Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Ha Long Bay

Ten spots we liked and disliked as coworking spaces in Ha Long Bay

Digital nomads coming to Vietnam tend to stick to the big cities, like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. These cities offer fast and reliable Internet in coworking spaces and coffee shops. As one of the most popular destinations, Ha Long Bay seems to attract a fair share of digital nomads as well, even though it has zero coworking spaces. This area is considered one of the most beautiful in Vietnam, so they rightfully want to spend some time here, both sightseeing and working. If you’ve never been to Ha Long Bay before, this video will help you explore it:  

If you decide to work in Ha Long Bay, you will have to do it from cafés, restaurants, and hostels. Wi-Fi is free and mostly available, but its quality and speed vary from place to place. If you decide to go on a cruise, you may have access to 4G onboard or even Wi-Fi, just make sure to ask before you book a tour. Since working conditions are not ideal, it may be wise to have your travel stand desk with you at all times. 

Take a look at our list of spots decent enough to use for work, as well as one place to skip.

Halong Ecolodge—Eco House is the best place to cowork in Ha Long Bay

Image source: Halong Ecolodge—Eco House Facebook

Halong Ecolodge—Eco House is a treehouse-like hotel in the mountains by Ha Long City. This may be an ideal spot for those working long hours or looking for a quiet place to focus on their work.

Everyone here speaks English, so you will communicate with staff and other guests easily. The in-house café is surrounded by windows, so you will have an abundance of natural light. The view is breathtaking, and you will easily find inspiration overlooking the forests and the Ha Long Bay from above. There are several high spots to use as standing desks when you grow tired of sitting down in available wooden chairs.

Although Halong Ecolodge is all about nature and tranquility, you will have the best Wi-Fi in the bay. It’s not only available at the café, but also in the rooms, which come equipped with a small coffee table and chairs, so you can also work from there. If the weather is nice, the best place to work from is the observation deck, with a gentle breeze and beautiful sunsets. Coffee is not free, but it’s cheap, and enjoying some while you work will hardly make a dent in your budget.

Basics
Pricing estimates Moderate
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday: 24 hours
  • Sunday: 24 hours
Workspace
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Phone No
Coliving Yes

 CAM café is our least favorite place to cowork in Ha Long Bay

Image source: CAM café Facebook

CAM café is a charming little café on a busy street and a nice place to have a cold drink. If you want to work here, you should think twice before unpacking your laptop, though.

While chairs and the one couch are fine enough for coworking here, there isn’t much else supporting that idea. When it comes to Wi-Fi, it’s mostly unreliable, and there were moments we could hardly check our email.

Since the windows are always open, you will be exposed to the noises coming from the outside traffic and daily rush. The place is also acoustic, so closing the windows doesn’t make this café any quieter if there are a few guests inside. We were surprised by the prices, which are a bit higher than they should be for the food and beverages they have on the menu.   

Basics
Pricing estimates Moderate
High-Speed Internet No
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 8 am–11 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am–11 pm
  • Sunday: 8 am–11 pm
Workspace
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Phone No
Coliving No

Four places to cowork in Ha Long Bay we also liked

The following places can’t replace the amenities of coworking spaces, but are good enough to catch a few hours of work when in Ha Long Bay:  

  1. Wander Station
  2. Eco Cafe
  3. Yeu Cong Ha Long
  4.  Nam Phong Coffee Novotel – Bai Chay

Wander Station

Image source: Wander Station Facebook

Wander Station is a café in Ha Long Bay, where you are most likely to meet other digital nomads. The place is often packed with foreigners thanks to its excellent Wi-Fi, making it a perfect spot for networking.

The coffee is one of the best in the bay and made by professional baristas, which is another reason why we liked coming here to cowork. If you come early, you can sit at more comfortable tables without having to slouch over your laptop.

Being such a popular place has a disadvantage, and Wander Station’s major downside is that it is always noisy. It’s nothing headphones can’t solve, so make sure to pack them before you come here.

Eco Cafe

Image source: Eco Cafe Facebook

Eco Cafe is a cozy coffee shop, located on one of the main streets of Ha Long Bay. It’s nestled between buildings with a narrow path leading to the entrance, keeping it away from the noisy traffic.

This is the reason many digital nomads find this café one of the most tranquil and pleasant place to work from. The stable Wi-Fi also adds to the café’s good reputation, although downloading and uploading big files is somewhat challenging.

Wherever you choose to work from, you will be surrounded by plants of all shapes and sizes, inside and in the garden. Some seating arrangements may be more comfortable than others, but you will be able to work comfortably for at least a couple of hours.

While the staff is trying to do their best, we had some problems with communication. They don’t speak English well enough to understand complex sentences, so you will be better off just showing them what you want from the menu.

Yeu Cong Ha Long 

Image source: Yeu Cong Ha Long Facebook

Yeu Cong Ha Long belongs to the franchise of coffee shops with vintage décor, reflecting different periods in Vietnamese history. Even though entering this café seems like traveling back in time, their outstanding Wi-Fi will remind you what year it is.

This café has several sitting options. The best ones are those secluded from other patrons that give you enough privacy to make calls and work in peace. These are also the most popular seats in the house and, if you come early, you may be able to get them.

In the evenings, Yeu Cong Ha Long usually holds some kind of thematic event, like game night or music performance, so stick around after work and have some fun.

Nam Phong Coffee Novotel—Bai Chay

Image source: Nam Phong Coffee Novotel—Bai Chay Facebook

Nam Phong Coffee Novotel—Bai Chay is a coffee shop belonging to the Starbucks-like franchise available all over Vietnam. It has a spacious open floor with comfortable chairs ideal for working all day long. The Wi-Fi didn’t disappoint, and we were even able to watch some videos online.

This is one of the rare cafes in Ha Long Bay that doesn’t allow guests to smoke inside, which we appreciated. On the downside, families come here with small children running around, so that is a little bit distracting, making it hard to concentrate on work. Other than that, coffee was great and inexpensive, so you will get all the caffeine boost you need to work.  

Check out other spots for coworking in Ha Long Bay:

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Lombok

The rundown of the 10 best coworking places in Lombok

Lombok is an Indonesian island located between the islands of Sumbawa and its more famous cousin, Bali. While Bali is so exquisite that it has become a household name, trust us that Lombok isn’t lagging behind. Not only is it of approximately the same size and population density, but it also has the same cultural heritage. Lombok also abounds in lush, green forests, turquoise lagoons, sandy beaches, and lava rock formations characteristic of this region. It is surrounded by numerous islets, the most well-known of which are the three Gili Islands — Trawangan, Meno, and Air — located off its northwest coast.

There is another similarity between Lombok and Bali — both are staples on digital nomads’ to-visit lists! Modern remote workers and freelancers are exploring new places from which they can most successfully live up to their “work hard, play hard” reputation, and tropical paradises, such as this one, are the ideal choices!

If you are interested in jumping on the digital nomad bandwagon, we’re here to help. Hop over to Lombok and check out the best coworking spaces that we could find there. While you’re at it, make sure you also see our selection of coworking-friendly cafes there. The dedicated coworking spaces that are available on Lombok and the surrounding isles are:

  1. South Lombok Cowork
  2. Salon de nomad Gili T.
  3. Acibara Coffee & Co-Working Space

South Lombok Cowork is our top coworking space pick on this awe-inspiring island!

Source: southlombokcowork

South Lombok Cowork is the first coworking space that opened on this island. It has a beachfront position with a fantastic view of the ocean. That is one of the perks of working from a tropical island — you can get your tasks done from the comfort of an air-conditioned room while listening to relaxing sounds of waves hitting the shore.

This coworking space has a lot of natural light, super-fast Wi-Fi, a backup generator, and a barista coffee service. In terms of workspaces, it has hot and dedicated desks, a meeting room suitable for brainstorming and conferencing, and a comfy chill-out zone on offer. This one is also the only place in this corner of the world where you will find a 24/7 keycard member access, should your work schedule demand so. There is no need to worry about parking either as the space is located in the Segara Anak hotel with ample on-site parking spots.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: IDR 150,000
  • Per week: IDR 650,000
  • Per month: IDR 1,800,000
  • Three months: IDR 5,100,000
  • Aquarium meeting room (six people): IDR 200,000 an hour
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
  • Saturday: 8.30 am – 12.30 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • 24-hour member access: Yes
Address Segara Anak Hotel
Jl. Pariwisata Pantai Kuta,
Pujut, Kabupaten Lombok Tengah,
Nusa Tenggara Barat
Indonesia
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Salon de nomad Gili T. is the runner-up in the race for the best coworking spaces in Lombok!

