I spent six months in 2016 living in Thailand, two months each in Chiang Mai, on an island in the south and in a mountain town in the north. As a result, I know the benefits of living in Thailand, both if you plan to travel and work remotely as a digital nomad or if you just relax for a while. This list describes eight of the unique benefits that I think are particularly relevant for a digital nomad who sees Thailand as a potential temporary home.
There is a landscape for everyone
One of my favorite things about Thailand and Southeast Asia in general is the diversity of the landscapes. Thanks to the infamous Full Moon Party, as well as James Bond feature films and well-titled Leo DiCaprio films, the world knows Thailand’s world-class beaches. Yet for every white sand beach you find in the south, you will find a largely untouched forest in the west of the country or a mountain range in the north. Thailand’s megalopolis capital Bangkok has everything you expect in a big city and more: floating markets, urban temples, and enough delicious street food to last a lifetime. If you prefer a mix of city and countryside, Phuket and Chiang Mai offer just that, being located next to the Andaman Sea and pristine mountains respectively.
Fast internet and good coworking spaces
If you’ve put off moving to Thailand for fear of slow internet, think again. Yes, the speeds aren’t as high as you would find in Hong Kong or South Korea, but assuming your job doesn’t rely heavily on fast data transfer, you’ll be fine. Even on some islands like Koh Phangan or Koh Phi Phi, internet speeds are more than adequate. BeacHub on Koh Phangan always has great speeds and a relaxed, positive atmosphere for digital nomads, just like KoHub on Koh Lanta.
Moving from the United States to Thailand is a treat in many ways, but few are as memorable as the cost of living. Chiang Mai is a popular destination for nomads, and it’s no wonder: when a well-located studio costs $ 300 / month, meals cost $ 2-4 each, and you can rent a scooter for $ 70 / month, it is hard to say no. What’s best is that all of these items are exceptionally easy to acquire; Renting an apartment is as easy as showing up in the lobby of the building and signing a one-page contract, and so is the scooter. So if you’re just starting out and you’re worried that you’ll end up without a plan, don’t be. The best way to do things here is on the ground, and if you need help there are plenty of locals and nomads who will be happy to step in and get you back on your feet.
There is a lot that Western society could learn from the Thai people, not the least of which is the work-life balance. Simply put, Thais know how to tidy up their work and enjoy their time with family and friends. Even when they’re at work – the grandma serving you hot noodles, the teenager who works 7/11, and everyone in between – they smile, laugh, and constantly brighten up your day. It’s amazing how impactful a 5 second positive interaction with a stranger can make, and when you dial in dozens of those interactions in a day, it’s no wonder people love living here.
Take this one with a grain of salt, because when I say Thai locals are good at English, I’m comparing them to their neighbors. Assuming you don’t speak Thai, pretty much everywhere you go in Thailand you’ll be speaking a Thai-English hybrid. Standard words like greetings, simple manners, and common menu items will be spoken in Thai, while slightly more complex sentences may switch to English, as their English is normally better than a visitor’s Thai. . Sure, you may need to resort to on-the-spot charades to get your point across, but that’s part of the fun. If you are really keen on communication, download the Thai dictionary at Google Translate on your phone so you can translate back and forth even when you’re offline.
Lots of other nomads
It hasn’t always been that way, but at least in recent years digital nomads have flocked to Thailand for the reasons I list here and others. That said, you can be sure that wherever you go you will find like-minded people living a similar lifestyle to yours. You can also join communities like List of nomads, which connect digital nomads both online and offline all over the world.
They take shopping seriously
Whether you’ve been to Thailand or not, you undoubtedly know its markets. You can buy just about everything here from clothes and housewares to shoes, local and exotic foods, tour packages, and souvenirs. Still, markets aren’t for everyone, so it’s good to know that Bangkok has some of the biggest and most ostentatious malls in the world, like The central world and Siam paragon. that of Chiang Mai Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center and recently opened Central party are also good options, albeit less grandiose, for those in the north. If you still can’t find what you need, Amazon also delivers to Thailand, although you will need to tweak your search process a bit to filter out only items that can be shipped to Thailand.
This post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t say it: the weather in Thailand is remarkable. While Thailand does experience seasonality, which you’ll feel most strongly if you live somewhere like the northern mountains or one of the many islands, overall it’s sunny, warm, and just plain beautiful. Even during the rainy season, which takes place every year from around June to October, the showers are short and the sun often precedes and follows the clouds. There’s a reason Thailand comes to mind when you hear the word paradise.