By: Sarah Stone
As the world continues to embrace nomads and remote workers, more people are moving from the traditional office setting. Unlike some years back, when sitting in your cubicle five days a week from 9 to 5 was the norm, the professional landscape is changing, and more employers are embracing remote employees. The shift from the traditional office setting has led to the emergence of coworking spaces. As remote and flexible working becomes more popular, coworking space providers are engaging in a fierce competition to dominate this new niche.
As coworking spaces are being opened across the globe, Southeast Asia is becoming a hub for digital nomads and remote workers. Not only is this region friendly to travelers and workers on a budget, there’s also breathtaking scenery, wonderful people, and tantalizing food.
If you’re ready to lead a remove work lifestyle here, check out our top picks for the best coworking and coliving spaces in Southeast Asia!
Formerly known as Start Campus, SPICED is a boutique-style coworking space in the heart of Ho Chi Minh’s District 2 in Vietnam. This plush and spacious destination features everything a remote worker needs. It boasts fast and stable wifi, plenty of working and event hosting rooms, a garden and pool, free coffee, a recreational room, a rooftop terrace, and access to coaching and training, plus an investor network. SPICED also features coliving opportunities and private bedrooms for those digital nomads who want to stay overnight.
Their day pass that grants you access to the comfortable tables costs $7. You can also opt for the monthly pass, which is $95, or 24/7 pass that is charged $40 a week or $108 monthly.
Hours: Monday—Friday 8:00am—8:00pm
Tucked in a scenic setting in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, HuBud is a fabulous destination where remote and digital nomads can work, network, and share skills. It boasts a unique, bamboo-decorated, open-plan space and eye-catching views of the paddy fields, taking you closer to nature. This beautiful coworking space gives a home to more than 200 local and visiting innovators, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and digital technicians. It boasts amenities such as high-speed wifi, library, storage locker room, lounge, and Skype room, among others.
Charges per day are $17 or $187 per month.
Opening: 24 hours on weekdays, 9:00am to midnight on weekends
Located in the vibrant Sukhumvit district in Bangkok, Thailand, The Hive is a British-styled coworking space that spans over six floors. This space features dedicated desks, meeting rooms, offices, a Skype room, free coffee, and a community that blends locals and expats, which lends to the space’s dynamic ambiance. The Hive Thonglor also has a large sun terrace fitted with comfy lounge chairs, garden terrace, and sofas, all of which create a perfect environment to get a tan while chatting with clients.
Membership fees are about $12 per day for a hot desk and approximately $230 per month for a dedicated desk plan. A private office is charged $790 per month.
Opening hours: Monday—Friday 8:00am—8:00pm, closed on weekends
4. Naked Hub, Shanghai, China
Forming part of the WeWork chain of coworking spaces, Naked Hub is a pristine destination for digital nomads looking for somewhere to splash, invent, and innovate. This facility is home to an incredible rooftop terrace for those who want to work as they enjoy the sun or the magical view of the sky at night. It is also stocked with top-notch amenities, including fast and reliable wifi, multifunctional private rooms, outdoor terrace, ergonomic chairs and tables, printing-copying and scanning facilities, and a personal locker to keep your things. They also offer complimentary coffee, tea, and free-flowing beer.
Rates start at $260 per month.
Opening hours: Monday—Friday 24 hours, closed on weekends
Imbued in the vibrancy of Chinatown in Singapore, The Working Capitol is a fabulous coworking space that offers multipurpose rooms, event spaces, and a work desk with a business address. This nomad sanctuary enjoys proximity to various amenities, including restaurants and boutique hotels. Complete with eye-catching interior designs, unlimited natural light during the day, and a wellness center where you can practice yoga and meditation, The Working Capitol is the home of creativity and dynamism. Other amenities include a kitchen, high-speed wifi, lounge, and recording equipment.
Rates range from $42 a day to $463 per month.
Opening Hours: Monday—Friday 9:00am—6:00pm, closed on weekends
Nestled on the magnificent island of Koh Phagan, Thailand, Beachub combines the ambiance of a beachfront location with state-of-the-art amenities to create a haven where digital nomads can create, innovate, and network. At Beachub, you can work while enjoying the cool ocean breeze or calming your palate with gourmet organic food prepared at this vicinity. Other amenities include beachfront desks, fiber optic wifi, outside showers, hammocks, bathrooms, and a private video room. They also offer A/C rooms for those who want to be accommodated for a day or two. With a global community, Beachhub is the ideal coworking space for freelancers, innovators, startups, and other professionals.
Their rates are $17 a day or $187 per month.
Opening hours are 24/7 access for members; Monday—Saturday 10:00am—4:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm—2:00pm