I think KL will be the next hub for nomads. It's affordable, safe, convenient, has decent Internet and has decent weather. (Yes it's hot during the summer but it gives you a good reason to be inside and get your work done) Mostly it's quite chill, not as hectic and messy as other major SEA cities like Bangkok, Hanoi and Jakarta. There's not that much to do, but Malaysia has wonderful nature and getaway places, accessible with cheap AirAsia tickets from KL.
🎒 Nomad Score3.58/5 198 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet okay😀 Fun okay👮 Safety okayTap to Open🌤Feels 50°122°35°94°1$1,346 / mo13Mbps×
Loved Penang! I rented an Airbnb 1BR apartment in Straits Quay for a month @ $35/nt and rent is probably lower if you stay longer or live in a less touristy area. Great food, easy transportation, nice beaches, super affordable plus my host upgraded wifi to 30mbps. Everyone speaks English, thanks to Malaysia's colonial history and the people are so hospitable. I hope to move there permanently someday!
🎒 Nomad Score3.21/5 178 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet okay😀 Fun okay👮 Safety okayTap to Open🌥Feels 44°111°32°90°3$1,060 / mo10Mbps×
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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 Score3.18/5 183 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet okay😀 Fun okay👮 Safety goodTap to Open🌧Feels 46°115°33°91°4$956 / mo10Mbps×