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What is the best VPN for South East Asia?

 

by @basicallydan | 5yr  | 37 comments

Iโ€™m going to be in various parts of South East Asia for 5 months (Japan, Korea, Vietnam, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Indonesia) and I have decided based on much reading that I need to get a VPN set up for myself. Rather than using my own server, Iโ€™d like to set up with a paid service which will have various places around the work to connect through which are reliable and appropriate for what Iโ€™m doing (e.g. banking, chatting, emailing watching streaming TV from home, or Netflix).

Iโ€™m sure there are plenty of recommendations out there.

Thanks :smile:

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You may try VPN Asia. This one i build myself with my partners. Not sure if it was good enough for SEA, but at least you can try :smile:

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@nickdanforth | 5yr

Iโ€™m back in China and have been having great success with VyprVPN this time around. Their Chameleon protocol has been working great!

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@aya_elsawy | 5yr

This is a China VPN service provider, I think it may work all around south east Asia regions http://www.vpnfaqs.com/2014/11/china-vpn-service-provider/

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@endtagster | 5yr

For China VPNs, this list of best VPNs for China is quite helpful: http://www.vpndada.com/best-vpns-for-china/

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@endtagster | 5yr

Iโ€™ve been using VPN in China for some time now. For finding a good VPN provider to be used in China, I usually go to this site: http://www.vpndada.com. They have a list of Best VPNs for China.

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@azurio | 5yr

Iโ€™ve been pretty happy with GetCloak on my MacBook and iPad.

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@anon82020850 | 5yr

+1 for Tunnelbear. I have been using them for about a year now across Thailand and Vietnam with great success.

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Iโ€™ve been using https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/. Itโ€™s about $7 a month and is extremely easy to use (on a Mac).

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@thardy | 5yr

ZPN have a vpn servers in Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and HongKong in South east asia. Their SSL VPN option for China and servers in Asia in their premium package. GFW blocked most of the vpn services in China. zpn.im

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@jamesvang86 | 5yr

Most of VPNs are working fine for the following counteries.
Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Indonesia.
But for China, policies are really strict so few VPN Providers are able to perform well.
If you want to choose one VPN for all then you have following options:
ipVanihs
ExpressVPN
HMA
PureVPN.
If you need detail then visit: http://www.vpnranks.com/the-5-best-vpns/

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@takiki | 5yr

Hello,

HideMyAss is the best vpn service, I use it for more than 2 years without any problems disconnecting or bandwidth.

464 VPN servers in 61 countries
Hide behind 56โ€™000 + IP addresses
OpenVPN, L2TP, PPTP and protocols
Free HMA! Pro VPN software
Supports PC, Mac, phone, tablets
Unlimited data transfer
30 day money back guarantee

Besides their VPN service is on promotion until the end of the month

Seen that HideMyAss is much more complete than VpnTunnel, and are now the same price.

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@nickdanforth | 5yr

Iโ€™ve been using PrivateInternetAccess for some time now and have traveled extensively in China and SEA. No complaints!

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@jruz | 5yr

Iโ€™ve been using https://proxy.sh for evil and good.
Found them on the last year article on Torrent Freak, as @inthaiguy recommends.

The main thing here with VPN providers is that even if they donโ€™t log, and run on ram disks, they can sniff your traffic, so its just a matter of the lesser evil.

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@eddie | 5yr

Iโ€™m looking to possibly use Express VPN. Has anyone had any experience using this service, and would you recommend it or should I use one of the other ones listed here in the topic? Thanks!

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@inthaiguy | 5yr

This article on Torrent Freak is a great run down of proper VPN services.

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@adolfvolker | 5yr

Aha, I recommend IronSocket as your VPN provider around South East Asia and as far as Australia. Been hearing true rumors they are popular in Australia and of course in South East Asia because they are based in Hong Kong. Thus, you donโ€™t have to worry about the speed. Plus, they are good on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO and others. Also, good in business matters.
So, if you want a VPN around SE Asia then it is for you. Set up one yourself and have fun. Cheers.

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@jb510 | 5yr

+1 On GetCloak. I last year I had a little slowness using it from SEA (ie. getting 10Mbps instead of 20Mbps), but that was infrequent and got better towards the end of my last run through SEA. Support was fabulous helping troubleshoot too.

