5 global hotspots for digital nomad developers


The most incredible part of working as a developer means as long as you have a solid internet connection and a capable laptop, you can work from anywhere.

Be that your local coffee shop, your grandmother’s basement or from a hammock in Thailand - the world is indeed your oyster.

If you’re thinking of kicking the 9-5 and joining the ranks of a digital nomad developers, we’ve discovered the 5 global hotspots you should add to your bucket list.

1. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thousands of digital nomads flock to South East Asia every year. Not only is the weather generally welcoming, the cost of living is affordable and the internet is fast. Dylan Wolff is a former internal auditor who wasn’t happy with his life’s direction. The native Melbournian quit his job, taught himself code in 9-months and landed a junior developer role at a company in Melbourne. He was upfront with his employers telling them he planned to live on the road. Now he’s 3-months into his global nomad expeditions, he’s still working with the Melbourne based company and says Chiang Mai is his favourite spot so far. 'I can’t say I’ve experienced any drawbacks so far as these are all pretty safe choices, with plentiful high-speed internet and loads of cafes and co-working spaces to work from,' he said in an interview with fellow developer global nomad Chris Dodd.

2. Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv is a hotspot for entrepreneurs and innovators. With more than 5000 start-ups making their mark, it’s no surprise the city is attracting talent from around the globe. Digital nomads have access to an incredible culture of bright, young individuals who revolve around a fun coffee culture. There are many co-working spaces available for those checking in for a day or a longer stint ready to get some serious dev work done.  

3. Ubud, Indonesia (Bali)

Bali. Bali. Bali. There’s a reason many dream to venture to this stunning Indonesian paradise. Ubud isn’t a beach town, it's in the hills surrounded by rice paddies and tranquil waterfalls. What you might not know is that it’s home to one of coolest co-working spaces - Hubud. Ubud has an appealingly low cost of living compared to many places around the world It also has a growing start-up scene with many global nomads enjoying a healthy mix of island life and work. The biggest downside of the island? It can be challenging to get reliable internet outside of workspaces. Villas, hotels and cafes are often overloaded with users. If you’re not going to work in a co-working space check what the connection is like by connecting with other Bali-based digital nomads online.

4. Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is every internet user's dream. It boasts the highest average internet speed in the world and the Seoul Government spent US$44 million to make free high-speed wifi available in all of the city’s outdoor areas and transport methods. The city is connected in pretty much every way possible.

While expats and global nomads come to Seoul for its internet and for a chance to visit Gangnam, that's not all it has to offer global nomads. Seoul is the most innovative country in the world, has a low cost of living, has easy to use and cheap transport, has very low crime stats, a brilliant culture, delicious food and a very, very fun nightlife. Developers will find it easy to work on most time zones as the city is practically open 24/7. And if you’re working with Australians, it’s only one hour time difference between Sydney. Another benefit is while Korea is mostly a homogenous society, its melting pot of international expats is growing. Many diverse cultures from Aussies to Africans work and live in Seoul.

5. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City is a growing hub for digital global nomads, including developers. The warm climate paired with easy access to neighbouring Cambodia and Laos make it appealing for those with a sense of adventure. The internet connection is stable, the cost of living is cheap and there are many opportunities to meet with local and foreign entrepreneurs and digital nomads at co-working spaces right in town.


If you’re unsure if you’re ready to take the plunge, why not try out the digital nomad lifestyle with a pre-organised trip specifically designed for developers. Hacker Paradise offers 2-week to 3-month digital nomad stints for developers in unique locations such as Jeju Island, South Korea and Porto, Portugal.

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