Thailand Starter Kit features free and unbiased guides for people who looking to live, work, retire or start a business in Thailand. I’ve put together a rough guide to this website below, sorted by which stage the different articles might come in helpful. Of course there’s some overlap, so don’t hesitate to use the search box – in the right column for desktop users, at the bottom of the page for mobile users – to track down what you need.
Moving to Thailand
Read up on my cost of living. It’ll include links to everything I spend money on as well as how to go about buying or renting it.
The biggest questions when moving here are usually about renting a condo or a house. If you have the chance, do so in one of Bangkok’s underrated neighborhoods. If your place doesn’t come fully furnished (most do), you can learn about buying furniture.
While you’re planning your move and shipping your belongings here, you might also want to get started on preparing the relocation of your pets to Thailand.
One important thing to figure out while still at home is which health insurance offers the best package for you (some of them are only available while your residence is still in your home country!).
Living in Thailand
Once you arrived in Thailand and sorted out where to stay and how to get your things over, one of the first on-the-ground challenges is figuring out banking. I’ve put together some pointers on opening a bank account, sending money to Thailand as well as handling all other kinds of money exchange matters.
Don’t underestimate health and fitness – both major factors when it comes to staying healthy in Thailand. My guide to gyms and other fitness options Bangkok sorts you out and connects you with parks, sports clubs and shows you where the gyms are.
In case you plan on driving yourself (I don’t recommend it) you might want to check what to watch out for when driving in Thailand.
A big help in setting up my new life in Bangkok was ordering my groceries online: One weekly commute less in my life and a whole lot of convenience added. On the intellectual side of shopping, you might want to check out these Bangkok bookstores to find out where you can get your online and offline reading fixes.
If your income permits, you might also want to save up a bit. Thailand offers a few opportunities in this regard: Look into buying stocks or make other tax-optimized personal investments.
Settling Down in Thailand
After you’ve been a while in Thailand, you might consider settling down here more permanently. Many expats consider buying an apartment. It’s an option that becomes a lot more attractive if you expect to have a baby in Thailand.
When moving your center of life here, things like getting a local credit card (saves fees, earns loyalty points) or buying a car (useful if you commute or live outside of Bangkok) can make a lot sense.
Working in Thailand
Whether you already hold a job or are trying to figure out what career opportunities are available to you in Thailand, this guide to finding a job as an expat is probably going to come in helpful. The short version: There are plenty of jobs in IT and if your qualifications aren’t in demand (yet), you can often get a foot in the door by teaching English.
Doing Business in Thailand
I’ve shared how much I pay my employees, how I recruited my employees in Bangkok in the first place, how I handle cross cultural communication and management issues and why I recommend doing business in Thailand. If you commit substantial resources to Thailand – be it through contracts with local partners or by launching your own startup – it can also play to read up on dealing with lawyers in Thailand.