The Instant Group, a UK-based flexible working solutions provider, recently ranked Bangkok the second best city for working remotely – after Lisbon.
The reasons Bangkok ranks as a top destination for digital nomads include affordability, broadband speed, weather, scenery, transportation, and cuisine.
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Average wages for Thai office workers
For Thai workers in the tech industry, salaries are low compared to their counterparts from other world regions. Entry-level wages for Thais working as graphic designers can be as low as 20,000 baht ($542) per month, for web developers 37,000 ($1,003), and for software developers 51,000 ($1,383). Thais working for foreign companies have an opportunity for higher salaries, especially compared to Thailand’s cost of living.
WiFi costs compared to the US
On average, WiFi costs in Thailand are 630 baht per month ($17.18) compared to 2,492 baht ($67.96) in the US. This makes working in Thailand more desirable for those wanting to work from home and cuts spending. In addition, while membership and daily costs are associated with coworking spaces in Bangkok, most cafes offer free WiFi. Working outside of home is a good way to avoid high electricity bills from running air-conditioning frequently.
Top 5 coworking spaces and price estimates
- Glowfish: Fancy decor for 12,000 baht per month for a fixed desk.
- True Digital Park: Modern layout with over 250 workstations and daily, monthly, or even yearly rates.
- Hubba: 24-hour coworking space that starts around 5,700 baht per month.
- The Hive: Locations in 22 areas across Asia, and prices start at 8,000 baht per month.
- WeWork: Another global conglomerate coworking space with four locations in Bangkok.
After a sharp drop in ridership during the pandemic, the BTS Skytrain has returned to 70% of its daily ridership in 2022. Before the pandemic, daily riders averaged 800,000. The BTS is a convenient and inexpensive way to avoid traffic in Bangkok, although it’s best to avoid peak times during rush hour if possible. Fares range from 15 baht to around 65 baht for single tickets.
Top neighborhoods for remote work
Ari is a small but hip local neighborhood not far from the city center. It has a mixture of trendy cafes and street vendors, making it possible for people on various budgets to enjoy. The neighborhood is popular with middle- and upper-class Thais and some foreigners.
On Nut is a buzzy yet affordable neighborhood not far from more expensive areas such as Thong Lo. Although it’s quite popular with expats, it has a local neighborhood feel, with endless options for cheap eats. Long-term expats and remote workers are drawn to the area for its cheap apartments, plentiful transportation options, access to supermarkets, and proximity to central Bangkok.
A most-popular area for expats in Bangkok. Why?
- Its central location and access to central offices in Bangkok, BTS Skytrain, and MRT
- Easy access to malls and shops
- Proximity to large parks, such as Benjakitti
- Nightlife activities
- Relative affordability compared to more upscale neighborhoods nearby
One-day trips from Bangkok
- Khao Yai National Park
- Koh Samed Island
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Renting a car
Renting a car can be a good option for those who want to escape Bangkok crowds to nearby destinations. Prices can be as low as 552 baht ($15) to 737 baht ($20) per day and 16,500 baht ($450) for a month. Drivers should have an international license to avoid issues with Thai police checkpoints.
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