovation center in the heart of Saigon providing ready-to-use solutions for freelancers like you, startups and entrepreneurs. We are located in a calm area on Thi Nghe river sides, Saigon Coworking provides reserved seats in fully operating offices, with optical fiber, parking, meeting & conference room, casual rooftop, 24/7 access, guard at night to protect your belongings and 6 hours secretarial & translation service.

    Visit our website at http://www.saigoncoworking.com/ and do not hesitate to contact us to make a visit when you back in Saigon !

    See you there !

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