The growing number of people who work from home means that many people are no longer tied to living in one specific geographical location, opening up a new dimension of freedom. Where do people choose to live when they have no restrictions? One of the top destinations for the digital nomad is the City of Angels, or Bangkok and here are a few reasons why.
- Low cost of living – When compared to London or New York, the capital city of Thailand is a much cheaper alternative; you can rent a fully furnished apartment in a state-of-the-art development for $400 a month, with a communal pool, fitness centre and private parking. Internet connectivity is awesome and cheap, which is a must for anyone working online, while food is inexpensive and cheap travel is everywhere. Calculate your monthly outgoings then make some comparisons and you will be surprised.
- Broadband Internet speeds – If you work online, you need a hi-speed connection that is dependable; a great package for digital nomads is a SIM card with unlimited web access and you simply hotspot your laptop from your smartphone, wherever you happen to be in Thailand. Of course, when staying in a Sukhumvit Soi 11 hotel, you can use the free Wi-Fi service, but if you like working outside, you need your own net connection.
- Fantastic nightlife – Let’s face it, whatever happens in Bangkok, stays in Bangkok and if you enjoy a vibrant nighttime scene, the city that never sleeps is the ideal location for you. There are several notable redlight venues; namely Soi Cowboy, Nana Entertainment Complex and Patpong. There are many clubs in Bangkok and you can find a lot of information if you join a few Facebook groups, you will discover the best venues.
- Tropical climate – If you live in Europe, there will be a temptation to flee the freezing winter and where better to fly than Bangkok? The Thai winter is hardly considered cold, January temperatures can drop to 15C, which is a nice spring day in the UK, while the average winter temperature is a pleasant 25C. The summer, however, is much hotter, with average temperatures at 35-38C, while even the monsoon season is pleasant! Click here for information about the future of the travel sector.
- Luxurious living standards – What could you get for $400 at home? In Bangkok, that budget gets you an apartment in a state-of-the-art development with all the amenities, such as swimming pool, gym, convenience store, beautiful grounds and private parking. If you are planning to stay in Bangkok, you can own a condo unit; Thai law prohibits foreigners from owning land, but you can buy a condo or apartment. If you are prepared to live in a Bangkok suburb, prices are much lower, plus you are surrounded with greenery. If several digital nomads Pool their resources, they can rent a 5-bedroom mansion in a luxury gated community and the cost per person is very reasonable.
- Food – What’s not to like about Thai food? The street food in Bangkok is second to none, while there are seafood restaurants on most streets; indeed, some westerners say that the food is the main reason they stay in Thailand. You could spend a few years in Thailand and still come across dishes you haven’t seen before, while the various regions have their own unique dishes.
- Beautiful temples and parks – Bangkok is an interesting mix of old and new, with stunning Buddhist temples and well-kept parks where you can enjoy the natural ambience. If you have a good battery in your laptop, you can work in a great setting and enjoy a diverse range of wildlife.
If you are planning to relocate to Bangkok, we recommend a short holiday first, in order to scope out the scene and prior to making any bookings, do check the current entry requirements for Thailand. Restrictions due to covid are now being lifted, encouraging people to visit Thailand and one thing is for sure, you will meet many like-minded people who are enjoying life in Bangkok. Start by joining a few Facebook ‘expat in Bangkok’ groups and get all of your questions answered, then you can make your plans to relocate to this amazing city.