Coolest Cities in South and Southeast Asia for Digital Nomads

Coolest Cities in South and Southeast Asia for Digital Nomads

This is a list of the best cities in South and Southeast Asia ideal for digital nomads. This list provides an idea of how a digital nomad can make the best of his/her time exploring these beautifully efficient, budget-friendly cities while being optimally productive!


Parody Art Museum

 Parody art museum, Thailand

Enjoy Bonsai Architecture at Mini Siam and Mini Europe

 Mini Siam Pattaya Thailand, Thailand

Diving in Pattaya

 Pattaya City, Thailand

Awaken your Spiritual Self at the Sanctuary of Truth

 Sanctuary of Truth, Thailand

Stop at the Largest Image of the Buddha: Buddha Mountain

 Khao Chi Chan Buddha, Thailand

A Day Out at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden

 Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Thailand

Explore The Karon Temple Market

 Patak Road, Thailand

Take a songthaew from Phuket's downtown market to reach Karon beach in 35 minutes...


Explore The Fun Friday Avenue Market

 Boat Avenue Mall, Thailand

As the name suggests, the market pops up on Fridays between 5 PM and 10 PM and is located near the Bangtao beach, a 35-minute drive away from Phuket town...


Explore The Vibrant Malin Plaza In Patong

 Prachanukhro Road, Thailand

The Malin Plaza is located at the southern end of the Patong beach and a tuk-tuk will take you there in 10 minutes from Patong town...


Explore the Phuket Indy Night Market

 Phuket Indy night market, Thailand

Take a 30-minute tuk-tuk ride from Patong to reach this market right next to the Limelight Avenue Mall...


Explore The Phuket Weekend Market

 Phuket Weekend market, Thailand

Explore Phuket Walking Street On Sunday Night

 Phuket Old Town, Thailand

A tuk-tuk ride from Patong will get you to this market on Thalang Road in 30 minutes...


Explore The Chillva Market At Night

 Chillva Market, Thailand

Take a tuk-tuk from Patong and reach the market in Phuket town within 25 minutes...


Engage In Matters of Jazz At Music Matter

 Music Matter, Thailand

Music Matter is Phuket's only venue dedicated entirely to jazz and is located at a walking distance from the intersection of Surin and Chana Charoen roads...


Go Bar Hopping on Soi Bangla Road

 Thanon Bangla, Thailand

The Soi Bangla Road in Patong is the nocturnal star of Phuket! The 400-meter stretch is lined with classy lounges, lavish pubs, jazzy go-go bars and cheap beer outlets...


Explore The Cultural Theme Park, Fantasea

 Phuket FantaSea, Thailand

From Patong, take a tuk-tuk to reach Fantasea on Kamala beach which is 10 KM away from Patong beach...


Taste The Flavour Of Phuket And Enjoy Live Music At Timber Hut

 Timber Hut Restaurant, Thailand

The real star of Phuket's nightlife, Timber Hut is situated at the northern end of the city, right between Dibuk and Mae Luan roads...


Let The Ladyboys At Simon Cabaret Dazzle You

 Simon Cabaret, Thailand

Take a Patong-bound local bus and once you are in Patong, take another 7-minute bus ride to reach the venue of the Simon Cabaret show...


Take In The Charm Of The Old Town At Quip Sky Bar

 Phuket Road, Thailand

Five flights of stairs lead to the Quip Sky Bar on the rooftop of Quip Bed & Breakfast which is a 45-minute drive away from Phuket's International Airport...


Wine Tasting at Silverlake Vineyard

 Silverlake Vineyard, Thailand

Two glasses of wine, one bottle of grape juice, and a tour of the vineyard on electric trams: all within USD 9! Missing such an opportunity is a sacrilege...


Enjoy a Sweeping View of Pattaya at the Pattaya Viewpoint

 Tops daily Pratumnak Hill, Thailand

Located at the Pratumnak Hill, the Pattaya viewpoint is only 800 meters from the Big Buddha Hill...


Witness the Big Buddha Statue at Pratumnak Hill

 Tops daily Pratumnak Hill, Thailand

Island Hopping around Pattaya

 Ko Lan, Thailand

Pattaya is an affordable option for digital nomads...


Get wet at Kanching Waterfalls

 Waterfall Forest Park Kanching, Malaysia

A Rainforest Within the City: Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve

 KL Forest Eco Park, Malaysia

What could be a better way of relaxation than unwinding amidst nature! Situated In Bukit Bintang, Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve is easily accessible from KL Sentral via Kelana Jaya LRT Line...


