Thailand is a beautiful country known around the world as the “land of smiles”, and comprised of spectacular island views, inland forests and mountains for hiking. For digital nomads and expats alike, it can provide a welcome refresher against the mundane and hectic lifestyles we experience in the West.
With a low cost of living and access to a wealth of growing co-working and relaxing Wi-Fi spots, it’s no wonder that many are choosing to live and work as digital nomads in Thailand. Here are 5 reasons Thailand is drawing in talented online workers, whether for short-term or longer residencies.
1. Thailand Has the Best Places to Live for Digital Nomads and Expats
Many polls and surveys have shown that Thailand, particular areas like Chiang Mai and Koh Samui, is among the most popular destinations for digital nomads. This is because of the vibrant coffee shop culture and wide availability of co-working spaces and Wi-Fi spots in many of Thailand’s cities and island retreats.
Koh Samui, in particular, is a spectacular island which offers the relaxation of rolling seaside waves with the availability of plentiful cafes and work spots, allowing expats to find that perfect balance between work, pleasure and comfort. Some of the best places to eat in Koh Samui are even right next to your laptop!
2. The Cost of Living is Cheap
When compared to the mounting living expenses of Western cities, Thailand offers a much lower cost of living, where you can live, sleep and eat out three times a day without breaking the bank. One of the top reasons to move to Thailand is the added comfort this cost of living offers, whether you’re working or a retiree. From cheap food to reasonable rent and low-priced fitness and Wi-Fi services, Thailand offers more bang for your buck.
3. The Food is Spectacular and Affordable
Why do people move to Thailand? One simple answer is the food. There is a rich variety of food to suit all palates in Thailand, whether you’re looking for indulgent or adventurous street food, or you’re looking for vibrant healthy dishes, living and eating in Thailand go together. What’s more, local food is cheap, meaning you can eat our more frequently and at a higher quality. From the freshness of fruit and fish to the heat and variety of dishes, Thailand is a paradise for food lovers.
4. A Sense of Community
A community of like-minded travellers, aspiring nomads and successful digital entrepreneurs makes Thailand perfect for fellow expats. The sense of community spreads through the prevalence of co-working spaces and group activities organised in major cities and islands. There are a number of well-established community groups, networking events and activity meet-ups available through helpful and easy to find forums. So although you’re far from home, you’re not far from companies.
5. Thailand Has a Unique and Vibrant Culture to Experience
Thailand is a beautiful country with a rich history and heritage which stretches over 800 years, with many customs, traditions and festivals to observe and get stuck into. With a lifestyle largely informed by Buddhism, Thailand offers ornate temples and local ceremonies, and a means to get a new outlook on life.
What’s more, festivals — such as Songkran and the Vegetarian festival — are unique community events which are must see’s and do’s in Thailand. Experiencing a new culture like this can really invigorate the senses, offering respite from work and a new respect for others. But it’s not all history and heritage; major Thai cities offer a juxtaposition of new and old which brings with it its own culture and lifestyle.
Thailand isn’t just a backpackers haven, it is a vibrant epicentre for digital entrepreneurs and nomads seeking a better quality of life. These 5 reasons could easily be 5 other reasons — we’ve mentioned nothing of the beautiful landscape — making Thailand one of the best options for the location independent working lifestyle.