Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, the bustling capital city of Thailand, is known for its vibrant street life, beautiful temples, and delectable street food.
Bangkok Thailand

Bangkok, the bustling capital city of Thailand, is known for its vibrant street life, beautiful temples, and delectable street food. However, beneath the surface, Bangkok is fast becoming a hotbed for digital nomads, remote workers, and creative entrepreneurs. With its affordable cost of living, and diverse cultural offerings, Bangkok is undoubtedly a destination worth considering for wander lawyers looking to work remotely while immersing themselves in a slice of South East Asian culture.

Bangkok is often referred to as the “City of Angels” because of its original Thai name, “Krung Thep Maha Nakhon,” which translates to “City of Angels” or “City of the Devas.” The full ceremonial name, “Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit,” is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest place name globally. This lengthy name, bestowed upon the city by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I) in 1782, highlights the city’s divine attributes and its importance as the spiritual and political center of Thailand.

Over the last 50 years, Bangkok has undergone significant transformations, evolving from a small riverside city to a sprawling metropolis. The city experienced rapid economic growth and urbanization during the 1980s and 1990s, fueled by industrialization and foreign investment. As a result, Bangkok’s population surged, leading to the development of new infrastructure and public services. In recent years, the city has faced various challenges, including political unrest, income inequality, and environmental issues such as air pollution and flooding. Despite these issues, Bangkok has continued to be a dynamic and thriving city, adapting to change and embracing modernity while preserving its rich cultural heritage.

Bangkok has become an exciting destination for wander lawyers and other digital nomads for several reasons. Firstly, the city’s affordability is a major draw, as the cost of living in Bangkok is significantly lower than in many Western cities. This enables digital nomads to maintain a high quality of life while working remotely. Secondly, the city’s robust infrastructure, including reliable internet connectivity and numerous coworking spaces, ensures that remote workers have the resources they need to be productive. Finally, Bangkok’s diverse cultural offerings, from its vibrant street life and world-renowned cuisine to its historic temples and bustling markets, provide an enriching and stimulating environment for digital nomads. The city’s welcoming atmosphere and the growing community of like-minded professionals make it easy for remote workers to connect and collaborate, further solidifying Bangkok’s reputation as a top destination for digital nomads.

Here is our WanderLawyer rating for Bangkok, Thailand 

Accessibility 2.5/5 stars. 

Delicious food 5/5 stars. 

Affordability 4/5 stars. 

Work remote locations & internet access 2.5/5 stars. 

Weather 3.5/5 stars 

Friendliness 4/5 stars

Nightlife 5/5 stars

Vibe: 5/5 stars

Overall Score – 3.5/5 Stars

Restaurants:

  1. Err – This rustic urban bistro, located in the heart of Bangkok’s old town, offers a modern twist on traditional Thai street food. The chefs at Err have created a menu that’s perfect for sharing, with dishes like grilled pork skewers, betel leaf wraps, and spicy green papaya salad. With its laid-back atmosphere and reasonably priced menu, Err is a great place to enjoy a leisurely meal with friends or colleagues.
  2. Supanniga Eating Room – Offering an exquisite selection of authentic Thai dishes from the eastern province of Trat and the northeastern region of Isan, Supanniga Eating Room is a must-visit for food enthusiasts. Some standout dishes include the spicy minced pork salad (larb moo), the grilled river prawn (goong yang), and the signature massaman curry. The cozy and stylish interior, coupled with the warm hospitality, make this restaurant a favorite among digital nomads and locals alike.
  3. Soul Food Mahanakorn – Combining the vibrant flavors of regional Thai cuisine with a cozy, relaxed atmosphere, Soul Food Mahanakorn is an ideal spot for a casual dinner. Their menu offers a selection of small plates, perfect for sampling a variety of dishes like the smoky grilled eggplant salad, Chiang Mai sausage, and the famous sticky tamarind ribs.

Skybars:

  1. Vertigo and Moon Bar – Located on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel, Vertigo and Moon Bar offers stunning panoramic views of the city skyline. The sophisticated setting, complete with plush seating and a well-stocked bar, makes this an ideal spot for unwinding after a day of work. Don’t miss their signature cocktails like the Vertigo Sunset, a refreshing mix of Malibu, pineapple, and cranberry juice.
  2. Sky Bar at Lebua – As one of the world’s highest open-air bars, Sky Bar at Lebua is a must-visit for anyone looking to enjoy a drink with a view. Situated on the 63rd floor of the Lebua at State Tower hotel, this sky bar offers unparalleled views of the Chao Phraya River and the city skyline. Be sure to try the Hangovertini, a cocktail created in honor of the filming of “The Hangover Part II” at the hotel.
  3. Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar – Perched atop the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, Octave offers 360-degree views of the city from its three-level rooftop terrace. With a sleek and modern design, this sky bar is a great place to network with fellow digital nomads or enjoy a romantic night out. Their creative cocktail menu features drinks like the Thai Sabai, made with Mekhong Thai whiskey, lime juice, and Thai basil.

