Top 20 Places for Digital Nomads in 2021

Top Place for Digital Nomads: Phuket

Due to events that affect our lives today many of us working remotely. Today, our work goes online and we can swap or home with sandy beaches in another location. Here are the 20 top places in the world for digital nomads.

Club Med analyzed the following criteria to assess where in the world is the best place for digital nomads:

Cost of Living: The average monthly costs of day to day living



Safety: How safe people are, taking into account crime levels

Average internet speed: How fast the area's internet connection is

Number of adventurous activities: How many adventurous activities are in the surrounding area

Number of relaxing activities: How many relaxing activities are in the surrounding area

Fun score: How "fun" an experience digital nomads can have in the area

Places to work: The number of cafe's and workplaces in the area

The results are as follows:

Top 20 Places for Digital Nomads

Rank Place Country Total Digital Nomad Index Score /320
1 Phuket Thailand 299
2 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam 274
3 Krabi Thailand 272
4 Colombo Sri Lanka 238
5 Jimbaran Indonesia 235
6 Singapore Singapore 232
7 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 224
8 Cancun Mexico 222
9 Siem Reap Cambodia 216
10 Canggu Indonesia 207
11 Ubud Indonesia 188
12 Male Maldives 187
13 Playa del Carmen Mexico 181
14 Rio de Janeiro Brazil 173
15 Cozumel Mexico 173
16 Goa India 169
17 Puerto Vallarta Mexico 165
18 Palawan Philippines 162
19 Honolulu United States 137
20 Ipoh Malaysia 137

Find the full study here.

Top 15 Countries for Digital Nomads

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Thailand Sits At Top Place

The 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.

Phuket in Thailand is the best place in the world for digital nomads with a total score of 290 out of 320. The island's low average living cost of £818 a month means digital nomads have plenty of cash spare to enjoy the 251 relaxing experiences and 750 adventurous activities in the area. Phuket also scored highly on safety with 4 out of 5.

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.

Krabi is A Hub for Wanderers

Krabi is the third-best place in the world for digital nomads with a total index score of 272 out of 320. With its limestone cliffs, caves and lush jungles, Krabi offers incredible natural assets as well as plenty of leisure activities for digital nomads.

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 of £645 a month 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.


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