Best Country in Asia to Live?
Summing up my other posts comparing which is the best country in Asia to live.
South East Asia that is, assuming you want to get away from boring westernized developed countries.
Overall those three are pretty similar and all great fun, but there are some major differences that make each different.
Choosing which one is best for you can’t really be done with research, you need to visit them yourself and then decide. I hope to visit Vietnam soon to add some content on that.
Best Country in Asia to Live – Summary
Thailand has some very major positives that lead most people to choose it. It has the best infrastructure and is probably the safest of these countries. If you find yourself in a bad situation you would rather be in Thailand.
It also has very good internet and finding a very nice apartment for a great price is not hard at all. Perfect for digital nomads.
On the other hand who wants to be forced to go on visa runs every 3 months and lose time working online or grinding Thaifriendly? And the visa runs might get harder as time goes on.
The locals also don’t speak English very well and some seem to have a bit of disdain for foreigners. You can get casual hook ups with girls, but not as easy as in Phils. If Thailand didn’t have the horrible visa situation I may live there….. but it does so I don’t.
Cambodia is the cheapest option and the visas are ridiculously easy. If you just wanted to exist in Cambodia you could chill on the beach for $600 a month and it really wouldn’t be that hard.
But if you get in a motorbike accident and need urgent medical care it will be very sub standard. If you want to live on the beach in Sihanoukville enjoy having no power 15% of the days.
Friends with benefits will be few and far between. You can either have a serious girlfriend and break her heart if you don’t end up marrying her or pay prostitutes. I certainly have no interest in that first option, and the Sihanoukville bargirls were terrible in bed for the most part.
It’s also the least developed of the three by far.
Back in Bangkok after spending 4 nights in Cambodia. Feels like I just advanced 100 years through a time warp.
— Dale Philip (@Daleroxxu) March 16, 2012
Moving to the Philippines has some problems of its own. The internet can be really annoying which isn’t good for a digital nomad.
The apartment value is worse, a 28sqm studio in a nice Manila high rise is 25k pesos (still cheap, but twice what it would be in Thailand) plus utilities, which are also the most expensive of the three countries.
The Huffington Post makes a good point about the large gap between the rich and poor here and how that affects crime.
But the ease of the visas, the western food rarely costing more than $5 a meal, and the girls being quite open to friends with benefits situations helps you recover losses.
Although living in the Philippines doesn’t win on costs or internet speeds, is a close tie for transport and facilities with Thailand, and another close tie for visas with Cambodia, it’s still the best country in Asia to live in for me.
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