2021 marks my two years living and working in Saigon, Vietnam’s large, hot, and chaotic metropolis. Since 2014, digital nomads have been making a pilgrimage to this southern haven boot-strapping their online business staying months and even years at a time in the hopes their SaaS, ecommerce site, or travel and food blog will gain traction. Most site the city’s dynamism, sense of adventure, and excitement as an up and coming “wild west” economy where opportunity abound.
I moved to Vietnam mainly for three reasons: the low cost of living, amazing night life, and convenience. With a monthly budget of $1,200 I can live quite a fulfilling life-style which couldn’t be afforded to me back in Minnesota. From night clubs, late night eateries, roof top bars, live music venues, to street food, Saigon has not only a plethora of things to see and to but all at an affordable price. Finally, convenience, convenience, convenience! At $1-2 a pop, Grab bike is my main wheels and allows me to live car-free, saving me thousands. Don’t fee like cooking? Nope, the Grab app allows me to order virtually any type of cuisine to be delivered to my door for less than one dollar delivery charge. Grab is a lifesaver!