Source: Salon de nomad Gili T. : Coworking space

Salon de nomad Gili T. is a part of Coco Hub Gili Air, which is a community of digital nomads living and working together within a 1,500 m radius. Although there isn’t a coliving space operated by this community, the Trawangan island offers a good deal of Airbnbs for you to stay — you could even share a space with another nomad!

The coworking space itself is the only dedicated coworking hub on the Gili islands of Lombok. You can make use of the communal working area, the outdoor terrace, or a private office — whatever best suits your needs. The internet signal is fast and stable, which is a feat in itself on tiny tropical islands such as Trawangan. During your downtime, you can stream Netflix without a glitch.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: IDR 130,000
  • Per week: IDR 820,000
  • Per month: IDR 2,500,000
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday:  8 am – 8 pm
  • Sunday:  8 am – 8 pm
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address Gili Trawangan
Gili IndahPemenang,
North Lombok Regency
Lombok
Indonesia
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving Nearby Airbnb

Acibara Coffee & Co-Working Space is a star on the rise among Lombok coworking spaces!

Source: Acibara Coffee & Co-Working Space

Acibara Coffee prides itself on serving the delicious, locally-grown Sembalun Arabica coffee. It has a mouth-watering nutty flavor that its visitors simply cannot get enough of.

This coffee shop is also a laptop-friendly coworking cafe that has been on the local freelancers’ radar for quite some time. The foreign visitors are also starting to catch up, and Acibara has seriously upped its game. There are several membership packages available that you can accommodate to your needs. There are also indoor and outdoor spaces for hosting meetings, presentations, workshops, and other business gatherings for up to 50 people.

Basics
Pricing Coworking space:

  • Per hour: IDR 15,000
  • Per day: IDR 35,000
  • Per week: IDR 200,000
  • Per month: IDR 650,000

Meeting room & event space, per hour:

  • Talkshow indoor A: IDR 250,000
  • Talkshow indoor B: IDR 300,000
  • Talkshow outdoor A: IDR 200,000
  • Talkshow outdoor B: IDR 250,000
  • Block indoor: IDR 500,000
  • Block outdoor: IDR 400,000
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 10 am – midnight
  • Saturday: 10 am – midnight
  • Sunday: 10 am – midnight
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address Parking Area Lesehan Mimi Asri
Jendral Sudirman St, no 76
Rembiga
Mataram
Indonesia
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Event room Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

There are also some pretty amazing coworking-friendly cafes and restaurants in Lombok! Check them out!

Although this picturesque Indonesian island doesn’t have many dedicated coworking spaces, there are still numerous cafes and restaurants you can work from. If you don’t need a private office, a conference room, or an event space, you may as well make a coffee shop table your own hot desk! Here are some coworking space alternatives that you should explore while in Lombok:

  1. Kenza Cafe
  2. Basecamp Lombok
  3. Rock Gilis Coffee
  4. Loka Surf and Fitness Lodge
  5. Warpindo
  6. TERRA — Food That Loves You Back
  7. La Chill Bar & Restaurant

Kenza Cafe is our coffee shop crush!

Source: My Lombok Magazine

Kenza is a restaurant, resort, and yoga retreat located in the center of Kuta, Lombok, and also on the Gili Air. Both locations are coworking-friendly and offer scrumptious meals and terrific coffee. There are also power outlets next to every table, and the setting is genuinely beautifully designed. You can settle in for the full day of work and never lack a thing!

The Gili Air location also offers accommodation options, so it is suitable for those looking for a coliving arrangement as well. It is at a beachfront resort with rooms and cottages overlooking the sea, ideal for both families and individuals. While you are there, you can make use of the on-site yoga studio. What better way to stretch after hours of sitting at a desk?

The cafe is suitable for working, but it does have moderate background noise. If you need absolute quiet while you work, it may not be the best option for you. Another disadvantage may be that the place doesn’t have AC. If fans don’t provide enough ventilation for you, you won’t feel comfortable working from here.

Basics
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Every day: 7.30 am – 10 pm
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address Jl. Raya Kuta No.5, Kuta
Pujut, Kuta Lombok
Nusa Tenggara Barat 83573

Basecamp Lombok is the right spot for those looking to work from and explore the island too!

Source: Basecamp Lombok

Basecamp Lombok is a place where you will instantly feel at home. The staff is extremely hospitable, and the service is exceptional. There is a wide array of organic dishes available and some great local coffee. You can also rent outdoor gear if you want to explore the rich natural landscape that Lombok prides itself on.

During the day, Basecamp is a quiet cafe bar you can efficiently work from without disturbance. In the evenings, it becomes a packed spot with live music, frequented by people from all four corners of the globe.

Basecamp Lombok also has 16 dormitories on offer, so if you are a digital nomad looking for an affordable place to stay, give this one a go. You can also explore the surroundings with their guide, as they offer several tour packages, such as Climbing Mount Rinjani and Exploring Three Gilis.

Basics
Pricing
  • Beverages: IDR 7,000
  • Appetizers: IDR 10,000 
  • Dinner: IDR 15,000 
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Every day: 4 am – 11.30 pm
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address Jalan Koperasi No.177B
Dayan Peken
Kota Mataram
Nusa Tenggara Barat 83113
Indonesia

Rock Gilis Coffee has the widest array of coffees in Lombok!

Source: Rock Gilis Coffee — Senggigi

What we loved about the Rock Gilis Coffee is the assortment of coffee-based drinks that they have! Coffee is an essential component of a proper coworking spot, so this one definitely ticks that box on our list. With so many different brews, you are sure to get your caffeine kick and start the workday on the right note. You will also find a variety of dishes, including pizza, pasta, snacks, and desserts.

The downside is that, although you could work from here without a problem, you won’t be able to do it for very long. We believe anyone would feel uncomfortable sitting on wooden chairs and benches for extended periods.

Basics
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Every day: 8 am – midnight
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address Jalan Langko no. 23 F & 23 G,
Mataram
Lombok
Indonesia

Loka Surf and Fitness Lodge is the obvious choice for those who want to be both active and productive!

Source: Loka Lombok

Loka Surf and Fitness Lodge is located on the south coast of Kuta, enveloped in the unspoiled nature from one side and the crystal clear water from the other. This place is all about a healthy lifestyle. There is a cafe with healthy snacks and beverages, accommodation with non-smoking rooms, a fitness center, and a gorgeous garden on the premises.

We believe that you will thrive working from their bar. Not only will you get your job done but also have many different activities during your stay here. Work out a sweat at the gym to shake off the sedentary lifestyle, munch delicious healthy salads, and even learn how to surf with Loka’s certified surfing coach!

Basics
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Every day: 7 am – 11 pm
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address Jl Raya Pariwisata
Kuta, Lombok
Nusa Tenggara Barat
Indonesia

Warpindo is a cozy and affordable place to set up camp for the day

Source: Warpindo

Warpindo is a cafe bar with the best and most affordable local food. Not only can you eat your fill but also treat your taste buds to some rather unconventional yet still delish coffee mixes. Our recommendations are:

  • Strawberry Field Coffee
  • Rex Orange Coffee
  • Monster Milo
  • Ice Charcoal Latte

Warpindo is a quiet, air-conditioned place during the day, so you can rest assured that you can focus on your work without an issue. In the evenings, there are frequent live gigs, so you can stick around after your work is done and have some fun, too. 

Basics
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Saturday: 10 am – 11 pm
  • Sunday: 4 am – 11 pm
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address  Jln. Panji Tilar Negara no. 35, Mataram,
Lombok
Nusa Tenggara Barat
Indonesia

TERRA — Food That Loves You Back is ideal for those who appreciate gastronomic surprises!

