Thailand Starter Kit is a collection of free guides for people looking to move to Thailand to live and work there. It covers the less glamorous topics every expat and long-term visitor has to figure out, including health insurance, renting an apartment, opening a bank account, hiring a lawyer and other challenges of expat life in Thailand. If you’re looking for something specific, you can use the search box on the right hand side (bottom of the page if you’re viewing it on mobile).
Where to Start
A good place to start is this detailed overview of my cost of living in Bangkok. It shows what I spend money (as well as exactly how much) while living and working here. From there you can then check out what you’ll need for living here, discover how to get the best deals and figure out the most convenient solutions. The article cross-links to a lot of other sections on the website, making it easier to dive deeper into how to figure life out in Thailand and what it’ll end up costing. You can also check out our ‘Start Here!‘ guide which gives you a very good overview of the contents of this website.
Wondering what issues are important or difficult? These are the posts that consistently receive the most traffic, giving you a good idea what other readers are trying to figure out:
- A Step-By-Step Guide to All Thailand Visas: From Application to Approval
- An Expat’s Guide to Finding Work in Thailand
- An In-Depth Guide to Renting an Apartment in Bangkok
- Thai Health Insurance: Here’s What You Need to Know as an Expat
- Cost of Living in Bangkok: How I Spend ฿74,031.83 Every Month
I cover the essentials of life in Bangkok, but there are some areas that I feel particular confident in giving advice. These aren’t always the most popular posts, but I think they can really make a different for people moving here. I’m a health-conscious guy (how to stay fit in Bangkok), who likes to optimize life (where to order groceries on the internet) and enjoys running a tech company out of Bangkok (how to hire the right people in Thailand and how to handle cross-cultural management challenges). If you are still trying to figure out what you could be doing when you move to Bangkok, you might also want to check out this guide to finding a job in Thailand.
We constantly add new content to the website. If you haven’t been back in a while, you can find a list of new articles here:
Podcast: Brewed in Bangkok
If you’re wondering what life is like for the people who actually live in Bangkok, you should check out our podcast ‘Brewed in Bangkok‘. It’s a great way to discover the stories that lie hidden throughout Thailand’s capital. Here are the latest episodes of the Brewed in Bangkok podcast:
- BiB023: Democracy, Human Rights, and a Cat Named Pumpkin With Katrin Bannach
- BiB022: Wedding Elephants and Other Indian-Thai Experiences
- BiB021: From 364lbs Gamer to Dating Coach with Sky Robert Penderis
If you would like to listen to all Brewed in Bangkok podcasts, click here to find them out.
If you have a question that’s not answered on the website, please feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to help you out. Keep in mind that I have a day time job managing a company, so replies might sometimes be a bit delayed.