Thailand has a lot to offer and it’s no surprise that so many foreigners want to live here. Some people come for a short vacation and never want to leave. Despite the pandemic, it seems that the number of expats is increasing every year and they come from all over the world. So here is a shortlist of the most common expats in Thailand in 2022, IMHO Thai.
Editor’s note: This list is a follow-up to the 2020 article here. Of course, we know that not all foreigners fit neatly into one of the categories below. The list is meant to be more humorous than offensive, so take it with a big packet of sugar and salt…
Nothing is perfect. We Thais understand this perfectly. But for chronic haters/complainers, nothing in Thailand will satisfy them. Nothing. They will always find something to complain about, even the smallest of things. The food is not worth the price, the time is too much for them or life is so much better at home. (So why don’t you go?) It’s easy to spot these online negative Nacys, lurking on social media and internet forums (like the one in this article). Sometimes you can hear them complaining in a bar or somewhere in public with their friendly expat boyfriend. They probably need a Thai hug and smile.
In most situations, they are here simply to have a “good time” rather than a good vacation. It is also easy to spot them. They can be found in popular locations like Patong, Patpong, Nana, and Pattaya. Occasionally they are labeled as pedophiles – something you don’t want to see attached to your name. Plus, they’ve been known to get in trouble for all the wrong reasons. Most travelers will buy souvenirs to take home, like an elephant t-shirt or night market jewelry; but for sexpats, it’s a kind of STD. Yeah.
There is a good share of English teachers in Thailand. You can find different types all over Thailand: backpackers who want to stay here longer, bored housewives who want something to do, older expats who want some extra cash, and professionals who really love to teach. If it is someone with a TEFL certificate who teaches in a language center, their salary is not that high compared to more qualified teachers working in international schools. These positions are more competitive and could offer more than 100,000 per month. Not bad.
Thailand is not only a popular tourist destination, but also a popular place of retirement. You can live a simple life in Chiang Mai or live by the beach in Phuket. Many things are affordable in Thailand, including food, drink and accommodation, but it has become more expensive over the years. The pandemic has also been a driver of inflation. Do you plan to live in Thailand after your retirement? Be sure to do your due diligence and try to visit different cities in Thailand before you take the plunge.
Some highly skilled and experienced expats live in Thailand, mostly in Bangkok, where they work for large international companies with incomes that would make them rich in any country. They live well, there is no doubt. Some live here alone, while others live with their families. You can find their children in international schools. They usually rent a nice condo in town or a house with a nice yard and have the services of a maid and a personal driver. Life must be good for the crème de la crème of expats.
Love is in the air. Similar to the sexpats, they are here on a mission: to find the love of their life (again). Some will find one and bring it home. Others will stay here forever, living their last golden years in the Land of Smiles. There are several reasons why they prefer Asian women to women from home. Rather submissive, polite and obedient? Thinner and younger than the former love of their life? It may look good on paper or on the internet, but there are a few issues that come with it. First of all, the girls at the bar don’t like you. Second, some are “interested” because you seem to have deep pockets. We’re not saying you should expect the worst, because there are couples who really love each other. We just want you to be careful.
Succession, especially in the digital world in which we live. You just need a laptop and a free Wi-Fi signal, right? The eponymous “digital nomads” enjoy working wherever they can, especially in seaside resorts with scenic views, and freedom is everything to them. They can do literally anything: graphic design, stock trading, drop shipping, and anything that can be done online. Because they don’t need an office, you can find them roaming across the country with their laptops and a cup of coffee. Notice that guy at the beach working on his laptop? Or that girl who moved into a corner of the local cafe? Or the tanned backpacker with a selfie stick and a Thai girl in a bikini walking down Sukhumvit Road filming her latest vlog episode. You know who you are. Let’s be honest: heaven isn’t so sexy when you’re tied to a computer screen 24/7 and have sand in your electronics, is it?
What is your point of view ?
There you have it, my Thai take on the common expats I see in Thailand in 2022. I know this list is not exhaustive and not all foreigners fit neatly into one of the above categories. So what’s your opinion? How many types of expats have you met in Thailand? Or what kind of expat are you in the Land of Smiles? Let us know in the ThaigerTalk comments section below!