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3 Of The Best Places In Asia For Westerners To Relocate


We live in a world where our ambitions for our careers and personal lives are no longer constrained by geographical borders. Wherever your skills may lie, and whatever path your passions have pushed you to pursue in your career, the infinitely interconnected digital age means that there’s a market for them virtually anywhere in the world. We live in the age of the telecommuter, where many of us work from the comfort of our own homes or make a living from the roads as digital nomads. There is an entire generation for whom the ‘office’ is wherever in the world they happen to plug in their laptops. The definition of the workplace is no longer constrained by the borders of language, culture and nationality. Thus, for those of us who yearn for adventure and new experience or simply want to reinvent themselves somewhere new and pursue a fresh start are free to do so virtually anywhere in the world. If you are frustrated by your seemingly stagnating career, and harbour no anxieties when it comes to travelling overseas, relocating to another country can give your life and career just the shot in the arm that they need.

For the adventurous, Asia has an understandable appeal. It’s an exotic and faraway land, yet it’s also a hotbed of economic evolution, technical innovation and thriving global commerce. Those who are looking for an opportunity to shake off the shackles of the everyday and dive headlong into a new life beyond their comfort zone will no doubt find the perfect wealth of opportunity in Asia’s diverse patchwork of cultures and traditions. Yet, as adventurous as many readers may be, if you’re going to start anew somewhere so unfamiliar, it pays to ensure that you do so somewhere where the odds are in your favor. What’s more, you want to set up shop somewhere where you’ll enjoy a great quality of life, make new friends and be able to immerse yourself in the local culture. Thus, if you want to escape to Asia, seek your fortune and build a brand new life with the support and infrastructure that will give you every available chance of success, here are some of the best places to do it…
 

Thailand

What more welcoming place can you think of to restart your life and career journey than the land of smiles? Thailand’s economy is on the up and increasingly diverse with a wealth of career opportunities whether you’re looking to start a new job for a multinational company, freelance or start up a business of your very own. The cost of living is extremely affordable and one can live in a luxury penthouse apartment in Bangkok for a fraction of the cost of any major American city.

With so much to see and do, you need never spend a single day of your downtime bored in Thailand. Whether you want to spend your day shopping in Bangkok’s labyrinthine BMK shopping mall or venture over to Chiang Mai to see majestic elephants in their natural habitat, you’ll never find yourself with nothing more to do than stay in and watch Netflix all day.

The people are amongst the most polite, accommodating and genuinely friendly people you’ll ever meet. Just be sure to get used to reading the different kinds of smiles. In Thailand, a smile can mean many things. It can be a sign of happiness, sure, but it’s quite often a sign of politeness (Yim taak thaai), social awkwardness or even hostility. Still, when you immerse yourself in the culture and treat those around you with respect you’ll only see the sincerest and warmest of smiles in this welcoming, friendly and industrious land.

If you’re looking for a fresh start, you’ll find everything you need in Thailand from supportive locals and manageable living costs to a stunning environment with no shortage of beautiful beaches in which to spend your free time.

Singapore

Singapore is one of the freest economies in the world, so it stands to reason that those of an entrepreneurial mindset might seek their fortune here. The great thing about Singapore is that it has a famously stable government, and a stable government means a stable economy and a consistently agreeable business and political climate for hard working people from overseas to make their home in this wonderful state.

What sets it apart from many of its neighbors is that Singapore is a true multicultural hub, with a wide range of different cultures, religions and races living and working harmoniously. Thus, those concerned about how they will be conceived and welcomed as a foreigner need not worry. They will find only the warmest and sincerest of welcomes in Singapore, both from the expat community and the native people.

Singapore is not only a great place to work and do business, it’s a truly fabulous place to live with affordable luxury accommodation that’s far more reasonable than what you may expect from western conurbations of similar size. Wherever in the state you choose to make your home, there’s a good chance that you can find affordable HDB rental which means you get a truly luxurious living space at a bargain price. Singapore is one of only 3 independent city states in the world along with Vatican City and the principality of Monaco; it’s a city but it’s also a country. The beauty of Singapore is that it won’t take you long to get your bearings but there’s so much packed into its sprawling cityscape that you’ll never, ever, ever be bored.

You’ll enjoy a largely stress-free life, since proximity to nature is a proven way to boost your mood and keep stress and anxiety at bay. Singapore is known as the city in a garden and is surrounded by lush greenery and areas of outstanding natural beauty with one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet rich in plant and wildlife. Even within the city state itself, you’ll never have to travel far to see some wonderful greenery. Just check out the innovative Tree House; the world’s largest vertical garden, or the enormous 60 acre Singapore Botanic Garden, home to over 60,000 plant species.

You’ll also get to dine like a king without breaking the bank. Singapore has some of the tastiest and diverse cuisine in the world, with a host of Chinese and Malaysian culinary influences. Seafood lovers will be in Heaven but vegetarians will also be well catered for since the region has high Hindu and Buddhist populations who do not eat meat for religious reasons. With friendly locals, economic certainty, affordable accommodation and some of the best dining and shopping in the entire world, Singapore is a great place to relocate to.
 

Indonesia

Where there’s industry, there’s inevitably opportunity. But while you may consider India, China or Japan no-brainers as hubs of industry and commerce, be sure that you don’t overlook the beautiful and industrious country of Indonesia. Indonesia has the world’s 7th largest economy in terms of GDP and its booming economy is rife with opportunity whether you’re looking to start a new job, start up your own business or invest in property. Not only is Indonesia a thriving economic hub where virtually anyone can start or restart their career in earnest, it’s also a wonderful place to live.

For starters, the cost of living pales in comparison to that of many western countries. On average, the cost of living is around 48% that of, for example, the UK while private rent is 74% cheaper. You can play hard while you work hard without breaking the bank since little indulgences like dining out are far more affordable than they may be on your home turf. If coffee is your biggest vice you’ll be right at home in Indonesia, as cafe culture permeates the entire country. Journey into the Sumatran hills if you want to try the famous kopi luwak coffee!

Speaking of indulgences, just about the only thing that comes at a premium is alcohol. The populace and government of Indonesia have a conservatively Muslim leaning and while they are warm and welcoming towards foreigners (whether tourists or immigrants) there are certain behaviors which are frowned upon. People, especially women, are expected to dress conservatively and skirts above the knee are frowned upon. Likewise, while the sale and consumption are not prohibited or discouraged, Indonesia is one place where it behoves you to drink responsibly. Drunkenness is strictly disapproved of by locals and local authorities alike. Behave with respect and you’ll receive nothing but warmth and accommodation from the locals in return.

By the way, if you think that its predominantly dry status means that Indonesia doesn’t come alive at night, think again! All over Indonesia you’ll find vibrant nightlife which proves that you don’t need to drink to have a good time. Whether you prefer to dance the night away, enjoy live music, or take a tour of the nation’s finest street food you’ll never need to spend a single night bored and alone in indonesia.

Whatever you need to start anew, these countries can provide it for you!


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3 comments

  1. I don't know if I'd actually relocate there, but I'd love to see Thailand. It seems to be such a beautiful place.

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  2. kate g1:57 AM

    I would live in any of those places, for the culture, the food, the scenery and the affordability. Realistically though, I will probably only visit them as it would be too hard to leave my extended family.

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  3. This looks nice love to visit

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