Visit the Historical Town of Melaka: A Perfect Weekend Getaway

 Malacca, Malaysia

Get some fresh air at Perdana Botanical Garden

 Perdana Botanical Gardens, Malaysia

Brickfields: Explore the Little India of KL on foot

 Brickfields, Malaysia



Take a stroll around Merdeka Square

 Merdeka Walk, Malaysia

Get your weekly supplies from Kampung Baru Night Market

 Kampung Baru, Malaysia

The market which stays open from Saturday night through Sunday is an ideal place to get the best deals for your daily supplies...


Visit the Bird Park at Tamang Burung

 Taman Burung Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

All work and no play makes a digital nomad dull! So for some cheap and conscientious entertainment (by that we mean an activity where you can be at par with nature), head to the Bird Park, (4...


Time to get mesmerized at the River of Life

 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Visit Cafe VCR for some Work Time

 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

In comparison to Chiang Mai or Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur hangs a bit low on the radar of digital nomads, and thus you won’t find many coworking spaces here...


Explore ChinaTown

 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Get Rid Of Those Midweek Blues At Adhere The 13th

 Samsen Road, Thailand

Adhere The 13th is the best place to enjoy some blues in Bangkok...


Mingle With The Backpacking Crowd At Brick Bar

 Khaosan Road, Thailand

Located on the Khao San Road, the Brick Bar is tucked away behind The Buddy Lodge Hotel and McDonald's...


Enjoy Live Music At The Saxophone Pub

 Victory Monument BTS Station, Thailand

Go On A Midnight Tuk-tuk Tour

 Bangkok, Thailand

The midnight tuk-tuk tour, offered by a number of travel companies, usually begins at the Sam Yan MRT Station from where you and your guide hop on to a tuk-tuk and embark on a 4-hour adventure across the city...


Go On A Charming Cruise On The Chao Phraya River

 Chao Phraya River, Thailand

Have Your Dinner In The Dark At The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel

 Sukhumvit Road, Thailand

Take the Skytrain to the Asoke BTS station, the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel is nearby...


Take a Plunge Into Thailand's History At Siam Niramit

 Siam Niramit Theatre, Thailand

Take the metro till the Thailand Cultural Center Station, exit through Gate 1 and then walk for about 10-15 minutes to reach Siam Niramit...


Unleash The Foodie In You At The Talad Neon Night Market

 Phetchaburi Road, Thailand

Take the Skytrain to either Ratchathewi or Chitlom and then walk for a short while to reach the neon market...

#Nightmarkets#Food#Street Food

Explore The Vintage Rot Fai Market

 Ratchadaphisek Road, Thailand

Take the Skytrain to Udom Suk BTS station and then board a taxi to the Seacon Square...


Test Your Bargaining Skills At The Patpong Market

 Thanon Patpong 1, Thailand

Enjoy Yourself At Asiatique, The Riverfront Market

 Charoen Krung Road, Thailand

Explore The Chang Chui Night Market

 Sirindhorn Road, Thailand

Take a train from the Hualamphong station to the Bang Bamru station from where the market is a 10-minute walk away! The market focuses on recycled and reused articles and remains open all week (except Wednesday) from 11 AM to 11 PM...


Take A Walk Down The Nyugen Hue Street After Work

 Nguyen Hue, Viet Nam

This promenade in the middle of the city centre in District 1 is a great place to not just relax but also to take in the vibe and culture of a city that is always on the move...


Marvel At The Stunning Starlight Bridge

 District 7, Viet Nam

Go For A Street Food Sojourn To The Co Giang Street

 Cô Giang, Viet Nam

The street food heaven of Co Giang Street is a 10-minute walk from the bustling Bui Vien Street in the heart of District 1...

#Food#Street Food

Jazz Up Your Evening At Sax N’ Art Jazz Club

 Lê Lợi, Viet Nam

This club is located only 500 metres away from the Ben Thanh night market and it will take you hardly 7-8 minutes on foot to reach it...


Indulge In Live Music At Yoko Cafe In The Post-Work Hours

 Nguyễn Thị Diệu, Viet Nam

Take a moto-taxi from the city's tourist centre to reach Yoko Cafe within 10 minutes...


Take a walk through the Nayong Pilipino Clark (8 am to 5 pm)

 Nayong Pilipino Clark, Philippines

From Balibago take a 25 minutes-drive via Manuel A...


Visit the Korean Town (Friendship Highway) near Clark Freeport Zone

 Clark East Perimeter Road, Philippines

Dig the history of the city at the free-access library of Holy Angel University

 Holy Angel University, Philippines

Spend an afternoon of nostalgia at Museo Ning Angeles

Get to know the city more! Find all artifacts related to the city’s overall development at this old municipal hall building standing in the heritage district, Santo Rosario St between 8 am to 5 pm (Monday-Friday)...


