A Digital Nomad Paradise
Location: Southeast Asia
Currency: Thai baht (1 USD = 30 Thai baht)
Time Zone: GMT +7 (Your 6 pm BJT classes start at 5 pm in Thailand.)
Population: 69 Million
Internet Speed: Thailand is a digital nomad’s paradise. Beautiful beaches, cheap living, and fast internet. According to Speed Test’s Global Rankings, Thailand comes in at #27 for fixed broadband, with speeds of 92 down and 68 up. Part of the lure of Thailand is the beautiful and remote areas of the country. Bear in mind that outside of the larger cities, you may not have access to broadband speeds. It should also be noted that mobile speeds in Thailand are much slower. There are wealth of coworking spaces in major tourist areas, such as Chang Mai and Phuket.
Visa: If you are American or EU passport holder, you can stay in Thailand for 30 days without a visa. Thailand does offer a retirement visa. However, the requirements are more stringent than many other countries. Applicants must be over 50, have approximately $2,200 USD in monthly income and have approximately $25,000 USD in a Thai bank account. Employment is prohibited under this type of visa. Thailand does offer a B visa for business and work, but the requirements are extensive.
Healthcare: Healthcare in Thailand is outstanding. It is a frequent medical tourism destination for both the quality of its care and the relatively low cost. Bangkok offers world-class hospitals, and there are a variety of private insurers in Thailand. Check out World Nomads for travel insurance.
Cost of Living: Cost of living in Thailand varies significantly depending on where you want to be. For those who want to be in Bangkok, the rents on a nice one-bedroom in the city center can be pricey. Numbeo estimates these at an average price of nearly $700 USD per month, while places like Chang Mai can average less than $400 per month. Of course, in a backpacking paradise like Thailand, budget options can be found for far less. Just remember that you need to find an environment conducive to teaching. Eating out and socializing are incredibly cheap in Thailand.
The information provided in this article is provided purely as a matter of convenience and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified immigration attorney before making the decision to relocate.