Thailand and the Caribbean are the ‘best tropical islands’ for digital nomads

Partygoers enjoy themselves during the monthly Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan in Surat Thani province on April 21, 2022. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)

Koh Phangan, Thailand, is one of the ideal places for remote work if cost is an issue, according to Zenefits, a human resources software company, which ranked 50 tropical islands based on seven factors: population, average temperature, Wi-Fi speed, cost of accommodation, average daily budget, ease of getting to the island from the US, and things to do and see.

An average budget traveler can only spend US$17 (about 620 baht) per day, excluding accommodation, when visiting Koh Phangan. The island in the southern province of Surat Thani ranked second on the top 10 list.

Popular Caribbean destinations like Curacao, Aruba, and Jamaica are known for their stunning beaches, but they’re also tropical islands that offer some of the best value for money for American digital nomads looking for a place to stay. work and leisure, according to research.

The Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao ranked first, with comfortable average temperatures and Wi-Fi speeds above the US average.

The ranking reflects an emerging trend in remote work in the United States. As working from home remains the norm and companies offer more flexible arrangements, American workers are looking to go abroad for a change of environment.

In response, countries have also adopted various measures to attract these business and leisure travelers, with Thailand unveiling tax incentives for long-term visa holders and Indonesia considering a special visa for remote workers.

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