Quitting your Job and Living Abroad in Asia

It’s a dream for many, but did you actually know just how realistic it is? It’s probably more possible than you think, take a look at our recent primer to living in Cambodia for example. Here’s another example, there’s a recent article by Laura Begley Bloom over at Forbes that features 8 destinations in the world where you can live for under 2000 US a month, some for under 1000 US.

You can view the full article here Quit Your Job And Live Abroad: 8 Places So Cheap You Might Not Need To Work

Of course, what we are interested in is Asia and here are a couple of highlights from the piece.


Chiang Mai, Thailand

“The biggest advantage to life in Chiang Mai is its cost in general and of health care in particular,” she says. A person can live here comfortably on as little as $1,000 per month and you can see an English-speaking doctor for $20.

The heart of Chiang Mai lies within its old city walls, where ancient and modern Buddhist temples coexist with public and international schools, residential and commercial neighborhoods. Modern Chiang Mai has grown beyond the ancient walls and offers mega-malls, huge multi-national grocery and department stores, and all other trappings of life in the 21st century.


Total monthly budget: $1,000 per person (36,380 Thai baht)

Rent: 25,000 Thai baht

Transportation: 400 Thai baht

Gas: 300 Thai baht

Electricity: 2,000 Thai baht

Water: 200 Thai baht

Telephone: 600 Thai baht

Internet: 1,000 Thai baht

Cable TV: 1,100 Thai baht

Entertainment: 1,280 Thai baht

Groceries: 4,500 Thai baht


Kota Kinabalu, Malaysian Borneo

“This laid-back and quiet city is one of the most pleasant places to live in Asia and is incredibly welcoming,” says Peddicord. “Its biggest practical advantages are the low cost of living and the high standard (and low cost) of health care.”


Total monthly budget: $850 per person (3,833 ringgits)

Rent: 2,500 ringgits

Transportation: 100 ringgits

Gas: 30 ringgits

Electricity: 200 ringgits

Water: 20 ringgits

Telephone: 50 ringgits

Internet: 60 ringgits

Cable TV: 70 ringgits

Entertainment: 253 ringgits

Groceries: 550 ringgits


Have you lived in Asia? How has it been for you?