Living in Bangkok, what it’s like and what you need to know
Everybody got different criterias about what they want in life and what they need in the city they live in, but if you ask me, Bangkok is as close as it can be to heaven (based on my lifestyle).
Living in Bangkok is a lot of fun, offers a lot of possibilities for work, parties, travels, activities… so much that it is absolutely impossible to even scratch the surface of it.
What I like the most about Bangkok and Thailand in general and what seduce a lot of other expats is the mix between old and modern, between the Western and Asian way of life but also between cheap and luxury.
Should you move to Bangkok?
Well, truth is, it's not for everyone.
There's a lot you can hate, like the traffic, heat... but overall it's a great city to live in.
If you want to know why, check my pros and cons about living in Bangkok below:
Random advice for expats in Bangkok
With no doubt, they're some stuff about living in Bangkok I wish I knew before and like everything you learn, it cost me money and time to figure things out.
Here's a short list of advice for expats and anyone staying for a little while in Thailand.
Where to Live in Bangkok as an expat?
Where you decide to stay will have a big impact on your experience of the city.
As traffic is the worst thing in Bangkok, try to stay as closer to where you spend you time.
Do you spend most of your time at work? Partying? ...
How expensive is it to live in Bangkok?
Not all expats are equals and while you got people here working for big international top 500 companies you also have a ton of Digital Nomads, Freelancers, Consultants, English Teachers (of course) and everything else in between.
Most are far from the rich white expat most people imagine.
Personally, I know expats on both side of the spectrum, struggling to make ends meet at around 20,000THB (600$) and others living with way over 200,000THB (6,000$).
Truth is, you can do both in Thailand and manage to have a great life, it depends how you’re used to live, if you like western food, if you go out a lot...
For me, I’m somewhere in the middle, living in Bangkok and staying in Thailand (damn Visa) cost me around 60,000THB per month and that’s just for my day to day life here.
That doesn’t include travels, festivals, new gadgets, unexpected expenses….
If you’re curious to know how I spend my money, I gave a quick breakdown here: