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advice re: locations for working trip with good wifi and beaches for snorkeling

Posted by CarlRabeler on 2/12/2019 at 22:01

Hi all,
I will be traveling to southeast Asia for a few months - I will be doing a bunch of writing that will require me to have good WiFi access for 5-6 hours a day (4-5 days a week), but I will be able to play, snorkel, dive, eat, listen to music the rest of the time. I am looking for recommendations for the Thailand and Malaysia areas (or other areas that you all might recommend).

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Posted by antoniamitchell on 5/12/2019 at 01:03

In my experience (I've been travelling in the region since June), most places in Thailand, Malaysia and Bali now have decent wifi. Access can be spottier in Cambodia, Laos and the less developed parts of Indonesia.

For instance, I was on Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloen in CB a fortnight ago, and only some of the properties had working wifi in the rooms, and in some places the wifi was constantly going out. But even on the islands, I managed to find a few places with a decent signal (although those tended to be more expensive properties). So my advice would be, when you move on from place to place, try to avoid prebooking accommodation, and instead research which places have good wifi mentioned in the reviews, then turn up and check the signal strength in the room before you accept that room.

With respect to good places to snorkel, I had great snorkeling on this trip in Lang Tengah in Malaysia, Amed in Bali, and the islands around Komodo.

I had okay snorkeling on Tioman and Pulau Kapas in Malaysia, around Pemuteran and Menjangan in Bali, the Gilis and the secret Gilis on Lombok, Koh Rong in Cambodia, and Koh PhaNgan in Thailand.

The snokeling on Koh Rong Samloen in Cambodia was terrible (the reef I checked out was entirely dead and choked with sand), and snorkeling wasn't really possible in Tulamben in Bali as the sea was very rough and cloudy the whole time I was there (aparently the diving is better there, but even that can't have been good with the poor visibility). Weirdly, the sea was calm and clear at Amed just up the road.

FYI, I define great snorkeling as a healthy (mostly) and varied reef with plenty of variety of sea life. Okay snorkeling means there's enough to see (varied species of fish and critters, or healthy and varied coral) to make it worth strapping on your fins.

Hope that's helpful.

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