Bangkok

Thailand

Bold, Brash and Never Disappointing

A place that began as a small port community 200 years ago, Bangkok is a city that has reached dizzying depths and developed a multifaceted personality that both impresses and bewilders. Be it the gold-spired Buddhist temples, the colorful streetside markets, the packed megamalls, the ornate palaces, the sleazy backstreet bars or the ancient spirit shrines, the city is packed full of famous places and unique sights that give the City of Angels its dynamic and fascinating ambience.

With almost half of Thailand’s entire population scrammed into its capital of Bangkok, it will come as no surprise that the city is polluted, congested and extremely busy and expatriates who relocate to this urban metropolis can expect a full-on assault on the senses. Crowded, colorful and teeming with exotic smells and sights, you can expect a surprise on every corner. However, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in this buzzing capital city, expats will also find pockets of serenity that are hidden amid the modern skyscrapers and chaotic city environment. All this creates a compelling living environment in which you can jump between many different worlds in the blink of an eye.

In recent years Bangkok has slowly started to carve out a reputation as Asia’s capital of cool and the city’s nightlife scene is thriving. The diverse bars, restaurants and music venues on offer promise to ensure there is never a dull moment when you make this amazing city your home.

As a sprawling metropolis, Bangkok can be quite confusing for a new expatriate. Unbeknownst to many, outside of the CBD (Central Business District) are many quiet suburbs boasting luxurious houses, top-class international schools and expatriate communities. One of the main decisions you will have to make before you relocate is where you want to live. With so many districts, each with its own advantages, disadvantages and charms, it can be overwhelming.


What’s the draw?

  • A thriving city that buzzes with anticipation and exhilaration.
  • An eclectic mix of old and new that promises to fascinate.
  • An amazing country right on your doorstep that offers an enthralling and thrilling experience.

Live there:

Bangkok's environment is abrupt and abrasive and many people do not have a positive first impression when they arrive in the city. However, once over the initial shock, they become enthralled by the thriving life and culture on offer here. Those expatriates who adequately prepare themselves for their life-changing move to Bangkok will ultimately be better placed to take full advantage of (and actually enjoy) the rich culture and exciting environment on offer.

The Bangkok expatriate guide will give you the insider information to make the correct decision for you and your family. It contains everything you need to know about life in Bangkok, from where to live, which utilities providers to use and where to shop, to how to secure the correct visa, make friends and find your way around. Everything you need to know is contained in this one handy guide that is written for expatriates, by expatriates.

There are few cities in the world that offer the delights available in Bangkok, experience it for yourself with the Expat Info Desk.

About Bangkok we have

Our guide was written by Erik Hamre and Rachel Jones and last published on Friday 7th June 2013.

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Interesting fact

Wat Pho temple in Bangkok, one of the city’s oldest, is home to a reclining Buddha statue that Is 46 meters long and 15 meters high and is covered completely in gold plate, except the eyes and the soles of the feet which are decorated with Mother of