While more and more people working remotely these days, various destinations started recognizing this movement and now heavily investing in better office facilities and, of course, high-speed internet access.
Coworking spaces are currently popping up all over Southeast Asia and that’s no wonder, given the excellent living conditions here: sun year-round, cheap food and very affordable living costs. But coworking spaces are much more than just the evolution of the classic internet café – it’s a place for digital nomads to work and connect, students who know that learning at home results in distraction and for the individual that enjoys reading a book or just wants to focus on some personal projects such as compiling tax reports, monthly spendings or simply surfing around the web.
Chiang Mai in northern Thailand is widely considered the capital for digital nomads, but Bali’s online entrepreneur scene is currently thriving on the fast track. If you have been to Bali you probably may know why, if not here are a few reasons:
- Bali is close to the beach even if you’re in central Bali, it won’t take longer than 1.5 hours to reach one. While this sounds much for some, think about Chiang Mai for example where the next beach is more than 700km away.
- It’s cheaper than in many other places. Yes, living costs in Bali are significantly cheaper, especially when it comes to food and lodging.
- Excellent flight connections. You can fly to nearly every major city around Asia from here or, if you have to travel internationally, Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur can be reached within 1-2.5 hours flight time. In addition, there are dozens of domestic flights to all over Indonesia.
- Visas. Although it requires a bit of time investment, you don’t have to leave the country in order to extend your visa.
Now that we talked about the awesome benefits of living temporarily in Bali, here are the best places to work at:
Hubud is a mash-up name that means Hub-in-Ubud. Ubud is located in central Bali and primarily known as artistic and cultural centre of Bali. The town got even more attention after the 2010 movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ starring Julia Roberts. Hubud offers sitting in the midst of lush rice paddies getting soaked into the nature all while working on your projects. It offers one of the island’s most reliable internet connections.
Costs: from 120.000 IDR per day.
Kumpul means “to gather” in Bahasa Indonesia and that is exactly what this coworking space aims for – attracting folks through a series of regular events, meetings and workshops to work and collaborate together. This coworking space is located right in the heart of Sanur, in close proximity to many hotels, hostels and guest houses, but more importantly, close to the beach. Speaking, if you need a refresher from starring too long on the screen, jump into the ocean and return super relaxed to continue working.
Costs: from 200.000 IDR per day.
- Dojo Bali
A new hip coworking space located in Canggu and just a stone’s throw away from the beach. Dojo translates to “Place of the way” in Japanese and aims to attract not only people that work solely online but also artists, designers, consultants, basically any type of creative mind. The warm elements and colours create a lounge-style atmosphere that gives you a guaranteed piece-of-mind when working on more challenging projects. Workshops and trainings are also regularly held here. Another plus is that Dojo opens 24/7.
Costs: from 150.000 IDR
- Livit Spaces
Livit Spaces is a not only a coworking space but also a coliving place that comprises of nine villas, located in Batubulan, southeastern Bali. Livit actively works with ambitious online entrepreneurs and has created or co-developed several startups. You can even browse around their website for a job if you want to join one of these. Their villas are usually rented long term by teams working on new companies. If you plan to stay longer or seriously building a startup with others, Livit would be the ideal place.
Costs: from 500.000 IDR
- Lineup Hub
Lineup is a spacious coworking spot located in the bustling town of Seminyak, but away from the usual crowded tourist areas. Its growing community is a nice bunch of people from all around the world that enjoys not only working together but also hanging around after long working days. By the way, Lineup is only 2km away from the beach.
Costs: from 200.000 IDR
You see, Bali’s coworking spaces are ideal for budding and established digital nomads, entrepreneurs and creatives. All coworking spaces listed here offer also private meeting rooms, lockers, snacks and refreshments. Upon request they will even help you getting settled in Bali.