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Cebu

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 13 May '185d18 May '1818 May '18
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Manila

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Ubud, Bali

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 23 Apr '189d2 May '182 May '18
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Singapore

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Kuala Lumpur

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Da Lat

29ยฐC
Vietnam
 16 Feb '181mo22 Mar '1822 Mar '18
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Nha Trang

29ยฐC
Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City

32ยฐC
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Taipei

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Taiwan
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Tokyo

11ยฐC
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 12 Nov '1719d1 Dec '171 Dec '17
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Naha, Okinawa

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Japan
 18 Oct '1725d12 Nov '1712 Nov '17
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Bangkok

33ยฐC
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  • Vietnam
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.49 5
    3266 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
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    bad
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    good
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    okay
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 44°111°33°92.08°AQI39
    3mo
    $933 / mo
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  • Japan
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.08 5
    6968 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
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    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 24.5°76°22°71.985°AQI27
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    $3,013 / mo
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  • Taiwan
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.52 5
    1804 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
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    good
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    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 32°90°29°83.61°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI70
    28d
    $1,398 / mo
    24Mbps
  • Thailand
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.33 5
    6470 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 50°122°35°94.89°AQI31
    25d
    $1,276 / mo
    17Mbps
  • Malaysia
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.34 5
    1878 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒง Feels 52°126°35°94.68°AQI25
    19d
    $885 / mo
    11Mbps
  • Philippines
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.13 5
    3226 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    bad
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 44°111°34°92.56°AQI32
    17d
    $1,342 / mo
    6Mbps
  • Indonesia
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.24 5
    7518 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒง Feels 43°109°33°90.74°AQI37
    10d
    $851 / mo
    8Mbps
  • Singapore
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.63 5
    422 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    great
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 42°108°33°92.28°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI80
    9d
    $2,844 / mo
    20Mbps
  • ๐Ÿ›ฌ Frequent visits

  • Bangkok
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.71 5
    229 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
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    good
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    Bangkok has some of the best private hospitals in the world. Which is interesting if you're in Asia a lot and you want medical care better than you can get in your home country. Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok is ranked #7 in the world. I did an executive health checkup there and it was great. Prices range from $250 to $750 depending on how many checks you want. You can get blood count, X Ray, ultrasound, hormone check, etc. They also have most other medical disciplines. I also got vaccinations renewed. The hospital is private so it's so much better than the overloaded public healthcare systems of Europe, Canada and UK where everyone tries to avoid helping you, is overworked and angry. In Bangkok they're super nice and helpful and you can make appointments straight with a specialist. Not blocked by a GP like in your home country.

    ๐ŸŒค Feels 56°133°37°98.45°AQI44
    1x
    $1,443 / mo
    21Mbps
  • Naha
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.04 5
    171 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 28°82°26°79.17°AQI14
    1x
    $2,421 / mo
    20Mbps
  • Tokyo
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.07 5
    221 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    great
    Tap to Open

    Really fun city. I think the easiest big city in Asia for westerners to feel comfortable in. People are generally pretty friendly on a superficial level, quick to smile, laugh, and help. Unfortunately, becoming real friends with Japanese is much more difficult and most cannot speak English. Store staff are mechanically polite like robots, which is better than rude, but also a bit weird. A bit pricey and gets more expensive after a year of residence (after you get taxed based on previous year's salary, same for health insurance fees). You can drink in public at any time, though it's not really a drinker city like some European cities are known for. Clubs and music events are expensive unfortunately, though quite a few options. Great public transport system, can just be a bit confusing with all of the different names. The street layout is completely chaotic, which can be fun but also disorienting. You will often have no idea which direction you are facing, like you are in a giant maze. You can find most major international food options but not in great numbers. Obviously, Japanese food is everywhere though. It's technically on the water, though odds are you will live more inland. Still, you can reach the bay within an hour or so and an actual beach further south in Kanagawa within 90min. Japan itself has a lot of cool things to check out as well. Best time of year are spring (cherry blossoms) and fall (cooler, leaves changing cooler), though there are a series of summer festivals that start in August that are incredible (people dress in traditional clothes, food vendors all over, tons of fireworks, etc.) and they have a lot of Christmas lights and displays in December. Dating for men is not bad, just don't come expecting every woman wants you. As mentioned before, most cannot speak English and they're somewhat conservative overall, not big on casual sex. You may have an advantage in the dating pool if you're not an English teacher, since most western foreign guys there are and that job is known for not paying that well, and definitely do if you can speak Japanese near fluently. Some negatives besides those already mentioned: it's really humid and mold develops quickly, there are A LOT of crows that creeped me out and cicadas that are VERY noisy in the summer, finding the right specialist doctor that also speaks English can be tricky, the friends you make from other countries come and go constantly, a lot of guys with issues come here (socially awkward, major womanizers, right wing nuts, escaping something from their home country, stereotypical anime fanatics, etc.), Japanese men are not anywhere near as friendly as the women are and are more likely to be xenophobic (pretty much like every other country), living space is really small for the price, vegetable selection is pretty limited and expensive, a lot of food products contain soy, subways get really overcrowded during rush hour, popular areas get really overcrowded on weekends, it's not that English friendly especially dealing with contracts and anything government related (there is a free foreigner help service that can help you via phone and usually whatever government stuff you're dealing with will have at least one person on hand who understands English and can help you).

