Living as a Digital Nomad in Bangkok, Thailand.

Living as a Digital Nomad in Bangkok, Thailand.

Being a Digital Nomad is like having a job with lots of freedom job as digital nomads spend at least a few months of the year abroad, change their destinations, and earn a living while working online. They do not to work in the office, they can work in anywhere even on the beach with sea view.

However, it is not that easy for every digital nomad to make enough money to be able to live and work anywhere in the world. But why do a lot of digital nomads want to live and work in Bangkok, Thailand?

According to the nomadlist scores for living and working in Bangkok voted by digital nomads, Bangkok is good for working online because of the speed of Wi-Fi in the city, nightlife, friendly to foreigners, A/C, places to work, cost of living etc.

 

Figure 1 – www.nomadlist.com (January 26, 2017)

So I would like to summarise top 3 reasons why you should work and live as a digital nomad in Bangkok.

  1. Convenience
  2. Cost of living
  3. Comfort

Why convenience?

It is convenient because of the speed of Wi-Fi in the city. In Thailand, you can find internet or Wi-Fi providers that not require complicated registration such as True Move, 3BB broadband, and CS loxinfo. You can also work online at any coffee shops in Bangkok. Enjoy drinking coffee while working online!

Cost of living in Bangkok is cheap

Yes, Bangkok is cheap. Food in Bangkok costs around 1 USD – 3 USD for your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even though you visit a nice restaurant or luxury one, it is still cheap. There are many good places for cheap drinks in the city too. You can also pay for public transportation like local bus starting 0.17 USD to roam around the city.

Why comfort?

Bangkok is served by multiple transport systems such as the Skytrain (BTS), underground (MRT) rail systems, taxis, river taxis, motorcycle taxis, tuk-tuks and local buses. BTS and MRT connect the main shopping, entertainment and business areas of the city, while river taxis and express boats can be used to explore many historic sites at the riverside. Tuk-tuks are worth a ride and roam around the city.

Visa

You can work as a digital nomad with a tourist visa in Bangkok but please be aware of the period of stay for your Visa. If you have a 1 months tourist visa, it is still great to discover the city but I am sure that it will be not enough for you to stay because the city is great. You will fall in love with it. I highly recommend you to apply for a 3 months tourist visa at your home country. If you want to extend your visa for one more month, you can apply it at the Immigration Office at the Government Complex Commemorating His Majesty The King Chaengwattana, B Building, Floor 2 (South Zone), Chaengwattana Road (Soi 7), Laksi, Bangkok 10210 (Website:

I highly recommend you to apply for a 3 months tourist visa at your home country. If you want to extend your visa for one more month, you can apply it at the Immigration Office at the Government Complex Commemorating His Majesty The King Chaengwattana, B Building, Floor 2 (South Zone), Chaengwattana Road (Soi 7), Laksi, Bangkok 10210 (Website: http://bangkok.immigration.go.th/intro1.html)

Tel : 0-2141-9889 , Fax : 0-2143-8228
Office hour: Mon-Fri 8:30 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 16:30
Closed on OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS

Please be aware of the new rules for visa on arrival. If you want to extend the period of stay, Thailand becomes stricter for visa on arrival.

Border runs have been cut short due to the very recent change in rules regarding overland entry by Thai immigration. Foreigners entering Thailand via border posts at Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Malaysia without securing a prior visa will now be granted only 15 days of stay in the country as opposed to the previous Visa on Arrival, which was valid for 30 days.

(See more: http://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/new-visa-rules.php)

DOs and DON’Ts for Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand

Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand

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Globally, Thailand is known an easy going country. People are friendly, especially with foreigners., and Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand.

As a digital nomad residing in Bangkok or another part of Thailand, you might have to involve with either local people around or even working people sometimes.

Knowing DOs and DON’Ts is definitely useful for all digital nomads based in Bangkok or Thailand. Now let’s roll.

 

DOs

  • Remember Bangkok is NOT representing other Thai provinces. There are differences in almost all elements. Urbanisation. Language. People. Food. Manner. Etiquette. Belief. Behaviour. Taste. Attitude. Education. The list goes on…
  • Respect dress code when visiting main temples in Bangkok or Thailand. Women avoid clothes that are revealing with no short pants, while men must leave jeans with holes at home. Sandals are okay, though.
  • Dress properly when dealing with companies, startups, business people, state agencies and officials when it comes to work-related issues. No need to be official outfits, though. Just a smart casual will do. This will incredibly raise your credibility.
  • Be extra careful when crossing the road. Thai traffic direction is similar to some countries and NOT to some others. So, streets can be dangerous.
  • If you have to make a complaint against services or must request something over and over again (when your luncheon companion becomes suddenly fussy), smiling a little as you speak to the staff or manager will make things easier.
  • Only take a taxi when the driver turns on the metre. Having the application like Uber or Grab Taxi installed on your phone or knowing how to call the All Thai Taxi will help save you from dishonest taxis.
  • Know that if the distance is not too far, taking a taxi can be more comfortable with a price that’s equal to a tuk-tuk.
  • Leave a tip, if you made a mess out of your dinner table.
  • Take off your shoes when getting into a Thai house or other places that you noticed others people do so.