Source: TERRA — Food That Loves You Back

TERRA has a front entrance takeaway bar, an air-conditioned lounge, and an outdoor terrace. You can choose whether to set up your workstation for the day on the breezy balcony or in the cozy lounge, and even take some delicious food and beverages with you when you leave for the day.

What makes TERRA unique in the Lombok area is that its menu is 100% plant-based. The food is 51% raw and also gluten- and dairy-free. You can be sure that their nutritious dishes will quench your hunger and soothe your palate. They also have the food lab for the more experimental diners and offer cooking classes as well.

Basics
Pricing
  • Hot drinks: IDR 25,000–45,000
  • Cold-pressed juices: IDR 45,000 
  • Smoothies: IDR 45,000
  • Bottled drinks: IDR 80,000
  • Salad combos: IDR 75,000
  • Raw black pizza: IDR 85,000
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Every day: 8 am – 9 pm
  • Thursday: Closed
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address Raya, Jl. Kuta Lombok No.83582
Kuta, Pujut
Nusa Tenggara Bar.
83582
Indonesia

La Chill Bar & Restaurant is not for the frail-hearted!

Source: La Chill Bar & Restaurant — Senggigi, Lombok

La Chill Bar & Restaurant attracts a young and crazy crowd. If you are looking to meet seasoned professionals, this is not the place for you. This beach hangout is a favorite of youngsters and freelancers who travel to Lombok and anyone who can work in a crowded place with ease. 

It is an idyllic spot to work from, as the tables are set right on the beach. The downside is that it is always packed and that on the most faraway tables, the Wi-Fi signal can get a bit unstable. 

If you are looking for some ideas on what to do on a Saturday night, at La Chill, there are awesome live gigs that often last until the break of day!

Basics
Pricing
  • Fresh teas: from IDR 20,000
  • Juices: IDR 40,000 
  • Cocktails: from IDR 75,000
  • Salads: from IDR 50,000
  • Burgers: IDR 70,000
  • Pizzas: from IDR 70,000
  • Local dishes: from IDR 45,000
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 8 am – 1 am
  • Saturday: 8 am – 1 am
  • Sunday: 8 am – 1 am
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address JL. Raya Senggigi KM8 Batu Bolong Senggigi
Beach Front Transit Hotel
Lombok
Nusa Tenggara Barat
Indonesia

How do you like our picks of coworking places in Lombok? Hopefully, you can find a spot on our list that will be to your liking. Just in case you feel that it is high time something new was introduced to Lombok’s coworking scene, we have some great news. PuraWorka has partnered up with Dome Lombok to open a brand new coworking space here in 2020. We can’t wait to check it out when it is ready!

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Goa

Eleven coworking spaces in Goa to try and one to avoid

India has turned into a real treat for digital nomads, with coworking places blooming all over the country, especially during the last few years. Besides Mumbai and New Delhi, Goa is right there on the list of favorite destinations for nomads and expats. This is an eco-friendly region that offers a peaceful working environment and relaxing activities, like yoga and meditation, to eliminate work-related stress. If this is your first time in Goa, here is a little help to get to know it better:        

As a southwestern state in India, Goa has coworking spaces in several cities. Unlike cafés and restaurants, where the quality of the Internet is not a guarantee, most coworking spaces offer everything for working comfortably, including fast and reliable Wi-Fi. We suggest you try the following coworking spaces in Goa, and also one to steer clear of unless there isn’t anything better in the vicinity.

MeWo is the greatest coworking space in Goa

Image source: MeWo website

MeWo coworking space is designed to fulfill your every wish. This modern and well-organized space is relatively new and already attracting a lot of attention in Goa. The Internet here is fast and even has a backup in case of a blackout, although MeWo’s generator kicks in if electricity is down.

If you come here with your team, you will like the private offices. Each is equipped with a whiteboard, an air-conditioner, and monitors, if requested. Dedicated desks are arranged in the open area full of artificial plants dropping from above, while desk separators ensure that there is sufficient privacy. Everyone at MeWo gets an ergonomic chair and a personal locker located above the desk, so your belongings will be safe when you take a breather.  

Coffee and snacks are available in the kitchen, and you can have them at the in-house café whose ceiling emulates a clear, blue sky, with vintage street lamps by the walls. The café is also everyone’s favorite meeting spot, although MeWo has excellent conference rooms with full AV equipment.

Every member receives biometric keycards to access MeWo, and the whole place is monitored with CCTV. If you have any problems or need help with anything, a receptionist is there to take care of any potential issues.

During breaks, you can borrow a book from the library and read on the comfortable couch in the lounge area. If you want something more exciting, MeWo has an impressive game zone where you can do some networking while playing with the other members.      

Basics
Pricing
  • INR800 per hour
High-Speed Internet 150 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 8 am–8 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am–8 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths No
Coliving No

 Blue Lotus is the coworking space to skip in Goa

Image source: Blue Lotus website

Blue Lotus is part of the concept that promotes coliving and coworking for digital nomads. This extremely small coworking space is located within a 140-year-old property in the village of Ucassaim.

The biggest problem we had with Blue Lotus is that it’s the least dedicated to coworking, and the most to community building. There are one proper desk and two chairs in their area intended for coworking, with a couple of beanbags on the side. Some rooms have desks, but you need to make that request when booking to make sure you get one.

Since we didn’t feel comfortable working in the small coworking area, we were able to work in the common room, thanks to our travel stand desk. The Internet was great, but in the evenings, when everyone was back inside and online, it tended to slow down.

Blue Lotus is far from being a bad place to stay, but it’s not even close to being a great coworking spot, especially because of all the available activities. The staff takes guests for regular hikes in nature to the surrounding forest and hills. You can take yoga lessons at the studio outside, and also participate in a group meditation. 

Since the place is an international hub, you will meet great people and fellow digital nomads here. Even if you don’t get a lot of work done, you will have fun networking and relaxing.

Basics
Pricing
  • INR100 per hour
  • INR600 per day
  • INR2,000 per week
  • INR8,000 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 9 am–6 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Phone booths No
Coliving Yes

 Three coworking spaces in Goa not to miss

Here are more coworking spaces that deserve your attention:

  1. 91SPRINGBOARD
  2. NomadGao
  3. Ignite EDC Innovation Hub

91SPRINGBOARD

Image source: 91SPRINGBOARD website

91SPRINGBOARD is a coworking space in Panjim occupying two floors, available 24/7 to its members. It has an open floor plan for hot desks and separate areas for private offices, conference rooms, and dedicated workstations.

If you prefer to work on your feet, you can use one of the standing desks by the windows. Ergonomic chairs are available for all members, except for those at the hot desks, although they can work on the couch or beanbags in the lounge. If you want to play foosball or read in the library, you can leave your things in a personal locker, available for all members.

The space is pet-friendly, so you are welcome to bring your doggo or kitten to keep you company while you work. The free coffee and tea at the in-house café will keep you focused on your work. If you want to grab something to eat, you will have to go for lunch at one of the eateries nearby.       

NomadGao

Image source: NomadGao website

NomadGao is located in a quiet neighborhood, Assagao, offering rooms as well as one of the fastest Internet connections in Goa. If you decide to rent a room, you will get 24/7 access to the coworking space, which is otherwise available only on workdays. 

Wood and potted plants dominate the interior design of this coworking space and make it homey and cozy. Ergonomic chairs are available at every hot desk, so you don’t have to worry about the back pain or stiff neck.  

This coworking space is all about building a community of digital nomads, so you will have excellent networking opportunities. NomadGao often hosts events aimed at bringing Goa’s coworking community together and helping local startups.         

You will always have a company for coffee and tea, since everyone is nice and friendly, including the staff. The in-house café also serves amazing food, and you can have lunch in the lounge area outside, or inside on a comfy couch and beanbags.     

Ignite EDC Innovation Hub

Image source: Ignite EDC Innovation Hub Facebook

Ignite EDC Innovation Hub is a big enough space to fit almost 100 people and is completely equipped with private offices, conference rooms, and individual workstations. Ergonomic chairs are everywhere, but if you need a standing desk, you will find them only in the dining area.

