Think start-ups in Southeast Asia, and big cities such as Singapore, Ho Chi Minh and Kuala Lumpur probably come to mind. But with the rise of digital nomads, a growing number of smaller cities are emerging as thriving hubs for innovation and start-ups, whether companies are in coworking spaces or their own offices.

Maybe it’s their slower pace of life, lower cost of living or the opportunities to connect with a growing network of like-minded individuals but some places in the region are steadily building a reputation among entrepreneurs with big ideas.

Find out why Malaysia’s Penang, Thailand’s Chiang Mai, Vietnam’s Da Nang and Indonesia’s Bandung – along with the island of Bali – have put themselves firmly on Southeast Asia’s start-up map.