Expat Life 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...
Could you live in Bangkok?
Well, truth is, Bangkok is not for everyone.
There's a lot you can hate about the city and it's understandable. The traffic, heat ... but if you can get pass that, the quality of life will absolutely blow your mind.
Check my pros and cons about living in Bangkok below to find out :
Random advice for expats in Bangkok
With no doubt, there is some stuff about living in Bangkok I wish I knew before.
And like everything you learn, it cost money and time to figure it out.
Here's a list of advice for anyone that want to live here expats or stay a little while.
Where to Live in Bangkok as an expat?
Where you decide to live in Bangkok 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 most of your 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 male expat most people imagine.
Personally, I know expats on both side of the spectrum.
Some struggling to make ends meet at around 20,000฿ (600$) and others living at the fullest with way over 200,000฿ (6,000$).
Truth is, you can do both in Thailand and manage to have a great time.
It depends really comes down to how you’re used to live, if you can't live without western food, how much you like to party...
For me, I’m somewhere in the middle, living in Bangkok and staying in Thailand (damn Visa) cost me around 60,000฿ 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:
How is Bangkok Nightlife ?
Bangkok got one of the best nightlife in South East Asia.
People can say whatever they want about it, "it was better before", "Jakarta is the new place to be"... the amount of bars and parties is insane in Bangkok.
Not only you've got a lot of clubs and bars, but you've also got rooftop bars, one of the best cocktail scene in the world, pool parties all year long, huge festivals and more.
There's no way you can do it all, or get bored, ever. Monday to Sunday, there's always something going on.
Bangkok is with no doubt one of the best party destination in the world !