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 24°75°21°70.56°AQI28
    1x
    $3,748 / mo
    24Mbps
  • Taipei
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.41 5
    210 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    great
    Tap to Open

    Really friendly and social people, laid back, easy to get around, food is good, 4g is great. Heavy clouds for the 4 days I was here in December, which was depressing as hell.

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 34°93°29°84.59°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI84
    1x
    $1,865 / mo
    21Mbps
  • Ho Chi Minh City
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.2 5
    199 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    "omagad they like totally stole my iphone", "it's like the worst, everybody is like so aggressive" welcome to the Real World, maybe you now learn to appreciate your cosy first world country and stop bitching about your oppression and your rights. Ho Chi Minh is an awesome upcoming city. It has an original and still traditional look and vibe to it, interesting colors (check out japanese district) not swamped with brand shops (the local coffee shops dominate starbucks in terms of quality and design and some are open 24h !). The nightlife also has plenty of options and be sure to enjoy the view from a the many rooftop bars in the city. You get to see a city full of energetic, young people growing their country after a devastating war and under an authoritarian regime. You get a choice between older buildings in D1 or totally new apartment buildings in D2 all at great value prices. There are a lot of people coming here to work remotely and also to start businesses. Decent sports facilities readily available (check out mach's gym, UFC center). If you don't want to spend money on the gym you can always do a workout on one of the many parks that have bars for chalistenics available. However, beware the pollution and always wear a mask, especially in D1. This is the biggest con here in my opinion.

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 50°122°35°95.08°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI64
    1x
    $1,011 / mo
    10Mbps
  • Nha Trang
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.52 5
    189 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    0.02$ for dinner?? Load of crap. Anyone who has been here or lives here knows that it is impossible. Who puts those calculations!? Totally unreliable

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 60°140°38°99.89°AQI39
    1x
    $689 / mo
    8Mbps
  • Da Lat
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.65 5
    167 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    Perfect temperatures, fantastic coffee scene, rather relaxed mid-sized town atmosphere. As of late 2018 it's still not crowded with tourists or expats so it's retained authenticity. That said, the small expat community is very friendly and relatively close-knit. Moreover, great waterfalls and a few decent mountain hikes around the city. On the downside: the night life is about non-existent and the town seems poor for dating if you're into it. However, overall it's great for winding down from big city life and getting some work done. Best time to stay: from late November to late April, when it's dry.

    ๐ŸŒง Feels 30°86°26°77.9°AQI39
    1x
    $912 / mo
    5Mbps
  • Kuala Lumpur
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.79 5
    198 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    It's hot and always cloudy lack of good & delicious food good co-working spaces are available with good internet if grab doesn't work for you, use gocar

    ๐ŸŒง Feels 57°135°36°96.95°AQI36
    1x
    $1,235 / mo
    11Mbps
  • ๐Ÿ›Œ Longest stays

  • Ho Chi Minh City
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.2 5
    199 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    "omagad they like totally stole my iphone", "it's like the worst, everybody is like so aggressive" welcome to the Real World, maybe you now learn to appreciate your cosy first world country and stop bitching about your oppression and your rights. Ho Chi Minh is an awesome upcoming city. It has an original and still traditional look and vibe to it, interesting colors (check out japanese district) not swamped with brand shops (the local coffee shops dominate starbucks in terms of quality and design and some are open 24h !). The nightlife also has plenty of options and be sure to enjoy the view from a the many rooftop bars in the city. You get to see a city full of energetic, young people growing their country after a devastating war and under an authoritarian regime. You get a choice between older buildings in D1 or totally new apartment buildings in D2 all at great value prices. There are a lot of people coming here to work remotely and also to start businesses. Decent sports facilities readily available (check out mach's gym, UFC center). If you don't want to spend money on the gym you can always do a workout on one of the many parks that have bars for chalistenics available. However, beware the pollution and always wear a mask, especially in D1. This is the biggest con here in my opinion.

