Could you be a digital nomad in Thailand?


Are you a digital nomad? Work online anywhere you can find a seat and have wi-fi?

According to Digital Nomadic Websites, some of the most popular places to work online around the world are Chiang Mai and Bangkok (Thailand), Budapest (Hungary), Belgrade (Serbia), Bali (Indonesia), Lisbon (Portugal) and Buenos Aires (Argentina). What do all of these cities have in common? The main thing is the low cost of living, a favorable climate, grandiose landscapes, cultural richness, communities of people who do the same work and a quality of life for the “nomad” traveler.

Thai PBS spoke to Ozzi Jarvien, 41, the pioneer of digital nomads in Chiang Mai. He spent over a decade in northern Thailand and remembers that in 2006, just before the harsh Finnish winter arrived, he wanted to work somewhere warmer, so he returned to Bangkok. A few years earlier, he had studied in an exchange program in international business at the University of Bangkok. Then he returned to his hometown in Finland. But in 2007, he moved to the capital of the northern region of Thailand and started his own business, “Iglu,” a remote working community with three branches across the country. Basically he is the real deal in the world of digital nomads.

“The hardest part is buying that one-way ticket. Just get the ticket and everything else will work out somehow, because it’s a lot easier than most people think.

“Once they land here it’s easy to find an apartment, you will never run out of accommodation. It’s easy to find food and find people to work with. I think people think it’s harder than it is. The great thing is that the internet is really good and it’s everywhere. Even mobile internet like 4G is better here than in many EU countries.

After spending nearly five years in Chiang Mai, the city he adores, Jengis Gonzalez, 37, plans to transform from digital nomad to expatriate. He previously worked for giant e-commerce company, which gave him the idea that there is an incredibly large online marketplace in the United States. Now he works for a Chiang Mai-based logistics company, shipping products from Thailand to the United States for sale online, mostly on

It has very practical advice for aspiring digital nomads.

“My advice would be, basically, ‘have a plan’. I have met so many people who come here, thinking that they are going to do something, then find out that it doesn’t work and they don’t have a plan B. So they run into a lot of problems, like What must I do now? I have to find a job or I have to go home, or I should find a way to continue ”. So I would say it’s a very risky thing to do ”.

“Do not hesitate to contact the Digital Nomad groups in Chiang Mai, which are very active, via Facebook. You can find many people doing the same job as you, so your questions will be answered.

Lilly, 29, has been a casting agent for films for over 10 years, but finds that 99% of her work is online these days, so she prefers to move and travel while working.

“I experience the flexibility and the chance to travel and meet great people while earning the income to make it all possible. I have crossed all kinds of obstacles along the way, but I love adventure. Keep an open mind, make sure you work while you travel and the lifestyle can be great. I tend to move to South East Asia, but I always end up coming back to the magical island of Phuket.

The biggest problem with being a digital nomad is finding a visa that suits your needs. If you are a true nomad and spend time in multiple countries and follow the weather, seasons, or festivals, then you can probably get away with tourist visas (although, officially, you can’t work. with a tourist visa). As a digital nomad in Thailand, you should educate yourself about visa options and see what is convenient and will suit your lifestyle.

Find out more about the Smart Visa and digital nomadic life HERE.

And The Thaiger even included them in our list of the 10 best types of expats in Thailand. HERE.


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