Southeast Asia Destinations Top Digital Nomads List

Club Med have published their list of the “Top countries for digital nomads: Where to work while travelling in 2021” and Southeast Asia locations top the list.

Main Picture Phuket, Thailand credit Anine Beetge on Unsplash

The study was established in response to the increasing numbers of people who choose to swap home or office working for remote locations and a better quality of life as the y explore the world.

This data was collected and assessed with the growing demand for the nomadic lifestyle. We consciously put beautiful landscapes before bustling cities to limit and restrict stress, allowing workers to fully embrace the world – the ethos behind digital nomadism.

The study looked at cost of living, safety, average internet speed, presence of nature and wellness spots, as well as the number of both relaxing and adventurous activities. Beautiful landscapes were ranked higher thane bustling cities to limit and restrict stress.

Top Countries For Digital Nomads

  1. Thailand
  2. Sri Lanka
  3. Singapore
  4. Cambodia
  5. Maldives
  6. Indonesia
  7. Malaysia
  8. Brazil
  9. India
  10. Mexico
  11. Philippines
  12. Taiwan
  13. Cuba
  14. El Salvador
  15. Puerto Rico


The Club Med study found that Thailand is the best country in the world for digital nomads. Shaking off its party island reputation over recent years, the southeast Asian island is now becoming known as a digital nomad’s paradise.

In doing so, Thailand has become a place where visitors can enjoy the serenity of the island, leaving minds as clear as the crystal-coloured waters. Travelling to work in Thailand is a great opportunity for those pursuing life as a digital nomad as other parts of the continent are easily accessible.

From Thailand, flights to neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia and Cambodia (all of which ranked in the top fifteen countries for digital nomads) are relatively cheap and quick. Offering ample opportunities for people to expand their adventures to nearby countries.

Those doing so would benefit from sprawling landscapes with many calming activities to enjoy such as mountain trekking, swimming and observing exotic animals in their natural habitats.


Coming third in the study is Singapore, a country that will offer those working there a truly unique experience. Although one of the world’s tech hubs (with the fastest internet speed in the index), Singapore is also known for its vibrant green spaces such as the futuristic Gardens by the Bay, showing the island’s true appreciation for nature’s beauty.


Club Med found Cambodia to be the third-best country in the world for digital nomads. With its world-renowned architecture and ancient temples, Cambodia offers working travellers a chance to immerse themselves in a world of wonder.

The country’s low living costs further add to the appeal, meaning that visitors can enjoy the wealth of experiences on offer on the island without spending too much of their earnings. From the elephant sanctuaries to the mountain-top templates, Cambodia is thriving and well-deserving of its score.

Top Places for Digital Nomads

Looking even deeper the Club Med report also identified the best locations for Digital Nomads and once again Southeast Asia was well represented.

  1. Phuket – Thailand
  2. Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam
  3. Krabi – Thailand
  4. Colombo – Sri Lanka
  5. Jimbaran – Indonesia
  6. Singapore
  7. Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia
  8. Cancun – Mexico
  9. Siem Reap – Cambodia
  10. Canggu – Indonesia
  11. Ubud – Indonesia
  12. Male – Maldives
  13. Playa (PDC) – Mexico
  14. Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
  15. Cozumel – Mexico
  16. Goa – India
  17. Puerta Vallarta – Mexico
  18. Palawan – Philippines
  19. Honolulu – United States
  20. Ipoh – Malaysia

Other entries in the Top 40 places included Manila, Philippines at 21, Gili Air, Indonesia at 29 and Mandalay, Myanmar at 32.


Phuket in Thailand is the best place to venture if you’re looking to become a digital nomad. With Thailand being ranked as the best country for digital nomads, it’s no wonder that the beautiful island of Phuket is crowned as the best place overall.

The southern province of Phuket consists of 33 islands, including the largest in Thailand.

Alongside 30°C heat, the aesthetic appeal of such a paradise is just one of many factors that helped Phuket earn its title.

As well as scoring highly in terms of safety and internet speed, those travelling to work in the tropical paradise can take advantage of 251 relaxing experiences in the surrounding area. Those searching for more adventurous activities have 750 to explore.

After benefitting from a strong, bustling tourism trade for many years and being the largest exporter of rubber in the world, the Thai government has invested generously in preserving the landscape’s natural beauty.

In doing so, Phuket has become a place where visitors can enjoy the serenity of the island, leaving minds as clear as the waters.

Ho Chi Minh City

The 34°C heat combined with a vibrant culture, energetic atmosphere and low living costs propel Ho Chi Minh City towards the top of the index, gaining the title of the second-best place in the world to be a digital nomad.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam credit Lynda Hinton on Unsplash

The largest and most populous city in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is a city that rarely sleeps. A thriving place bustling with street food vendors, markets and traditional Vietnamese art and entertainment such as the centuries-old wooden puppet shows.

You’ll never be too far from an internet cafe to work from whilst enjoying the indisputably delicious Vietnamese coffee.


A relaxing paradise on Thailand’s west coast, made Krabi the third-best place in the world for digital nomads. With its limestone cliffs, caves and lush jungles, Krabi offers incredible natural assets as well as plenty of leisure activities for digital nomads.

Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand credit Flyingdog Travel

The perfect destination for digital nomads seeking an escape from the stresses of everyday life, the island has over 232 relaxing activities to choose from. These include traditional massages by the beach, local cuisine cooking classes, floating along the Krabi coastline in a rented boat or visiting the Thung Theo Forest for a soak in the Crystal Lagoon.

Krabi’s low average living costs mean that it’s easy for digital nomads to make the most of a trip to the island by truly exploring all it has to offer.


Jimbaran is the fifth-best place in the world for digital nomads.

The charming fishing village on Bali’s coast is an ideal destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in Indonesian culture. From the ancient sea temples to the local fish markets on the beach, visitors will have a true taste of the vibrant local culture.

And with low average living costs, the island can be explored affordably, with popular activities including fishing, ocean surfing and scuba diving amongst the tropical fish and coral reefs.

It’s safety score of 4.28 out of 5 makes it one of the safest places in the world for digital nomads, making it a great option for solo or first-time travellers.

For the full report and tips on how to become a Digital Nomad visit the Club Med Website.

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