Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, is ranked 18th on the list of 147 best cities to visit for a mix of business and pleasure. The list was compiled by Germany-based vacation search engine company Holidu.
Ho Chi Minh City is ranked 21st and Hoi An 32nd.
Holidu ranked cities and towns around the world based on several factors, including: monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment; cost of drinks after work; average number of hours of sunshine; Wi-Fi speeds; Tourist attractions; average taxi fares; average price for two beers in a bar; and the number of coworking spaces.
The monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Hanoi and HCMC, Vietnam’s two largest metropolises, has been estimated at $ 336.79 and $ 550.51 respectively. In the central city of Hoi An, the monthly rent was $ 218.95.
The average cost of a meal in a moderate restaurant in Hanoi has been estimated at $ 1.7, HCMC $ 2.1, and Hoi An $ 1.82.
Internet speed in Vietnam’s major tourist cities – 14 Mbps in Hanoi, 13 Mbps in HCMC, and 12 Mbps in Hoi An – lagged behind regional counterparts like Singapore at 93 Mbps and Bangkok at 28 Mbps.
“Compared to many other cities in the world, the WiFi speed in the three cities of Vietnam is not the best, but the cost of eating and drinking is much lower,” Holidu said.
According to Holidu, Hanoi has 50 coworking spaces and an average taxi fare of $ 0.51 per kilometer. The figures at HCMC are 92 coworking spaces and $ 0.63 per km.
Thailand Bangkok tops the list this year, followed by New Delhi (India), Lisbon (Portugal) and Barcelona (Spain).
“All of the cities that have secured top spots have been successful in doing so mainly because of their very affordable cost of living, with the price of accommodation, food and drink at extremely attractive prices,” said Sarah Siddle, public relations and marketing manager at Holidu.
“The events of the past year and a half have completely changed the way we work, showing us that we don’t always have to be in the office five days a week to do our jobs.
A job is the perfect way to spend an extended period of time in a destination you want to explore without the limitations of staying in annual vacation pay. “