 

DON’Ts

  • Expect that some Thai business people won’t call or text you during public holidays or late at night, regarding an ongoing work. Some really do that!
  • Negotiate prices just for fun if you don’t really need that stuff. NO bargaining game if you’re not into it. Some Thai merchants can be fierce like Tony Jaa.
  • Take it seriously if you encounter any Thai who smiles or laughs at all times. Thai people are just like this. But, strange as it may seem, Thai people don’t smile much to one another.
  • Use your feet to operate things instead of hands. Feet are considered dirty among Thais. This is a belief which has been passed on from the ancestors. So, better be careful.
  • Put your feet on all types of table. Be it a low coffee table, working desk or dining table. This is not only a matter of etiquette, but also a hygienic issue as Bangkok is not a very clean city. Street surfaces can be infectious sometimes.
  • Think all Thais have an equal level of education. You might be surprised to find a farmer or a barista nowadays has his or her master degree, while an attractive girl you just met only made it to the A Level. So, don’t stereotype.
  • Trust any local who acts as the middleman who says he can serve you with privileges to enter some key attractions with extra benefits not stated on the entrance tickets. Either at palaces or temples, consult the premise’s officials when you doubt something or want to buy tickets.

 

Well, actually it’s not complicated dealing with local people. Every country has its own etiquette and culture we must obey anyway. Generally, Thai and Bangkok people has the nature of adoring foreigners who’ve shown their efforts to be proper, this will truly help Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand.

So, if the digital nomads only know and understand, things will get a LOT easier and will make your time in Bangkok or the rest of Thailand more memorable and worthwhile.

 

 

Health Concerns for Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand

Health Concerns for Digital Nomads in Bangkok

What are Recommended Medication Centres for Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand?

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Health Concerns for Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand as less digital nomads have health insurance if they were to get ill. Even though Bangkok has been well modernised, chances of illness remain.

Contagious diseases, such as influenza A or B, and other diseases, including dengue fever, are often diagnosed among working people, from season to season.

Staying safe is the best prevention, but how? In this article, we’ll take a look at health concerns for digital nomads living in Bangkok and recommended medication centres in Bangkok. Read More

Sporting Activities for Digital Nomads in Bangkok

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While many know that sports are inarguably good, not all know that sports are not only good for health, but also for the mind. Once we’ve developed physical tolerance, which all sorts of sports offer, our mental tolerance tends to improve, too. Sporting Activities for Digital Nomads in Bangkok is the key to good health and fitness.

In the business world or even a family life, dealing with others can be tough sometimes, Mental strength is hence a vital factor that helps us fight our way to hit the milestones we’ve worked hard for.

Digital nomads who care about health can always find places to go when it comes to keeping themselves fit. Some like to join workout groups, Read More

Day Excursions out of Town for Digital Nomads based in Bangkok

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Fortunately, there are some places out of town that recreation and attractions can be found within a couple hours of public transport ride. Alternatively, using a car rental service is a great idea and prices are also highly competitive nowadays. Great Day Excursions Digital Nomads based in Bangkok. Read More

Why Digital Nomads Rock More in Bangkok Than Anywhere Else in Thailand

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Before the arrival of startup era and nomadic lifestyle, Thailand has long been known for its ease of launching new businesses.

Be it American, British, Russian or even Chinese, conventional investors and merchants had considered Thailand one of the best business bases in the world.

Nevertheless, things change as time flies and technology evolves. Broadband has made the business world spin faster.

Average age of entrepreneurs tends to be lower. White collars choose to leave their countries behind, head to another continent and work with their laptop from anywhere they prefer.

Once again, Thailand has become one of the top destinations for these digital nomads, having Bangkok as the top priority above other major cities. Read More

Tim Ferriss and The 4 Hour Workweek

Tim Ferriss and The 4-Hour Workweek

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Tim Ferriss and The 4 hour workweek is one of the top books for digital nomads.

If you speak to many digital nomads they will say to you that one of the main books that has inspired them as a digital nomad is The 4 hour workweek by Tim Ferriss.

Below is a interview with Tim Ferriss talking about his book The 4 hour workweek. I hope you enjoy the video and the discussion and the question and answer session. 

 

Below you have a video about The 4 Hour Work Week, and the ten best ideas taken from the book.

 

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Why are there so many Digital Nomads in Thailand?

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Thailand is the top destination for digital nomads

It’s not surprising when the country has incredible beauty with a fascinating culture and it’s not called the land of smiles for nothing. With its beautiful mountains and fantastic beaches, Thailand has really got to be the place to go. It has so much going for it such as culture great food, the cost of living is so cheap, and you could have such a great life here in comparison to your home country.

 

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Thailand offers lots of advantages and very little in the way of disadvantages for digital nomads. Here is a list of some of the main advantages as to why so many Digital Nomads go to Thailand and many stay in Thailand for several of the reasons listed below.

 

Thailand is a perfect place for meeting other digital nomads

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You come to Thailand to live the digital nomad lifestyle, but you feel lonely, as you may have come on your own. Well, don’t despair, as Thailand is full of digital nomads and expats.

Thailand is without a doubt one of the biggest tourist destinations, Bangkok and Chiang Mai are just two of the most popular places to go where you will find other digital nomads with plenty of co-working places where you can meet up with other digital nomads.

You will also find many other digital nomads and so many expats in other locations around Thailand, normally in the coastal areas of Thailand. Although Chiang Mai is not a coastal area with beaches, it has a very high population of digital nomads.

 

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  • Picturesque beaches
  • Internet speed
  • Famous temples
  • Great markets
  • Great nightlife
  • Low cost airlines
  • English speaking expats 
  • Modern comfortsphuket-boat-and-stone
  • Digital Nomad community
  • Great cooking
  • Co-working spaces
  • Fully furnished apartments
  • Plenty of people speaks English
  • Western restaurants and bars
  • Endless Beauty
  • Beautiful sandy beaches
  • Asian Restaurants
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  • Warm weather
  • Street Markets
  • Top Location for Digital Nomads
  • Festivals
  • Buddhist country
  • Beautiful sunsets
  • Low cost meals
  • Friendly and helpful locals 
  • Visa exemption