Visit the museum for the poor: Bale-balayan Museum

 Arayat Road, Philippines

Located on Arayat Road, the cultural center that encourages about 40 aspiring talented street kids to learn about performing arts can be reached by a jeepney from Angeles (in 3-5 mins via Richthofen St...


Try go-karting in Clark!

 Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines

Go party at Walking Street!


Admire the structural architecture at the Holy Rosary Parish

 Santo Rosario Street, Philippines

The castle-like structured church standing at Santo Rosario St is one of the iconic places to go-to! Right in the middle of the traffic, the structural design of the oldest church here will definitely amaze you...


Mountain Bike in Paradise Ranch, Clark

 Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines

From the gate of Clark, take the Clark Main Road, turn right to PSPC before heading to Clark Expo, from Clark Speedway turn left towards Sacobia River (long bridge)- lookout of the signboard of the ranch to the left...


Join the mouth-watering food feasts at Marquee Mall!

 Aniceto Gueco Street, Philippines

Bike around spotting the street murals!

 Canggu, Indonesia

Eat local; eat reasonable at Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong

 Pantai Batu Bolong Street, Indonesia

Just wander through the street & you’ll have a tough time choosing between an array of street food delicacies from local eateries & stalls! You get to tantalize your taste buds in even less than $2/plate...


Chillout with friends at Saturday’s Canggu Makers Market!

 Berawa's Kitchen, Indonesia

Gather your friends and head to the Canggu Makers Market (1pm-9pm) at Berawa’s Kitchen either by car (Jl Pantai Batu Bolong < Jl Raya Semat) or on foot (1...


Hunt down Canggu’s only speakeasy at Black Cat convenience store!

 Batu Bolong Beach, Indonesia

Who isn’t fond of treasure hunts? Want to find yourself in a hip speakeasy bar? Take the Canggu shortcut (connecting Batu Bolong to Berawa), look out for the sole mini-mart either at the end or beginning of the street; enter the mart, find the drink you’re looking for at the fridge that says “Broken”- that’s your doorway (Mon-Sun, 7 am to 1 am)...


Try a Smoothie Bowl for breakfast!

 Tibubeneng, Indonesia

Help the needy with a Hoi An Food Tour

 Hội An, Viet Nam
#Digitalnomads#Street Food#Tour

Melt in the white sands of Cua Dai Beach

 Cua Dai Beach, Viet Nam

Have the My Son Sanctuary all to yourself with an early morning ride

 My Son Sanctuary, Viet Nam

Stay healthy with the freshest vegetables from the Tra Que Village

 Tra Que Culinary Village, Viet Nam

Located between De Vong River and Tra Que Alga pond, a few kilometers north of Hoi An, away from the bustling city to the tranquil village of Tra Que (reachable by cycling), the farmers produce the freshest vegetables devoid of pesticides and fertilizers...


Explore The Hanh Thong Tay Market

 Quang Trung, Viet Nam

It will take you about 40 minutes to reach the market from the Tan Son Nhat International Airport by taxi...


Learn traditional mat making in the Duy Vinh village

 Duy Vinh, Viet Nam

Cycle through the dusty roads for an hour and you will reach the Duy Vinh village that’s a famous tourist attraction for its traditional sedge mat weaving...


The Memorable Festival of Lanterns in Thu Bon Riverbank

 Thu Bồn River, Viet Nam

Biking from the Old Town to Thu Bon River

 Thu Bồn River, Viet Nam

A solid 62-km motorbike ride from the Hoi An Old Town to the Thu Bon river bank early in the morning will offer you a wonderful chance to meet the locals and witness the century-old culture and trade of the people along the river bank...


Visit The Minh Phung Night Market

 Minh Phụng, Viet Nam

Ride a taxi for 20 minutes to reach the vibrant night market from the Tan Son Nhat International Airport...


Explore The Ben Thanh Night Market

 Bến Thành, Viet Nam

Stay fit with the aerobics class by the locals

 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Join a Photo walk with OPC

 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Walk the city with an experienced journalist, brush up your photography skills, meet a wide range of people and discover the easily missed secrets of the city in free weekend get-togethers organized by the Overseas Press Club...


Delve into the vibrant Street Art of Street 93

 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Join the mind boggling Khmer Food Festival in February

 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Every year in the month of February near the Toul Sleng Museum, the Khmer food and handicrafts festival is a great chance to witness the rich Cambodian culture and heritage through its delicious, original cuisines, beautiful artworks and workshops...


