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Digital Nomad in Thailand – an Ultimate Guide

If you’re a digital nomad searching for your next travel destination, you’ve probably heard of Thailand. It’s one of the top choices among the digital nomad community, and for a good reason!

Living in Thailand is affordable, fun, and very easy for travelers. Plus, there is a smorgasbord of coworking spaces you can head to accomplish your following projects, whether you’re a freelancer, remote worker, or entrepreneur.

Read on as I show you the digital nomad’s ultimate guide to Thailand!

Why is Thailand Popular Among Digital Nomads?

Why Thailand? Well, why NOT Thailand? There are so many things that this wonderful country has to offer.

It’s not difficult to see why there are so many new and experienced digital nomads heading there (and even going back). Here are just some of the reasons why Thailand is so famous among digital nomads, remote workers, expats, and travelers alike.

Beautiful Nature and Weather

Thailand is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, forests, parks, and the like. You will be surrounded by sandy beaches, clear waters or take in views from the mountaintops smelling fresh air all around you. And because it’s a tropical country, you won’t have to worry about frost!

Affordable Cost of Living

Living in Thailand is quite affordable if you know where to go and spend your money well. One bowl of Pad Thai is only 40 THB ($1.30), and a two-hour train journey is only 100 THB ($3.30)!

Expect to shell out between $800 to $1,500 a month, including food, transportation, accommodation, and the like.

Matured Tourism and Convenience

Thailand is an established country with a lot of tourists, expats, and digital nomads. You get a mix of city life and traditional culture here, so expect convenience and safety.

You’ve got fast Internet speed, 24/7 convenience stores, fast food joints, malls, markets, and various food of different cuisines, from local to Western.

Delicious Food and Drinks

You will LOVE the many different dishes Thai cuisine has to offer! It’s all colored in spices and vegetables, ranging from all-meat to vegan options.

There’s the Pad Thai, Khao Pad, Tom Yum Goong, Thai curries, and so much more. And don’t forget the aromatic locally brewed coffee that will surely perk you up.

Amazing Thai Culture & Heritage

The rich culture in Thailand is something you can learn a lot from. Visit the temples and historical attractions, immerse yourself in the beauty of Thailand that goes beyond its beaches and city life. You come to a new country to explore their life, so delve deeper into their culture!

Friendly Locals

Thai locals are very friendly, with many people smiling at you as you walk by the street (as long as you smile first). Be nice and maybe try to greet in Thai, and they’ll be more than accommodating and hospitable when you need help!

Top Destinations for Digital Nomads in Thailand

There are so many beautiful places worth visiting in Thailand, but which places in Thailand are best for digital nomads? I’ll narrow it down to the top destinations that have everything any traveler and digital nomad wants to experience:

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is one of the most popular destinations for digital nomads and backpackers from across the world. Today, it’s known as a digital nomad hotspot with a lot of coworking spaces and digital nomad communities, along with educational courses on making money as a digital nomad!

This lovely city is located in the north of Thailand, a bit smaller than Bangkok, but still a busy area. It’s affordable and easy to find accommodation, with a lot of bazaars, restaurants, and nightlife for fun and exploring.

Phuket and Koh Lanta

Photo by Mike Swigunski on Unsplash

Phuket is the most touristic location in Thailand, with many beautiful beaches and luxurious resorts. It is a modern city for travelers who love the hustle and bustle. There are a lot of coworking spaces, tourist attractions, markets, and yummy food to discover.

You can also head to Koh Lanta, which is famous for its majestic beach and nature. This is where Ko Hub is, a coworking and coliving space that made Koh Lanta popular among digital nomads. After all, a coworking and coliving space by the beach… Who would say no to that?

Koh Phangan and Koh Samui

Photo by Alexander Kaunas on Unsplash

Koh Phangan used to be a hipster island with stellar beaches. Now, it is known for its party scene and yoga retreats! So you can enjoy a relaxing day as you destress and feel free, then head on to the clubs at night. It’s a perfect destination for any digital nomad!

Koh Samui is another favorite destination among tourists, and you can find a few hidden gems on the island to avoid the crowds. Both Koh Phangan and Koh Samui are home to both luxurious resorts and cozy huts where you can work and explore nearby, depending on your lifestyle and budget.

Bangkok

Photo by Dan Freeman on Unsplash

Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand, and it’s precisely what you’d expect: Big. Boisterous. Traffic. And a whole lot of fun! Though the most expensive city in Thailand, it’s great for digital nomads who’d like to stay in the city for a few months.

Bangkok is becoming the digital nomad hub of the country thanks to the enormous city life with comfortable condos, ease of public transportation, and convenience, along with the up-and-coming neighborhoods like Thong Lor and Ekkamai. Plus, you get the city life without having to spend tons of money compared to Western countries.

Digital Nomad Visa to Thailand

One of the things you should prepare for when heading to Thailand, or to any other foreign country, is a visa.

Right now, most foreign digital nomads and remote workers are working on a tourist visa while they stay in Thailand, getting paid in their home country. This is not only considered as gray area but also it means that they can stay in the country for limited time.

