Southeast Asia has always been a popular destination, whether for business or vacation. Now, Southeast Asia is becoming a major hub for digital nomads. You’ll find the nomad capital, Chiang Mai, in this region and also several other countries definitely worth visiting. There are plenty of benefits to Southeast Asia that keeps attracting nomadic workers from all over the world.
As a digital nomad, while you’re constantly on the go, you’ll constantly be seeking new places flexible for working. Southeast Asia is the perfect destination. Southeast Asia has a lot of hotspots that are being developed to support more remote workers. Bali, Indonesia, for example, is where you’ll see a lot of co-working spaces, cafes, and public areas with great Wi-Fi service. This makes it easy to find your remote office for the day.
Southeast Asia has gained a reputation for being a hangout for digital nomads. Many of the major cities provide more than enough resources for working productively. There is a growing scene of entrepreneurs, startup companies, freelancers, etc. to make the scene worthwhile to check out for all digital nomads.
Related to the working flexibility of Southeast Asia is the networking. Many major cities in the region are already populated enough. When you add in the huge digital nomad community, you’ll find it easy to connect with likeminded individuals. Being a part of a large community can have many benefits in itself such as finding travel buddies, sharing ideas, or even learning new ways to earn income.
Co-working spaces are becoming very popular for remote workers. They offer a great environment for being productive but also puts you around other people working like you are. Co-working spaces around Southeast Asia host networking events and happy hours so their communities can easily connect with each other. You can also find different meetup opportunities around the region.
Cost of Living
One of the biggest factors in where you’ll decide to travel is based on the cost of living, especially for those starting out. Digital nomads come from all types of lifestyles and we are looking to maintain this same lifestyle no matter where we go. Southeast Asia is a place that allows you to easily maintain your comfortable way of life as a fraction of what you’re probably used to. In countries like Thailand, you can find modern city apartments for $500-700 per month. You can also find beach villas in other places such as Indonesia for the same price.
The cost of living also includes food and entertainment. Southeast Asia is a region with some of the best food in the world that you can discover even street side for just a few dollars.
Having the flexibility to travel is one of the highlights to being a digital nomad. Any place that makes it easy to travel to great destinations is always an attraction for the nomadic community. Southeast Asia is one of the easiest regions to explore. There are lots of countries located relatively close together. It’s also a range of environments that you can experience. You can spend one month working in a major metropolis like Bangkok, Thailand, while spending the next month working on a remote Malaysian island.
You also have many options for getting around Southeast Asia. There are a lot of local airlines for flying cheap such as AirAsia. You can also easily travel between countries on train, car, or even boat.
Southeast Asia is worth spending time in if you are a digital nomad. There are several other reasons that people tend to gravitate here. The great thing is that the region is adapting with its growing demand to make it even more suitable for digital nomads.