Silly question really!! A few good reasons why people want to live and work in Thailand!!!
Happy little Expats
As a Social Media Marketer in Bangkok my musings are often posted all over the internet so I get around 5 emails a week asking about work in Thailand. And here is what I tell most of them.
Ok the sun shines and you can set your wristwatch by the weather. So that’s a good start.
Bangkok seems to have 2 slim single women for every overweight foreign man, and the woman do not judge books by the cover only by what’s inside, so you are not George Clooney but you can find a Cindy Crawford here. The same goes for the single European ladies who fancy a change, living here I see day to day a happy little plump lady on the arms of a lithe younger Thai man!! There is a policy of acceptance here that we hankered after in the West, and more so for Brits the liberal attitudes of the East are a breath of fresh air to them. Gay men openly walk hand in hand it’s a shock at first when you see it for the first time, but then ‘ke-sera’ takes over and you feel that this is one factor that makes it great.
Gross Domestic Happiness was coined by the Bhutan king in the seventies and explains why we should judge this factor over Gross Domestic Product when choosing where to live.
Accommodation is cheap and I pay literally one fifth of what I paid in Europe to live I have one bill each month in relation to ten I had in UK. With no Council tax, no forty percent tax band, no television license and no speed cameras my Gross Domestic Happiness is very good thank you.
Job wise though, here is the big but. Unless you inadvertently receive an Expat package with all the perks moving allowance a house ready made etc etc you will have a culture shock and there is a plethora of stories regarding the not so wise middle aged Westerner who sold everything they‘d worked for at home and blew it all on a cute honey and had to return 1 year later with nothing. There is a standing joke in Thailand that goes
‘How do you make a small fortune in Thailand?’ ‘Come with a big fortune!’
This site tries to help all my friends find the right balance between what to do and how to survive so as not to make the same mistakes I did and go through hell to get what you want, don’t try to make original mistakes!