The 5 Best Cities for Digital Nomads in Southeast Asia

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If you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, why not surround yourself with other like-minded individuals that have the same passions, goals, and aspirations?

All around the world, there are various digital nomad hubs, where hundreds of like-minded entrepreneurs have set up shop to work on growing their location independent business and to live a nomadic lifestyle. While you can make anywhere your home base, many travelpreneurs choose to flock to Southeast Asia, where there is a heavily concentrated population of other traveling entrepreneurs, and for good reason. There are various reasons why these particular cities are so attractive for these types of entrepreneurs, they possess certain characteristics that make it a favorable environment to live and work from.

Below I break down the 5 best cities for digital nomads in Southeast Asia, based on the following factors: cost of living, weather, internet speed, and nomadic community.

*Data Source: NomadList*

**in no particular order**

1.) Chiang Mai, Thailand

Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand (Courtesy of: golforient.com)
Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand (Courtesy of: golforient.com)

Reasons to Call it Home: Tucked in the northern mountains of Thailand, Chiang Mai has become the undisputed nomad capital of SE Asia for its temperate climate, laid back atmosphere, affordable cost of living, reliable internet connection, and large number of coworking spaces.

Community of Digital Nomads: 400+

Cost of Living per month: $800-1,200

Internet Speed: 20mbps

Weather: 23-35C (73-95F)

Best Time to Visit: Nov-Feb

2.) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

An aerial view of the bustling city (Courtesy of: silverlandhotels.com)
An aerial view of the bustling city (Courtesy of: silverlandhotels.com)

Reasons to Call it Home: The largest city in Vietnam and the central hub of all things commerce, technology, and research, this bustling city attracts digital nomads from around the world for its extremely low cost of living and solid infrastructure.

Community of Digital Nomads: 100+

Cost of Living per month: $700-900

Internet Speed: 20mbps

Weather: 20-32C (68-90F)

Best Time to Visit: Nov-March

3.) Bangkok, Thailand

The Grand Palace illuminated at night, with downtown looming in the background (Courtesy of: airastana.com)
The Grand Palace illuminated at night, with downtown looming the in background (Courtesy of: airastana.com)

Reasons to Call it Home: Buzzing with a high level of energy, Bangkok is a city that never sleeps, offering nomads a chaotic, but yet productive place to work from with fast internet and a great community of other travelpreneurs.

Community of Digital Nomads: 300+

Cost of Living per month: $1,000-$1,500

Internet Speed: 40mbps

Weather: 23-35C (73-95F)

Best Time to Visit: Nov-Feb

4.) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The downtown skyline with the infamous Petronas Towers on the right (Courtesy of: wikimedia.org)
The downtown skyline with the infamous Petronas Towers featured on the right (Courtesy of: wikimedia.org)

Reasons to Call it Home: A melting pot of Chinese, Indian, and Malay cultures, “KL” is a city with an incredible amount of diversity and a balance of both rich historical influences, along with contemporary vibes, allowing nomads the best of both worlds.

Community of Digital Nomads: 75+

Cost of Living per month: $900-1,200

Internet Speed: 10mbps

Weather: 29-31C (84-88F)

Best Time to Visit: Feb

5.) Phuket, Thailand

The largest island in Thailand has plenty to keep you busy, with sprawling beaches and plenty of smaller islands to explore (Courtesy of aquapropertygroup.com)
The largest island in Thailand has plenty to keep you busy, with sprawling beaches and plenty of smaller islands to explore (Courtesy of aquapropertygroup.com)

Reasons to Call it Home: If you’ve ever seen a picture of someone on a beach with their laptop open and a cocktail in their hand, they were most likely in Phuket. This large island in the south of Thailand is incredibly popular among tourists and nomads alike, with beautiful beaches, solid infrastructure, and a reasonable cost of living.

Community of Digital Nomads: 60+

Cost of Living per month: $900-1,100

Internet Speed: 20mbps

Weather: 23-35C (73-95F)

Best Time to Visit: Nov-Feb

 

Question of the Day: Of the 5 cities above in SE Asia, which seems the most attractive to you? and why?

As always, I look forward to reading your answers below! 🙂