Thailand is a popular tourist destination and is the go-to place for those wanting to experience digital nomad living. It has endless white beaches, welcoming locals, delicious cuisine, buzzing nightlife and has a reasonable cost of living compared to many western countries.
Because of how comfortable life can be, it’s easy to see why many people choose Thailand as a home to work and enjoy life. If you’re thinking of working remotely in Thailand and living in this beautiful country, read on to find out about the many advantages and essential information before you jump on a plane.
Nowadays, you can build a successful business with simply a phone and a laptop. This means you’ll need a reliable internet to get tasks done. Thailand has a reliable network infrastructure in the main cities and tourist destinations, which is one of the best in Southeast Asia. Alongside being reliable, internet packages are extremely affordable.
Whether you want to work from a coffee shop, co-working space, or a home office, you can do it all in Thailand. According to statistics, there are 150+ co-working spaces across Thailand, that range from $100 a month for a top tier space.
To save money, working remotely in coffee shops is also a great option. Most modern Thai coffee shops offer free, reliable Wi-Fi, plus charging outlets so you can get work done for the price of a few lattes.
Based on anecdotal experience, some of the best locations to work remotely in Thailand are Chiang Mai, Phuket and Bangkok!
If you are looking for a remote job, give GrabJobs a visit. GrabJobs is a cost-effective recruitment solution that automates sourcing, screening and interviewing of candidates. With over 5,000 companies using the job platform to simplify their hiring process, it’s becoming a popular choice amongst job-seekers from all around the world including Thailand.
You certainly won’t be alone in your journey to become a digital nomad in The Land of Smiles as many others flock to Thailand to set up their entrepreneurial ventures. This poses a great opportunity to meet and connect with like-minded individuals which may lead to collaboration opportunities. Who knows, maybe even a great partnership can take place.
The weather in Thailand is warm all year round. Even during June – October (the rainy season) the temperature can still hit 35 degrees. It’s literally shorts and t-shirt weather all year round. Getting your daily dose of vitamin D (sunshine) can certainly help to produce some happy hormones which can lead to more creativity and productivity.
When starting your own remote business, keeping expenses low is essential. Living costs in Thailand can range significantly and it depends where you live and hang out. But, a one-bedroom condo can be found for under 8,000baht ($239.50) and if you’re ok with basic, you can find huts on the beach for $5 – $10 a night. And if you indulge in the local cuisine, Thai food can be found for $1 – $2 per dish.
Last but not least, Thai food is one of the most flavorsome in the world. Enjoy curries, rice dishes and fresh locally caught fish. And because of Thailand’s thriving tourist industry, you’ll find a range of international cuisine on offer. Famous Thai dishes not to be missed include Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong, red and green curries plus many more.
Do I Need a Visa to Work Remotely in Thailand?
If you plan to stay and work in Thailand for a long term, you will need the correct Thailand work permit.
If you wish to understand the steps involved in securing your Visa and Work Permit, check out this guide: Work Permit Thailand – Everything You Need To Know
The Thailand Smart Visa is another option for remote workers in Thailand. Although, due to its strict requirements, less than 1,000 people have been approved for this visa.
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