Space is more dedicated to collaborative work and building startups, so it can be a little bit loud when teams gather to discuss a project. Ignite EDC Innovation Hub often organizes workshops and events for the local community, so you can meet a lot of interesting people and maybe start new collaborations. Thankfully, phone booths and Skype rooms are isolated, so you can make calls without any interruptions or surrounding noises.  

The staff is friendly and will gladly show you around when you come here for the first time. Coffee and tea are free of charge, although you will have to pay for snacks in the kitchen, or you can bring your food and keep it in the refrigerator until lunch.

Other coworking spaces in Goa:

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Boracay

5 great coworking spaces in Boracay (and one to skip)

Located in the Philippines, Boracay is a small island full of resorts, hotels, restaurants, and cafés. Although there is still a long way to go to make this place ideal for expats and digital nomads, this island is taking small and sure steps in that direction. Boracay is usually a weekend stop for digital nomads who stay in Manila, offering a peaceful beach setting and magnificent views of the sea. Take a look at this travel vlog to get ideas for what to do and see in Boracay:     

Those who use the island as their work base have to accept that the internet is slow and not meant for major uploads and downloads. On the plus side, since foreigners love to visit Boracay, you won’t have a problem communicating with the locals since they know sufficient English. While you won’t find a real coworking space here, coffee shops and eateries are adequate to replace them. Here are some of them you can work from, and one that you should skip.

The Lazy Dog Bed & Breakfast is the nicest place to cowork in Boracay

Image source: The Lazy Dog Bed & Breakfast Facebook

The Lazy Dog Bed & Breakfast is located close to the Bulabog Beach in the Balabag district. This is not an ideal coworking space, but you will find everything you need here to have a productive day. 

The Wi-Fi is better than in some coffee shops but still not even close to the speeds you can find in Manila. If you don’t have to send huge files or download anything big, you can do just fine with the internet here. In-house Whiskey’s Café is perfect for working in peace in the shade of the palm trees and drinking freshly squeezed juice. The chairs are far from ergonomic, but comfortable to sit on for a while. To change position, you can use low walls as standing desks or sit down on the cushions and work at the coffee table.

We love that this hostel is true to its name, and dogs and cats are all around, sleeping or stopping by for pets. If you want to go for a walk or swim, you can leave your things in the lockers and not worry about them. In the evenings, guests from all over the world gather at the café and mingle, which is a great opportunity for networking.       

Basics
Pricing estimates Moderate
High-Speed Internet No
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 7 am–10 pm
  • Saturday: 7 am–10 pm
  • Sunday: 7 am–10 pm
Workspace
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Phone No
Coliving Yes

 Little Wave is our least favorite place to cowork in Boracay

Image source: Little Wave Facebook

Little Wave is a small coffee shop in the Manoc-Manoc district, close to the main road on the island. It’s located in a cluster of many eateries and cafés, so you don’t have to go far to find a more comfortable place for work. Chairs are on the top of our list of the most uncomfortable, made from some sort of metal and without upholstery.

During our stay, the Wi-Fi was unreliable and disappeared from the list of available networks several times. This was a miscalculation on our part since we came here during the lunch hour, and too many people were connected. 

We gave up working after a while and decided to enjoy the food with many vegetarian options. The salted egg coffee is their signature beverage and something we recommend you try when in Little Wave. The staff was friendly and stopped by our table a few times to make sure everything was in order with our food.

Basics
Pricing estimates Moderate
High-Speed Internet No
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 8 am–10:30 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am–10:30 pm
  • Sunday: 8 am–10:30 pm
Workspace
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Phone No
Coliving No

Five places to cowork in Boracay’s Balabag district we also enjoyed

No matter if you are having coffee, cake or beer while you work, the following places are good enough to get the work done:

  1. Starbucks
  2. Titos
  3. Tom N Toms
  4. Sea Breeze
  5. Coco Cafe

Starbucks

Image source: Starbucks Facebook

Starbucks is located in a three-story building, with the roof being the best part if you want to work while looking at the beach below. This is a familiar place with decent coffee and reliable but still slow Wi-Fi.

If you are lucky to come here when it’s not crowded, you can take the comfortable seats by the wall. Otherwise, you will have to either make do with wooden chairs or use your travel stand desk as we did. The staff speaks several languages, so you won’t have problems communicating with them. Too bad the internet connection is less than perfect, or we would come here to work every day.        

Titos

Image source: Titos Facebook

Titos is the best place to try Filipino dishes and have lunch on the roof with a wonderful view of palms and the beach. The Wi-Fi will not falter even when the place is crowded, so you will have no problem working here until your food arrives. 

We don’t recommend staying here for long since the colorful chairs are far from comfortable, and our backs weren’t that happy after an hour of sitting. If you plan to come here, note that Titos opens at noon, and you will hardly find it without guests. If you want to concentrate on work, it’s best to find another place and come here only for the local cuisine.    

Tom N Toms Coffee in Balabag

Image source: Tom N Toms Coffee Facebook

Tom N Toms Coffee is a Starbucks doppelganger — all with comfortable chairs and a great choice of coffees. 

The Wi-Fi here is unreliable. Some days it works well, and you can finish your tasks without too much fuss, and others, it will be annoyingly slow and useless. The good thing is that Tom N Toms is not a loud place, and you can work without distractions from other patrons. The big plus is that they’re open 24/7, so you can come here and work anytime you want (if the internet is operational).

The Sea Breeze Café in Balabag

Image source: Sea Breeze website

Sea Breeze is part of the Henann Regency Resort & Spa on the Beachfront. This is a big space full of comfortable chairs and serving buffets for reasonable prices.

It is a good place to come for breakfast and start on the morning tasks since it’s quiet. The internet was fine, but nothing to write home about, like everywhere else in Boracay. Avoid coming here to work in the afternoons since that is family time, and you will hardly be able to work from all the noise.

Coco Cafe in Balabag

Image source: Coco Café Facebook

Coco Cafe is one of the few air-conditioned coffee shops on the island, so working there was especially nice.

The tables aren’t too close to each other, so you can have privacy, and no one can take a peek at your computer. We had some trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi, but once we did, it worked fine. We suggest you try their mango smoothie. It will help you start the day energized and ready to give your 100% at work.

Here are other places to cowork in Boracay:

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Shanghai

15 terrific (and one bad) coworking spaces in Shanghai

Shanghai, also known as the New York of Asia, is the biggest city in China. Digital nomads love to start their exploration of China in Shanghai because of its colonial history and international culture. A popular expat destination, Shanghai is a cosmopolitan city where almost everyone speaks English. March to May is the best period to be a digital nomad here since the weather is pleasant compared to the cold winters and rainy summers. If it’s your first time in Shanghai, take a look at this travel vlog:         

With over 100 coworking spaces in Shanghai, you will have no trouble finding the one that suits your needs. Here are our suggestions of spaces to try and to avoid.

Agora Space is our favorite place to cowork in Shanghai

Image source: Agora Space Facebook

Agora Space is located in the Xuhui District, 15 minutes from Hongqiao, one of the four major stations in Shanghai.

We love that instead of open space, Agora Space has several rooms with 10–20 desks and private offices on three floors. The underground area used to be a bomb shelter, and now it’s full of gorgeous paintings, bean bags, and ergonomic furniture. Agora Space also offers a daycare area for children and an outdoor terrace perfect for brainstorming and lunch. 

All their routers have built-in VPN, so the Internet is fast and works without a glitch. The space also has rooms for monthly rent, with prices depending on whether you want a private bathroom and a kitchen.    

Basics
Pricing
  • CNY 1,160 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday: 24 hours
  • Sunday: 24 hours
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving Yes

 Linckia is our least favorite place to cowork in Shanghai

Image source: Linckia Website

Linckia is in the Yangpu District, a Shanghai area full of universities and residential buildings. There are a lot of eateries around, while the Tiantian Changba Tea Garden is barely 20 minutes away. 

While this coworking space has private offices and conference rooms, it lacks some basic things like ergonomic chairs. It can get crowded surprisingly fast, as students from the local universities come here to study, so make sure to bring your earphones. Linckia may not be a great place for individual work, but it’s a big space perfect for events and presentations. A Skype room and phone booths give it extra points, but not enough to spend all your working hours there.

