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Living in Bangkok, Thailand:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

20 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Bangkok, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 20 people living in Bangkok what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Great nightlife, food and culture. The ultimate holiday experience.

Bangkok is a very busy city with big problems like big traffic pollution but it is probably one of the cheapest places to live in Thailand if you know where to go. It is also a vibrant city that never sleeps so it is perfect for those who are looking for nightlife and social life.

Rafael, says: 2024

If you are moving to Bangkok you will need to know that the driver seat is in the left side, that you will find massage places every 100 meters, and that a bike can hold on to 4 people hahaha

cindy Rodriguez, says: 2023

Amazing food, great cost of living. Pollution is the worst factor.

If any one is considering to move in Bangkok, one must know about the helpful localites this city has. The city runs through day and night with all the modern amenities in place. The city is well connected through public transport system, has wide range of food and shopping joints.

Ruchika, says: 2020

Bangkok is a city with its own unique culture, customs and interesting people. Thus, one should take time to know the mores, taboos and laws of the city. In addition, one must learn few basic Thai words that can help in communicating with people to be used in transportation, travel and in everyday activities.

Chelsea, says: 2020

Bangkok has a reputation for terrible traffic jams. However, someone moving to Bangkok should know the city’s traffic problems have improved significantly. Now that public transport options include ever-expanding Sky Train and Metro systems, it is possible to travel to many of the city’s neighborhoods easily.

Somebody moving to Bangkok must know that people here are very non-confrontational. Don’t try to confront a local if you do not want to be considered rude or ostracized. Also, it would be very helpful to know the sugar is added to everything! So remember to be specific before ordering.

Ruchika, says: 2020

It’s an exciting city. Crime is relatively low but the heat is horrendous! Thai food is healthy and condominium prices are fair. Swimming is not a big deal in Thailand, as many people who reside here cannot swim. Shopping online is a major source of revenue.

Shanice, says: 2020

It is extremely important when grabbing a taxi in Bangkok, to check that the taximeter is on. The taximeter is a device which calculates the fare from place to place. Usually, when people first visit Bangkok, they fall victim to scams from Thai taxis trying to earn an extra buck or two by not switching on the taximeter.

Bangkok is a friendly, safe, cosmopolitan city with plenty to offer the newly-arrived expat with regards to employment and leisure. There are lots of interesting temples to visit, markets to browse around and a vibrant nightlife and beautiful, clean beaches just a short drive away.

Shanice, says: 2020

Bangkok is a lively city where you can spend your time however you like. The living expense is cheap, most of the groceries are totally affordable, and Thai people are extremely friendly. Most importantly, the food here is really great at a very good value, you don’t even need to go to a luxurious restaurant to eat something great, delicious and cheap meals are everywhere. I hope this information can be a nice reason for you to come to Thailand.

Bangkok is very busy, during the day and night. traffic here is really bad. You need to use the skytrain or metro if possible but then there will be so many people using as well. Time preparation is very important because you would not want to be late.

Duangkamol, says: 2020

1. They should get Thai visa in advance.
2. They need travel insurance.
3. They have to bring enough money.
4. They should learn some Thai language.
5. They should be prepared for the worst traffic.
6. They can buy almost everything here.
7. You should be careful about what you say about the Royal family.
8. Bangkok isn’t just ladyboys and red-light districts.
9. You’ll be expected to give up your seat on the BTS or MRT for an older person, and you’ll frequently see them push to the front of queues while in shops or waiting for public transport.

Ruchika, says: 2020

If anyone moves to Bangkok, they should be wary about the Bangkok heat. The temperature could rise up to almost 40 degrees in summer and maintains around that temperature throughout. Other than the hot summer, Bangkok is a beautiful city with many places to visit and activities.

Alistair, says: 2020

Bangkok is the heart of Thailand. With its bustling streets and city lights, its undeniably a go-to travel destination in Asia. Living in Bangkok offers a fast-paced living and a laid back lifestyle.

Alistair, says: 2020

Bangkok is a sprawling concrete jungle. Living in the city centre guarantees proximity to all the amenities one could ever need including malls, museums, nightclubs, parks and houses of worship. Regardless of your personality, you will find something to do or somewhere to go.

Bangkok is a smack to the senses in every respect. You will be amazed by its glorious array of sights, sounds and tastes, from the street food delights of China Town to the quintessential architecture of hidden temples and colonial old-town. Steeped in culture, the hustle and bustle of Bangkok is without doubt an eye-opening experience and one which should not be overlooked.

Bangkok is a very affordable city compared to other cities in Asia such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. It is abundant in fresh produce and meat thanks to its large agricultural industry, However, the heat takes getting used to. Life is vibrant in Bangkok so I am sure they will love it here.

Bangkok is a wonderful sprawling city where nobody sleeps. It is a bustling place where there is always something to do. Consider visiting the major attractions such as Emquartier and Siam Paragon. These two places are the cream of the crop when it comes to shopping. If exquisite cuisine is more to your palette, head to Terminal 21. Known for its affordable but delicious array of cuisine from around the world it offers a wide variety of local and international dishes alike for less than a dollar.

Ronald, says: 2020

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