Digital Nomad: Top 5 Cities to Live In

January 18, 2019
digital nomad

Digital Nomad is a buzzword today.

Have you ever dreamed about a job, which can combine traveling and work at the same time?

Maybe you heard stories about people laying at the beach somewhere in Thailand the whole day and earning money working online. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, you don’t need to envy them. Join this group of lucky people – digital nomads!

In this article, we will tell you about the top 5 cities to live for digital nomads.

5. Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) attracts a lot of digital nomads

This city is known for its beautiful architecture, friendly people and delicious food. If you’re a coffee lover, there are lots of cozy coffee shops with free wifi. Moreover, a Vietnamese government is gradually rolling out free wifi system all across the city. However, speed is not the best (approximately 10 Mbps which is average), but it will be enough for work.

The price of living is really cheap. You can rent a decent apartment for about $450-500 a month. Regarding food, you can buy a bowl of tasty Pho for 20,000 dongs ( $0.9), while a meal at a restaurant will cost $2-8. That’s why this city attracts so many digital nomads.

If you want to experience Southeast Asia with a slight touch of French culture you’ll definitely need to visit Ho Chi Minh City.

4. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Ubud, Bali

Ubud on Bali – a perfect city for adventurous nomads

Yoga, healthy food, breathtaking nature and surfing that things that make you happy? Ubud the heart of Bali is the perfect place for you to live.

There are so many things to see in Bali – from white-sandy beaches to volcanic mountains and beautiful waterfalls.  Balinese people are very friendly. So, it won’t be hard to get along with locals here.

Cost of living is relatively low – about $1000 per month. Eating out is very cheap as well. You can find delicious Balinese meal for $1-2 in local cafes. If you want to try Western restaurants in touristic areas, you will need to pay much more $5-9 on average.

The biggest drawback is the Internet speed in Bali. According to NomadList, it’s 5 Mbps, which may be to too slow for some digital nomads.

3. Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn – capital city of Estonia, beloved by many digital nomads

Did you know that Tallinn is called “European Silicon Valley”? A lot of startups including Skype, TransferWise, and Taxify were founded in Estonia. As we can see, IT-culture is thriving there. Add here the cheap cost of living and widespread usage of English. So, it’s not a surprise that a lot of digital nomads prefer to live in Tallinn.

You don’t need to worry about Internet access and speed here. All around the city you can find a free wifi spot with fast speed. There are plenty of coworking spaces and nice cafes to work out of a home.

Accommodation is relatively cheap here – you can find a nice place to live for 550 Euro ($600). Foodwise, you can eat at an inexpensive restaurant for 6-11 Euros.

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2. Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok – one of the best places for a digital nomad.

For those people who like fast pace street life and awesome nightclubs, Bangkok might be just the right place to live. Moreover, there is a large community of digital nomads and expats, so you always find someone to speak in your own language.

The wifi situation is excellent. You can find free wifi anywhere in Bangkok at the fast speed (around 40 Mbps).

The weather is really hot and humid and half of the year is a rainy season. So, be prepared for this.

Bangkok is world-known for its large variety of cheap food. So, you can buy a meal at the street market for less than $1!

Regarding the cost of living, you’ll need to spend about $1200 per month. You can even find a decent house with a pool for $500 per month.

As you can see, Bangkok has a lot of advantages for digital nomads. Don’t wait, go and try!

1. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand – the most popular destination for digital nomads

This city was named as the best city for a digital nomad for several reasons. First of all, it’s beautiful weather. Therefore, if you like warm Southeastern Asian climate this city is a perfect place for you!

There are a lot of coffee shops and coworking spaces of different styles and types. Anyone can find something suitable! Finally, combine all these with breathtaking mountain terrain and you’ll fall in love with this city once and for all.

Even though Chiang Mai is one of the largest cities in Thailand, it’s super chill and a laid back place.

Good thing, Internet speed here is super fast in Bangkok (around 20 Mbps). As a result, a digital nomad can find free wifi spot at every corner of Chiang Mai.

On average, you’ll need to spend around $900 per month for rent, food, and the Internet.

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By Mykhailo Andriichuk

Mykhailo Andriichuk writes for Chillwall about interesting events all over the world.

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