Basics
Pricing
  • CNY 1,000 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 11:30 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday: 9 am – 9 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

Five coworking spaces in Shanghai we also love

If you are in Shanghai, make sure to check these coworking spaces:

  1.  XNODE
  2. WeWork
  3. MIXPACE Wonderwall
  4. KrSpace
  5. Arcc Offices

XNODE 

Image source: XNODE Website

XNODE is in the Jing’An District, one of the central districts in Shanghai. 

If you are looking to make friends in the startup community, XNODE is the right place. This coworking space gathers people, innovators, and startups in one place and helps them team up on projects. Lots of natural light and café on-site will help you stay awake and focused on your work. Conference rooms and private offices are also available, and dedicated desks are wide enough to offer privacy in large spaces. Pay attention to events if you are looking for new business opportunities.      

WeWork 

Image source: WeWork Website

WeWork is located in the Huangpu District and has coworking spaces all over Shanghai. 

Being in the city’s central districts attracts a lot of foreigners, which is what makes WeWork an ideal place for networking. Besides offering private offices and dedicated desks, this space also has hot desks in the nooks. Although ergonomic chairs are scarce. Luckily, if you bring your travel stand desk, you can work standing up. This coworking space has a ping pong table, and the lounge area is perfect to have free beer or coffee.      

MIXPACE Wonderwall 

Image Source: Mixpace Wonderwall Website

MIXPACE Wonderwall is on the West Nanjing Road in the Wonderwall, a historical building in Shanghai. Metro lines 2, 12, and 13 stop near Wonderwall.

The first thing you notice in this coworking space is the modern design full of wood. This space has several perks, including standing desks, a nursing room, and a shower room. With CNY 2,700 for a desk per month, this is among pricier coworking spaces in Shanghai, but the quiet and comfortable atmosphere is worth it. MIXPACE is pet-friendly, so you can bring your furry friend with you to keep you company.  

KrSpace 

Image source: KrSpace website

KrSpace is located in the quiet Changning District, close to metro lines 2, 3, and 4.  

With bike storage and 24/7 access, KrSpace is popular among digital nomads and locals. The staff will welcome you with complimentary coffee and tea, and you can buy snacks at the café. Private offices are equipped with ergonomic chairs, while hot desks have regular ones that are a bit uncomfortable. Projectors are available in conference rooms and upon request for the common area during events and workshops.

Arcc Offices

Image source: Arcc Offices Website

Arcc Offices occupies the 12th floor of the Platinum Tower in Shanghai’s Xintiandi District. It is a couple of minutes away from the Huangpi South metro station, and it has a great view over the Taipingqiao Park and the lake. 

The staff is friendly, and the lounge area is perfect to meet new people. This space offers dedicated server space with data security protocols in place, for a fee. If you want to impress your clients or partners, Arcc Offices’ modern design will certainly win you a few points.      

Here are other coworking spaces in Shanghai:

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Beijing

Top 15 coworking spaces in Beijing to visit (and some to avoid)

Beijing is the third most populated city in the world and the capital of China. The home of the Forbidden City, the Ming Tombs, and parts of the Great Wall, it is known for its many landmarks, rich history, and a growing international community. Take a look at this vlog to learn more about Beijing and what to expect there:

 

Over the years, Beijing has become the leading startup hub in the country with ZhongGuancun Street, which is the Chinese version of Silicon Valley. Despite high pollution and cold winters, this city is extremely popular with digital nomads because of the great infrastructure and many coworking spaces. Here are the ones we suggest.

WeWork is the place we loved to cowork in Beijing

Image source: WeWork Website

WeWork is a coworking giant with 24 buildings in Beijing, and it doesn’t seem it will stop growing any time soon. All their locations are strategically positioned in the districts bustling with activity, so they are close to public transportation. Several of them are located in the Chaoyang District, the central part of Beijing, where you will also find foreign embassies and CBD (Beijing central business district). 

Besides covering the necessities to keep you comfortable, such as ergonomic chairs and standing desks, WeWork offers many amenities, including phone booths, a lounge, and a relaxation area. There is also an area for new mothers, as well as an arcade room. Another great thing is that they serve free locally brewed beer. If you don’t want to mix alcohol and work, they serve free coffee and tea as well. The space is pet-friendly, so your pooch or tabby can keep you company while working. WeWork often hosts events and happy hours that are intended to bring people together and build the community.

Basics
Pricing
  • RMB 2,000 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday: 24 hours
  • Sunday: 24 hours
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

 

Prototype Co-Working Lounge Page is our least favorite place to cowork in Beijing

Image source: Prototype Co-Working Lounge Page

Prototype Co-Working Lounge Page is part of the Hotel Jen in the CBD neighborhood of Beijing, offering a large open space with nooks and tables.

Prototype is not a comfortable place to spend the whole day. The chairs are fine for a couple of hours, but for longer periods, consider making some adjustments to your working space, like using a travel stand desk to protect your back. On the bright side, the environment is pleasant, and you can do some quick work when taking a lunch break at the hotel. 

Prototype doesn’t have private offices, but it offers meeting rooms with AV gear for no additional charge. Happy hour is on Thursdays when the beer is free, and everything else, including food, is 20% off. While being in the Beijing central district does have its perks, there are other, more comfortable and better-equipped coworking spaces in the area.   

Basics
Pricing
  • RMB 150 per day
  • RMB 3,500 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 7 am – 11 pm
  • Saturday: 7 am – 11 pm
  • Sunday: 7 am – 11 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices No
Phone booths No
Coliving Yes

Four coworking spaces in Beijing we also love

When in Beijing, stop by some of these other coworking spaces:

  1. KrSpace
  2. Ucommune
  3. Tech Temple
  4. Day Day Up

KrSpace 

Image Source: KrSpace Website

KrSpace is in the Chaoyang District, a part of Beijing that is home to some of the most interesting neighborhoods in Beijing like 798 Art Zone and Sanlitun. Besides in Beijing, KrSpace has coworking spaces in Shenzhen, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Suzhou, with plans for even more.

Open 24 hours every day, this coworking space offers a common area, phone booths, meeting booths, and a reading corner. Standing desks and ergonomic chairs are also available, and there is an event space perfect for presentations. Rooms are bright and create a positive working environment. If you need privacy, you can book a seat in the nook or a private office. All areas use purified air filters, which is great considering the level of pollution in Beijing. The coffee bar is onsite, but you will also get a complimentary beverage of your choice when you take your spot at the desk.

Ucommune 

Image Source: Uncommune Facebook

Ucommune is located in the Dongcheng District, known for food stalls, architecture, and history. Besides Beijing, Ucommune has offices in Shanghai and Singapore, with over 100 locations in all three cities.

The décor is all about minimalism and promoting ecological values. Coffee and water are free, although using the activity area is limited so that everyone can have their turn. The book bar is a great place to take a break, and you can keep your things in the locker while resting.The infant room and the dining bar are also available, while those with a car are free to use the parking lot on site.  

Day Day Up

Image source: DayDayUp Facebook

DayDayUp is nestled in the CBD area of the Chaoyang District, and has another coworking space in the Dongcheng District. 

What we liked the most about Day Day Up is the Free Day Pass they offer to new members, so you can see if this is the space for you without paying a monthly fee. Standing desks are by the windows, so you can rest your eyes on the view of the Beijing center. This space also hosts TEDx and company events. Day Day Up is also known as a place good for networking, especially if you want to connect with startups from China.    

Tech Temple 

Image source: Tech Temple Website

Also known as Beixinqiao, Tech Temple is located in the Dongcheng District, close to the Metro line 5 and the Confucius Temple. 

Tech Temple offers legal and accounting services to its members, which is great if you want to do business on the Chinese market. Its startup events are an excellent opportunity to meet other coworkers, exchange ideas, and find business partners. This coworking space is available 24 hours every day of the week. The only downside is that it doesn’t have private offices, so you can end up in a noisy common area. 

