Workation Thailand

Travel Guide for Remote Work in Thailand

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⭐ Rating Good (3,95/5)
πŸ’Έ Cost of living $861 p/m for locals (Calculate your costs)
🧳 Best time to travel January, February, November, December

⌚ Time difference6 hours (UTC)
πŸ“Ά Internet speed202 mb/s – Very Fast
πŸ’‰ Recommended travel vaccinationsHepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Japanese encephalitis.
🧭 Travel Advice (U.S. Department of State)🟩 Exercise Normal Precautions

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😊 Quality of lifePoor (2.5/5)
πŸ›‘οΈ SafetyGood (3.1/5)
πŸ’Š HealthcareExcellent (3.9/5)
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🦜 Locals speakThai

Is Thailand a good place to work remotely

Thailand is an exotic and versatile destination. Its futuristic capital, Bangkok, never sleeps, while Chiang Mai holds the secrets of ancient wisdom, and the islands Koh Samui, Koh Tao, and Phuket offer crystal clear shores that can soothe the soul of even the most burned-out person.

It’s no wonder that Thailand is among the top 10 favorite destinations for digital nomads and expats. The internet quality in Thailand is top-notch, and the entrepreneurial community is thriving, making it a safe place for your business plans. Meanwhile, you can relax and plan fun nights near beach bonfires and embark on one-day trips to breathtaking Buddhist temples.

As no place is perfect, there are some downsides to consider when choosing Thailand as your workation destination. These include the 6-hour time difference and the political protests that have occurred in the past two years.

Renting excellent and affordable accommodation in Thailand is relatively easy. According to Numbeo, lease prices in Bangkok range from 272 euros for a single-room apartment on the outskirts to 572 euros for a similar-sized dwelling in the center. While price variations are common in cosmopolitan cities, the overall affordability is surprising for a capital. The housing situation on the islands, such as Koh Samui, is similar.

When it comes to cuisine, Thailand offers a delightful array of delicious and colorful flavors at affordable prices. A three-course meal for two people in a mid-range restaurant in Phuket costs around 27 euros, making local cuisine 65% cheaper compared to the Netherlands.

Thailand has a relatively comfortable train system, although it may be slower than other modes of transportation. Buses, on the other hand, are often considered unreliable. Bangkok also has a unique rail rapid transit system that provides convenient transportation within the city.

In busy cities or resorts, you can choose between taxis or motorcycle taxis for transportation. Motorcycle taxis are very fast but can be intimidating, so they may not be suitable for those who prefer less extreme experiences. Tuk-tuks, which have three wheels, are a popular and slightly safer option. Another form of public transportation is the Songthaew, which refers to big red pickup trucks that can take you from one place to another without requiring a driving license.

Additionally, you have the option to rent a scooter, but it’s important to note that traffic in Thailand can be hectic and somewhat dangerous, so caution is advised.

Things to do

Culture Immerse yourself in Thai culture by visiting the Grand Palace in Bangkok, where you can marvel at the intricate architecture and pay respects to the revered Emerald Buddha.
Dining Don't miss out on the vibrant street food scene in Thailand, where you can indulge in mouthwatering dishes like pad Thai, green curry, and mango sticky rice.
Sights Take a boat tour along the picturesque Phi Phi Islands to witness stunning limestone cliffs, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and vibrant marine life.
Entertainment Experience the thrill of a traditional Muay Thai match, where you can witness the skill, agility, and power of Thailand's national sport firsthand.
Shopping Get your bargaining skills ready and explore the bustling Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok, where you can find everything from trendy clothing and unique handicrafts to delicious street food.
Outdoor Escape the city and embark on a trek through the lush jungles of Chiang Mai, where you can encounter majestic elephants, visit hill tribe villages, and marvel at breathtaking waterfalls.
If you want to dive deeper into these experiences, TripAdvisor is your guide to discover more.

Best places to stay for digital nomads

Udon Thani

Thailand 4.7/5 Excellent
  • πŸ“Ά solid wifi
  • πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ safe for solo travellers
  • 🏒 no coworking spaces
  • 🌡 dry climate
πŸš΅β€β™€οΈ adventure 🎨 culture 🌳 nature and more
$824 / month View

Chiang Mai

Thailand 4.5/5 Excellent
  • πŸ“Ά very fast wifi
  • 🍹 active nomad community
  • 🏒 no coworking spaces
  • 🌴 tropical climate
πŸš΅β€β™€οΈ adventure 🎨 culture 🌳 nature and more
$857 / month View

Phuket

Thailand 4.3/5 Excellent
  • πŸ“Ά very fast wifi
  • πŸ§‘πŸΌβ€πŸ€β€πŸ§‘πŸ½ suitable for diverse travelers
  • 🏒 abundant coworking spaces
  • 🌴 tropical climate
πŸ–οΈ beach 🎨 culture 🌳 nature and more
$951 / month View
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