Digital Nomad Asia: Why Asia Is the Perfect Place

Why Asia Is the Perfect Place to Start out as a Digital Nomad

Digital Nomad Asia

Asia is a popular destination for digital nomads, but what is it about Asia that attracts so many looking to escape the rat race?

With mega fast Wi-Fi becoming more and more available, starting out as digital nomad has become an increasingly popular way to travel for extended periods and earn the money to keep doing so.

For those looking to take then next step, the cash flow will more than likely be tight.

Most people looking to make a career out of working remotely won’t have a 10K marketing budget to throw into their product or service just yet.

That’s ok.

At the start, there may only be one or two regular clients and a few contacts. Possibly a half finished – or not even started a website.

That’s ok too.

There’s still time to grow.

The beginning is the time to be fresh and hungry to build your business. It’s also the time to see the world. This early stage of becoming self-employed for the first time can be the most memorable for many.

For others used to the safety of a salary, the lack of regular payments coming through the door can be a nightmare.


Barry Sproston

Barry is a traveller and expat who spends most of his time between Asia and Australia. He has spent 12 months training at a Gung Fu school learning Wing Chun. Explored the island of Taiwan by scooter more than once. Been tricked into eating raw horse meat sushi in Japan. Even tried to overcome the fear of heights by bungee jumping in Thailand. One day he plans to open a guesthouse.

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10 thoughts on “Digital Nomad Asia: Why Asia Is the Perfect Place

  1. Leath

    Tried my hand at freelancing in Thailand a few years ago. Was a hard slog but loved it. The post brought back some great memories!

  2. Barry SprostonBarry Sproston Post author

    Japan sounds great I visited in December once, and it was relatively cold at that time of year. I’m sure you guys would enjoy Hoi An, but it\’s not the biggest place in the world. Travellers only usually stop for a few days before moving on to the next place. I stayed at the Blue Clouds Homestay with the nicest Vietnamese family for two weeks, and they said it was the longest anyone had stayed with them.
    I don’t mind checking places that are a bit out of the way, so Nong Khai sounds perfect for me. Being inexpensive is a bonus – it means I can stay longer! I’ve had more stopover trip in Bangkok than I can remember and people I meet seem to love or hate the place. For a few days it ok for me.

  3. Frank

    We’re ‘sort’ of digital nomads, we don’t freelance but instead have our 9-5 jobs which we can do from anywhere in the world (and have done for 2 years).
    We spent 6 months our first year in SEAsia; a month in Bangkok, a month in Hua Hin, 4 months in Nong Khai which was perfectly suited to us.
    Wondering: do you have any recommended longer term spots in Malaysia or Vietnam? A place that makes a good base for a month?

    Frank (bbqboy)

    1. Barry SprostonBarry Sproston Post author

      Sounds like the perfect life Frank, plus you don’t have all the stresses that come from being a freelancer – looking for new projects, chasing the money etc… Never been to Nong Khai but would love to check it out one day. I spent a while in Hoi An Vietnam working remotely and like it. I guess it was a bit touristy, however, the food is spot on and there’s heaps of cafes Wi-Fi to work from so you never get bored. I spent a lot of time in Malaysia last year and would love to return to Georgetown and Kota Kinabalu.

      1. Frank

        Thanks Barry.
        Have heard good things about Hoi An and will look more into that. We’re planning to be in Japan in November and since we’ll be in the region will probably move south when as the weather gets colder (and to save a bit of money).
        Nong Khai is very pretty and inexpensive, with just enough of an expat community. Its right on the Mekong and has a really long promenade to walk along…really nice. I’ve got lots on the blog about it. We didn’t enjoy either Bangkok or Hua Hin as bases – one thing to visit, another to stay a long time in.
        Anyway, thanks again.