More coworking spaces in Beijing to check out:

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Koh Samui

The 7 best coworking spaces in Koh Samui

Traveling to Koh Samui is high up on digital nomads’ bucket lists. And for a good reason, if we may add. This Thai island is an absolute heaven on earth! Lush forests, rich wildlife, and seemingly endless stretches of sandy beaches would make everyone want to make this place their home permanently. The bravest and luckiest of remote workers actually do. We reviewed the best coworking spaces on the island so that you can take the plunge and work from Koh Samui without any worries.

These are the places that caught our eye:

  1. Mantra Work Lounge
  2. WYSIWYG Coworking Space & Cafe
  3. Jungle Club
  4. Horizon Cafe Samui

Mantra Work Lounge is the place we’d most like to cowork in Koh Samui!

Source: Mantra Work Lounge

Mantra Work | Lounge is the first dedicated coworking space in Koh Samui, Thailand. It is located at 9/123–124 Moo1, Tumbon Maenam (Surat Thani province) in Koh Samui. The beach is in its immediate vicinity, which makes for some truly spectacular views that’ll make your workload an easier burden to bear.

The original concept behind Mantra Work | Lounge was to create an inviting, invigorating, and community-building coworking space both for local entrepreneurs and foreigners. It caters to tourists looking to catch up on work correspondence as well as business-owners wanting to organize events and make new connections.

What we love the most about it is the flexibility it offers. The place was designed to meet the needs of individuals having a working holiday and locals looking to spice up their work environment alike. It is equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi, a pantry with a selection of drinks and snacks, a printer, a scanner, and a photocopier. There is even a pool table in case you need to take some time out or enjoy a stimulating team-building activity. But what really left us speechless was that you can choose whether to work from a cozy, air-conditioned lounge or from an outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean. 

Still, that is not to say that we weren’t able to identify a weak spot. Although Mantra Work | Lounge is an extension of a renowned hotel complex, the Mantra Samui Resort, it may prove rather hard to find for out-of-towners. Not only are there no street signs on the main road to point you in the right direction, but the street corner is quite easy to miss. If you know what you are looking for beforehand, you can always rely on the locals to point you in the right direction!

Basics
Pricing Per day: 600 THB

Per week: 3,500 THB

Per month: 12,000 THB

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 9am – 9pm
  • Saturday: 9am – 9pm
  • Sunday: 9am – 9pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Office No
Conference Room No
Phone Booths No
Coliving No

WYSIWYG Coworking Space & Cafe is the runner-up for Koh Samui coworking spaces

Source: TripAdvisor 

WYSIWYG Coworking Space & Cafe is located at 209 / 1–2 Moo 2, Koh Samui, Thailand. It is a coworking lounge of the COSI Hotel. Its location is conveniently accessible. Not only is it a part of a well-known hotel, but it is also right next to the Central Festival in Koh Samui, which gives its users access to all of the shops and restaurants this shopping mall can provide.

WYSIWYG Coworking Space & Cafe was envisioned as the place to get things done in Koh Samui. It is usually teeming with visitors, so you are bound to make a connection or two and expand your business community.

There is no entrance fee, and upon purchasing an item from the Cafe, you are granted unlimited access to a high-speed Wi-Fi connection. You have two stories at your disposal — the lower level is the cafe, while the upper level gives off a more relaxed, lounge-like vibe.

What we liked about this place for coworking is the fact that it is exceptionally well equipped for that purpose. There is direct access to a printer, and you’ll have several Mac computers at your disposal. It is also open 24/7, a variety of food and drinks is available at the lobby, and the whole area is air-conditioned.

WYSIWYG Coworking Space & Cafe failed to be our top pick due to several factors. The music from the lower chill-out area is a tad bit too loud, and it may prove distracting for those of you who are most productive when you have some peace and quiet. The whole place is a bit too noisy, in general, as there are always a lot of people coming and going. If a busy environment is not stimulating for you, you may want to skip this one.

Basics
Pricing Per day: 30 THB
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday:  24 hours
  • Sunday:  24 hours
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Office No
Conference Room No
Phone Booths No
Coliving No

Two other coworking spaces that caught our eye in Koh Samui, Thailand

Unfortunately, dedicated coworking spaces are in rather short supply in Koh Samui. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any alternative options where you can set up shop for the day. We like several cafes and clubs that have great service and can double up as coworking spaces.

Jungle Club — Chaweng Noi Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

Source: The Jungle Club Samui

The Jungle Club Samui is located at 44/11 Koh Samui Surat Thani 84320, Thailand. This is a true jewel of the area and a must-see place in Koh Samui. Nestled in the natural landscape in the midst of the leafy hillside overlooking the Gulf of Siam, this resort is the perfect solution for travelers looking to unwind and disconnect.

The Jungle Club may be an exceptional choice for accommodation, but what landed it on our list is primarily the versatility of its outdoor area. The resort boasts an exquisite cascading terrace with an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the Chaweng Bay and an infinity pool. Surrounded by natural lushness, it exudes tranquility and freshness, making it an excellent setting for getting some work done. On top of that, the terrace is the outdoor setting of a note-worthy restaurant that has you covered with delectable food and drink for the day!

Horizon Cafe Samui — Choengmon area, Koh Samui, Thailand

Source: Tripadvisor

You can find Horizon Cafe Samui at 41/1 M.3 T, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand. What we loved about this place is that it is the ultimate locally-owned small business with a soul. Horizon cafe is a go-to place for those looking to sit down and have a chatter. The staff is lauded for their hospitality and kindness, and their vegan delicacies are the best on the island!

This heartwarming place is welcoming to coworkers as it has a stable internet connection, a pleasant, non-distracting atmosphere, and plenty of delicious, organic food and beverages to fuel your work endeavors. You are also able to choose whether to attend to your business matters from the air-conditioned indoor area or a secluded, enclosed backyard garden.

Even more coworking spaces in Koh Samui, Thailand

In case you haven’t found exactly what you were looking for, and you feel like you need more ideas, make sure you check out our following choices:

  1. zone6 Coworking Beach Apartment — it may suit you in case you are looking for rentable apartments for your coworkers in the tropical paradise that is Koh Samui. In case you are not satisfied with the desk arrangements here, you could try out a travel stand desk
  2. Bao Bao Cafe and Eatery — another viable solution that successfully mixes coworking in a relaxing setting with delicious Asian food and freshly ground coffee to help you stay focused
  3. Kapuhala Koh Samui — an eco-friendly and vegan vacation retreat that includes a coworking space and also hosts events and workshops

Hopefully, this article has helped you find the perfect coworking space for your needs. To round the article up, we suggest you take a look at this video about what it is like to be a digital nomad in Koh Samui. It will help you grasp the advantages that such a lifestyle has to offer. Enjoy!

 

Where to Stay in Koh Phangan

Where to stay in Koh Phangan — our favorite areas

Koh Phangan is one of the districts belonging to the province of Surat Thani. It is an island located in the Gulf of Thailand in southeast Thailand. During the 1980s, tourism became one of the main sources of income and still is to this day. The Full Moon Party is the most well-known attraction among tourists and travelers and has largely contributed to the increase in popularity of the island.  

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Five best places to stay in Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan can be approximately divided into four areas: the Northwest, the Northeast, the Southwest, and Haad Rin.

Here are our top 5 picks for places to stay:

  1. Haad Yao
  2. Ban Khai
  3. Thong Sala
  4. Haad Rin
  5. Thong Nai Pan
Best areas in Koh Phangan
Haad Yao First-time visitors.
Ban Khai For travelers on a budget.
Thong Sala For those wanting to stay long-term.
Haad Rin For travelers seeking fun and a good night out.
Thong Nai Pan For travelers looking for a relaxing and quiet place to stay.

Getting to and around Koh Phangan

You can access Koh Phangan from the mainland by ferry in Surat Thani and Chumphon. As far as getting around the island is concerned, you have several options: by motorcycle, by songthaew, and by boat.

Getting around by motorcycle is the easiest, most efficient, and arguably the cheapest way to move around the island. You can rent a motorcycle pretty much anywhere on the island. It’s important to note that you will most likely be asked to provide your passport when renting. Don’t worry—you’ll get it back once you return the motorcycle. Be careful of scammers, and make sure to take pictures of the motorcycle so that they can’t accuse you of damaging the ride and ask you for additional money.

