How To Live in Thailand

Thailand has modern conveniences and comforts at an affordable price.If you want to move to Thailand, you will need to research, get visas, relocate, and find a place to live.Learning to speak Thai will help you to smoothly transition into a life in Thailand, where English is the main language.

Step 1: Obtain the necessary documents for entry into Thailand.

If you don’t have a passport, apply for one.A passport is a form of identification that can be used to travel to other countries.You should check to see if you need a visa.This is required for visitors from other countries.A visa is a document that allows a non-citizen to enter a country for a period of time.Travelers from most countries can enter and stay in Thailand for 30 days with a valid passport.You can stay in Thailand for up to 90 days.You have 90 days to apply for a visa to stay in the country.Some foreigners avoid getting a visa by using this loophole.They leave the country and come back later in the day.This restarts your passport period.If you want to live in Thailand for longer than 90 days, you need a tourist or retirement visa.You can contact the Thailand Immigration Bureau in your country.If you accept a position with a company that operates in Thailand, the company will get the work visa for you on your behalf, even if you don’t have a work permit.

Step 2: There is a place to live.

You can choose accommodations based on the length of your visit.Thai hotels provide modest to expensive accommodations for short term living.Non-citizens can rent an apartment, live with a host family or purchase a condominium for long term stays in Thailand.Non-citizens are allowed to buy condominiums in Thailand.Depending on the season, it is not hard to find a place to stay after arrival.If you don’t want to stay at a hotel, you should investigate the costs of utilities, including electricity, water, and phone.Cell phone service is relatively inexpensive compared to other countries.The use of air conditioning can inflate the electricity bill by up to $200 a month.Residents of some apartment complexes receive an itemized statement at the end of the month that includes their rent and utilities.A foreigner friendly place is Pattaya.Many foreigners live there and the natives can speak English very well.

Step 3: Don’t look at Bangkok.

You might think that Bangkok is the place for you.The central financial, political, economic, and cultural hub of the country is where many expats settle.There are a lot of great places to move to.Maybe city life isn’t for you.See what the other provinces have to offer.If you’re looking for more off-the-beaten-track places to research, you might consider taking a trip to Thailand.Make sure you can change your lifestyle if you decide to live in Bangkok.The subway is very crowded in the morning and there are lots of traffic jams.It is not a good idea to live in this province if you can’t handle stress easily.

Step 4: Consider the weather in Thailand.

Are you a fan of milder temperatures?Do you enjoy the seasons?Thailand is warm throughout the year.The higher altitudes of Norther Thailand will bring milder temperatures.Most of Thailand requires light layers, sleeve-shirts, and shorts.Thailand has 3 seasons.The monsoons that emerge over the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea produce the rainy season.The cool season is the best time to visit Thailand.In the afternoon it can get to around 30 degrees celsius or 86 degrees fahrenheit.The hot season can last from March to May.Thailand has a prime beach-going season.

Step 5: There are transportation arrangements to be made.

Take a look at your transportation options.In the urban areas of Thailand, there are bus, car, motorbike, rickshaw, and train services.Depending on where you live, walking is an option.Motorbikes and bicycles can be rented by the day, week and month.If you stay in Thailand for 6 months or longer, buying a used or new motorbike is much more affordable.There are cars and motorcycles for sale in Thailand.It’s easy to drive in Thailand.People double and triple park in the cities.A triple parked car is usually left in neutral.If they have blocked you in, you can push the car out of the way.

Step 6: You can find work in Thailand.

You will need a source of income if you want to live in Thailand.Some people who work online are able to live in Thailand without finding a job.You’ll want to find a job in the country.Teaching English is a popular job in Thailand.The pay for teachers in Thailand is low.All kinds of paid employment need work permits.Research companies in Thailand hire outside of the country.Finance, computers and engineering are the industries with the greatest opportunities for non-citizen workers.Many companies in Thailand will offer non-citizen employees packages that include an offer for work and subsidies for housing.Thai natives are not allowed to work in certain jobs in Thailand.

Step 7: You should open a bank account.

Having a bank account will help you navigate everyday life in Thailand.You can only do this once you have made the move.If you decide to keep your original bank, you can use international bank locations in Thailand.The currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht.Most banks are able to change currency, but the US dollar is rarely accepted.Pick the type of account you want to open.Your work visa will determine your choice.Most banks don’t allow foreigners to open banks.Proof of residence is required by some banks and can be provided by your embassy or consulate.The majority of accounts used are savings accounts.Some banks do not allow the Visa/Mastercard function to be used.Most people don’t use a current account.Checks are rarely used.Bank transfers can be done using ATMs or online banking.It is possible to transfer funds between your Thai and US bank accounts if you have a PayPal account in Thailand.

