Chiang Mai ranks 5th on travel site’s list of best places for digital nomads


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Chiang Mai, a city that some say is a “rite of passage” for digital nomads, is one of the best places in the world to work remotely, according to global travel site Big 7 Travel. In the list of “50 best places for remote work in 2021”, Chiang Mai ranked 5th out of 50 places. The site says the city has “the perfect mix in terms of affordability, visa flexibility, fast internet speed and overall atmosphere.”

The travel site also notes that Chiang Mai is very affordable with studios for rent in the city center at around $ 300 to $ 400 US. There are also various coworking spaces.

There is no visa in Thailand for digital nomads… yet. Right now, many digital nomads living in Thailand have volunteer visas or study visas, both of which can be quite expensive. The Thai Board of Investment, or BOI, recently proposed changes to the Smart Visa to allow foreign self-employed people to apply, allowing a stay of up to 4 years, but these are not new developments.

As the global shift to remote working shows no signs of turning back, workers around the world are moving away from the traditional office setup to working from home. For many, that means they can move. In the United States, at least 20% of the current workforce are self-employed, and that number is expected to grow to 40% by the mid-2020s.

Other best places to work remotely in 2021 include Tallinn, Estonia; Bali, Indonesia; and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The rankings took into account basic data on affordability and internet access that is gathered from the Nomad List along with other variables, including which countries offer specific Digital Nomad visas, and where to find them. the coolest coworking spaces and expat friendly communities.

SOURCE: Large 7 Travel

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