I have to agree with previous review from 6 days ago. Its definitely not like before- the vibe has definitely changed. I have lived here on/off for the past 2 years on METV visa, 60 Day visa, and now its not worth staying and dealing with the hassels. Infrastructure is terrible with dirty roads, definitely not a walkable city which is a shame since the Nimman area could have been a walking street, but cars and scooters dominate this city. Just try to cross and walk the streets and you will see what i mean- no mercy! I no longer feel CM is a good digital nomad city, its gotten way too inconvenient with visa's, dirty polluted air, smokey season as of Jan, just not a nomad paradise. If you're traveling alone single ladies- dating pool is terrible- Vietnam could be the better choice or Eastern Europe as a base. Good Luck.
🎒 Nomad Score4.42/5 220 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet great😀 Fun good👮 Safety goodTap to Open☀️Feels 41°106°32°90°🥵AQI75😷2$1,127 / mo23Mbps×
I spent most of the trip in Tokyo staying in part of suginami city called Ogikubo. This was really just a vacation for me; I spent most of my time shopping in Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ueno. These places are immense, dense, vibrant and crazy-wealthy. Ogikubo would pass for downtown in almost any definition of a city, but in Tokyo it is sometimes called a suburb (although still part of the 23wards). I also traveled out if Tōkyō: 1 day in the temples in Nikko, and 1 day in Fukuoka for Nakasu and Sumo. I love Ogikubo: the barely-one lane roads with multi family surrounds is both quiet and urban at the same time. All of Tokyo, not just Ogikubo is cleaner than any western city. After seeing the other side of that equation in months in Latin American cities, it was an honest surprise to see a huge city that Is far more clean than those from my home country. Some things are cheap (coffee, humble/normal food) others expensive (cabs/jr, fashion). In attire and customs, you see shades of formality and expressiveness at once that feels both more stodgy and more informal in various ways. Just different, really. Ogikubo exemplifies quiet/ luxurious living to me, and more generally perfect urban density. I do wonder if any other parts of the world I will see will tend to have such small, walkable streets and that much density in a still serene but more affordable form. My apartment was the first story of a converted house, about 125m2 - apparently worth about $1.5m... 1m too much for me, and only somewhat bigger than ideal.
🎒 Nomad Score4.17/5 221 reviews💵 Cost very bad📡 Internet great😀 Fun great👮 Safety greatTap to Open☀️Feels 14°57°15°60°AQI13$3,391 / mo24Mbps×
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An amazing city for the value. Beach, MRT, Sun, and about half price of what you would pay in Taipei. Also, lots of super cheap flights all around Asia from the city airport. Been here a year so far and I like it. Not much in terms of night life, but a good digital nomad community. Also, really helps if you speak Chinese. An undiscovered Gem that I could see getting more popular with digital nomads in the next few years.
🎒 Nomad Score3.47/5 185 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet great😀 Fun bad👮 Safety goodTap to Open🌥Feels 28°82°26°79°AQI78😷4$1,049 / mo25Mbps×
The Middle Ages meet industrial-age pollution: this is a grimy tropical backwater with none of Taipei's vibrancy, efficiency or even politeness. Cycle or hike in the quote-unquote national park north of the city for marshes, dengue fever, junkyards, stray dogs, and massive concrete jetties obstructing ocean views.
🎒 Nomad Score3.15/5 177 reviews💵 Cost okay📡 Internet good😀 Fun good👮 Safety goodTap to Open🌥Feels 26°79°24°76°🥵AQI56😷9$1,949 / mo16Mbps×
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Locals smoke everywhere, all the time, including inside hospitals and schools. This is illegal in Taiwan, but not enforced in Kinmen.
Traffic safety is awful. The police will not investigate traffic incidents and people responsible are not held accountable.
This county is not female-friendly. Women are expected to marry and have children/ be seen and not herd. Don't be deceived by female school principals and county official. They have no authority over the men in lower ranks.
Pollution today is 157 but this site shows 56. It's currently "unhealthy", not "unhealthy for sensitive groups"
🎒 Nomad Score3.04/5 172 reviews💵 Cost okay📡 Internet great😀 Fun okay👮 Safety okayTap to Open🌤Feels 25°77°22°71°AQI70😷13$1,979 / mo24Mbps×
Solo female travelers can find safe and affordable accommodations with quiet work spaces included. It's a great taste of Japan with shopping and canals. English is spoken enough to assist at stores and supermarkets. You may want to have some things translated if you're looking for a specific item. It's a convenient location for those traveling throughout Asia and want to rest for a month or two in Japan.
🎒 Nomad Score3.01/5 197 reviews💵 Cost very bad📡 Internet great😀 Fun good👮 Safety goodTap to Open🌥Feels 12°54°13°55°AQI2114$2,852 / mo27Mbps×