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This Asian city is the fastest-growing destination for digital nomads

With a fascinating mix of the traditional and the modern, great food and performing arts, are we really that surprised?

Liv Kelly
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Liv Kelly

Destinations all over the world are welcoming the burgeoning work-from-anywhere community by launching digital nomad visas. And some places are already set in stone as go-tos for those able to work abroad, with Portugal this year named the very best country for digital nomads.

But there are also lots of unexpected destinations that are seeing rising interest from digital nomads. The experts at have done some research to find out the fastest-growing remote work hubs by looking into the cities that have received the highest number of check-ins on their website over the last two years. 

So, where is the fastest-growing destination for digital nomads? It’s Tokyo! The capital of Japan witnessed a 369 percent increase in remote workers in 2022 alone. Given all the city has to offer, it’s not that surprising. It’s a hub of innovative architecture, traditional temples, culture and incredible food – to name but a few of its draws. 

Ranking in second place was Da NangVietnam’s fifth most populous city. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have also made the list, meaning Vietnam occupies three spots on the fastest-growing nomad destinations. 

In third place it’s Seoul, the capital of South Korea, another incredibly exciting city brimming with cultural and artistic heritage. Asia dominates the list, with nine of the 10 entries being located somewhere in the continent.

Here are the top 10 fastest-growing nomad destinations in the world, according to 

  1. Tokyo, Japan
  2. Da Nang, Vietnam
  3. Seoul, South Korea
  4. Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia
  5. Penang, Malaysia
  6. Montevideo, Uruguay
  7. Manila, Philippines
  8. Hanoi, Vietnam
  9. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  10. Delhi, India

What’s it like to be a digital nomad?

Being able to move to somewhere new while keeping your job and salary is an incredibly exciting opportunity. It’s no surprise that the number of people becoming digital nomads is only continuing to grow. 

At Time Out, we've been covering the growing popularity of digital nomad visas over the past couple of years. Check out our guide to the best digital nomad visas right now and discover what it's really like to work from anywhere.

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