If riding a motorcycle isn’t for you, you can always travel by songthaew. A songthaew is best described as a “mini truck” or “minibus” with benches in the back. The fare is negotiable, depending on the number of passengers, destination, and time of the day.

Image source: merrylee21

Traveling by boat is best for exploration around the island, rather than the island itself. You can book a boat, or, as it is known in Thailand, a longtail boat, in any shop that offers tours around the island.

Where to stay in Koh Phangan for the first time—Haad Yao

Haad Yao is known for having one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. The white sand glistens in the sun, and it is perfect for relaxing. Here, you can see people sunbathing, swimming, playing beach volleyball, exploring the mesmerizing waters by diving or snorkeling, and enjoying other fun activities.

Things to see and do in Haad Yao

Here are some of our suggestions for things to do and see:

  • Relax on the beach
  • Eat at Pura Vida Cafe
  • Unwind at Rasta Home Koh Phangan

Relax on the beach

Bask in the warm Thai sun and have a relaxing holiday by spending time on the beach. You can swim, sunbathe, or have a relaxing walk on the beach.

Image source: 0liviasmith

Pura Vida Cafe

Have a slice of Europe in Thailand. This restaurant serves daily specials in a pleasant atmosphere. It’s located close to the beach.

Image source: clairehealthy_

Rasta Home Koh Phangan

Listen to the relaxing tunes of reggae with some cool and refreshing drinks. 

Image source: kahlum7788

Where to stay in Koh Phangan on a budget—Ban Khai

Ban Khai is known as a tranquil and quiet village that offers cheap accommodation and proximity to other areas on Koh Phangan. It is only a few kilometers away from another village with a similar name—Ban Tai—and the Haad Rin beach.

Things to see and do in Ban Khai

Here are some budget-friendly activities and places to see in Ban Khai:

  • Visit Wat Pho
  • Visit Yang Na Yai Tree
  • Watch the sunset on Ban Khai beach

Wat Pho

If you love exploring different religions and cultures, make sure to visit Wat Pho—a Buddhist temple located in the nearby village of Ban Tai.

Image source:  karamullina

Yang Na Yai Tree

Yang Na Yai Tree is the biggest tree in Thailand, standing high at 53 meters. It is estimated that it is over 400 years old. Some villagers consider this tree to be sacred.

Image source: damian.harper

Ban Khai beach

Head out to the beach and enjoy the breathtaking view of the sunset. 

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Where to stay in Koh Phangan long term—Thong Sala

Thong Sala is the main port and largest town on Koh Phangan. This is a great place to stay for a longer period of time, as it is the main port. It is home to a number of internet cafes, banks, ATMs, travel agencies, shops, and markets, as well as the post office. It provides you with all the things you need in your everyday life. It can also serve as a great starting point for exploring the rest of Koh Phangan and everything it has to offer.

Things to see and do in Thong Sala

Here are some of our suggestions for things to do and see during your stay here:

  • Dine at Nine Restaurant and Bar
  • Shop at Thong Sala Night Market
  • Visit the Jam Bar Koh Phangan

Nine Restaurant and Bar

Dine at this pleasant and inviting restaurant that serves Thai food, as well as food from American and British cuisine.

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Thong Sala Night Market

During the week, this famous market is open from 4 pm to 11 pm, and you can find an abundance of delicious local dishes and food for a low price. On Saturdays, you can also find all sorts of crafts and clothes. Note that the market closes a bit early on Saturdays— at 10 pm.

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Jam Bar Koh Phangan

Visit this bar during the night and hang out with the locals and enjoy some refreshing drinks. Musicians gather here for open mic nights and encourage people to go on stage and perform tricks, stand up comedy, or dance.

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Where to Stay in Koh Lanta

Where to stay in Koh Lanta, the relaxing island of Thailand

Koh Lanta is considered somewhat of a hidden gem in Thailand. Although budget travelers and backpackers have been visiting it for years, the island’s popularity with everyday tourists has recently skyrocketed as well. It’s becoming a top destination to visit in Thailand, especially for those coming for their second visit to the country.

Getting around Koh Lanta

When getting to Koh Lanta, chances are you’ll be coming from the Krabi International Airport. From there, you can choose to go to the island by ferry or minibus, which should cost you no more than $10 per person. If you want fast, private transport, taxis around the airport will be willing to take you there as well, although you should expect to pay up to $100. 

The island does not have any official public transportation system. Some locals offer a motorbike-taxi service to and from popular tourist spots, although you’ll have to bargain for the price. If you’re staying at a specific resort, you’ll find that most things you’ll be doing will be within walking distance. If you want to go around the island and require reliable transportation, your best bet would be to rent a vehicle. Most resorts, hotels, and tourist information centers will offer this service. Well-known rental companies such as Sixt, Hertz, and Budget Car Rental also operate within the area of the Krabi airport. The typical rental rates are:

Time One day Ten days
Car Around $30 Around $200
Motorbikes Around $20 Around $150
Bicycles Around $15 Around $100

These are the prices for average vehicles that are more than capable of getting the job done. Within these price ranges, you’ll find all types of cars: coupes, large family cars, SUVs, etc. If you’re willing to bargain at local rental service stations, you may get away with paying even less. However, only official rental companies offer commodities like car insurance.

Where to stay in Koh Lanta: our top three areas

Despite being relatively small compared to similar tourist destinations, Koh Lanta manages to bring a lot to the table. Everyone from budget-conscious tourists, families, backpackers, and even luxury travelers can find something to do around the island. The most populated areas also happen to be the most tourist-friendly, although plenty of nature resorts sit just outside of them. Here are the areas you should consider:

  1. Holiday Villa (Saladan)
  2. Klong Khong Beach
  3. Koh Lanta Old Town
Where to stay in Koh Lanta
Best for first-timers Holiday Villa (Saladan) A lively area with plenty of fun activities
Best for nightlife Klong Khong Beach A paradise for beach-party fans
Best on a budget Koh Lanta Old Town A small town with affordable prices and exciting history

Where to stay for first-timers in Koh Lanta—Holiday Villa

This aptly named area happens to be the most popular and tourist-friendly on the island. It’s located just down the road from Saladan Village, where you’ll likely be entering the island, either by sea or land.

What to see and do in Holiday Villa

  • Pra-Ae beach
  • Visit local food markets
  • Fat Monkey Restaurant

Pra-Ae beach

The beach offers typical tourist activities. You can swim, snorkel, or even dive. You’ll also find plenty of drink and snack bars with both local and popular foods. But the best reason to visit this beach is the gorgeous view at sunset. 

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Visit the local food markets

Although there are plenty of grocery stores, with even the famous 7-Eleven present on the island, this neighborhood’s rich food markets will provide you with the best food shopping experience of your life. Douse yourself in the smell and colors of local produce and enjoy bargaining for prices on things like fruit, vegetables, and fish. If you get hungry, try some local food on a stick—the typical way “to-go food” is served on the island. Visit early in the morning to buy fresh products and come back in the evening to enjoy the street food.

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Fat Monkey Restaurant

Located in the center of action in the area and ideal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant successfully blends traditional and modern food choices on its menu. You’ll find everything from traditional dishes to world-famous food like pizzas and burgers. They also add unique twists to popular foods by mixing them with Thai cooking. The restaurant is known for a large selection of wines and exquisite cocktail choices, making it a fantastic place to visit for drinks too.

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Where to stay for the nightlife in Koh Lanta—Klong Khong Beach

Koh Lanta island may not be the destination choice for tourists looking to party like there’s no tomorrow. However, Klong Khong Beach should not be underestimated. It has the highest concentration of clubs, bars, and restaurants that work well into the night. You will find everything from chill beach bars to big dancefloors. It’s also the place where you can expect to be surrounded by a younger crowd.

What to see and do in Klong Khong Beach?

  • 6ixcret Bar
  • Mushroom Bar
  • Khow Mhai Hom Restaurant

6ixcret Bar

Just south of Klong Khong, you will find a locally owned beach bar called 6ixcret. Visit throughout the day to enjoy affordable drinks and snacks or come back in the evening to catch the view of the sunset while enjoying a delicious cocktail. The bar also organizes beach parties occasionally. You can find all the info you need on their Facebook page.

