December 29 2019 - Bangkok is a highly attractive place for many expats. It's a combination of
affordable living, world-class foods and beautiful culture. Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and has the longest
name of any capital city in the world! It's host to a diversity of people, shopping malls, museums and interesting
things to explore. It's a very safe city to live in as a foreigner, so if you're thinking of the expat life, be sure
to check out these tips to maximise your experience.
If you want to live in Thailand for more than a few months you're going to need one of two things:
a work permit or a marriage to a Thai national. Not all jobs offer work permits, and that's why many expats choose
to become teachers, which guarantee them. If you need a
job, there are some good recruitment agencies in Bangkok
that can help expats find work.
Make the most of your location
Bangkok is one of the best cities in the world for travel. From Bangkok, you
can very easily and very cheaply travel to other parts of Southeast Asia. That's why if you're an expat living in Bangkok you can become very
familiar with Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, but even China and Japan are
pretty affordable to travel to from Bangkok.
Save up first
You should come to Thailand with enough money to at least support yourself for one month. That
includes rent, deposit, food and water money. This is really important, as in Thailand almost all companies pay
you once a month. This means that you will work for one whole month before you get your paycheque, so will need
to support yourself until then.
Bangkok, and Thailand in general, is home to quite a few billionaires and consequently you can live a
very lavish lifestyle in Thailand for a higher price than you have to. Accommodation can vary. You can get a small
studio flat for as little as $300 USD per month, but you could also get a 2 bedroom flat for $1,500-2000 USD/month,
so it really depends on what you can afford. Likewise, there is a large diversity of food prices in Bangkok. You
can eat easily for less than $1 if you buy street-food, but you can also go
to amazing Michelin restaurants like
Mezzaluna or R-Haan for a much higher price. Transport does tend to always be cheap, unless you exclusively travel
in luxury executive cars. There are taxis, motorbikes, sky-trains and subways to choose from. You can get a taxi
from one end of the city to the other for less than $10 USD, and transport is very efficient. Shopping for food can
also be quite varied - you can shop at local markets and pay pennies for amazing quality fruits, vegetables and meats,
but you can also shop at the famous Central Group shopping malls, where you should expect to pay similar prices for
food as you would in the UK or United States.