Thailand, Caribbean 'top best tropic islands' for digital nomads

Thailand, Caribbean 'top best tropic islands' for digital nomads

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

Thailand’s Koh Phangan is one of the ideal locations for remote working if cost is an issue, according to a recent ranking.

Zenefits, a human resources software company, ranked 50 tropical islands against seven factors: population, average temperature, WiFi speed, cost of accommodation, average daily budget, ease of travel to the island from the United States, and things to do and see.

An average budget traveller may only spend US$17 (about 620 baht) per day, excluding accommodation, while 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 great beaches, but they are also tropical islands that offer some of the best value for money for US digital nomads looking for a place to work and play, the research said.

The Dutch-Caribbean island of Curacao ranked first, with comfortable average temperatures and WiFi speeds that top the US average.

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

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

Vocabulary

  • budget: not expensive, usually because of providing only a limited service or product - ถูก,ประหยัด,ไม่แพง
  • comfortable: an easy life without difficulties - ความสะดวกสบาย
  • destination: the place where someone or something is going - จุดหมายปลายทาง
  • digital nomad: a person who earns a living working online in various locations of their choosing -
  • emerge: to become known - เป็นที่ประจักษ์ต่อ
  • excluding: not including something - ไม่รวม, แยกออกไป
  • human resources (noun): the department in a company that deals with employing and training people - านที่เกี่ยวข้องกับการบริหารงานบุคคล
  • norm (noun): a situation or type of behavior that is expected and considered to be typical - มาตรฐาน, ปกติ, ภาวะปกติ
  • population: a particular group of people or animals living in a particular area - กลุ่มที่อาศัยอยู่ในที่เดียวกัน
  • rank: to put someone or something into a position according to their success, importance, size etc - จัดลำดับ
  • ranking: the position of somebody/something on a scale that shows how good or important they are in relation to other similar people or things, especially in sport - อันดับ
  • tropical: relating to the hottest area of the Earth, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn - ในเขตร้อน
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