How's life in Bangkok for Expats ?
Everybody got different expectations about what they want in life and what they need in the city they live in.
But if you ask me, Bangkok is as close as it can be to heaven (based on my lifestyle).
Living in Bangkok is a lot of fun, offers a lot of possibilities for work, parties, travels, activities… so much that it is absolutely impossible to even scratch the surface of it.
But what I like the most about Bangkok and Thailand in general and what seduce a lot of other expats is the mix between old and modern, between the Western and Asian way of life but also between cheap and luxury...
Life as an Expat in Bangkok is always interesting and offer a lot of opportunities. But is it for you ?
Could you live in Bangkok ?
Well, truth is, Bangkok is not for everyone.
There's a lot you can hate about the city and it's understandable. The traffic, the heat, the visas... but if you can get pass that, the quality of life will absolutely blow your mind.
Check my pros and cons about living in Bangkok below to find out if it's the right place for you :
Tips for expats in Bangkok
With no doubt, there is some stuff about living in Bangkok I wish I knew before.
And like everything you learn, it cost money and time to figure it out.
Here's a list of advices and tips for all the expats in Bangkok and anyone who spend more than a few weeks in the city.
Where to Live in Bangkok as an expat?
Where you decide to live in Bangkok will have a big impact on your experience of the city.
As traffic is the worst thing in Bangkok, try to stay as closer to where you spend most of your time.
Do you spend most of your time at work? Partying? ...
How expensive is it to live in Bangkok ?
Not all expats are equals and while you got people here working for big international top 500 companies you also have a ton of Digital Nomads, Freelancers, Consultants, English Teachers (of course) and everything else in between.
Most are far from the rich white male expat most people imagine.
Personally, I know expats on both side of the spectrum.
Some struggling to make ends meet with around 20,000฿ a month (600$) and others living at the good life with way over 200,000฿ (6,000$).
Truth is, you can do both in Thailand and manage to have a great time.
It really comes down to how you’re used to live, if you can live without western food, how much you like to party...
If you’re curious to know how I spend my money and what are my monthly expenses in Bangkok, I gave a quick breakdown here :
What visa do you need ?
There's a lot of reasons to move to Thailand. But Thai Visas can make the move difficult.
If you want to stay long term in Thailand you're gonna need to find the right visa for you and make sure you fit all the requirements before you make the big move.
Where Expats go out in Bangkok ?
Bangkok got one of the best nightlife in South East Asia.
People can say whatever they want about it, "it was better before", "Jakarta is the new place to be"... the amount of bars and parties is insane in Bangkok.
Not only you've got a lot of clubs and bars, but you also have rooftop bars, one of the best cocktail scene in the world, pool parties all year long, huge music festivals and more.
There's no way you can do it all, or get bored, ever. Monday to Sunday, there's always something going on.
Bangkok is with no doubt one of the best party destination in the world !
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