FWIW, usually my connection from Thailand or Indonesia would terminate in Japan, sometimes Vladivostok or Korea (IIRC), it bounced around, but mostly Japan.

However I know Cloak uses Linode a lot and Linode just opened up a new data center in Singapore. I havenโ€™t been in SEA since that change, but Iโ€™m guessing thatโ€™ll help Cloak users in SEA tremendously.

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@basicallydan | 5yr

Okay so results so far:

Recommended:

  • MyVPN
  • AirVPN
  • Cloak
  • HideMyAss
  • Tunnelbear
  • TorGuard x 2

Not Recommended:

  • BT Guard

Thanks for the recommendations so far, folks!

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@freedomsurfer | 5yr

nomadtunnel.com is a great VPN for nomads (as the name implies). They have servers in all the nomad hotspots, allow multiple connections and cost only 5$ per month.

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@fabhk | 5yr

Hi freedomsurfer, the nomadtunnel website has very little information available (server locations, supported protocols, supported platforms, number of simultaneous connections, logging policyโ€ฆ). It does not look very technical, or very legit for that matter. (your website, on the other hand, is rather informative :smile: )

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@kikikarpus | 5yr

Been in China for 3 months. MyVPN has worked for sure. Also agree to get it sorted out before you travel!

Donโ€™t recommend BT Guard

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@coffeeshopceo | 5yr

https://www.tunnelbear.com/ is pretty neat, plus you get a free gb upgrade for tweeting about them.

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@denharsh | 5yr

Iโ€™m using the same n considering to go paid. Though 1.5 GB free data is enough for me so far.

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@karel | 5yr

I have been using TorGuard for a year and really like it. It is in my experience the best (though not the prettiest). I have tried many different ones, nothing come close to TORGuard in terms of quality, speed and number of locations. Plus it is one of the rare VPN that do not log your data and respect your privacy.

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@fabhk | 5yr

@karel, I think you should have mentioned that you used an affiliate link there. It might cloud your judgment somewhat.

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@karel | 5yr

@FabHK You are right. Though, this is not the reason I shared it nor does it cloud my judgement. As I care more for sharing my experience than the (non-existent) commission, I changed the link.

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@maguire | 5yr

+1 for TORGuard and there are 50% off codes out there just Google for them

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@kathrynoh | 5yr

Pssst, you do realise that Japan, Korea and China arenโ€™t actually in SE Asia? :smile:

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@basicallydan | 5yr

I know :slight_smile: but they are only half of my trip, and itโ€™s easier than going โ€œEast and South East Asiaโ€.

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@basicallydan | 5yr

Thanks for the recommendations, folks!

I like the multi-platformness of AirVPN but their website uuuugly. I shall try and not judge based on that. Prices are really straightforward too. Cheers @FabHK

@PTnomad so are you saying Proxify is no good, or just that itโ€™s no good unless youโ€™ve already set it up?

Hide.me seems to be Windows only, sadly. And Cloak, while it looks very user friendly, is probably not for me, as my primary phone is an Android.

P.S. Further recommendations based on personal experience are still very welcome, Iโ€™m not leaving the UK for another couple of months. Plenty of time to decide.

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@oriane | 5yr

This one works on all devices https://www.hidemyass.com/

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@eelcojellema | 5yr

Happy https://www.getcloak.com/ user here. Really smart on iOS too (if you use that).

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@fabhk | 5yr

I use AirVPN, they have servers in many countries, including one in Singapore and HK, respectively. Good service, strong commitment to privacy, many options, nice GUI client. However, frequently here (e.g. on small islands in Indonesia) the wifi is just so slow that itโ€™s a bit of a hassle just to log in, and I wouldnโ€™t count on streaming video. At least the GUI client provides many options (choice of protocol, skip DNS and route testing, etc.).
Iโ€™m not aware of any better provider with servers in SEA, would love to hear about it.

