Kuala Lumpur ranks ahead of Singapore, Jakarta and Hong Kong among the best Asian cities for digital nomads

In the world ranking, Kuala Lumpur ranks 18and between cities like Chicago, Barcelona and Ho Chi Minh City. In the Asian ranking, Kuala Lumpur occupies third place, behind Bangkok and Seoul; while Singapore ranks 31st.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is among the top 20 places to work for digital nomads, according to Instant desktop Best places to be a digital nomad in 2022 survey. Ranked 18th globally, it ranks among cities such as Chicago (16and), Barcelona (15and), and Ho Chi Minh City (21st).

Its Asian counterparts – such as the cities of Jakarta (Indonesia). Delhi (India) and Hong Kong – on the other hand, rank higher in the top 25, in the 25and22n/aand 23rd place respectively. First place goes to Lisbon, Portugal, followed by Bangkok, Thailand; Thessaloniki, Greece, and Dallas in the United States.

Across the border, neighboring Singapore ranks 31st.

Specific to the Asian region, Singapore takes the 11and position – in front of the cities of Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto), the Philippines (Manila) and the city of Taiwan. Meanwhile, Bangkok, Thailand continues its best ranking at number one, ahead of Seoul, South Korea; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Delhi, India.

To understand how cities are assessed and ranked, the survey noted in its methodology that rankings are calculated using proprietary Instant Office data, as well as factors such as mobile and broadband connection speed; the number of Wi-Fi access points; average annual sunshine hours; the average cost of an inexpensive meal and coffee; the average cost of an Airbnb accommodation, and the quality of life.

So Bangkok is

The office’s consultancy organization explained that Bangkok’s high ranking – globally and in Asia – can be attributed to its offering of “stunning local cuisine and vibrant street markets” which are complemented by “over 15,000 Wi-Fi hotspots” and “some of the most affordable housing of any city surveyed.” According to calculations, the average cost of an Airbnb accommodation in Bangkok, for example, is 27 GBP (about S$46.60) per night.

For those wishing to work further afield, Lisbon may be a city worth considering. Noted in the survey, it is “the perfect option” for “delicious and cheap food, good weather and scenery”, and the city has “excellent infrastructure”. On top of that, Lisbon is also described as ‘one of the sunniest places in Europe’ and ‘a foodie’s paradise, with local markets and freshly caught seafood available on virtually every corner. “.

Not to mention, it has “over 7,000 Wi-Fi hotspots and an average broadband speed of 163Mbps” – tagged in the survey as “ideal for soaking up the sun and surfing while working”.

And the others ?

Besides Thailand, the survey also revealed that Seoul, South Korea, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong are destinations that “offer captivating travel experiences, scenery and food, as well as stellar connectivity, infrastructure and a manageable cost of living”. .

As such, the cities are “perfect for digital nomads who want to explore some of the world’s most iconic business hubs and enjoy a continent full of exciting travel opportunities and sights”, noted the investigation.

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At a glance, the top 10 cities (worldwide) are:

  1. Lisbon, Portugal
  2. Bangkok, Thailand
  3. Thessaloniki, Greece
  4. Dallas, United States
  5. San Antonio, United States
  6. Seville, Spain
  7. Seoul, South Korea
  8. Sydney, Australia
  9. Athens, Greece
  10. Budapest, Hungary

And the top 10 cities (Asia) are:

  1. Bangkok, Thailand
  2. Seoul, South Korea
  3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  4. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  5. Delhi, India
  6. Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  7. Beijing, Mainland China
  8. Jakarta, Indonesia
  9. Kathmandu, Nepal
  10. Shanghai, Mainland China

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