Your guide to expat life in Thailand

Concrete jungle or tropical paradise – take your pick


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From idyllic islands and verdant scenery to the crowded capital of Bangkok, the Kingdom of Thailand is a land of contrasts that smiles on expats.

There’s plenty of sunshine, magnificent beaches and English is widely understood. You can also expect your money to go further. But don’t assume you’ll see first-world standards everywhere you go.

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Quick Facts

  • Population: Around 70 million
  • Capital city: Bangkok (also the largest city)
  • Neighbouring Thailand: Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar
  • Main languages: Thai is the official language, although English is widely understood in tourist areas.
  • Time: GMT +7

It can allow you to become more family centred. Enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. You'll find you're healthier, more privileged, more financially independent, and there'll be exciting personal business challenges ahead.

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Bangkok is a hub in the region so it's cheap to explore Asia. Get out and see new places!

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