Nice write up.
I’ve been at it - on and off the road for a long time now. Buenos Aires, Santiago, Dubai, all over India and all over Southeast Asia. It’s quite possible to do.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam has been my home-base for the last 5 or 6 years. I love it here.
Mentioned in the article as a must stay with a strong community is Hanoi. A great city, but the local scene is not even close to that of Saigon. There are way more co-working spaces, the weather is better in Saigon and the expat entrepreneur scene is much larger.
Finally, not mentioned in the article is dealing with the visa situation.
Vietnam has a more favorable visa situation for longer term stays.
Something worth considering if you don’t want to spend money on lots of visa runs.
How are you handling customs refusing you entry for working in the countries without proper citizenship or work visas?
I’ve never had an issue and been refused entry anywhere. Nor have I known anyone who has ran into issues at customs. Here in Vietnam, I existed here for years on end on a tourist visa, which was easy to obtain. I’ve been married to a local for the last three years and have a 5-year residency permit now, so different ball-game.
You do need to have an established tax residency somewhere.
There’s no need to lie on your customs forms, but you don’t have to go into too much detail either.
If strangers or customs officials ask what I do, I usually just say “computer work”. The questions usually end there.
On the ground, Vietnam is lax on this stuff, they just want foreigners spending money, Thailand is known to be stricter on occasion.
Back in 2014, the co-working space in Chiang Mai, Pun Space got raided by Thai military/ police.
I think it was just a matter of confusion and money. Things seemed to be normal when I was in Chiang Mai last January.
I wrote an article about Bootstrapping in Saigon ages ago, which blew up for a second:
If anyone gets this way or wants more info - shoot me a message. I’d be happy to share what I know.