Best places to live in Southeast Asia

Best places to live in Southeast Asia

While 2020 has given many people a taste of a different and somewhat harsh reality, that time will soon meet its end.

There’s truly no better time to start thinking about turning a new leaf, and if you’re dreaming about living in a new place, outside of your comfort zone, now is the perfect time to do so.

Southeast Asia has always been a unique and fascinating place for most people. From its rich culture that is very much present to this day, their mouthwatering cuisine rich in various flavors and spices, to its world-class tourist destinations lapped by sparkling turquoise beaches and friendliest people, there is no question why it’s hailed as the fastest-growing region in 2018 and continue to dominate the global tourism.

Whatever it is that makes you crave living abroad, Southeast Asia has a lot to offer – and more!

Apart from its increasing popularity among tourists and backpackers, a growing number of ex-pats have also embraced the region as their home for good. And with the continuous innovation in technology, improvement on infrastructures, and whatnot, it’s easy to see why.

So whether you’re planning on retiring soon and actively looking for the best place to do so, a digital nomad looking for a new place to explore, or you need a little more push on where you want to stay and make a living, you’ve come to the right place.


Ranked as the 7th safest place in the world by the Global Peace Index 2020, Singapore is a favorite among those looking for an easier transition in moving and settling down. Language-wise, most locals speak English which is a plus for those who are still learning their local language.

Living in this country is pretty much straightforward. With good quality infrastructures, world-class healthcare, a low crime rate, and employment opportunities, this country has become the regional hub for multinationals and the likes.


The kingdom of wonder, Cambodia, continues to attract ex-pats for its obvious appeal – rich history and culture and enchanting landscapes. Despite its varying quality in both health and education services, the country prides itself on improving its digital infrastructure over the years. Locals are also generally welcoming when it comes to foreigners expressing their interest in settling down in their land.


If you are planning to retire and are looking for a low-cost to live in with better standards in terms of tax-free remittances from abroad, then this country is for you. Bordered by Indonesia on the island of Borneo, Thailand, Brunei, and the South China Sea, Malaysia offers an excellent mix of Asian cultures with easy transportation if you want to visit its neighboring countries.

Though motor vehicles are deemed expensive, the cost of petrol is much cheaper than in other countries. You can also get the best deals when eating out since the restaurant prices here are relatively cheap. If you happen to score places that offer extended happy hours, then you might also get better deals for alcoholic beverages.

The Philippines

Known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient, this beautiful archipelago is a hidden gem for its 7,641 tropical islands. This country prides itself on its majestic natural resources and crystal clear beaches. The cost of living is also low, especially for those located outside tourist-flocked areas. That means finding a quality house at a very reasonable price is a piece of cake.


Last but not least, our list would not be complete without mentioning Thailand. According to a survey, it is undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Bangkok, the capital city, dominated the list among the top destination cities worldwide for three consecutive years.

From its picture-perfect white-sand beaches and virgin tropical forests to the hustle and bustle of the cities, it’s almost as if the country has it all. It remains on top of every tourist’s bucket list. Thus, it’s not so surprising that many ex-pats chose to permanently reside here, too.

Considering a life outside your comfort zone, leaving your friends and family, and starting anew takes a lot of courage, consideration, and a bunch of research. After all, it’s your life we’re talking about here.

The best way to start is by gathering substantial data, opinions, perspectives, and guidance that will help you arrive at a better conclusion and decision that aligns with your goals, values, safety, well-being, and so on.

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