How about watching movies for free?

 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Get everything you ever asked for at the Russian Market

 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Revisit the lost traditions of Cambodia at Sovanna Phum Arts Association

 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

At a 30 min distance from Phnom Penh city centre, only on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM, witness the mesmerizing shadow puppet theatre, traditional Apsara dancing, folk music and the customary mask dance at Sovanna Association...


The Kala Pola Art Market and its Art Festival in January

 Colombo District, Sri Lanka

Just beside the Viharamadehi Park and close to the back entrance of Colombo National Museum, the Kala Pola Art Market is a gamut of talented artists selling beautiful paintings, decorative items, photographs and also inspire wonderful conversations...


Dive at Sri Lanka's largest reef between Oct to May

 Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka

When staying in Colombo, a 5-hour bus journey would take you to Kalpitiya Beach that could be a perfect weekend getaway with plenty of activities among which diving at Sri Lanka’s largest reef (300 km) tops our list...


Visit Good Market on Saturdays for great food and meeting locals

 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Open only on Saturdays from 9 AM-5 PM, and situated at the Nuga Tree Car Park, next to Colombo Racecourse, Colombo Good Market is a gamut of about 100 local and not-for-profit social enterprises selling organic foods, snacks, veg supplies, non-toxic body and home supplies, etc...


Don't miss the slowly disappearing history of Slave Island

 Slave Island, Sri Lanka
#History#Culture#Cheapeats#Street Food

Slip away from the crowds amidst the city at Viharamahadevi Park

 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Just 4 minutes from Colombo City Centre and near to National Museum of Colombo, the Viharamahadevi Park is one of the largest parks amid the hustle of the capital city with lush greenery, remarkable temples and varied history...


Learn to surf at the Hiriketiya Beach

 Dikwella, Sri Lanka

Experience the breathtaking sunset at the serene Beira Lake

 Colombo, Sri Lanka

A mere 6-min drive from Colombo City Centre will take you to another uncrowded and peaceful destination, the Beira Lake that’s also near the Prime Minister’s residence...


Delve in the history of the rich Batik Art

 Ubud, Indonesia

Sign-up for Yoga lessons- stretch out & unwind

 Canggu, Indonesia

Begin your day with some good yoga exercise! Have access to some of the cheapest yoga classes here, in the entire of Bali; per-day lessons (basic) start with a few cents...


The Kekak fire dance performance in Junjungan village

 Ubud, Indonesia

At a 7 mins driving distance from Ubud, at 7 PM every Monday there is a spectacular fire dance at the temple on Jalan Tirta Tawar in Junjungan village which you can witness after a busy working day...


Chill on sea-facing bean bag and party every Wednesday after work!

 Echo Beach, Indonesia

Every Wednesday after work take an 8 min scooter ride from Canggu beach to Echo beach & groove to the beats at the beachfront party of Sand Bar, Echo Beach...


Hike the Campuhan Ridge Walk

 Ubud, Indonesia

Just 6 mins outside of Ubud, the Campuhan Ridge Walk is another perfect way to spend a laid-back weekend with gorgeous views of the Campuhan valley...


A weekend trip to Gunung Kawi

 Ubud, Indonesia

Just 15 mins outside of Ubud, near the picturesque Pakerisan river, is the gateway to the famous 11th century monument of Gunung Kawi...


Enjoy sunset at the remote Pig Stone Beach

 Kediri, Indonesia

On your way back from Tanah Lot temple, take a 20-minute detour via Jl Raya Tanah Lot to enjoy the sunset at Pig Stone Beach! It is remote, without any eateries or shops and thus, a great way to end your day-trip...


Shop like a Balinese at Ubud Morning Market

 Ubud, Indonesia

Visit Tanah Lot, the water temple

 Kabupaten Tabanan, Indonesia

Catch a wave; surf the waves of Berawa Beach!

 Canggu, Indonesia

Leave the Echo Beach to the pros; head to Berawa beach (via Jl Pantai Berawa)! The less crowded beach offers moderate waves...


Go shopping at the Pantai Batu Bolong neighbourhood!

 Canggu, Indonesia

Weekends in Canggu calls for some beach vibe and shopping! Between 9 am to 5 pm, every weekend, the Love Anchor market and the Old Mans Canggu Market (Last Saturday of every month; 8 am to 3 pm) welcomes you to shop your heart out, at one of the three main beach areas, Pantai Batu Bolong...


Help Environment; participate in a Beach clean-up event!

 Canggu, Indonesia

Make friends at the Youth Park!

 Pulau Tikus, Malaysia

Take the funicular up to Penang Hill!

