|🏆 Nomad Score™||168 reviews|
|💨 Air quality|
|👍 Quality of life|
|🚦 Traffic safety|
|📶 Free WiFi in city|
|🖥 Places to work from|
|😁 Friendly to foreigners|
|🙊 English speaking|
|🗯 Freedom of speech|
|😘 Racial tolerance|
|👩 Female friendly|
|🌈 LGBT friendly|
|⏱ Average trip duration||29 days|
|📡 Internet speed||5 MBPS|
|⛅️ Weather||🌤 34°C93.78°F + 💦 Humid (71%) + 💨 3km/h = Feels like 46°C115°F|
|💨 Air quality||👍 28 µg/m3|
|🚕 Best taxi app||Grab|
|📱 Best wireless carrier||Smart|
|💸 100 PHP in USD||USD 1.93|
|🏧 ATM take out: PHP 10,000||USD 193|
|💳 Cashless society||💵 No, cash only (esp. for foreigners)|
|💻 Best coworking space||The Cube|
|🚰 Safe tap water||🚫 No, contaminated|
|♻️ Return rate||0%|
|👨👩👧👦 Population||1,600,000 people|
|👫 Gender ratio||👨 49%|
|⛪️ Religious government||Non-religious|
|💻 Online electronics shop||Lazada|
|🏠 Apartment listings||Ayosdito|
|✈️ Best short-haul air carrier||Cebu Pacific|
|✈️ Best int'l air carrier||Philippine|
|beachdivingsurfnomadsislandwarm nowwarmhotclean airgood air qualityslow internetcheap cost of livinghigh humiditymany womenfriendly people|
|💵 Nomad Cost™||$1,076 / month|
|💵 Cost of living for expat||$691 / month|
|💵 Cost of living for family||$1,487 / month|
|💵 Cost of living for local||$425 / month|
|🏠 1br studio rent in center||$290 / month|
|🏢 Coworking||$77 / month|
|🏨 Hotel||$607 / month|
|🏨 Hotel||$28 / night|
|🏠 Airbnb (1 listings)||$824 / month|
|🏠 Airbnb||$27 / night|
|🍹 Coca-Cola (0.3L)||$0.64|
|🍺 Beer (0.5L)||$1.93|
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|Are the Philippines good for solo digital nomads?|
|Where should we go as a family? Manila, Cebu or Bangkok?|
|What's a normal rate for accomodation in Manila?|
|Is there 4G in Boracay, Philippines?|
|Where in Asia should I go?|
|Do you have time zone issues working remotely in Asia?|
|Do I need vaccinations for traveling in Asia?|
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|Is a 4G sim device in addition to phone advisable in SE Asia?|
|Best places for local, organic food and strong internet outside of South East Asia?|
|Where to easily open a personal/business account in SE Asia?|
|Worth waiting until getting to Asia to buy gadgets?|
|2 Weeks in Asia - Where to go?|
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|Best place to buy a laptop in Asia?|
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|What immunizations should I get for India and South East Asia?|
|Why is South East Asia preferred by nomads over Latin America?|
|Best place in South East Asia to get something shipped from USA?|
|Is there any typical scams in Southeast Asia to be aware of?|
|Anyone changed European passport in Asia?|
|What does a DN pack in a first-aid kit for Central America or South Asia?|
|How common is purse snatching and backpack-slashing in South East Asia?|
|Travel with expensive camera in South East Asia?|
|What are your dream locations in Asia?|
|How is Central Asia for digital nomads?|
|What's a great place for remote work and self-realization in SE Asia?|
|How to insure my belongings when traveling in SE Asia & South America?|
|What are the best meditation and yoga retreats in Asia?|
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|Quality of remote connections (RDP, TeamViewer etc.) from SE Asia to Europe?|
|How is the weather in SE Asia from July to September (Q3)?|
|Start an online business in Australia or Asia?|
|Where should I start off my nomad trip to SE Asia?|
|Where should I register my company when operating in multiple countries in SE Asia?|
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Kuching is a great place to base yourself, it's a vibrant yet quiet little city with access to all sorts of outdoor activities. I stayed at the Borneo Seahare Guesthouse for about 5 months. It is run by a western guy called Ben and his wife Syeda, they really helped me out with everything I needed and gave me a very reasonable rate on a private room. The internet was good and the place had everything I needed including a full kitchen for me to cook. Based right in the city center with loads of shops, restaurants and bars close by. I can highly recommended Kuching its a wonderful city and I will be returning next year for sure!
