Travel TrendsAsian cities in race to clinch 'work from paradise' titles.

The best cities for digital nomads in 2021

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A wide array of leisure activities, low costs of living and vibrant local culture are some of the strongest drawcards for digital nomads.
A wide array of leisure activities, low costs of living and vibrant local culture are some of the strongest drawcards for digital nomads. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Byjeng

Asia sure looks like a crowd favourite among the swelling ranks of digital nomads.

In a recent index created by Club Med of the best places and countries around the world to become a digital nomad, seven out of the top 10 countries are located in Asia.

Factors considered by the French travel and tourism operator include temperature, cost of living, internet speed and number of activities available in the destination.

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Thailand tops the list of best countries for digital nomads, supported by the kingdom's easy accessibility to the rest of the region and its myriad offerings available.

This is followed by Sri Lanka in second place, which is gaining a following among digital nomads for its low living costs and ample activities and landmarks for visitors to enjoy.

Coming in third is Singapore, among the world's tech hubs and which comes up with the fastest internet speed in the Club Med index. 

In fourth spot is Cambodia, which, like Sri Lanka, beckons remote workers with its affordable living costs as well as ancient heritage.

The Maldives, with its renowned island setting, comes in at fifth position.

Other countries that make the top 10 list include Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil, India and Mexico, respectively. 

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Asian cities also perform well in Club Med's top 20 places for digital nomads, based on similar criteria as the top country list.

Phuket was picked as the number one city to live in while working remotely, scoring highly in terms of safety, internet speed and having an abundance of activities.

While Vietnam did not feature in the top 15 countries, its second biggest city, Ho Chi Minh, interestingly, gained the title of the second-best place in the world to be a digital nomad, thanks to its vibrant culture, energetic atmosphere and low living costs of £716 (US$1,011) a month.

Another Thai destination, Krabi, came in third spot, wowing digital nomads with its strong leisure activities and natural assets - think limestone cliffs, caves and lush jungles.

In fourth place is the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, which scores highly for adventurous activities such as a tuk tuk safari experience and heritage walking tours.

Bali's Jimbaran comes in at the fifth spot, attracting digital nomads for its oceanfront views and vibrant local culture.

The sixth to 10th positions are taken up by, in this order, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Cancun (Mexico), Siem Reap (Cambodia) and Canggu (Bali, Indonesia). 

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