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Mushroom Bar

Mushroom Bar is your typical beachside bar until sundown. At night, they host beach parties with unique twists. Every now and then, a fire breathing performance will take place at the beach for visitors to enjoy. The bar is full of crazy colors and encourages its visitors to play along by getting body paint on the spot. Take that, boring everyday clubs.

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Khow Mhai Hom Restaurant

Khow Mhai Hom is far from a typical restaurant. It’s a family-owned business that serves local cuisine freshly prepared on the spot. You can even watch as your food is being prepared. The restaurant owners are also environmentally conscious and serve food with natural, reusable materials. If you want to eat authentic, homemade Thai food, this is the place to visit.

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Where to stay in Koh Lanta on a budget—Koh Lanta Old Town

On the eastern side of the area is a local fishing village known simply as Old Town. It’s the ideal area to have a quiet, relaxing vacation away from mass tourism. The area is less popular than the west coast, meaning the prices will be noticeably lower, particularly for items like food and souvenirs. The town also has historical significance that you can learn about at the local history museum.

What to see and do in Old Town, Koh Lanta

  • Khlong Chak Waterfall
  • Koh Lanta Culture History Museum
  • Snorkeling/Diving

Khlong Chak Waterfall

Ask the locals where you can get a bike taxi to the waterfall. If you have your own vehicle, you can use it as well, since the beginning of the trail has parking spaces. While the waterfall itself heavily depends on the rain from previous seasons, the hike through the jungle is also a great experience. It’s definitely the top nature visit on the island.

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Koh Lanta Culture History Museum

This small but surprisingly rich museum of local history is the ideal place to visit before you go out exploring the island. The museum is maintained by a retired teacher who has vast knowledge of the island’s history. You’ll get to learn about the different island settlers throughout the years and find out how their coexistence shaped the local culture to become what it is today. Sometimes, live local music events will be held at the museum. The entrance is free to enter but kindly accepts donations.

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Snorkeling/diving

Old Town may not have fancy tourist beaches, but what it does have is crystal clear water. Find a good place to swim, or ask the locals for directions. Enjoy the clean water and surrounding coral reefs. Pick up snorkeling gear at local shops or check for any diving tours at information centers. 

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Kuala Lumpur

15 awesome (and one not so great) coworking spaces in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is a city with one of the most developed infrastructures in Southeast Asia. Expats and digital nomads love it here since visas are issued for 90 days, and, after a week in another country, you can extend your stay for another three months. Since Kuala Lumpur is a popular destination, you will get to meet people from all over the world and get by with English. Take a look at what to expect to see and do during your first visit to Kuala Lumpur:

When it comes to the Internet, the quality and speed vary from place to place. Although Wi-Fi is available everywhere (hostels, cafés, and restaurants), it’s not always as fast as promised. Another possible issue for some digital nomads is that coworking spaces are more focused on startups and companies, and less on individuals. This is good for expats who are looking to stay a while in Kuala Lumpur and develop their business ventures on the local market. Whatever the case may be, you will find decent coworking spaces in this city. Here are our top (and bottom) picks.

Common Ground is our top coworking space in Kuala Lumpur

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Common Ground, located in the Bukit Bintang neighborhood, is one of the best equipped coworking spaces in Kuala Lumpur. It occupies three top floors of an office tower, with 21,000 square feet at its disposal.

This coworking space is all about bringing people together through weekly events, workshops, and panels. You can use their CG app to communicate with other members or the staff if you want to meet up for drinks later or solve a problem. We spent a whole day working in Common Ground, mostly because of the fantastic ergonomic chairs and standing desks. The entire coworking space is exposed to natural light thanks to large windows surrounding it from all sides.

The free and excellent coffee made by professional baristas helped us stay caffeinated and focused on our tasks. If you do want to rest your eyes for a bit, Common Ground has an on-site nap room. You can also go out onto the outdoor terrace and enjoy the view. An added perk is that, once you buy a membership plan at one Common Ground, it’s valid in all others in Kuala Lumpur and the rest of Malaysia.

Basics
Pricing
  • MYR499 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 9 am–6 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

Stray Folk Studio is at the bottom of our list of coworking spaces in Kuala Lumpur

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Stray Folk Studio is a small coworking space on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, a 50-minute bus ride away from the city center. We needed a quiet spot to work from and to see more of the city, so other digital nomads suggested this place.

We do love a challenge, but Stray Folk Studio proved to be a handful. Plastic chairs were the only ones available, and they didn’t even have cushions. To make the trip worthwhile, we used a travel stand desk to comfortably work standing up. The plus side is that Stray Folk Studio is quiet, which makes it perfect if you are working on a demanding project. Free coffee and cookies did make our day a bit better, and, as time passed, we got used to these far-from-ideal working conditions.

Basics
Pricing
  • MYR9 per hour
  • MYR18 per day
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 10 am–9 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Phone booths No
Coliving No

Five coworking spaces in Kuala Lumpur we also liked

When in Kuala Lumpur and looking for a great place to work from, stop by these coworking spaces:

  1. WORQ
  2. Sandbox Space
  3. UnionSPACE Malaysia
  4. Dojo KL
  5. Komune Coworking

WORQ in Taman Tun Dr Ismail

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WORQ has the most sunlight of all the coworking spaces we visited. Situated in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, this coworking space is open Monday to Sunday, with 24/7 access for higher membership plans.

We like the way WORQ uses color to make the space more comfortable and visually appealing. The lounge area is made of colorful beanbags scattered on the floor, where you can lie down and relax. All chairs offer perfect back and neck support, but if you feel the need to change position, you can transfer to a standing desk by the kitchen. WORQ is a great spot to meet new people or learn new things since it hosts incubator programs, pitching events, and workshops regularly. If you need a break from work, you can go to the nap room, take a shower, or play board games in the lounge.

Sandbox Coworking Space in Sri Petaling

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Sandbox Space is one of those coworking spaces that impresses you with its design. Its large open space area is divided into several zones based on their purpose.

Every workstation has an ergonomic chair, except for hot desks where you will have to settle for the reasonably comfortable plastic ones. The great thing about Sandbox is that you can do your laundry here and get in shape in the on-site gym. This coworking space is fully equipped for video production, with a podcasting room, green screen, and lighting equipment. Free coffee, tea, and snacks are available in the kitchen, where you can also use the refrigerator and microwave.

UnionSPACE Malaysia in Bangsar

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UnionSpace Malaysia is a big coworking space located in an old printing factory. This is a place with laid-back vibes and a friendly atmosphere, perfect for those who like a more relaxed working environment.

The open floor plan is designed to include a lot of natural light and greenery. Everyone gets an ergonomic chair, regardless of whether you pay for a hot or dedicated desk. UnionSpace has a large presentation area that can fit up to 180 people and often hosts events there. Free coffee, tea, and fruits are available throughout the day, and you can even ask an in-house barista to prepare you something special.

Dojo KL in downtown Kuala Lumpur

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Dojo KL is located in the center of Kuala Lumpur, combining traditional Japanese design with modern motifs. Wood and greenery are the main details, with a Zen garden and rattan swings as the most popular areas in this coworking space.

It’s all about creating a stress-free environment here, and that becomes obvious the moment you walk in. Some chairs are better and more comfortable than others, but Dojo KL has enough standing desks, so you can choose not to sit at all. Weekly yoga lessons are available for a small fee if you want to stretch and relax after a long day. If yoga is not your thing, you can attend painting lessons or after-hour meets.

Komune Coworking in Bangsar South

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Komune Coworking is all about meeting other coworkers and getting the work done at the same time. This means that the room can become noisy from all the chatter and networking.

Since this is a large open space, it often hosts community events you can attend for free with your membership plan. Ergonomic chairs are not available for all, but Komune has enough seating booths and sofas to make you comfortable. Healthy food options and free coffee are available at the on-site café, and you can also order in from the local eateries. The entrance security is tight, so make sure to have your keycard with you at all times.

Here are other coworking spaces in Kuala Lumpur worth your time: