I’ve realized that if I really want to be a DN entrepreneur, I need to get my ass to a DN hub.
My income (around $1000 USD/month) and some research I’ve done point to Saigon, Chiang Mai, and Medellin as 3 great choices to start out with.
I know some people who could “plug me in” to the DN scene in Medellin and Saigon, but not Chiang Mai.
The primary goal of me moving is to build relationships with DN entrepreneurs, and get great work done. Quality of life for $1000 USD a month is very important too, as I know how much a lack of money can degrade one’s quality of life.
Any advice from people who have lived in 2 or more of these cities? Any particular ways I should be thinking about this?
Right now my initial, probably wrong impressions are:
Pros: Culture and language are more interesting to me than Vietnamese or Thai culture.
Cons: More dangerous than SE Asia, not sure how much more. Higher cost of living than SE Asia. Thriving community, but not as much as SE Asia.
Chiang Mai -
Pros: Lowest cost of living. Very friendly, safe. Probably the easiest to integrate into, and least stressful.
Cons: Harder to connect with locals than in other locations (I know a decent amount of Italian, so Spanish seems easier, and apparently a decent amount of Vietnamese living in Saigon speak English.)
Pros: Seems to have the best community for what I am looking for. Very exciting entrepreneurial atmosphere. Cheaper than Medellin.
Cons: Pollution, could get old living in super urbanized area (stressful perhaps)
Right now I am leaning towards Saigon haha, but I am hoping for others’ experience based perspectives as I am just spouting theory right now
Also, it seems like maybe I should be just thinking about Medellin vs either of the other two cities, since I could literally just fly between Saigon and Chiang Mai for cheap and see how I like either of them.