The global spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, is keeping people at home. Work from home has been our new normal lifestyle. Many companies and the governments encourage people to work from home as much as possible and in an indeterminate amount of time and probably will be with us after the pandemic. But we keep dreaming of changing the working environment to get more energy and to be more productive. Thailand is an ideal place to combine vacation and remote working for your new digital nomad lifestyle.
Thanks to today’s technology that makes things more efficient in all sorts of ways and enables many of us to change how we work. We are no longer tied to our office desks in the way that we were used to. Depending on your life current situation, workation can last for weeks, months or years. The global pandemic has accelerated the communities of digital nomads who are location-independent and use technology to perform their job. They are strongly represented in places which fits their needs best. Important for digital nomads is fast and easily accessible internet, cheap lifestyle opportunities and a vibrant culture to explore.
Thailand for digital nomads at glance
- Affordable cost of living and convenient lifestyle
- Variety of working space and facility that meets your needs
- Internet is everywhere
- Friendly people and excellent hospitality
- Food is available 24 hrs.
- Excellent healthcare
- Rich culture and beautiful nature landscape
Thailand is a perfect choice for your digital nomad lifestyle. Work and play are easily combined. Enjoy your favourite activities from spa and massage to golf or cycling and many more before or after work and embrace the beautiful nature and culture around you. In the time of the pandemic, travellers are required to undergo quarantine. They can use this time to work efficiently with very few distractions
To ease your nerves during quarantine, the Tourism Authority of Thailand creates a guideline of how to escape to Thailand together with a list of variety activities that fits your interests. Read more here.
New Smart Visa Rules
Digital nomads might soon be able to apply for the Smart Visa, allowing an up to 4 years stay without a work permit. The Board of Investment (BOI) is proposing changes to visa requirements. The rules have already been approved by the Centre of Covid-19 Situation Administration and the next step is Cabinet approval. Under the proposal by the BOI, those currently in Thailand on a tourist visa would be able to transfer to a Smart Visa. To apply for the visa, applicants need to have an employment contract with a foreign firm for at least 6 months as well as proof of qualifications and experience.
Read more here
Thailand’s best places to go for workation
For typical travellers, Thailand is a beach and food paradise. Professional nomads who combine vacation and working, need more than that. For these professional travelers, they need spaces to work. Across Thailand, co-working space is emerging and gains popularity. They offer great wi-fi, meeting rooms and even hammocks!
Each person is unique and has their own personal preferences. Some prefer beaches, some prefer megacity and some prefer a rich cultural life. Common things people are looking for in a workation includes excellent internet access and low cost of living. We guide you where in Thailand suits your needs as a digital nomad.
Bangkok is a bustling city and fun to explore. The city is a center of culture, has a diverse food scene and a shopping paradise. Upsides for Bangkok is super fast internet connection, unlimited cafés to check out and abundance of luxury yet affordable condominiums.
For coworking in Bangkok
Hubba is Thailand’s first coworking space. It is a collaborative working environment with high speed internet access. They offer meeting rooms, private offices, power lunches and events to spice things up. It is where you can meetups, discuss your projects, interests or share life stories with each other.
The Hive Thailand has 2 branches in the upcoming district of Ekamai and Prakanong. It is an amazingly designed, vibrant, open-office environment. The Hive offers hot desks, private offices, a dedicated desk, meeting rooms and event venues plus a beautiful rooftop café lounge and terrace.
Chiang Mai is a cultural hub in the north of Thailand and has been a popular destination for digital nomads in recent years, thanks to high quality living at a low cost, high speed internet and a community of other nomads to network with. It has mountains, national parks with plenty of activities for outdoor lovers including caving, trekking, zip lining, golf and many more. The surrounding scenery is gorgeous with lush green hills, rice paddy fields, dense jungles and waterfalls. There are nomad workshops, nomad conferences, seminars, meet-ups, co-working spaces, Chiang Mai has virtually become the perfect city for the nomad tribes.
For coworking in Chiang Mai
Inspired by digital nomads, travelers and location-independent entrepreneurs, Hub 53 is designed as a gathering spot, a coworking space, a coliving area, a home and a community. The coworking space features different types of needs, from a communal open floor plan for those who want to socialize with others to private offices or a conference room for a big pitch. The coliving area is in the same building making it convenient to work productively.
Koh Lanta is a tropical island in the south of Thailand with a laid back and relaxing atmosphere. It has everything you need without chain restaurants and shopping malls. It is safe and family friendly with many beach activities for both adults and kids to enjoy as well as international school.
Coworking space on Koh Lanta
KoHub is a more relaxed and calm meaning to the words “working environment”. With that said, it is a family style environment, a haven for someone who wants a city break and enjoys island life for a while. There is a spacious coworking space, many A/C rooms and outdoor areas and a large lush green garden and close to the beach. If guests want to relax, there is a Zen zone as well as yoga / stretch space as well as a coliving space.
When working consumes more than 50 % of your daily life, it is very crucial to choose the working environment that makes you happy. With this guide, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Stockholm Office, hopes that Thailand could be one of your options and we would like to welcome you to the land of smiles.