A Guide for Living as a Digital Nomad in Bangkok, Thailand

Living as a digital nomad in Bangkok / pexels

Living as a digital nomad in Bangkok / pexels

 

Thailand has become a hotspot for a digital nomad in Bangkok to thrive. Bangkok’s digital nomad scene has exploded in recent years, because of the nature of the city with modern infrastructure, high-quality internet service, multiple cafes and hangout places to gather friends and business partners, and beautiful office spaces to rent.

Why Bangkok?

Bangkok buzzes with subtropical weather that is comfortable enough to mentally relax and prevent stress after a burnout from staring at a computer screen for long hours. Additionally, the food is extremely healthy, made with natural ingredients from the local jungles, cooked to perfection and sold as ‘street food’, only costing $2 for a full meal. Unlike the Western world, the food in Bangkok gives the body energy instead of taking it away, for full stamina that keeps freelancers alert while working.

There are many things to do in Bangkok at night, including visiting the street stalls near the canal or having fun in a night market shopping for cheap items.

Getting to Bangkok and Visa

Plane tickets are extremely cheap getting to Bangkok, during the high season where travelers can find them as cheap as $500 economy round trip from major cities in most western countries. The visa process is very easy, just fill out the form, and you will get a free 30-day visa stamp upon arrival. Then, you can get a 30-day extension in Building B at the Chaengwattana Government Complex close to the end date or go to Pattaya for an immediate extension for 1,900 baht ($60) upon arrival.

Or, visitors can get a 2-month visa in advance costing between $40 and $50 or a 60-day visa that gives you multiple entries lasting 6 months for $200. However, you would need to do a ‘visa run’ to extend your visa further after getting an extension.

Thailand is definitely the best place to become a digital nomad in Bangkok.

Bangkok China Town—A.K.A. Yaowarat—is popular for street food at night.

Bangkok China Town—A.K.A. Yaowarat—is popular for street food at night. / pixabay

Which Area to Stay in Bangkok?

Most areas are good to stay in Bangkok, depending on what you want such as having access to fun things to do around Bangkok.

  • If you need to have a need to stay around the shopping malls, instant food places, and love to stay around crowds, then anywhere near the Ratchathewi area is ok.
  • Any area around the BTS Skytrain (Green Line) and the MRT (Blue Line) stations are good as well. Keep in mind these stations have WiFi hotspots and charging ports.
  • North of Victory Monument is where many hipsters go, and the further north the cheaper the prices get.
  • Anywhere south of Chao Phraya River and areas in or around On Nut and Bang Chak are good as well.
  • Any areas around the Chatuchak Park are great because this park has one of the biggest weekend markets in Thailand near a major bus depot that service all areas throughout the city and country.
  • The Ari and Thong Long are pretty good areas.
  • Bang Sue is pretty affordable with 1 bedroom condos costing $450 a month with pool, gyms, cafes and a maid services.

If you need a shared office space for rent in Bangkok, the places listed above are perfect.

Places to Eat and Hang Around

Internet cafes in Bangkok are abundant, costing under a $1 to use a computer for an hour, especially during those emergencies when a project is due and there is a brief internet outage at your hotel, hostel, or apartment complex.

Some great work-friendly cafes include Little Spoon, 24 Owls Cafe & Bistro, Artis, Tom N Tom, Casa Lapin, Factory Coffee and the many coffee places in the government buildings.

Moreover, Bangkok is safe enough to randomly walk around during those high-stressed deadlines, or more importantly, to withdraw money from an ATM. There are also plenty of restaurants with free WiFi in Bangkok, but they are more costly to dine compared to street markets with food stalls that do not have WiFi. There are plenty of Big C and Tesco Lotus supermarkets around Bangkok opened daily and 7/11 stores open 24 hours a day for convenient instant healthy snacks that include dried seaweed and fresh bananas for those late night projects.

Places to Work

There are many office spaces to rent in Bangkok, with the most prominent ones at The Work Loft. Digital nomads can book the best coworking space in Bangkok for meeting rooms to share with clients or employees to use sturdy desks for working and studying, outdoor terrace for relaxing, cafe and bar to take breaks, and secure storage to keep private belongings safe. The office is normally open from 8 am to 8 pm offering an exceptionally clean, quiet, and tranquil workplace to care of business. Most importantly, high-quality free Wi-Fi service is also available.

Keep in mind that since Bangkok is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, attracting millions of people annually to enjoy this city, the local communications companies have done an excellent job making sure the national internet service is the highest quality. Average speeds reach between 10 to 15 Mbps, with the best companies charging higher prices, and the worst companies providing just enough juice to do basic tasks such as checking emails. Therefore, the only items required for digital nomads are a computer with a charger and a three prong adapter.

BTS Skytrain operates on the major roads of Bangkok / pixabay

BTS Skytrain operates on the major roads of Bangkok / pixabay

Transportation and Infrastructure

Fortunately, Bangkok has taxis and tuk-tuks driving everywhere, charging affordable prices. Expect to pay about $13 for a cab to get from the airport to the city center, which would cost $60+ in western countries. However, the tuk-tuks offer cheaper prices for local rides at only a few dollars. Drivers will sometimes slow down or even bonk their horns to see if you need somewhere to go, so there are abundant transportation options.

There is also Uber in Thailand and taking public transportation is super easy. Just get on the bus and sit down and a bus attendant will come by, take your money, and give you a bus ticket. Beware, the red baht buses can get crowded at times because they are cheaper and smaller. However, the blue baht buses are air-conditioned and not so crowded, providing a more comfortable riding experience costing only a few baht more.

Downtown is modern just like any other major city with tall skyscrapers and clean office buildings. New constructions are popping up everywhere, as companies build more office buildings, apartments, condos, and hotels, absolutely perfect for renting a shared office space Bangkok.

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