Moving to Bangkok: what you need to know
What you need to know before going to live in one of the most densely populated cities in the world, the heroes of the “Expats. Bangkok ”on the channel Andrey Burenok.
Who is Bangkok suitable for?
Bangkok is ideal for those who are comfortable with the busy city pace and looking to find work on the spot. The capital, with a population of seven million, never sleeps and this affects the energy sector. People who dream of a leisurely, measured life by the sea should choose the islands of Thailand.
In winter, the temperature in Bangkok drops to +20, and in summer it can reach +40. Due to the moisture in the air, the heat is felt even more. For some it is difficult, but many are delighted with the local weather.
In any case, before moving to Bangkok, you need to go there as a tourist and try on the city for yourself, check your own feelings. In addition to the cool and hot seasons, there is a rainy season in and around Bangkok. But these are not around the clock showers like in the movies. It rains for several hours every day, usually in the evenings. The rest of the time it is warm and even sunny. And breathes easier than in the midst of the hot season.
Accommodation in Bangkok
Bangkok has it all: modern townhouses, houses on stilts over canals, and impressive skyscrapers. Expats say that you can rent a small apartment with amenities, air conditioning and a balcony for an average of $ 300. For those without budget constraints, there are a million housing options. A two-level apartment in an elite area, in a modern residential complex with a swimming pool and gardening services will cost around $ 2000. The studio there will also cost from $ 700.
A communal apartment in Bangkok is paid in the region of $ 300 per month, electricity is the most expensive (and many have air conditioning almost around the clock).
Kitchen in Bangkok
The Thai diet is based on rice, vegetables and fruits. Locals eat in small cafes that are not famous for their attractive interiors and luxurious serving. But Thais claim that the food there is always fresh and cheap, and the dishes are clean. The average bill in an inexpensive establishment is about $ 5-10. In general, you can eat like this, or you can cook on your own (it will be even cheaper if you buy food in the market, in supermarkets in Bangkok everything is more expensive than here).
Street food is very popular in Thailand, there is basically everything fried and fatty, but unrealistically tasty. And what fresh juices, what fruits! They are inexpensive, but a million is better than ours. If you try mango from the Thai tray, you can no longer eat the mango from Ashan.
Work in Bangkok
For official work in Thailand, you need a special visa marked work permit. Some work with a tourist or student visa, but this is risky, they can be caught and sent home.
It should also be borne in mind that some activities in the kingdom are not available to foreigners and companies with foreign capital. The list of professions prohibited by law: guides, salespeople, makeup artists and hairdressers, drivers, waiters, cooks, bartenders, lawyers, office managers, etc. And all due to the fact that in Thailand they jealously protect the right of Thais to earn money.
Expats in Bangkok report that legislation is not always in line with market needs. Thus, travel companies do not have enough Russian-speaking guides, so they can arrange a foreigner as an interpreter for the guide, although in fact the visitor will lead the excursions personally. Before daring to do this, experienced ones advise to consult with a lawyer, deal with the subtleties and understand what the violation is fraught with.
Who can legally work in Bangkok? In Thailand, foreign IT specialists, fitness trainers and certified English teachers are always welcome. Knowledge of Chinese is also useful. China invests a lot in the Thai economy, business contacts are being established between countries, and, in principle, Thailand has a large Chinese diaspora.
What’s with the internet?
Internet in Bangkok is not the strongest point. Despite the fact that its speed and stability are growing every year, it may not be enough for people who need to be constantly in touch with the employer. To get a stable Internet connection, you will have to connect a separate optical line, or constantly distribute 4G to your computer.
Features of mentality
Thais are polite and friendly. Most are Thai Buddhists and this affects behavior. So, the locals believe in reincarnation, so they try to do good deeds that will be reckoned to them in their next life. Thais do not raise their voices and apologize, even if they are wrong, this is considered good form. There are, of course, downsides. Thais are not very conscious in their daily habits. They can easily throw garbage into the river or pour slop directly onto the street.
For even more about the local mentality and the life of expats in Bangkok, see the big issue of Andrey Burenok.
Safety in Bangkok
Overall, Bangkok is safe. Nevertheless, as elsewhere, you need to take precautions – do not carry money in open bags, do not count large amounts in public, keep wallets, phones, cameras in sight. You should especially watch out for things in popular areas like Khao San or Nana Sukhumvit and in lines at popular temples.
It is also important to adapt to Thai traffic. Cars in a normal situation do not slow down before crossing the road, even at a pedestrian crossing. Flashing the high beam is also a signal that the car is not going to brake.
Cost of living in Bangkok
- Visa: a multivisa to Thailand costs $ 250, a long-term visa (type B) will cost about $ 1000 per year (in several payments). A visa with a work permit must be negotiated with the inviting company in advance.
- Rental of property: an apartment in Bangkok can be rented from $ 80 per month, the average price is $ 300. Utilities will cost the same amount.
- Food (per person): about $ 300 per month if you eat at a local cafe three times a day.
- Public transport: metro (underground and surface) – from $ 0.5 to $ 1.7; boat – about $ 0.4; buses – from $ 0.3 to $ 0.6, tuk-tuk – $ 1 (if you bargain talentedly). A taxi ride around the city costs between $ 1.6 and $ 8.2.
- Average salary: on average, foreigners in Bangkok earn $ 800 per month.