In Cambodia, there is a Great Chinese construction project (but I will leave the block about Cambodia as it was below). Just know that the "good old" Sihanoukville is no longer there and you will not be able to go to Cambodia to live on the sea as before, although you can go to the islands. But Angkor Wat, the floating villages, and the happy pizza are all there.
The Philippines seems to be getting better about crime. Although we have always done well in this regard.
In Nepal, there was a major earthquake, but much has already been restored.
For 10 years, I have lived in all the major countries of Southeast Asia, where everyone goes on vacation or to spend the winter. Somewhere a few months, somewhere 3-4 years.
These are: Indonesia (Bali, Java and other islands), Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Nepal, India (Goa), Vietnam.
After the divorce from my husband, with a small child, it became more convenient for me to settle in one place, and this is the kayter village of Mui Ne in Vietnam. I've been living here for five years now. Then I plan to move somewhere again. But Mui Ne is very addictive. It has everything you need for a quiet and comfortable life.
She also spent several days in Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, and the capitals of all major Southeast Asian countries, and spent a month in total in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
In addition, I also wrote an algorithm for how to move from scratch to winter quarters or live in any country in Southeast Asia.
Attention! These are all purely SUBJECTIVE feelings! ) Although I have lived in some countries for several years, and managed to more or less understand the objective pros and cons of each country, everything is still built solely on my own experience, which can be very different from the experience of other people.
I now basically do not care where to live, everything has changed inside for a long time. But a very desirable condition for me is the presence of the ocean, the sea nearby. Somehow it's easier and more pleasant to live when he's here, behind my back. I do not like to stay in cities for a long time — only once in these 10 years I lived without the sea — in the north of Thailand, in Chiang Mai and we quickly left for the south, lived the next year on the island of Koh Samui on the second line-with the sea in half a minute's reach. We then returned to Koh Samui again, because the island is very pleasant and comfortable to live on.
In all that time, I've never been bored enough to want to go back. We went to our homeland only once, a year and a half after the birth of the child, to show it to everyone and see everyone. It was very pleasant, but in a couple of months I already wanted to go back, somewhere else, and then we flew to the next new country for us — Vietnam.
I have long loved Asia with all my heart, here I am at home. In Southeast Asia, in the villages by the sea, for me there was some additional meaning of life, a sense of freedom. Even if you sit at home at the computer all day — you have open windows, you are in the middle of nature, the sea is five minutes away — you are not locked in a cage. This unity with the planet is felt more strongly in this case. You live. Take the child to the garden-it's 10 minutes past the sea, wind in the face, speed, adrenaline, endorphin. You seem to have done a routine thing, and rested, charged up, and became more happy.
Somewhere in the third year of travel, my camera broke down, at the same time the euphoria and the desire to share everything with everyone subsided, life began without a camera window, I even more fell out of love with taking pictures myself, and therefore there were very few photos from the last countries. I don't have any travel blogs or Instagrams. It has long been just an ordinary life, just comfortable and pleasant — with the sun, windows open in the morning, the sea, bike, fruit, smiling people.My baby was born in Bali, and at two months I was already flying to Sri Lanka. There is nothing difficult or dangerous for a child when traveling with young children. On the contrary — the smaller the child, the easier it is. Unless, of course, you fly a day from winter to summer for just a week, where acclimatization can take all the main time (but even then, everyone has different things, everything is very individual).
In all of the above countries, life can be lived on about the same amount of money. For two people, this is somewhere on average 700-1200 dollars. I DO NOT include (!) flights or trips for a visa here, they can be expensive. If you live in Southeast Asia for more than 3-6 months, then most often you will need flights or land trips. Here again, it depends on which country you are flying from or leaving — either a visa by minibus on the land route or a flight to Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabalu (both cities are Malaysia, but there are other options where to get a visa) from Bali. In the case of an airplane, the cost is also affected by how much in advance you will book flights.
In different countries, for this amount, somewhere it will be a modern house with two bedrooms and a private courtyard, and somewhere-an old apartment. But again, there are many factors that affect it — your ability to search and negotiate, bargain, the distance of housing from tourist centers and the sea. The ability to speak the local language can also help.If you have an apartment that you can rent, if you have some savings, if you have already established an online income, or you can provide SEO or other services, if you are ready to do any remote work, then in principle it is not even difficult to go to live in Asia.
For example, my good friends from Bali recently published an article on how much it costs to live in Bali. But in general, it is possible and cheaper.The average distribution in any country of Southeast Asia for a month in dollars:
in total, as I wrote above, the two of us — 700-1200 dollars, not counting visa extensions. On average, we lived somewhere on $ 800-1000 for the three of us before the divorce, then we live on about the same amount with the child together, not denying ourselves anything. But we eat in cafes, especially in tourist restaurants, not often. You can, as I think, live cheaper than 600, 400-500 per month, but be ready to save on everything.Bike (scooter, motorcycle) in some places you can not remove (if you need to save money). Get around on foot, bike, public buses (but not every place has one), bike friends, sometimes taxi. It depends on where you live and what you need from life. And somewhere you can buy it. In Vietnam, in the off-season, an ordinary medium bu bike can be bought even for $ 100. And that's all-you are exempt from the lease. Gasoline in the same Vietnam — About $ 1 per liter, small scooters require it very little. In Vietnam, electric scooters are also becoming common.You can carefully search for a house and bargain, pay for several months at once — it will be cheaper this way.
The price of even the same house can be different in different seasons and depending on the payment term. I am now trying to pay for my house for a few months in advance at the price of the "low" season. Otherwise, in December-January, we could easily have raised the fee. And in general, all countries have such a type of progressive scale. If you pay for a house by the day, then it will be 3 times more expensive for a month than if you pay immediately for a month. If you withdraw for 3 weeks, it can cost about the same as for a month, because for a month and above, there are already significant discounts. If you have no money, you can rent a room or apartment in a hostel or hotel, or in a cheap guest house for $ 100-150.
Book yourself something through the website agoda.com (there is a maximum number of options compared to other services, but you can use others, for example, booking.com) for 3-4 days. And you can also go to aibrb.com (there are usually more interesting and non-standard offers here).
Here's to Mui Ne (Vietnam):
Next, walk around or go around the neighborhood, ask in English-speaking groups in social networks (Facebook has many groups in each country), in which areas it is better to look for housing, ask the locals and those who have lived here for a long time or just know. See all the houses with signs for rent. You take photos, write down phone numbers, or go straight to see them, if possible. Send an SMS (the main thing is not to get confused, which house is which number), and go to look at the appointed time. Bargain, carefully inspect everything, check whether you need to pay for electricity, Internet, gas, water separately, measure the speed of the Internet, if it is already there. Choose a house.
If there is no Internet and you have to buy a mobile phone, and the Internet is very important for you, then first make yourself an Internet connection, and then come to watch the house with your laptop.I do not enter the extension of the visa here, there are many nuances. The cost depends on what kind of visa was, what kind of extension it is, whether you need to fly, what kind of country.
By the way, the conditions for visas are constantly changing. Be sure to check all the details on the embassy's website, with travel agents or from some really reliable source.