My $313 District 1 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Apartment

Hey all!

I recently moved from Chiang Mai, Thailand to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam as my Thai visa had finally expired and I suppose it was time to start a new stage of the 'digital nomad journey'.

This is only a short post about the apartment I am staying in, a more packed out guide article will be published when I understand the city more.

I managed to initially find the apartment on Airbnb, I booked one night and messaged the owner that I was looking for a place for a month. She said that I could stay for a month, but had to commit online. It was kinda risky, but to save messing around looking for apartments when I got here (which is something I personally do not enjoy) I just said yes.

It turned out to be a good result.

The apartment is based on 18A Nguyen, in District 1 - also known as digital nomad alley, expat alley, English teacher alley, etc. etc.. It only cost $313/month plus electric and water.

I narrowed down locations using the map from Hochlist. It was either here or Japan town, and as this presented itself as an opportunity, I just went for it.

It's pretty ideally located, I can walk into the heart of the city in around 10 minutes. The area is quieter than most others (still kinda noisy) and there are lots of good value, very tasty restaurants and cafes in the near vicinity.

The apartment itself has everything I need, even a kind of proper desk, a flat screen tv, decent hot water shower, aircon. I can access the building 24hrs, it's pretty much ideal!

Feel free to message me if you want to be put in touch with the apartment owner, there are a couple more units available in the building.

Some pictures of my apartment are below:

apartment 1 apartment 2 apartment 3

Phil Hudson

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