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 50°122°35°95.08°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI64
    1mo
    $1,011 / mo
    10Mbps
  • Nha Trang
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.52 5
    189 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    0.02$ for dinner?? Load of crap. Anyone who has been here or lives here knows that it is impossible. Who puts those calculations!? Totally unreliable

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 60°140°38°99.89°AQI39
    1mo
    $689 / mo
    8Mbps
  • Taipei
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.41 5
    210 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    great
    Tap to Open

    Really friendly and social people, laid back, easy to get around, food is good, 4g is great. Heavy clouds for the 4 days I was here in December, which was depressing as hell.

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 34°93°29°84.59°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI84
    28d
    $1,865 / mo
    21Mbps
  • Bangkok
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.71 5
    229 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    Bangkok has some of the best private hospitals in the world. Which is interesting if you're in Asia a lot and you want medical care better than you can get in your home country. Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok is ranked #7 in the world. I did an executive health checkup there and it was great. Prices range from $250 to $750 depending on how many checks you want. You can get blood count, X Ray, ultrasound, hormone check, etc. They also have most other medical disciplines. I also got vaccinations renewed. The hospital is private so it's so much better than the overloaded public healthcare systems of Europe, Canada and UK where everyone tries to avoid helping you, is overworked and angry. In Bangkok they're super nice and helpful and you can make appointments straight with a specialist. Not blocked by a GP like in your home country.

    ๐ŸŒค Feels 56°133°37°98.45°AQI44
    25d
    $1,443 / mo
    21Mbps
  • Naha
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.04 5
    171 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 28°82°26°79.17°AQI14
    19d
    $2,421 / mo
    20Mbps
  • Kuala Lumpur
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.79 5
    198 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    It's hot and always cloudy lack of good & delicious food good co-working spaces are available with good internet if grab doesn't work for you, use gocar

    ๐ŸŒง Feels 57°135°36°96.95°AQI36
    19d
    $1,235 / mo
    11Mbps
  • Cebu
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.01 5
    209 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    By instant rock star status you mean the local idiots who point, laugh and stare and gossip in Bisaya? People are not friendly and should be kept at arm's length. Cebu is probably the best city in the Philippines though so all is not lost.

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 44°111°34°92.56°AQI19
    12d
    $1,342 / mo
    5Mbps
  • Tokyo
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.07 5
    221 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
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    Really fun city. I think the easiest big city in Asia for westerners to feel comfortable in. People are generally pretty friendly on a superficial level, quick to smile, laugh, and help. Unfortunately, becoming real friends with Japanese is much more difficult and most cannot speak English. Store staff are mechanically polite like robots, which is better than rude, but also a bit weird. A bit pricey and gets more expensive after a year of residence (after you get taxed based on previous year's salary, same for health insurance fees). You can drink in public at any time, though it's not really a drinker city like some European cities are known for. Clubs and music events are expensive unfortunately, though quite a few options. Great public transport system, can just be a bit confusing with all of the different names. The street layout is completely chaotic, which can be fun but also disorienting. You will often have no idea which direction you are facing, like you are in a giant maze. You can find most major international food options but not in great numbers. Obviously, Japanese food is everywhere though. It's technically on the water, though odds are you will live more inland. Still, you can reach the bay within an hour or so and an actual beach further south in Kanagawa within 90min. Japan itself has a lot of cool things to check out as well. Best time of year are spring (cherry blossoms) and fall (cooler, leaves changing cooler), though there are a series of summer festivals that start in August that are incredible (people dress in traditional clothes, food vendors all over, tons of fireworks, etc.) and they have a lot of Christmas lights and displays in December. Dating for men is not bad, just don't come expecting every woman wants you. As mentioned before, most cannot speak English and they're somewhat conservative overall, not big on casual sex. You may have an advantage in the dating pool if you're not an English teacher, since most western foreign guys there are and that job is known for not paying that well, and definitely do if you can speak Japanese near fluently. Some negatives besides those already mentioned: it's really humid and mold develops quickly, there are A LOT of crows that creeped me out and cicadas that are VERY noisy in the summer, finding the right specialist doctor that also speaks English can be tricky, the friends you make from other countries come and go constantly, a lot of guys with issues come here (socially awkward, major womanizers, right wing nuts, escaping something from their home country, stereotypical anime fanatics, etc.), Japanese men are not anywhere near as friendly as the women are and are more likely to be xenophobic (pretty much like every other country), living space is really small for the price, vegetable selection is pretty limited and expensive, a lot of food products contain soy, subways get really overcrowded during rush hour, popular areas get really overcrowded on weekends, it's not that English friendly especially dealing with contracts and anything government related (there is a free foreigner help service that can help you via phone and usually whatever government stuff you're dealing with will have at least one person on hand who understands English and can help you).

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