Besides Bangkok, Hanoi is drawing increasing attention as one of the hottest hubs for both long and short term travelers, digital nomads and freelancers in Southeast Asia. An increasing number of foreigners and expats who are based in Hanoi, most of whom work as a part-time or freelance English teacher, designer, IT engineer, and so on. In this article, you will find a co-working space guide for travelers, digital nomads and freelancers.
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Toong: a top-notch coworking area in the centre of Hanoi's Old Quarter
The most impressive co-working space among those I recommend here is Toong. Toong is made up of 2 branches, lying on Trang Thi Street in the city centre and To Ngoc Van corner near the West Lake area.
Toong space on To Ngoc Van is massive, equipped with some of the most modern facilities whilst its interior is traditionally designed. While Toong is more compatible with small companies that have been established for years and international enterprises with quite generous investment on office spaces, freelancers and expats would absolutely enjoy sticking around here. Its central location offers an ideal space for travelers and nomads who stay around the city central — Hanoi old quarter.
On the other hand, the branch located in the West lake area is well suited to expats and long-term travellers who usually tend to be based in this area of Hanoi. Toong's membership price range is slightly higher than other co-working spaces in the city, starting from 120,000 VND (around 6 USD) for a 'day tripper' or 1,900,000 VND (around 80 USD) per month for a 'resident' — those who enjoy unlimited access to a desk of your own in a shared space.
UP: The ultimate dynamic hub for freelancers and start-ups
Up Co-working Space lies within Hanoi Creative City — a rising entertainment and art centre where young people can experience all kinds of fun activities. From authentic cafes and decent restaurants to crowded shopping malls, from a gym to indoor sport centre, Hanoi Creative City has it all. Situated on the 8th floor, UP Co-working Space is well-known in Hanoi for their fun, dynamic and energetic atmosphere. Freelancers, digital nomads and organizations do come here to literally co-work besides finding a flexible and affordable choice of office for themselves. To connect workers, the UP team have put together a range of ongoing weekly events where professionals come to share their knowledge and members at UP gather to work and grow as a team for short-term projects. It's likely that you will find people or organizations cooperating and share ideas while working together in the common space of UP. Their most common package is a Flex Membership, which costs about 10 USD (200,000 VND) for 3 days per month.
Moonwork: a green and quiet coworking space suitable for low-budget travelers and nomads
Moonwork co-working space is located on Dien Bien Phu Street, in a very historical area of Hanoi, not very far away from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long — a cultural complex comprising the royal enclosure. Being green and environmentally friendly is definitely a strong point of Moonwork. Surrounded both indoors and outdoors by sunlight and plants, Moonwork is certainly one of the greenest co-working spaces in Hanoi. All the wooden furniture at Moonwork was carefully picked by its owner. Another extra value of Moonwork comes from its DIY art workshops, in which participants learn to paint, practice origami, create their own leather products or even pottery. Plus, Moonwork is located just above a cozy vintage cafe. Coffee and tea are free for use. It costs only slightly more than 1 USD (22,000 VND) to experience an hour here, or about 15 USD (298,000 VND) for 20 hours of work here.
HanoiHub: coworking space with great combined values
Located in a rather non-touristy area in the south of Hanoi on Lang Ha Street, near the national cinema, HanoiHub is a hidden gem for digital nomads. All you need at work — an office, library, coffee shop and your home — is here! HanoiHub is one of the rare co-working spaces in the city that serves a wide range of drinks and instant meals from their kitchen at guests' requests. Take a break from work and enjoy a cup of coffee, play mini games in the Relax Room or read through their huge collection of books. A library of various books, magazines and comics, carefully handpicked, are free for use by members here. Plus, their green balcony with its great view is nicely decorated, and used as a smoking area. This small and cozy co-working space has it all, and does feel like home too! You'd have to pay only about 7.5 USD (150,000 VND) for a day here, or 3.5 USD (70,000 VND) if you like to stop by just for 3 hours.
Other interesting co-working spaces to check out
If you intend to do some work while travelling consider Hanoi. The city will have plenty of options to help you balance work and play. There are several other co-working spaces in Hanoi to check out too, such as iHouse, Coffice, Hatch and so on. Based on their concepts and atmosphere, pick your office or choose to work at a cafe downtown. Almost all cafes in Hanoi are equipped with sufficient Wi-Fi, a wide range of local drinks and probably splendid lake or city view as well if you stick around the touristy Hoan Kiem Lake or West Lake.