Da Nang is one of three major players in the startup city scene in Vietnam - the others being Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. Coworking here is an attractive proposition for those looking for cheap but good living, a dynamic nightlife and a thriving community of local or nomadic professionals living off their laptop earnings.
This is one Asian destination that is firmly on the wandering pathway of where to hang out for those seeking the thrill of being able to live anywhere in the world and work without four walls defining their lives. Funky coworking spaces have sprung up around the city in response to the needs of its local professionals that do not wish to or can't afford to set up their own premises, plus the hordes of globe-trotting and laptop totting souls that invade Vietnam each year.
Ho Chi Minh's ecosystem has its feet planted firmly in the commerce sector whilst Hanoi is gaining a reputation for its tech talent. Da Nang is creating its own niche in the ecosystem tramping on the back of IBM's investment to turn it into a "smart city".The whole of Vietnam has been quietly establishing its foundations in cyber space without the spotlight placed on Indonesia and Thailand. Vietnam is slowly gaining momentum in spite of the government's lack of policy transparency. With its youthful population (think 90 million citizens in total of which about 50% are below 35) there is no wonder that the country is exploding with cyber space souls.
Sitting in the heart of Vietnam on the coast, Da Nang is a tourist mecca shaped by its historical past of being a French colonial port. Here you can work in the mornings and build sandcastles on the beach in the afternoons, hike the Marble Mountains or go hunting for Buddhist shrines in caves. Once considered a provincial backwater, you will now find upmarket hotels, funky cafes and swish restaurants.
When the tummy rumbles interrupt your brain flow, step outside the doors of your coworking space into the street food scene and slurp on a bowl of pho with its rice noodles or indulge in some coconut water that will dribble down your chin as you watch the passing parade along the Han River.
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