Where to go in Asia? Long-term-ish.
My friend and I would like to go to Asia in January. We were in Thailand/Cambodia last year for about 5 months and we would like to go to Asia again. Just probably for longer time. So I would like to know if you guys have any suggestions. We are currently thinking about Vietnam (Saigon, Nha Trang, Da Nang?) and Thai Islands (Koh Lanta, Samui...). I know some of you lived there (@sebkarlsson ?). Our requirements would be: cheap (like Chiang Mai or less (that's about $1K budget i guess)), co-work places, stable internet, (possibility of longer term accommodations - one-month rents in residences). Thank you
Yo Pimps, I know sarahl already replied and I haven't read it. I'll just give my own opinions. You know SE Asia already, so let's cut to the chase: you need stable internet and electricity. You could live in Malaysia (I call it the rich-man's Thailand) - KL is awesome. I spent a little time there and it's definitely developed. I can't give too much info, but food is great and better than Thailand in native cousine imo. I spent 6 months in Thailand also, but ChoboPokeR_r will be the best person on TB, no doubt, to answer all questions about living there. So Vietnam. Internet is relatively stable, but I would recommend a back up dongle modem from Viettel. It's cheap and pretty quick for running basic internet on top of a couple of poker sites at the same time. It's a good idea to have both a decent home internet and dongle so that if you get d/c at home, you just connect to viettel before you time out before you can shove the river (it's fast enough for that). Hanoi in the North is beautiful. But it's fucking HOT and HUMID AS FUCK and the night life is nowhere near as good as Saigon and it can get a little cold too. We loved it due the food and more chilled atmosphere as well as the old town. Da Nang is not for foreigners imo. Sure you can get good seafood and the beach is great, but unless you are staying in a high-class hotel you are probably not going to love it. There's really not much to be said about it. Nha Trang is pretty cool! Especially if you like seeing a ton of stereotypical Russians on holiday walking down the street every day! -NB no good Russian restaurants in town (I checked thoroughly!) unfortunately. ;(,,, Seafood is ridiculous and some of the best you'll ever have. It's all live and there's a great selection. The beaches are quiet during the day; until 5pm, when all the locals mob the beach cause the sun is down. Nha Trang is more of a party town and probably a pretty cool place to live if you're in your 20s. Saigon! Well I guess this is the place I'd recommend the most. You want nightlife, a ridiculous variety of restaurants that deliver to your door, higher class average accommodation than anywhere else in the country, table service at nightclubs that won't permanently damage your ears and the fastest internet? Ofc you do baby! Scotty Nguyen would approve. You will want to spend upwards of $500 for a _nice_ place that's 2 bedroom with a/c, security, reception and weekly cleaning. Cabs are cheap. We spent $5 max for most trips. Scooters aren't worth it once you've seen what they do to people in Thailand imo, but you could buy/lease one cheaply or have a private motorbike driver that will be waiting outside your building and affordable enough for a foreign teacher's salary. For poker players it's pretty cool too, since there are home games and it even looks like poker might become legal for natives, making casino games even more juicy. Really I think if you want to spend a long time in SE Asia living in one place you'd be dumb not to spend it in Vietnam without a good reason. I prefer it to Thailand, Malaysia, islands, Laos and the Philippines cause it's not just a place to visit and especially cause it has much better food. It has infrastructure and depth. Food isn't loud like in Thailand, it has finesse. It's not in the middle of nowhere like Laos and it has more charm than Malaysia. Plus if you get sick of it you're just a stone's throw away from those places! Let me know of any questions. Happy travels!
Last year Ive been in Indonesia (Bali and islands around) for like one month+, had a great time there and can reccommend places where to go, what to visit, tho cant really recommend for a long term stay for grinders due to really poor internet connections even at the higher rated/more expensive places to stay (u can solve it by purchasing a local sim card with data packet and playing via hotspot, cant solve frequent and long lasting electricity blackouts this way tho)
There are plenty of places in Thailand in which i would choose although with the new tourist visas in place, maybe Cambodia should be a better option. Look up Koh Rong Island. Much better then most of the islands in Thailand and quite tourist free as well.
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