6 Reasons Why Thailand Is The Best Place To Live As A Digital Nomad

Southeast Asia has long been a popular destination for digital nomads. Thailand, in particular, has ranked as the best place to live for digital nomads for many years. And while digital nomad trends may have shifted in 2021 due to COVID travel restrictions, the land of smiles is still one of the most favored digital nomad destinations worldwide.

Perhaps you’re planning to quit your 9-5 and are looking for a digital nomad job. Or, maybe you’re working remotely elsewhere in the world and are craving a change of scenery. Either way, Thailand has so much to offer those who work from their laptop. Here’s six of the top reasons why Thailand is the best place to live as a digital nomad.

1. Low Cost Of Living

You may have heard that Thailand isn’t as cheap as it once was. While this is true, the land of smiles still boasts extremely affordable living costs compared to many other countries in the world. Of course, the cost of living does differ from place to place in Thailand. You can rent a condo for less than 300 dollars a month in popular digital nomad hotspots like Chiang Mai and Phuket.

Things are a bit pricier on the islands compared to the cities on the mainland. Even so, considering most digital nomad jobs will pay you in dollars, it’s still so easy to live a comfortable life anywhere in Thailand. Plus, if you love the beach as much as I do, I’m sure you’ll agree it’s totally worth the extra baht to live on a beautiful tropical island.

2. Relaxed Way Of Life

The pace of life is certainly much slower in Thailand than in most western countries. Bangkok is perhaps the only exception, but in most other places, you’ll notice a pleasant difference in the way daily life plays out. Chiang Mai is one of the most popular cities for digital nomads for this reason. Despite being a city, you’ll never feel a hectic or stressful atmosphere here. In fact, the old city of Chiang Mai is one of the most serene and peaceful places to wander around.

The small islands like Koh Phangan and Koh Tao are, of course, even more chilled. If you’ve just escaped the corporate lifestyle and are starting your first digital nomad job, living on a quiet island in Thailand will feel like heaven.

3. An Abundance Of Nature

One of my favorite things about Thailand is the infinite lush greenery and exotic wildlife. Let’s be honest; most people choose to get a remote job and live the digital nomad lifestyle because they want to enjoy the world’s beauty. Conducting your work from a hilltop cafe overlooking the vibrant jungle or a beachfront restaurant will feel like a world away to a windowless office in a concrete jungle.

Spending time in nature is the best medicine for the soul and a brilliant way to calm a busy mind. Living in Thailand will allow you to feel nourished and thriving every day.

4. Warm Weather All Year Round

Thailand doesn’t have the standard four seasons that you are probably used to. The land of smiles has two seasons; wet and dry. The length and intensity of the rainy season vary from place to place.

The rain showers can be heavy, but they usually pass pretty quickly. Before you know it, the sun is out again, and you can head to the beach for your afternoon dip in the sea. What’s more, no matter the time of year, the temperature is always between the high twenties to low thirties (degrees Celsius). So, if you’re from a cold country or struggle with cold weather, you’ll be happy to know you’ll never feel chilly in Thailand.

5. Fast Internet And Plenty Of Co-working Spaces

You may have heard rumors that the WIFI connection is terrible in Thailand. Well, rest assured, this is not the case at all, especially in 2021. Except for the rural towns, most parts of Thailand now have 5G too.

Even so, we recommend asking your landlord or Airbnb host about the WIFI strength before booking. Or, if you’re planning to stay in the same house for a while, you could ask your landlord to upgrade the internet connection and pay the difference. I did this once. The fee was very reasonable, and the process was speedy and effortless.

There are also many co-working spaces and cafes set up specifically for remote workers. Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and now even Koh Phangan all have some extraordinary co-working spaces. These spots have high-quality coffee, tasty sweet treats, a supportive work culture, and a comfortable set-up. What’s more, you can carry out your Zoom meetings without the worry of experiencing a lousy interest connection.

6. A Strong Digital Nomad Community

Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of working a digital nomad job is working on your own. Without others to talk to and bounce ideas around with, remote working can get pretty lonely. If you experience this, finding a location where there is already a digital nomad community will make a world of difference to your mental health and productivity.

As Thailand has ranked as one of the top digital nomad destinations for many years, it’s not surprising that there are a lot of them here now. Most base themselves in Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Koh Phangan. However, many live in Phuket, Koh Tao, Koh Samui, Koh Lanta, Krabi, and Pai. Therefore, whichever part of Thailand steals your heart, you’re bound to find your tribe there.

Final Thoughts

These are just six reasons why Thailand is the best country to live for digital nomads. Those residing here with digital nomad jobs will probably have their own additional reasons too. But, one thing all remote workers will agree on is that life is pretty damn good in Thailand. So, if you like the idea of having your office on the beach with a coconut shake in hand, Thailand is for you!

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