Americans will need a visa in advance for China. The length of the visa can vary from 3-12 months. Rent index is 25.82 and restaurant index 36.53
Americans will not need a visa in advance for Indonesia. The visa lasts for 30 days but is renewable (once). Rent index is 17.58 and restaurant index 23.71.
Americans will not need a visa in advance for Malaysia. The duration of the visa is 90 days. Rent index is 15.25 and restaurant index 27.37.
No visa is required in advance for Americans. The visa lasts for 30 days. Rent index is 21.3 and restaurant index is 25.48.
You will definitely need a visa in advance if you choose to relocate to Vietnam. The visa lasts from 30 to 90 days. Rent index is 20.77 and restaurant index is 23.74.
Money is definitely an obstacle for many aspiring entrepreneurs, especially if they are already in employment. Starting a company means giving up a stable salary and having to sustain yourself on savings for the predictable future. But what about building your startup at a place where you can eat delicious exotic meals in western-friendly restaurants at a surprisingly affordable cost of living?
Here’s a suggestion: Go live in an Asian country or another cheap destination for a few months. In Vietnam for instance, you can settle yourself in a decent hotel with wifi for around $10-15 per night. Don’t worry about dining at all. You can simply eat out for an average of $5. And because you’re halfway around the world, you won’t have your typical friends or obligations to distract you. It will be just you, a laptop, and a view of the motorcycles whizzing by in the streets.
If you seek for luxury though, head further to Indonesia. Traffic in Jakarta could be annoying, but there’s a solution: you can hire your own private driver who will drive you around up to eight hours a day for just $220 per month. And you can spend around $200 per month for a full-time maid who will cook you traditional Indonesian meals like spicy rendang beef. You will be living like a king!
The Asian startup scenes are relatively less vibrant to the Western ones, but certainly not nonexistent. You’ll still be able to join some buddies for a beer ($1 freshly made in Vietnam) and commiserate about the startup life.
Here are some ideas for affordable destinations to live in while starting your career as an entrepreneur…