Step 8: You should get a cell phone.

It’s easy to get a cell phone in Thailand.All of the retailers offer no-contract, pay as you go service.Pick a phone number, get some credit, and start making calls.Many expats complain that Thai phone companies charge them based on time rather than data for using the internet on their phone.If you have several apps that constantly use 3G to update themselves, your data will degrade quickly.There are three main telecom companies in Thailand.The companies have branches all over the country.To set up a cell phone service, you need to go to one of the branches with your passport and purchase a sim card for your phone.If you plan to live in Thailand for an extended period of time, let them know and they can usually give you a cheaper post-paid plan.

Step 9: Get internet access.

Cheap high-speed internet is available in the urban areas of Thailand, even though most of the country is still on the dial-up system.Most bigger cafes and restaurants have free internet if you don’t use it a lot.

Step 10: Purchase health insurance.

Health treatment costs are cheaper in Europe than in the United States.You have two choices.You can either pay for international health insurance in your home country or you can sign up for Thai insurance, which is the same thing.International insurance may not work if you plan to permanently relocate to Thailand.Before you move, ask your provider.Time limits can be placed on how long you can hold health insurance.

Step 11: It’s a good idea to learn the language.

People who move to the country find it hard to distinguish between words.It will take some time to get to know the language.Get cracking.The Thai people love it when foreigners work hard.If you try to speak the language, you will be received with more kindness.Most of the business in Thailand is done in the Thai language.Some English-speaking customer service people can be found in tourist areas.It is a good idea to learn as much of the Thai language as possible in order to assist with daily life in Thailand.The options for learning Thai include taking classes by native Thai speakers, learning to read Thai using text books and Thai-English dictionaries, or taking an online course that offers free and fee-based materials.There is a lot of Thai TV.If you want to improve your language skills, watch T.V.You are learning a language.You can pick up context clues from their actions.

Step 12: Learn about Thailand’s politics.

If you move to Thailand, you’ll have to deal with the government.Thailand has been a parliamentary democracy since 1932.Since its foundation, the military and monarch have disrupted democratic proceedings.The bureaucratic system is open to foreigners who want to relocate.The people of Thailand are very serious about their country.Don’t show disrespect.

Step 13: There are books about Thailand’s history and religion.

The Thai people are proud of their country.Theravada Buddhism is an important part of Thailand’s history.The majority of the population is Buddhist.The most revered members of society are monks, and you can visit temples throughout the country.Images of monks can be seen in graffiti, taxi cabs, and on TV commercials.Thailand has a spiritual side.There are meditation retreats and tours in Thailand.There are many Buddhist temples that are open to the public.You should show respect when you enter these temples.Before entering, be sure to remove your shoes and wear appropriate clothing.Islam is the largest minority in Thailand.The majority of Muslims live in the southern provinces near the Malaysian border.Christian, Hindu, Confucian, and Taoist communities can be found in Bangkok.

Step 14: In Thailand, learn how to act.

Thailand has a number of polite customs that you will want to observe.Don’t get angry or raise your voice.Greetings in Thailand are different from those in the Western World.The wai is the proper way to greet in Thailand.Just below your chin, place your finger tips together.You should bow your head.Before entering any Buddhist temples or Thai personal residences, take your shoes off.The Thai population will see you as a foreigner.You will probably be called “farang” rather than by your name.This is a derogatory term for some.It is a common phrase for others.Go with it.Don’t be aggressive.The Thai people are polite.Unless you give them a reason to be upset, they won’t use “farang” in a negative sense.Thai people have a strong sense of nationalism.They will tell you about their nation, history, and culture.They will always see you as different.This seems to manifest itself in strange ways.Most likely, if you get in a car accident, you will be blamed.If you were not in the country, there wouldn’t have been an accident in your car.It doesn’t make sense, but there is little fighting it.

Step 15: You can see the country.

Cruises and ecotourist activities are available.You can take biking tours, hiking, kayaking, and other water activities.It’s cheap to travel around the country, with many train routes to far off destinations.Train travel is cheap and safe.A train trip from Thailand to Singapore takes 48 hours.You can see the views from your seat in the train car.

Step 16: Enjoy the food.

There are a lot of eating options in Thailand.Fast food chains as well as international options can be found in the cuisine of the larger cities.