Are there any Digital Nomads in Dalat? The answer is YES. Really hard to come across them, but they are around. The Dalat Digital Nomads Facebook group, started only in May 2017 is now counting a staggering 16 subscribers :-O wooooww. Well … it’s a start, I guess 🙂
Dalat as a tourist attraction
Weekends are pretty hectic in Dalat, with hundreds of local Vietnamese tourists flocking in to take selfie pictures around the lake and enjoy that little bit of peace usually neglected by Ho Chi Minh city living or other bigger towns. At night, hundreds of youngsters fill the market square, taking a sip of the local culture by having some street food and wearing some warm and funny hats, purchased as a souvenir of a town that made its small fortune by fabricating a romantic, allegoric atmosphere. The outskirts of Dalat provide some outstanding outdoor mountain activities and beautiful spots to relax for a few hours and stay away from everything and everyone.
Dalat Digital nomads day-to-day
Digital nomads find it hard to find any kind of facility and digital ecosystem. There was a talk about the opening of the first co-working space, but it all went in smoke, not literally of course. Starting a business in town isn’t an easy task, plenty of opposition from the local “community” and officials find their way into making things hard, of course. Hopefully the co-working space project will still go on, there’s certainly a need for a creative space where Start-ups and Digital Nomads can get together to come up with new solutions and ideas.
Digital Nomads work from their hotel rooms or small studio apartments; sometimes take advantage of quite coffee shops which serve excellent coffee and usually provide a fast internet connection. The weather is the main thing of Dalat, temperature rarely raise about 30 Celsius and nights are cool and breezy, making it the perfect place for long long sleeps.
Dalat potential totally untapped
The actual potential about Dalat for Digital Nomads, is the combination of cost of living, comfort and lack of distractions. Plenty of affordable accommodation, a sizeable number of eateries of all sorts and the actual size of the town, make day-to-day live quite charming and simple. Combine that with a major lack for entertainment and you have a perfect place to spend a few weeks working on the project you’ve been wanting to get started with but you couldn’t. This is what I see as the potential about Dalat. Let alone the fact that some outstanding villas can be rented for reasonable money, making co-working and co-living a solution for small teams needing to get together to get some work done.
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Dalat will certainly grow as a town and community of Digital Nomads. I will be certainly going back in a few months as I managed to get a lot of work done and I miss the weather and coffee. If you are on your way from Danang to Saigon give yourself a little rest in Dalat for a few days and you’ll experience something different. Sorry, although I would have lots to say about Dalat, I feed that it’s enough for now. If you have some questions, do not hesitate to leave a comment below.