Bangkok for Digital Nomads

Your Ultimate Guide to Remote Work in Bangkok

Great destination for:

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Why workation in Bangkok:

  • βœ…Dynamic and vibrant urban lifestyle
  • βœ…Abundance of affordable accommodations and coworking spaces
  • βœ…Gateway to exploring Southeast Asia's diverse cultures and landscapes

⭐⭐⭐⭐ ”Cheap, great food, lots to do, modern amenities, plenty of travel options nearby.”

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⌚ Time difference UTC +7 hours
πŸ“Ά Average internet speed Very Fast 80 Mb/s
πŸ’‰ Recommended travel vaccinations Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Japanese encephalitis.
🧭 Travel Advice (U.S. Department of State) 🟩 Exercise Normal Precautions

The local vibe in Bangkok

Bangkok pulsates with energy, its streets alive with a symphony of sights, sounds, and smells. From bustling markets to serene temples, it embodies a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity. Tuk-tuks weave through traffic while street vendors serve up tantalizing treats. The city's vibrant nightlife offers everything from lively rooftop bars to hidden speakeasies. Amidst the chaos, there's a sense of warmth and hospitality, inviting visitors to explore its hidden gems and immerse themselves in its rich cultural tapestry. Bangkok is a whirlwind of experiences waiting to be discovered.

Pros & Cons of Bangkok for digital nomads

Pros Cons
βœ… Low cost of living ❌ High air pollution levels
βœ… Reliable internet access ❌ Hot and humid climate conditions
βœ… Abundant recreational and cultural activities ❌ Seasonal weather variations with heavy rainfall
βœ… Friendly community and easy socializing ❌ High population density and urban crowding
βœ… Positive business environment for entrepreneurs ❌ Language barriers for non-Thai speakers
βœ… High-quality healthcare services ❌ Traffic congestion and concerns with road safety
βœ… Welcoming and safe for diverse groups ❌ Limited freedom of speech and sensitive political climate
βœ… Low smoking prevalence in public places

Our favorite cafΓ©s with good Wi-Fi & workspaces

All cafΓ©s recommended by us are certified laptop-friendly.

#1 choice
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Rocket Coffeebar S.12

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.3) – Google reviews

βœ… Free Wi-Fi

βœ… Quiet and relaxing environment

βœ… Friendly and helpful staffs

Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM | Sat-Sun: 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM

What to expect when working remotely in Bangkok

Welcome to Bangkok, a city where the past and the present blend seamlessly to create a vibrant tapestry of streets alive with the energy of both tradition and innovation. This is the heart of Thailand, offering a backdrop that's as dynamic and diverse as the digital nomad lifestyle itself.

For those who thrive on the buzz of city life while craving the community and connectivity essential for remote work, Bangkok emerges as a top contender. Its coworking spaces buzz with creativity, and the city's overall vibe encourages a unique blend of productivity and exploration. Here, the essence of the digital nomad lifestyle is not just understood but celebrated.

A glimpse of life in Bangkok

What fellow nomads say about Bangkok

"I've been living in/touring Bangkok nearly four months. I highly recommend visiting itβ€”even staying here for a month or twoβ€”but I would never live here. Yes, amenities are super cheap, the people are awesome, internet is fast and easy to find, and it's only getting better with time as the country seems to be developing steadily."

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James

"My favorite city for nomading. Cheap, great food, lots to do, modern amenities, plenty of travel options nearby."

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Sarah

"Great for tourism, bad for living. The City has a fascinating contrast of old and new. You will never get bored, it’s easy to meet people and have fun. Infrastructure and food are great. Thai people are friendly and welcoming, even when it not always feels genuine. With that said, it’s not a good city for long term living. It’s too hot and humid."

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Felix

Daily Budget for Bangkok

Accommodation
Hostel: $10-$20 per night
Guesthouse/Private Room: $20-$40 per night
Hotel: $40-$150 per night
Food and Drinks
Local Eats: $2-$10
International Cuisine: $5-$20
Cocktails at a Bar: $3-$8
Street Food: $1-$5
Transportation
Public Transport: $0.5-$2 per trip
Taxi/Rideshare (short distance): $3-$10
Bike Rental (daily): $5-$10
Coworking Spaces
Day Pass: $10-$20
Cafe (with Wi-Fi): $3-$10 (minimum spend)
Entertainment and Activities
Museum Entrance: $3-$10
Boat Tour: $10-$30
Miscellaneous
Souvenirs: $2-$10
SIM Card with Data: $5-$15
Total daily budget: $45-$145

Travel tips for exploring Bangkok

How to get there:

The best way to travel to Bangkok is by flying into Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) or Don Mueang International Airport (DMK), depending on your airline and destination. From the airport, you can take a taxi, airport rail link, or airport shuttle bus to reach your accommodation. Taxis are convenient but make sure to use metered taxis or negotiate the fare before starting your journey to avoid overcharging.

Greeting phrases:

Common greeting phrases in Thai include:

  • Sawasdee krub/ka - Hello
  • Sawasdee ton chao - Good morning
  • Raatree ton chao - Good evening
  • Khop khun krub/ka - Thank you

FAQ Bangkok

How crowded is Bangkok?

Bangkok is a bustling metropolis and one of the most populous cities in Thailand. It is known for its vibrant street life and cultural landmarks. The city can get quite crowded, especially in tourist hotspots and during peak hours in public transportation.


What is the nightlife like in Bangkok?

Bangkok boasts a lively nightlife scene that caters to all tastes. From rooftop bars with stunning city views to nightclubs featuring international DJs, there's something for everyone. The city is also famous for its street food markets that stay open late into the night.


What kinds of people can I expect to see in Bangkok?

In Bangkok, you'll encounter a diverse mix of people, including local Thais from various backgrounds, expatriates from around the world, and tourists. The city's cosmopolitan nature is reflected in its cultural festivals, restaurants, and business districts.


Are there healthy eating options available in Bangkok?

Yes, Bangkok offers a wide array of healthy eating options. There are numerous restaurants and cafes that specialize in vegetarian, vegan, and organic dishes. Additionally, the city's markets are a great place to find fresh fruits, vegetables, and other wholesome ingredients.


Is Bangkok pedestrian-friendly?

While Bangkok is making strides in becoming more pedestrian-friendly, navigating the city on foot can still be challenging due to heavy traffic, narrow sidewalks, and the hot and humid climate. However, areas like the historic Rattanakosin Island and some parts of Sukhumvit are more walkable.


Does Bangkok experience frequent power outages? How long do they last?

Power outages in Bangkok are relatively rare and usually short-lived. The city's infrastructure is well-developed, and any disruptions in electricity supply are quickly addressed. However, during the rainy season, storms might cause temporary power outages in some areas.


What is the natural environment like in Bangkok?

Bangkok is primarily an urban environment, but it also has several green spaces and parks, such as Lumpini Park and Benjakitti Park. The Chao Phraya River adds to the city's natural beauty and offers a cooler, breezy atmosphere along its banks.


Is it easy to access other destinations from Bangkok?

Yes, Bangkok is a major transportation hub in Southeast Asia, making it easy to access other destinations both within Thailand and internationally. The city has two international airports, a comprehensive road network, and several bus and train stations that offer various travel options.


Map of Bangkok

Save to your phone

βœ… Local emergency number 191 (Police), 1669 (Ambulance)
βœ… Best hospital Bumrungrad International Hospital | 33 Sukhumvit Soi 3, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 | +66 2066 8888
βœ… U.S. embassy 120-122 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 | +66 2 205-4000

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