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Which city in SEA is the top destinations to expat or digital nomads?

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Holland Village, Singapore

With its central location, Holland Village is in close proximity to the downtown and Orchard areas, as well as the open space of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and MacRitchie Reservoir. Though home to lots of families, Holland Village still has a very eclectic feel with a variety of bars, shops local and Western restaurants.

Whether running your own business or looking for a job with an existing business, Singapore has a business environment that is sure to work in your favor. Singapore’s population of only 5 million leaves them hungry to acquire foreign talent, which translates to high acceptance rates on work permits, and high average salary. HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey reported that the average salary of Singaporean expats is $139,000, compared to the global average of $97,000 for expats living in other countries.

But from recent data of the Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority’s rental index, prices of all private residential properties surged by 29.7% year-on-year in 2022 — the highest since 2007. Foreign residents in Singapore continue to feel the pinch as home rental prices soar and show few signs of returning to pre-pandemic levels soon.


Holland Village is favored for its central location, it is situated near the Orchard and downtown areas.

Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok is also one of Asia’s largest cities, making it one of the most popular destinations for expats and digital nomads alike. Living in Bangkok allows you to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle at an incredibly low cost. Everything is cheaper in Bangkok: housing, food, clothing, utilities, childcare, transportation, etc. Rent is 77 percent lower here than in New York, 75 percent lower than San Francisco, 68 percent lower than Seattle, and 50 percent lower than Houston.

As one of the best party cities in the world, Bangkok’s exciting nightlife scene is especially appealing to those who enjoy letting their hair down after work. From bars and karaoke venues to world-class nightclubs and bars, Bangkok has it all.

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Bangkok is a modern city with ancient roots. With diverse Cityscape, its past is never far from view. 

Chiang Mai, Thailand 

One of the endearing features is the “Old City” with surrounding moat and city wall remnants encapsulating historic temples, museums, quaint shops, traditional Thai houses. Chiang Mai’s good for solo travelers, couples, or group travelers. You will feel safe and welcomed here by the local people and other expats. there are many expats in Thailand – including digital nomads and teachers. With its budget to luxe hotels, ‘cheap eats’ to upmarket restaurants and bars, it is a remarkable area to explore. Some expats prefer to live along trendy Nimmanhemin Road, with its upscale condos and eateries, designer boutiques, and popular bars. Chiang Mai is  one of the best retirement cities in the world but also an exceptional digital nomad hub.

Value for money is another highlight of expat living in Chiang Mai, making it easier for your money to go further, Eating out is inexpensive, as is fresh produce at the local markets. What’s more,  medical care is top-notch, and it is a safe environment to live in as well. Chiang Mai has so much to explore for expats, with different types of adventurous activities, famous night markets, temples, and attractions both in and outside of the city.

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Rickshaw parked by the inner city moat in Chiang Mai Thailand

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

If exceptionally affordable cost of living and high-speed internet are your main priorities, Ho Chi Minh City could be the place for expats.  Expats moving to Ho Chi Minh City will find themselves in a vibrant, engaging culture. According to research, approximately 34% of French expats would be tempted to leave their country within the next 10 years. Their motives are diverse and, numerous, but also personal. The city has everything that an expat or digital nomad needs and is a great place to mingle with like-minded creatives and business professionals.

Ho Chi Minh City has many attractions that you can enjoy whenever you take a break from your computer screen, especially if you’re into history and culture. It offers a unique blend of historic buildings and modern skyscrapers, along with nightclubs, entertainment venues, and shopping malls.

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Expatriates who settle to live and work in HCMC, would definitely love the Saigon Views.

 Whether you’re thinking about relocating or becoming location dependent to enjoy living in different locations across the globe, the aforementioned options are all suitable since they will give you plenty to do during your work and leisure time. Want to have more ideas on the accommodations or apartments to live in during your wonderful time in these cities? Contact us for more or click here to check out our latest property listing. Contact us for more!

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