As of 2021, the Tourism Authority of Thailand proposed a new digital nomad visa among others, that benefits remote workers and local economy.

The visa is proposed for wealthy investors, retirees, digital nomads and skilled professionals and will allow to stay in Thailand for up to 10 years. In order to get a digital nomad visa, a proof of earning $40K USD per year and insurance covering $100K USD is required. (source: https://thethaiger.com/news/national/thailand-proposes-digital-nomad-visa-among-others-to-benefit-expats-economy)

The Best Coworking Spaces in Thailand

As more and more digital nomads head to Thailand, more and more coworking spaces are popping up. Not only do these coworking spaces cater to digital nomads, but local freelancers, remote workers, and students as well.

You can find coworking spaces in popular digital nomad destinations such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Phangan, among others. Some of these coworking spaces are situated in the heart of the city, while others are by beaches or tourist attractions so you can explore after a day’s work. You can even find coworking spaces with accommodation options in some beach locations, so you have everything in one place!

Most, if not all, the coworking spaces in Thailand offer fast and reliable WiFi connections, comfortable desks, and private offices for teams, along with other valuable services, from printing down to unlimited coffee and break rooms. On average, a 1-day pass in a coworking space would cost THB 200, which is $6!

Digital Nomad Youtube Videos About Thailand

Before you head to Thailand, you obviously want to prepare yourself. What better way to prepare than listening to what experienced digital nomads have to say about Thailand? Not only can you learn travel and safety tips, but you can also get recommendations on where to go and what to do.

Here are insightful YouTube vlogs about digital nomading in Thailand.

1. Brett Dev

Brett Dev is an experienced digital nomad who works as a freelance web developer in Chiang Mai. His vlogs aim to guide people who want to work online and travel around Thailand. Expect informative videos about his vlogs about his life in Chiang Mai and how to build online businesses.

How I Spent My First Year as a Digital Nomad in Thailand

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNgicP9xbky0geQV7xLH_QA

2. Digital Nomad Ventures

Behind Digital Nomad Ventures is Mike Holp, an entrepreneur and photographer who’s currently based in Chiang Mai. His vlogs inspire people and talk about his adventures in Thailand, showing tips on where to go and what to do.

Koh Samui During The Pandemic in 2021

https://www.youtube.com/c/DigitalNomadVentures

3. Chris the Freelancer

Chris the Freelancer is a YouTube channel documenting the digital nomad movement, sharing what it’s like to be a digital nomad. Not only can you learn about traveling to other countries, but what to expect when you make a move to remote work and more.

Working Remotely in Thailand (Chiang Mai)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbxtV_oVIXBtLRmyPfcLKVg

4. The Thaiger

The Thaiger is a popular vlog that touches the base of everything about Thailand. It’s the most popular news source that features daily news and updates of the country. You’ve got everything you need to know for your future travels, from the national news to entertainment, lifestyle to food, and festivals.

Thailand vs Digital Nomads – the benefits and the challenges

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfyWB_cTvCBWau8mFcMnJkQ

5. Amanda Kolbye

Amanda Kolbye is a business coach that loves to talk about her travels and freedom lifestyle. You won’t only find her life as a digital nomad in Thailand, but vlogs about her travels worldwide and how to begin your digital nomad journey in social media.

Cost of Living Thailand as a Digital Nomad in Chiang Mai

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMDB7DYhskoqBha8Z3BV9Bw

Facebook Groups for Digital Nomads in Thailand

It’s always helpful to ask a friend who’s traveled to a particular destination for advice. You’ll be surprised with the growing communities of digital nomads who have visited Thailand and are ready to share their tips and recommendations!

Here are some of the best Facebook groups you should join and follow. You can even start networking and create professional relationships along the way:

Thailand Digital Experts

Thailand Expats and Digital Nomads are made for expats and digital nomads in the country. From here, you can make new friends, network and collaborate, or find insightful advice and posts about traveling around the area.

Digital Nomad Ventures

Digital Nomad Ventures is a fast-growing and active community filled with digital nomads of all walks of life. The group welcomes digital-nomads worldwide, and it is especially strong in in-depth information on Thailand. Whether you’re new to the field or have been a digital nomad for years, you’ll get the support you need.

Thailand Digital Nomads

This is a small group that is geared towards digital nomads in Thailand. It’s a place where you can get news and updates about the country, find coworking packages, and even network with fellow professionals.

Koh Phangan Nomads Community

Koh Phangan Nomads Community is made for those heading to the area. The group is a meetup ground for digital nomads who want to co-work and hang out together in Koh Phangan. If you’re looking for people to meet in the area, this group is for you.

Phuket Nomads

Phuket Digital nomads are a positive group where digital nomads and remote workers can find and share insight about their experiences in Phuket. Whether you want to ask for tips on where to go or find someone to co-work with, you can find buddies here. 

Wrapping It Up

There you have it! You learned why Thailand is a digital nomad destination, where to go, how to prepare, and the resources you can look into. The only thing that’s missing is you and your travel plans.

I hope this ultimate guide helped you out and encouraged you to head to Thailand. Start planning now and explore the beauty of Thailand soon! Happy traveling.

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