Just a decade ago, it seemed unthinkable that we could travel all the time and work from anywhere in the planet, but today, the incredible opportunities available to those owning a laptop and offering their professional services through the internet as freelancers have encouraged thousands of members of a generation –the millennials- to purchase a one-way ticket to the adventure of their lives and the pursue of a unique lifestyle. Although freedom is the main premise here and hustling on the beach sounds extremely good, a location independent entrepreneur cannot just work from any place; as a matter of fact, digital nomads appreciate good coffee, cosy coworking spaces where they can meet like-minded people from other countries, centrally-located lodging in urban areas yet close to the sea and, more than anything, power plugs, adapters and high-speed unlimited WiFi that enables them to stay permanently connected.
That being said, certain countries in the world particularly adjust to the definition of digital nomad paradise, and so have strived to provide this generation with the appropriate accommodation to suit their lifestyle and needs. By way of example, Thailand is frequently chosen as a retreat destination by digital nomads: it enables them to immerse in a totally different culture and be inspired by it to carry out their projects while abroad, whether a new mobile application or their upcoming novel.
In case your stay will be a short one before resuming your global journey, or even if you need a place to sleep and work until you find long-term accommodation, we have selected three recommended hostels in Chiang Mai, Phuket and Pattaya that will surely have all your digital nomad needs covered when visiting Thailand. Continue reading to find out more.
Digital nomad accommodation in Thailand: hostel in Chiang Mai
The Hostel by Bed is located in the very heart of Chiang Mai’s historic centre, within short walking distance of some of the most popular street markets in the area. This establishment offers not only comfortable beds in both private rooms and shared dormitories and shower facilities with free toiletries for guests, but also a wide array of features that truly help enhance the travel experience. Thus, backpackers and travellers do not need to worry about basic needs like water, coffee and fruit, which are complimentary from check in to check out at this hostel in Chiang Mai; besides, other amenities such as safety deposit boxes, lockers, bedside lamps for personal use, vending machines, communal microwave and unlimited WiFi throughout the premises contribute to a productive and stress-free stay. To top it all off, breakfast is included in the nightly rate.
Digital nomad accommodation in Phuket: the Rommanee Classic Guest House in Thailand
Should you prefer guest house accommodation, you can benefit from good value for money options that allow for greater privacy and space during your short digital nomad retreat in Thailand, as is the case with this centric low-cost accommodation in Phuket. It must be said that, since breakfast is complimentary and you may also request airport pick-up and drop-off services to and from Phuket International airport (45 minutes away by car) for a nominal fee, your stay will actually be cheaper if compared to many other budget places available. The standard and deluxe double rooms of the Rommanee guest house are spacious and include TV, air conditioning and private bathroom, and guests enjoy access to a communal living area, a shared kitchen, an onsite café and the tourist office at the front desk, where they will be kindly advised about the local restaurants and markets in the vicinity they can visit. WiFi can be used in the entire premises at no cost.
18 Coins Cafe & Hostel in Pattaya, Thailand
Being a millennial and leading a digital nomad lifestyle does not imply that you cannot enjoy the typical ambiance of international youth hostels like the 18 Coins Café & Hostel in Thailand. This low-cost accommodation in Pattaya is ideal for those who want to make the most of their retreat and meet other travellers, go out at night, surf and still find the time and an appropriate space to work hard. It is located 30 minutes from the beach and its most visited bars, and a 90-minute drive separates it from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport. This affordable hostel in Pattaya offers both private double rooms with ensuite shower either mixed or female-only shared dormitories, while featuring extra amenities such as a sports bar, free WiFi, continental breakfast included in the price, an onsite restaurant, laundry and ironing services. Moreover, those staying in private rooms are entitled to a personal safe and a fridge. The staff at the front desk can speak several languages including English.