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OK so you’re reading Single Man’s Paradise and dreaming about relocating to South East Asia… But money is tight. You don’t have time to fuck around with traveling and blowing cash. I completely understand. Traveling is expensive! Staying in one place and renting a cheap apartment is a much better way to save money. I always recommend traveling slow and really getting to know a city.
In this post I will tell you my top three cheapest destinations in South East Asia. This post is for anyone looking to enjoy a “mini retirement” for cheap.
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These three locations are the ideal places where you can live a comfortable lifestyle on a tight budget. If you have a monthly budget of $1,000 per month you would do just fine in these places.
You won’t be a high roller… But you wouldn’t be sleeping on the beach either. These places aren’t the most interesting locations in the world, but they are not some irrelevant country villages either. These cities are clean, comfortable and fun. I would be happy to call any of these places home. So let’s get started!
The Three Cheapest Locations in South East Asia
Yes, you read that right! Pattaya, Thailand is one of the cheapest places I have stayed in South East Asia. It’s a fantastic value for what you get.
When living in Asia, your biggest monthly expense will be rent. In Pattaya, there is a lot of great accommodation in all price ranges. I saw studio apartments in the center of the city starting at 7,000 Baht. These rooms were fully furnished, had air conditioning and wifi. You could walk to the beach and night life. You wouldn’t even need to rent a bike. Plenty of cheap Thai food right outside.
There is also a lot of cheap whores running around if you need to get your nut off. Whore mongering is often much cheaper then dating good girls. You skip all the dinner dates and get right down to business. Remember, time is money too! Pattaya is the ideal location if that’s what you are looking for.
The downside is Pattaya has a lot of temptation to spend cash. If you have no self control you could easily end up blowing your budget at the bars every night. It’s a slippery slope and I don’t recommend living in Pattaya if you have no self control.
My strategy would be rent a small apartment outside of Pattaya. Maybe Jomtien or Naklua. Focus on my business and fitness goals. Set a strict budget. Find a local bar girl and earn some “frequent flyer miles” with her. Have her come over every few days for some lovin then get back to my business!
If you can stay away from Walking Street, you can live in Pattaya for $1,000 per month. You wouldn’t have the most exciting social life, but you would be living in a fun city and you would certainly be getting laid.
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai is another great city. It’s definitely the cheapest big city in Thailand. You can rent a small apartment for dirt cheap. The night life is somewhat dull compared to other cities, but this is good if you are trying to save money. Chiang Mai is a bit sleepy, but there is plenty of action if you know where to look.
There are a lot of cheap, fun activities to keep you busy during the day. Ride your motorbike through the mountains, go hiking around the waterfalls, go fishing at the Bo Sang fishing park, bang your sexy young Thai girlfriend. 🙂 There is a shit load of beautiful college girls in Chiang Mai looking to hook up with a foreigner. Read my list of things to do in Chiang Mai.
This would be my strategy for living in Chiang Mai… I would rent a decent apartment on the outskirts of the city. Something with a kitchen. I would date a cute young college babe and have her cook all my meals. I’d join a local gym and stay home on week nights. On the weekends I’d drive into the city and have a few beers.
You could live this lifestyle very easily for under $1,000 per month. This would allow you to work online and save some cash. Read my full review of Chiang Mai.
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Nha Trang is probably the cheapest place I have been to. Of course, I haven’t explored every mountain village in Vietnam but as far as major cities, Nha Trang has a lot going for it.
First of all, it’s simply beautiful. It’s a clean beach side city with mountains to the back and islands off in the distance. Lush green cliffs on the islands drop straight into the deep blue water. It’s very dramatic scenery.
There are clean parks, cheap gyms, delicious food and a nice beach to enjoy. You can walk everywhere or buy a cheap bicycle if you really want to save cash. You can rent a small hotel room with everything included for $200 per month. A 2 bedroom house starts around $250 per month. Incredible!
Nha Trang is the most beautiful location on my list, but it’s also the most boring. At night the place is dead… Imagine if Pattaya was cleaner and there were no hookers… Welcome to Nha Trang.
This can be a positive if you are trying to save money by staying out of the clubs. It’s a negative if you are looking for some action at night. There’s not much for whore mongers around Nha Trang and the local girls are pretty conservative.
My strategy for living in Nha Trang would be date a nice local girl while I lay low and save money. Get up early and enjoy the beautiful beach. Start to party around happy hour because most places are pretty dull at night… There’s a few late night bars but you will see the same faces everywhere which gets old. Go home before midnight and shag my sexy Vietnamese girlfriend.
You could easily live a comfortable lifestyle in Nha Trang for under $1,000 per month. That’s renting a house, motorbike and eating like a king! Read my full review of Nha Trang, Vietnam.
If you have a bigger budget there are other places I would recommend. You can look through my location reviews for more options. If I wanted to lay low and work online for several months I would live in one of these places. They are cheap but still comfortable. They aren’t the most interesting locations I’ve visited but there is plenty to keep a Single Man occupied for a few months.