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These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Destinations For Digital Nomads Right Now 

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Digital nomads have the freedom to live and work almost anywhere in the world. Remote working in this way is only growing in popularity with time, and many destinations are surging in popularity because of it.

The team at Nomad List has ranked the most popular digital nomad destinations looking at the growth figures in each destination over the past 5 years.  

Woman working on laptop next to ocean

What these figures show is that Asian digital nomad hubs are growing much faster than any other region right now.  

These are the 10 fastest-growing destinations for digital nomads right now: 

5. Penang, Malaysia 

The 5th fastest-growing digital nomad destination is Penang. Penang is a great place to experience island living and a place rich in culture and heritage. 

Penang is so popular with digital nomads right now because it offers a full package of experiences. From historic cultural attractions to modern cities, there’s something for everyone.  

George Town City view from Penang Hill during dawn

Old Georgetown in Penang is a UNESCO World Heritage site that offers a glimpse into Penang's colonial past, the island has a wonderful tropical climate, and it has beautiful nature to explore too.  

The costs of living are incredibly affordable, there are few language barriers for English speakers, and it’s easy for digital nomads to access the technology they need. There is a good number of co-working cafes in Penang too.  

4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Showing that Malaysia has the potential to become a new digital nomad hub the country took both 5th and 4th place on this list!  

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and a busy, bustling metropolis. 

 Bukit Bintang area in Kuala Lumpur,

It entices digital nomads with a low cost of living and great technology infrastructure. Housing is easy to find here, and it’s easy to settle into the urban work life.  

Kuala Lumpur is known for its multicultural community and vibrant events and festivals throughout the year. Visit for the bustling local markets and the modern architecture.  

3. Seoul, South Korea 

Seoul is a great location for digital nomads looking for an affordable and exciting place to live. Seoul is considered one of the safest cities in the world and is an exciting city to explore.  

South Korea has one of the world’s fastest internet speeds and a well-developed infrastructure for digital nomads, including an abundance of coworking spaces.  

Twilight Seoul Tower South Korea

Travelers love Seoul for its famous food street markets, which are a delicious and affordable dinner option, and the city's 5 majestic palaces and endless temples mean there’s always something to see and do.  

Seoul has a strong cultural heritage for history buffs but it is also a modern city that is the birthplace of K-pop. Monuments and skyscrapers sit side by side making this a fascinating place to live.  

2. De Nang, Vietnam 

De Nang is an incredibly popular destination for digital nomads right now, thanks to the low exchange rate of the Vietnamese Dong, which makes it one of the cheaper destinations in Southeast Asia for digital nomads.  

It is growing fast as a digital nomad hub because digital nomads are attracted by the low cost of living, warm weather, and cosmopolitan lifestyle.  

Young Woman Walking The Golden Bridge, A Famous Bridge Supported By Two Giant Hands Close To Da Nang, In Central Vietnam, Southeast Asia

The internet speed is fast and reliable and the people are warm and welcoming.

De Nang has stunning beaches, and its convenient location means it's a great place to use as a base while exploring wider Vietnam.

1. Tokyo, Japan

The fastest-growing destination for digital nomads is Tokyo, Japan.  

Not only is Japan experiencing a huge surge in tourism right now, it has also attracted foreign digital nomads who want to live and work in the country.  

Tokyo has a rapidly increasing number of co-working spaces, an advanced infrastructure that makes it easy for digital nomads to work and play in the city, and an inclusive culture where people from different cultures are respected.  

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo has a buzzy and vibrant atmosphere, and although its huge crowds can be easily overwhelming to start with, visiting as a digital nomad rather than as a tourist gives you the opportunity to really immerse yourself in this otherworldly city.

The Complete List

Here is the complete list of the top 10 fastest-growing destinations for digital nomads according to Nomadlist: 

1. Tokyo, Japan 

2. Da Nang, Vietnam 

3. Seoul, South Korea  

4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  

5. Penang, Malaysia  

6. Montevideo, Uruguay 

7. Manila, Philippines  

8. Hanoi, Vietnam 

9. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 

10. Ljubljana, Slovenia  

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