Nomad-ed here for a month. A totally ok place if you have the budget for it. Coworking spaces are good, 4g everywhere, transportation is effective. Lots of things to do. I was able to find friends. Lots of international people, very few digital nomads. If you're there, consider not renting in the center (as it gets expensive fast) and being creative with places to eat to find cheap options. Be prepared to use cash unless you live in a luxury.
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.
It's possible to live in Hong Kong on the cheap. You've got to live far out in the New Territories, or on an outlying island. I spent a summer living happily on Lamma Island for ~$500USD/month in rent for one bedroom in a shared flat. Rent is really the only tricky part--everything else is relatively cheap.
Oppressively hot. Actually hard to find Balinesian food. There is a lot of overpriced, average, western, hipster food. People are incredibly kind and the Balinesian food is great when you can find it. The roads are ridiculously crowded while a lot of the restaurants, bars, and clubs were less than 30% full. Kind of sad for local business owners. Surrounding area is beautiful and relatively accessible. Aside from western food & beverage lodging, food and beverage can be very cost effective. Other parts of the island are better for experiencing the Balinesian life, but it is more of a challenge to mix socially with local people here than other places as most people work in service industries or agriculture. It is what it is. In the end, if you like oppressive heat & humidity, western millennial cuisine, crowded roads, and a small beach, this may be your place.
"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.
My wife and I have been living in Hanoi now for over five months. After having lived in Japan for nine years, KOREA for four months, Kunming, China for four months and Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia for two months each we’ve decided that Hanoi is our favorite city of all (when factoring in cost of living—and probably regardless of cost-of-living). I don’t agree with the current traffic safety assessment. I walk everyday all Over the city—on average, 10 miles a day and in every direction. I’ve personally witnessed six or seven motorcycle accidents and been hit from behind by a motorcycle while walking, sustaining painful injuries requiring months to heal. I have had direct contact with three other people involved in motorcycle accidents. Love the city and still walk every day, but safe...NO. Meanwhile, I do agree with most of the cost factors I see listed. What amazes me is the assessment that there is “bad nightlife” here???! What?? If all you’re looking for is a place to get drunk and pick up women, maybe. But what I love most about the city is that nightlife is evident in every neighborhood, coffee shop, cafe and on every sidewalk every evening. People are out relaxing, eating, drinking and socializing everywhere I go every night, and in every neighborhood—not just in the “entertainment districts”—which almost always bore me, anyway. So I guess it depends on what kind of traveler you are. Further, this city is resplendent with interesting architecture, historical buildings and monuments, temples, lakes and the rivers, and has a fantastic international community. I’m Caucasian but have interacted frequently with people of all races, and most frequently with the local Vietnamese community. While unfortunately it does seem that Hanoi is not freer of racism than New York, London, Tokyo, Sao Palo, or any other major city in the world I certainly feel that is less racist than many places—just my personal perception. I’ve only spoken with one person in five months (a beautiful Indian woman) who talked about feeling discriminated against, and that was in reference to getting an English teaching job. Yes, it does seem that a white face, even with non-native English, can get hired as an English teacher far more easily than an Asian or person of other racial heritage, even if that person speaks English almost like a native—as this woman did. Ultimately I can only go by my own experience. People have been kind, mostly extremely honest, helpful and friendly and it is the Hanoians themselves who have been mostly responsible for my love affair with this city. The delicious coffee and food and interesting places to walk with no fear of being attacked, accosted or robbed have only helped. Now, if they’d just do something about the air pollution—second worst in Asia by many accounts.
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.
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).
Nothing does a better job of explaining LA’s beautiful diversity and different neighborhoods than the documentary about the late Jonathan Gold, our city’s greatest amabassador and the only food critic to ever win a Pulitzer Prize. It is called, “City of Gold” and if you want to know LA, just watch this film. Trailer link: https://youtu.be/DmKTRDfz1zM
Very livable. Great weather, clean, inexpensive and very friendly. I recommend the Laurels area. It's quieter, cheaper, more authentic, and cleaner than Poblado but not as compact. Envigado is supposed to be a very nice area as well. Don't alone at night anywhere no matter the neighborhood.
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