We are going to be having a Nomad week. This is where we will explore the wonders of the world and select a new city each month to feature on our blog and Instagram. This is a great way to showcase some wonderful cities in the hopes to inspire you to explore and even possibly take a risk and relocate to work!
This month we are featuring Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam. A special one for us as we have a team based and working out of HCMC currently. This means we have plenty of tips and information to share.
In this blog you’ll find out…
- How awesome Ho Chi Minh city is
- What the city is famous for
- Some important business etiquette and manners
- Our #1 co-working space in the city
- A must see attraction
- Cost of living
One of Asia's most compelling cities, Ho Chi Minh City is the energetic hub of modern Vietnam, with wide boulevards, grand buildings, fascinating cultural sights, and a vibrant laneways buzzing with life.
Ho Chi Minh City (also still called Saigon) is famous for its Pho which is a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup. Pho is usually eaten for breakfast in Vietnam. It is very unusual for someone to eat it for another meal – as unusual as it would seem for someone to eat cereal for dinner. The three basic components of Pho are rice noodles, broth, and meat. Fun fact, traditionally Pho must simmer for 12 hours before served. Another must try is Banh Mi a traditional Vietnamese roll.
Now onto some business etiquette. As we have an office set up in the heart of Saigon we know a thing or two when it comes to doing business within the country. When partaking in business, business cards are usually exchanged when meeting for the first time. Give and receive a business card with both hands. The Vietnamese are generally punctual and expect foreigners to be the same. That said, the Vietnamese can be very flexible and accommodating when situations occur that are beyond the control of one of the parties involved (for example, a washed-out street, traffic jam, etc.).
Now you know some of the do’s and dont’s in the business world you might need a place to work if you’re in the city. Acacia’s favourite co-working space in the city, and our office is BIGWork. Located on a tree-lined street in District 3, making it a 25-minute commute from the Airport. The cozy space sits opposite the war remnants museum. The space in features many modern facilities and various rooms to take advantage of. Whether you want a private office, a meeting room, a pitching room, or an alfresco area at the rooftop to let your creative juices flow. Filled with great people and full of light it’s a positive space to get some wonderful work done.
Address: 4 Le Quy Don, Ward 6, ERC City Campus, 5th floor, District 3, HCMC
Now onto the more touristy side of things. A must see when in the city is the Independence Palace (Dinh Độc Lập). It was designed by architect Ngô Viết Thụ and was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates. This is definitely a must see when visiting HCMC with beautiful architecture and equally as beautiful gardens.
If you’ve been thinking about relocating and your business allows you to work from anywhere around the world why not consider Vietnam? Cost of living in Ho Chi Minh city is considerably lower than Australia. The average meal in Australia is around $18AUD whereas in Vietnam it is around $2.35AUD. For bottled water you only pay around .36 cents. A 1km taxi ride in Australia would be equivalent to $2 in comparison to $.70 cents in Vietnam. The costs of monthly living utilities including electricity, heating, water and garbage for a 85m2 apartment is around $148 in Australia and cost of rent for a city apartment is around $1,700. Utility bills around $73 per month in Vietnam which around half you pay in Australia and rent for a city apartment per month is $500.
Overall Ho Chi Minh city is so full of life and there is always something to do. It’s a wonderful place to work as there are always things surrounding that get creative juices flowing. If you have been thinking of visiting or even working in Vietnam don’t hesitate to get in touch (but contact form or email) as we would love to share what we have learn’t whist enjoying this hectic yet inspiring city.