Cambodia & Hua Hin — A perfect working Holiday!

Digital nomads around the world have eyes set on South East Asia as the preferred destination to work and travel. The low cost of living, incredible travel destinations, fascinating cultures, reliable internet speed, a couple of adorable monkeys and steaming hot noodles flavored with lemongrass. Does it sound like a perfect case for a digital nomad? Sure, it does. While South East Asia is booming with numerous travel destinations, our blog focusses on two spectacular travel destinations not too far from each other:

Cambodia

Cambodia is a southeast Asian nation located in the southern portion of the Indochina peninsula. It is 181,035 square kilometers in area, bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. The official language is Khmer. Cham, English, and French are the other spoken languages.

Cambodia has well shaken off its shackles as a stop only for wearied backpackers on the southeast travel scene. Instead, it is truly gaining a reputation as a region’s go-to destination for digital nomads. So, what works so well for Cambodia?
The country’s rapidly developing capital, constantly improving amenities and infrastructure, along with low rent and cost of living, make it a prime place for remote workers to strike a perfect work-life balance.

On the weather front, Cambodia has a tropical climate all year round, with a rainy season from May to mid-November and a dry season from November to April.

In fact, Cambodia is home to a growing community of digital entrepreneurs and innovative expats who are making the most of Cambodia’s increasing opportunities and accessibility. Siem Reap and the capital Phnom Penh are the major tourist attractions in Cambodia.

Siem Reap

Siem Reap is located in Northwest Cambodia. The airport is less than a 20-minute taxi or tuk-tuk ride from the town center. Aside from the Angkor temples, this small bustling resort town is full of tempting restaurants, nightlife, accommodation, and activities to suit all budgets. It’s friendly and welcoming to all. It goes without saying that if you are in Siem Reap you will visit temples. Take time to explore the lesser known ones like Koh Ker, Banteay Sei, Beng Mealea, and Kbal Spean. Lotus fields, and a trip down on Tonle Sap Lake to visit Khmer and Vietnamese floating villages, West Baray, a man-made reservoir is lovely for relaxing and working as well. Phnom National Park, about 50 km from Siem Reap is definitely worth the trip, you can hike to the top of Kulen mountain to visit reclining Buddha and offer prayers with locals.

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, sits at the junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. It was a hub for both the Khmer empire and French colonialists. On its walkable riverfront, lined with parks, restaurants, and bars, are the ornate Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. At the city’s heart is the massive, art deco central market. Cambodia’s largest airport, Phnom Penh International Airport is located approximately 7 kilometers to the city center. Anyone who has visited Phnom Penh recently will know too well how development is overtaking the Cambodian Capital, with modern condos, hotels and office blocks shooting right into the sky, numerous cafés, cheap accommodations, and good internet speed make it a choice destination for those who want work remotely.

Hua Hin

Hua Hin is a seaside resort on the Gulf of Thailand, in the southern Thai province of Prachuap Khiri Khan. Once a quiet fishing village, it grew into a fashionable escape for residents of Bangkok after The 1920s, when the Thai Royal family, built summer palaces here. Hua Hin Beach, popular for kite surfing and other water sports, is the main stretch of sand, lined with high-end hotels and seafood shacks.

There is an ever-increasing expat population in Hua Hin. It is said that there are from 3000 to 5000 expats are living here. This is what has made this sleepy little fishing village a much busier place. While still mainly a tourist resort, there is a more and more international flavor to Hua Hin and makes living interesting here. It’s a great place has everything you need on a smaller scale.

The main draw for Hua Hin is the beautiful beaches, the ease of getting here, how quiet and uncrowded it is, and the laid-back vibes. Add in the overall fast Wi-Fi, quality low-cost condos, taxi, golf courses, Tennis courts and a lot of what you may love about Thailand, cheap massages, pools and you have got a perfect destination to go on a mini-retirement or live there as an expat/ digital
nomad. There are coworking spaces like Gopro. Few cafes that are laptop friendly like Coffeelism and the Truesphere café in the Bluport Mall.

Hua Hin is turning up to be the sleeper hit destination of the year. It has a beach. The air quality is better than most Thailand destinations. Travel is a bit pricier but you can get around on motorbikes here for short distances as traffic is less than larger cities. There are two large malls with everything
you need from movie theatres, gourmet market and plenty of massage shops.

There aren’t many tourists here in general and less Digital Nomads but that can be a plus point. Hua Hin isn’t just any beach town it is a gem that is waiting to be discovered. So, pack up and head to this a magical place and get surprised!

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