Top 5 Destinations for Digital Nomads in Southeast Asia This Year (and Why You Should Go)
The era of digital nomads is on the rise, and the trend is not likely to start fading away soon. The current pandemic might have represented obstacles for all of those dreaming of being location independent, especially due to the travel restrictions still in place. At the same time, the pandemic has forced many professionals to taste what working remotely is like and the perks that come with this lifestyle.
An increasing number of experts and entrepreneurs are looking at taking the leap and leaving for an exotic destination as soon as possible. Southeast Asia, which is the low cost of leaving, breathtaking views, and a plethora of experiences and facilities, make for a digital nomad's paradise. Here are the best destinations you should head to this year.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Perched in the mountains of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has been a mecca for digital nomads for a while.
If you are learning how to run your business on the road, here you can find long-term digital nomads ready to show you the best way to do so.
After many years of popularity, Chiang Mai still holds the true spirit of Thailand, but with a touch of modernization that suits the needs of a digital nomad. If you are scared about moving abroad, this should undoubtedly be your first destination. Facilities, experiences, food, accommodation, and people are so captivating that you are bound to fall in love immediately with your new lifestyle.
While here, don't forget to find an ethical Elephant Sanctuary where you can pay your respects to these incredible creatures!
Koh Phangan, Thailand
If you have been dreaming of white beaches, turquoise waters, enchanting bays, and unspoiled landscapes, head to the island of Koh Phangan, Thailand. If you want to rent or buy a house in Thailand or just visit for a few days, this island will show you all the perks and benefits of being a digital nomad.
Here the cost of living is minimal, the Wi-Fi powerful, and opportunities for a party endless. Of course, dodging all the distractions that might come at you during the first week can be hard - but maybe you can plan a holiday before the work begins!
It is impossible to speak of Bali without mentioning digital nomads - and vice-versa! The Island of the Gods has everything you could possibly need and more. If you wish to try a new meditation practice, head to Ubud. The city is hidden in the core of the Indonesian rainforest and has become a little oasis for Yogis and Digital Nomads eager to try all the food the island has to offer.
If you prefer a more adventurous base for your lifestyle, Canggu and Uluwatu are just waiting for you. Here you can join one of the main surf lessons at sunrise, meet other digital nomads and travelers at a co-working space, or grab a beer at sunset in anticipation of a nasi goreng meal.
Anywhere you are in Bali, you can count on reliable Wi-Fi, state-of-the-art co-working space, low cost of living, and endless chances of meeting others.
Hoi An, Vietnam
Vietnam is a digital nomad destination on the rise. While not yet as popular among digital nomads as Bali is today, Vietnam is ready for the digital revolution. Hoi An, overlooking the coast in the center of the country, has a French feel that will not stop charming you - independently from how long you have been there.
Hoi An has all the facilities a digital nomad could wish for, including co-working spaces and fast Wi-Fi in most cafes. The cost of living and prices of goods in Hoi An is much lower than in Bali or some island of Thailand, especially when it comes down to considering food and rent. Don't forget to visit the breathtaking festival of Lights when here!
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City is one of the largest cities in the South of Vietnam and one of the country's most hectic ones. Here the population of digital nomads falling in love with the many aspects of the city is growing steadily, and the city has started to provide all the facilities and amenities remote workers could need.
While here, you might not be a step away from the sea, you are at the core of Southeast Asia. From here, traveling through incredible countries like Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia is accessible and affordable.
When visiting Vietnam, you are bound to fall in love with the laid back and friendly lifestyle that permeates the country. While you should focus on your growing career as a digital nomad, don't forget to stop for a drink or Bánh mì with the many people you will meet along the road - you can learn a lot from them!