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๐ŸŒ‡ Who's in Taipei now?

๐Ÿ’ฌ What's happening in Taipei now?

marksan  
6d
Is this typical autum weather?
x3nome  
6d
Yes, there are rainy periods.
x3nome  
6d
https://weatherspark.com/y/137170/Average-Weather-in-Taipei-Taiwan-Year-Round
amir  
6d
definitely prefer this to the heat
amir  
6d
also, when is our next nomad meetup?
eric_khun  
4d
yeah when is it ?
eric_khun  
2d
This showed up in my email : https://www.meetup.com/TaipeiDigitalNomads/events/255602035/
cameron  
1d
Signed up! I can't make it there for 12 but could come later, like 2 :)
eric_khun  
18h
@cameron seeing 10 going + 7 in waitlist. After quickly checking how looks like the cafe, i'm unsure about if this cafe can actually handle 10 people with laptop
cameron  
14h
I'm here now! It's actually not bad since there is no-one else in the cafe :)

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โœˆ๏ธ People who traveled to Taipei previously

๐Ÿ›ซ Where do people go after Taipei?

๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
3.92/5
216 reviews
๐Ÿ’ต Cost
good
๐Ÿ“ก Internet
okay
๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
good
๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
good
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You get somewhat acclimated to the weather after a while (and yes, the right wool fabric is the most breathable one so ignore that previous reviewer). I\'ve stayed here on and off for about 4 years now. The expat crowd is great and there really is a lot of opportunity for collaboration. Many networking events every month and a vibrant startup community. The variety of food is some of the best in the world (although you will have to pay to get quality Western). Shopping is great. Nightlife could be better but should satisfy most people. The real downside is the traffic which has become basically as bad as Jakarta, although Bangkok has much better transporation (both skytrain and subway). Living expenses have risen lately so don\'t count on this being a budget trip unless you want to resort to street food. Internet speed generally has becoming really great. Fast 4G in all operators. If you stay in a new condo or hotel you will average at least 30Mbit โ€“ my current co work place runs at 600.

๐ŸŒง  45°C 113°F AQI ๐Ÿ‘Ž63
+19
$1,395 / mo
๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
3.33/5
205 reviews
๐Ÿ’ต Cost
bad
๐Ÿ“ก Internet
good
๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
great
๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
good
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The price rating bar is definitely wrong. Hong Kong is way more expensive than any other city I have been to, including London.

๐ŸŒฅ  32°C 90°F AQI ๐Ÿ‘Ž51
+16
$3,112 / mo
๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
3.22/5
209 reviews
๐Ÿ’ต Cost
bad
๐Ÿ“ก Internet
okay
๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
great
๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
great
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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).

๐ŸŒฅ  21°C 70°F AQI20
+16
$3,750 / mo
๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
3.13/5
199 reviews
๐Ÿ’ต Cost
very bad
๐Ÿ“ก Internet
good
๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
great
๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
okay
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Beautiful location but it\'s just way too expensive. You need to work full time at a tech company here to really afford it. It\'s also quite small. The divide between rich and poor is obscene, including a lot of homeless and many people asking for money all over. The tech workers who dominate the transplant crowd that you\'ll be around are mostly workaholic spoiled privileged people full of themselves, not the type I enjoy hanging out with. All the artsy, alternative, and activist types the city used to be known for either live in Oakland or left. The gender ratio is way too heavy on single males, so good luck getting a date, let alone a long term relationship, if you\'re a straight guy. Obviously, Internet speeds are great, plenty of spots to work from. Nightlife is pretty lackluster as you can imagine.

๐ŸŒฅ  25°C 77°F AQI46
+9
$5,515 / mo
๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
3.37/5
200 reviews
๐Ÿ’ต Cost
okay
๐Ÿ“ก Internet
good
๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
good
๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
great
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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.

๐ŸŒฅ  43°C 109°F AQI ๐Ÿ‘Ž86
+9
$2,875 / mo
๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
3.54/5
189 reviews
๐Ÿ’ต Cost
good
๐Ÿ“ก Internet
okay
๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
good
๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
okay
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Ho Chi Minh City is a big hot spot for digital nomads. Currently experiencing huge growth in the number of co-working spaces available. It has a slower pace of life compared to other cities. Ho Chi Minh City is well known for its coffee culture (many local cafรฉs), traditional architecture, and friendly locals. Prices for food and accommodation are low in comparison to other South East Asian locations. Added bonus: weekend getaways at the beach are just a bus ride away.

๐ŸŒง  33°C 91°F AQI ๐Ÿ‘Ž64
+7
$1,056 / mo
๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
3.91/5
209 reviews
๐Ÿ’ต Cost
good
๐Ÿ“ก Internet
okay
๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
good
๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
good
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I just got back here in late 2018 and it\'s better than ever. People who say \"Chiang Mai is overrun by nomads\" are really mistaken. I hardly saw them. I did see lots of Chinese and some Korean tourists, but they were all quite nice and mostly around Nimman. There\'s also the few American vegan midlifer\'s in the Old City center, but that\'s about it. Chiang Mai is cool and breezy, there\'s now public bicycles literally everywhere that you can rent for 250 THB or $6 (per month!) with the MoBike app. The red buses (or Songthaew\'s) are now legit and don\'t rip tourists off anymore, so you can drive everywhere for 30 THB or $1. People are nice. It\'s still super safe, even late a night. The food is better than ever. And thanks to the nomad wave of 2014 in Chiang Mai, there\'s now lots of hip cafes that allow coworking too. It\'s a great city.

๐ŸŒง  42°C 108°F AQI45
+5
$1,000 / mo
1
๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
3.54/5
209 reviews
๐Ÿ’ต Cost
okay
๐Ÿ“ก Internet
good
๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
good
๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
great
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Seoul is lovely but still has some challenges for nomads. Korean food is great, but most restaurants are used to serving groups, or at least couples. Many times you\'ll simply be refused service entering a restaurant alone. Unlike Japan, eating alone is stil frowned upon in Korea and mostly impossible. Exceptions are of course expat areas like Itaewon which are more used to it. Also outside signage and menus are mostly still in Korean, without any English translations generally. Even if you learn the Korean characters, you won\'t know the words, so this makes it impossible to order. This is slowly changing though, especially in hipster areas. You might ask \"why does this reviewer care stuff is in English or not, they\'re in Korea, what does he expect?\". Well, it\'s 2018 and Korea presents itself as an international country, English should be the default sub text. There\'s more challenges, it\'s very difficult to meet Koreans, you\'ll always be seen as the \"token\" foreigner in social groups. This is understandable and to be fair it\'s much worse in Japan than Korea. Unless you\'re in expat areas, you\'ll feel fairly isolated because Koreans will generally avoid you for fear of having to speak English. This makes it a potentially very lonely experience for any nomads. This is kinda vicious because Koreans look down on people that are alone. Hence the group-eating thing. Solutions to that? Come here with a group of friends. You\'ll have a MUCH easier time.

โ˜€๏ธ  18°C 64°F AQI35
+5
$2,352 / mo
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