 Penang Hill, Malaysia

Hire a Trishaw and hunt down the vibrant street-art!

 George Town, Malaysia

Hire a Trishaw, and go around Georgetown (Lebuh Acheh Lebuh Cannon and Armenian Streets) exploring the iconic street art of the UNESCO World Heritage Zone...


Party at the intersection of Love Lane

 George Town, Malaysia

Feed your face at the Hawker Markets

 Pulau Tikus, Malaysia
#Street Food#Seafood

Wander the streets of Little India

 George Town, Malaysia

Light up your evening: Visit the Avatar Secret Garden at Tanjung Tokong

 Tanjung Tokong, Malaysia

As you reach Tanjung Tokong, this newly constructed attraction (giving the feel of the blockbuster film Avatar) is in the beach area, right next to the Thai Pak Koong temple! Avoid USD 1...


Welcome to the land of gimmicky museums!

 George Town, Malaysia

Up for some quirky & fun after work? Great for a one-time visit on any day, the entry fee to both Upside Down Museum (9:00 AM - 6:30 PM) and 3D Trick Art Museum (9:00 AM - 8:00 PM) range between UDS 6 - 7...


Experience a different locale: Head to the Clan Jetties

 Pengkalan, Malaysia

Walk or Jog up the sweet jungle spot: Air Itam Dam (Jalan Balik Pulau)

 George Town, Malaysia

Looking for a sweet spot for a morning jog or a casual walk amidst nature with friends? Catch a Rapid Penang bus from George Town for a cheap and convenient ride to the Air Itam Dam town center (Jalan Balik Pulau, west of George Town); walk up from the foothills & nature walk around the dam takes about 30-45 mins...


Join a local party at one of the Hammock Bars

 Tonle Sap, Cambodia

Enjoy your Saturday evening at Made in Cambodia Market!

 Siem Reap, Cambodia

Fancy a beef skewer after work in the evening? Visit Wat Damnak Street!

 Damnak, Cambodia

Walk 5-10 minutes from the Old Market; to the east of Siem Reap River, right behind the Art Center Night Market the aroma of skewered beef, a Wat Damnak St specialty is sure to draw you towards it...

#Street Food#Digitalnomads

Grab a quick breakfast at Psar Chas (Old Market)

 Siem Reap, Cambodia

Share your knowledge for a local impact while working from Angkor Hub

 Krong, Cambodia



Celebrate Choul Chnam Thmey, the country's favorite public holiday like a local!

 Siem Reap, Cambodia

If you’re in Siem Reap in Mid-April, be sure to participate in the Khmer New Year festivities! Keep an eye on Phnom Penh Post newspaper for event schedules & locations...


Play Sai with locals in the late afternoon

 Siem Reap, Cambodia

Morning aerobics with locals: Cambodian People’s Party community centre

 Siem Reap, Cambodia

Start your day with a fitness regime alongside locals! Choose between morning (6 am - 7 am) or evening (5 pm - 6:30 pm) sessions of aerobics at the grounds of Cambodian People’s Party community center for just USD 0...


Go Partying at the always-happening Pub Street!

 Krong, Cambodia

Had a hard day at work? Come out of your co-working space & reach Pub Street, near the Angkor Night Market, which is dotted with outrageous nightclubs & pubs; join the crowd around 6 pm (motorists/ vehicles not allowed after 7 pm) and stay till sunrise! Grab imported beers & cocktails for as low as USD 0...


Get out of the city for the countryside bicycle ride to Tonle Sap!

 Tonle Sap, Cambodia

Go relaxing at West Baray!

 Angkor Thum, Cambodia

Shop at Cambodia's first night market: Angkor Night Market

 Krong, Cambodia

Go for a comforting Fish Massage to the nightlife hub of the town!


Think Park: A quaint outdoor workplace for digital nomads

 Muang Yai, Thailand

Having a chill Sunday at Doi Suthep National Park

 Amphoe Mae Rim, Thailand

Chat it up with a monk, recharge your mind

 Chiang Mai, Thailand

Find a place near Baan Tawai Market, Hang Dong

 Hang Dong, Thailand

The Hang Dong area is famous for the Baan Tawai market, a bustling hub of small shops selling all kinds of regional handicrafts including carved furniture, textiles and trinkets...


Get around Chiang Mai in Songthaews

 Chiang Mai, Thailand

A cheap, convenient and fast way of getting around in Chiang Mai are color-coded trucks, known as Songthaews...


Nimman: Hangout for digital nomads

 Chiang Mai, Thailand

Experience the charm of Old City

 Chiang Mai, Thailand