Cafes:

  1. (Un)Fashion Café – This quirky, vintage-inspired café in the trendy Ekkamai neighborhood offers a charming atmosphere perfect for sipping coffee and getting some work done.
  2. The Jam Factory – Located in the Klong San district, The Jam Factory is a creative space that houses a café, gallery, bookshop, and design store. Set in a converted warehouse with high ceilings and plenty of natural light, this café offers a serene environment for digital nomads to work and relax. Don’t forget to try their specialty cold brew coffee or indulge in one of their delicious homemade cakes.
  3. Ceresia Coffee Roasters – With a passion for quality and sustainability, Ceresia Coffee Roasters is a must-visit for coffee aficionados. This cozy café, situated in the heart of Sukhumvit, offers an array of expertly brewed single-origin coffees and espresso drinks. The laid-back atmosphere, complete with comfortable seating and free Wi-Fi, makes it an ideal spot to work or meet with clients.

Coworking Spaces & Internet Access:

Disclaimer- Bangkok has less co-working options and high speed internet locations than other Asian countries. If you need to work US Hours be sure to check ahead of time if your cafe or coworking office is indeed open 24/7

  1. The Hive Thonglor – This stylish and spacious coworking space offers private offices, dedicated desks, and hot desking options to cater to digital nomads of all types. With 24/7 access, high-speed internet, and a rooftop lounge area, The Hive Thonglor is an excellent choice for remote workers seeking a productive and comfortable work environment.
  2. Hubba – With multiple locations across Bangkok, Hubba is a popular coworking space among digital nomads and local entrepreneurs. In addition to flexible workspace options, Hubba provides access to a thriving community of like-minded professionals, regular networking events, and workshops to help you grow your business and skills.
  3. JustCo – JustCo’s modern and vibrant coworking spaces are located in prime Bangkok locations, such as AIA Sathorn Tower and Samyan Mitrtown. With a range of membership plans, private offices, and meeting rooms, JustCo offers digital nomads a professional and collaborative work environment.

Neighborhoods:

  1. Sukhumvit – This bustling neighborhood is popular among expats and digital nomads due to its wide range of accommodation options, international restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. With easy access to public transportation, shopping centers, and coworking spaces, Sukhumvit is an excellent base for remote workers.
  2. Sathorn – As Bangkok’s central business district, Sathorn offers a mix of high-rise condominiums, upscale hotels, and fine dining options. This neighborhood is ideal for digital nomads seeking a more polished and upscale living environment while still having access to coworking spaces and convenient public transportation.
  3. Ari – Known for its trendy cafes, boutique shops, and lush green spaces, Ari is a charming neighborhood that’s becoming increasingly popular among digital nomads. With a more laid-back vibe compared to other parts of Bangkok, Ari is perfect for those seeking a quieter and more residential feel.

Transportation:

DISCLAIMER- Bangkok may have the worst traffic of all of the destinations we visited. Its not easy to get around the city which is why we recommend the subway or the skytrain. 

  1. BTS Skytrain – The BTS Skytrain is an efficient and affordable way to navigate the city. With two main lines, the Sukhumvit and Silom lines, the Skytrain connects most major neighborhoods and attractions in Bangkok.
  2. MRT Subway – The MRT Subway is another convenient option for getting around Bangkok. With frequent trains and air-conditioned stations, the MRT makes traveling in the city comfortable and efficient.
  3. Grab – For door-to-door transportation, consider using the Grab app. This ride-hailing service is widely used in Bangkok and offers reliable and affordable transportation options, including GrabCar, GrabBike, and GrabTaxi.

Attractions:

  1. The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew – A visit to Bangkok is not complete without exploring the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). This historic complex showcases stunning Thai architecture and is a must-see for any visitor.
  2. Chatuchak Weekend Market – One of the largest markets in the world, Chatuchak Weekend Market is a shopping paradise for visitors and locals alike. With over 15,000 stalls selling everything from clothing and handicrafts to street food and souvenirs, this market is a great place to spend a weekend afternoon exploring and shopping.
  3. Wat Arun – Also known as the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun is a stunning riverside temple that features a unique, Khmer-style design. The temple’s iconic central prang, adorned with colorful porcelain, offers incredible views of the Chao Phraya River and the city skyline. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch the sunset from the temple grounds, as the sun casts a golden glow on the temple’s intricate details.
  4. Lumphini Park – For a respite from the bustling city, head to Lumphini Park, Bangkok’s largest public park. With beautiful green spaces, a large lake, and various recreational facilities, Lumphini Park is a popular spot for jogging, cycling, or simply relaxing with a book. Keep an eye out for the resident monitor lizards that roam the park’s grounds.

VERDICT:

Bangkok is a wonderful mess of cultures, aromas, vibes, and experiences. What it lacks in infrastructure and connivence, it makes up for with excitement and ambiance. For these reasons Bangkok gets a nod from us. 

-WL 

Authors

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat is a digital nomad attorney and WanderLawyer co-founder. Anthony believes travel unlocks potential and opens minds. He’s been wandering and lawyering since 2014.