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@fabhk | 5yr

AirVPN allows 3 simultaneous connections, using OpenVPN (just need to use different servers, but thatโ€™s trivial). Works on OS X, Linux, Win, iOS, and I believe Android. On OS X, it supports a network lock (i.e. all traffic outside the VPN tunnel is blocked).
Astrill has an impressive server list, including HK, Sing, and Indonesia. Not sure how good the client is. One laptop and one mobile device at a time.
In my view, the services explicitly aimed at the P2P crowd (hidemyass etc.) are not as good in overcoming censorship etc. while traveling.
Iโ€™ve had a hard time getting decent VPN speeds in China.
Oh, and Peter is right in that you should get things set up and working before you come, and if you have the choice, set things up such that IP addresses of the VPN servers are stored (rather than just their names), as many places (e.g. China) do aggressive DNS poisoning.

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@oriane | 5yr

You can use this one https://hide.me/en/ is one the best. I am working with them :slight_smile:

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@replay | 5yr

Iโ€™m in China now and Astrill seems to work quite OK for me. Also many people here are telling me that Shadowsocks is good.

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@opt | 5yr

China:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10101469

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by @nomadaccountant | 5yr 4 years ago | 18 comments

We have been racking our brains to source our dream location:

  • Surf
  • Dive/snorkel
  • Rockclimbing
  • Nomad working features such as safe, affordable, good internet and cool atmosphere
  • Preferably in Asia.

The most obvious choices seem to be in developed countries such as California, Sydney and the Basque region. However we are currently based in Asia and love the bustle of it all.

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Cheers :smile:

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by @portable | 5yr 5 years ago | 19 comments

Hi,

Iโ€™m a digital nomad (coming up to 3 years / 30 countries), software developer and run a VPN network.

Over the past few months Iโ€™ve scaled up the VPN network to include a lot of new countries (and popular nomad destinations) including Thailand, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Chile and a load of others.

Several locations have been configured to route across Tier 1 networks to Europe and the US so should help improve international bandwidth. (often the problem with Internet access in some countries is that you have a great connection to local services within that country but poor international connectivity. By connecting to a decent VPN server located in that country and then routing across premium bandwidth you can often get significantly better results).

Iโ€™m wondering if any techy Mac/iPhone/iPad users in some of these locations would be interested in testing and providing feedback on the services. Iโ€™ll give you a free subscription and can work with you to give you the best connection. Youโ€™ll have a network of 50 servers in 30 countries to connect to, and with your feedback hopefully I can tweak the network to give the best performance for other nomads.

Iโ€™m not sure if I can post a link to the apps (donโ€™t want my first post to be seen as spam) so reply to this thread if youโ€™re interested.

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Start an online business in Australia or Asia?

 

in Australia by @liztai | 5yr 5 years ago | 23 comments

This is something Iโ€™m really torn about. I really love the lifestyle in Australia, but the high living costs means that I have to work hard at my day job to pay the bills while I get things off the ground. I wonโ€™t be able to save much either.

In Malaysia, Iโ€™ll have a stable day job, free accommodation and lower costs of living, but am unsure if itโ€™ll be more difficult to get my online biz off the ground because Iโ€™m not sure about the business contacts I can get in Malaysia.

What do you think? Start a biz in Australia or Asia?

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How common is purse snatching and backpack-slashing in South East Asia?


by @alejandrow | 5yr 5 years ago | 5 comments

So, I have read a couple of horror stories that tells you all about the purse snatching business, especially in Southeast Asia and of course the slashing where they cut your backpack or bag with razorsโ€ฆ

I just want to know how common these type of crime is right now in SEA. Is this something that you need to keep in mind all the time, or are they rare?

I mean if you dont put yourself at risk by:

  1. leaving your things unattended
  2. showing valuables
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What's a great place for remote work and self-realization in SE Asia?


by @ambal | 5yr 5 years ago | 1 comment

Hello everyone!

Just want to try my luck and ask experienced travellers here where to go in South Eastern Asia. Would be great if someone could name some options that match these requirements:

  • Safety, friendly people
  • Beach proximity: flat water, watersports stationsโ€ฆ (Lagoon or bay?..)
  • Civilization: shops, transport hubs nearby
  • Education: English classes, music courses (drums, guitar, vocals, etc.)
  • Affordable accomodation: house or studio/condo
  • Stable internet connection
  • Possibility to get visa for a few months stay.

So, any thoughts? Country, region, town, or maybe the exact place?

Thanks in advance and best of luck!

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