Thailand is the best country in the world for digital nomads in 2021, Phuket best city, according to Club Med survey

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With more of us working remotely, the thought of swapping our sofa for sandy beaches is more popular than ever. But where are the best places to visit for those working virtually?

new study by Club Med has revealed the top countries in the world for digital nomads – and Thailand tops the list! 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:

Thailand is the best country in the world for digital nomads

Our study found that Thailand is the best country in the world for digital nomads. The southeast Asian island is now becoming known as a digital nomad’s paradise. Those working from Thailand would benefit from sprawling landscapes with many calming activities to enjoy such as mountain trekking, swimming, and observing exotic animals in their natural habitats.

Club Med also looked at the best places for digital nomads. Phuket came first and Krabi came third.

These are the top places for digital nomads – RANKED

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.

Take a closer look at the best places for digital nomads:

#1 Phuket is the best place in the world for digital nomads

The study found that 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. 

#2 Ho Chi Minh City is the second-best place in the world for digital nomads

Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam is the second-best place in the world for digital nomads with 274 out of 320. Its low living costs of £716 a month coupled with the 34°C heat and high internet speed make it a dream destination for digital nomads. The city also had a high fun score with 4.5/5 and a high 4/5 for places to work.

#3 Krabi, Thailand is the third-best place in the world for digital nomads

The third-best place in the world for digital nomads is Krabi in Thailand scoring 272 out of 320. The island’s low average living costs of £645 a month make it easy for digital nomads to make the most of the 232 relaxing activities on offer. And the 31°C climate makes exploring the limestone cliffs, caves and lush jungles a dream.

See the full results here.

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