A study by a UK-based company named Bangkok the second best city in the world to work as a digital nomad. The company, called The Instant Group, is a provider of flexible working solutions. The Instant Group found that more than half of the world’s top 60 cities for digital nomads are in Asia.
Other Asian cities on the list included Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong. The only city to beat Bangkok is Lisbon, Portugal. In choosing the best cities for digital nomads, The Instant Group considered these factors: affordability, weather, broadband speed, scenery and transportation. Bangkok performed well in all of these categories.
Thailand’s main selling points that earned it second place were the city’s famous local cuisine, availability of over 15,000 high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots, transportation options, and cheap accommodation. The average cost of a night in an Airbnb is 1,174 baht.
Even though Bangkok landed second place on the list, finding a legitimate visa that supports the digital nomad lifestyle has been notoriously difficult in Thailand. Last month, the Thai cabinet announced changes to the 10-year long-term resident visa that could make life in the Land of Smiles a realistic option.
The LTR visa caters to four groups: 1) wealthy foreigners 2) retirees 3) working foreigners and 4) specialists.
Digital nomads can be classified as “foreign workers” or “specialists”, both of which must meet 2 conditions to be eligible for the LTR visa…
1) They must have an employment or service contract with a Thai OR foreign company.
2) They must be able to provide proof of 5 years of professional experience in the relevant industry, completed within 10 years of the date of application.
The Cabinet also announced that it would halve the one-time fee for the LTR visa from 100,000 to 50,000 baht.
So, if you have the contract and proof of 5 years of work experience, it’s a good deal to get you a Thailand visa valid for 10 years. Additionally, LTR visa holders are welcome to bring their spouse and up to four children under the age of 20 with them to the kingdom.
The changes were to take effect 90 days after they were officially announced in the Official newspaper.
THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post