For repeat visitors, Thailand has increasingly become a preferred destination for remote work due to affordable cost of living, variety of working spaces and facilities, high quality internet connection, friendly locals, delicious food, excellent healthcare, and diverse and rich culture.
As well as the kingdom’s 5F soft-power pillars of Food, Fight, Fashion, Film, and Festival, Thailand offers a plethora of travel options that can be enjoyed throughout the year in the fields of health and wellness, sport, luxury travel, and gastronomy as well as sustainable and responsible tourism experiences – to provide remote workers the work-life balance they are looking for.
Remote workers can easily combine work and play. Enjoy the city or beach holiday with favourite activities from spa and massage to golf or cycling, from luxury yachting experience to low-carbon, responsible tourism activities before or after work.
While established destinations like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket are excellent locations for remote work, Ko Pha-ngan is increasingly becoming popular among remote workers from all over the world. Here’s some recommendations of co-working spaces in these destinations.
Growing in popularity thanks to its gorgeous beaches and relaxed tropical island lifestyle, Ko Pha-ngan and the surrounding area is an idyllic location for remote workers who enjoy serenity and a peaceful setting. Its proximity to and easy access from nearby Samui – another of Thailand’s most famous islands – adds to its appeal.
When taking the time out from work, remote workers can enjoy a wide range of fun activities such as climbing Khao Ra to the highest point of Ko Pha-Ngan, scuba diving or snorkelling, riding a motorbike around the island, tasting delicious low-priced snacks at the night market (Pantip Market), and explore Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park. There are a good choice of co-working spaces with quality internet connection, for example:
Secret Place Hotel & Coworking is suitable for co-working, meeting, and socialising with other international remote workers. www.secret-place.info
The Hub is part of the Hustle Club Koh Phangan. The co-working space offers a conference room, hot and cold desks, ergonomic chairs, and Wi-Fi. www.hustle-club.co/the-hub
Koh Space offers a friendly, laid-back island vibe with a conference/Skype room, an open plan shared working space, and an upstairs lounge area and open-air shared kitchen, plus reliable internet connection. https://kohspace.com/.
The bustling city of Bangkok is a centre of culture and heritage with a diverse food scene and an abundant choice of travel experiences. Superior infrastructure, high quality internet connection, delicious food and friendly locals, as well as a growing number of co-working spaces are what make remote workers choose to work remotely in Bangkok. Here’s a few samples.
The Hive Thonglor occupies seven floors with hot desks, dedicated desks, conference room, meeting rooms, plus a beautiful rooftop café lounge and terrace. www.thehive.co.th
Launchpad is co-working space and serviced offices with over 2,000 square feet of space and over 100 large desks custom-designed for an optimal work environment. www.launchpad.co.th
Glowfish offers shared workspace consisting of personal and hot desks and private serviced offices. www.glowfishoffices.com
Chiang Mai is well-known for its hilly terrain, cool climate particularly in cooler months, abundant nature, cultural attractions, walking streets, distinctive handicrafts, and the slow pace of life. When it comes to modern facilities and services for remote work, Chiang Mai is second to none, especially selections of co-working spaces.
Punspace Wiang Kaew is an old soda bottle factory that had been renovated to be the working space, offering hot/cool desks, private office, meeting room and event space plus cafes, restaurants and food trucks. www.punspace.com/coworking-space
Hub53 offers different kinds of space including private office, silent room, meeting room, workshop space and conference room plus a nap room with massage chair, ergonomic chairs, private Skype rooms, and a lounge area. www.hub53.com/coworking
StarWork offers full flexibility from hot desks to fixed seats, fast-uninterrupted Internet, printing services, nap rooms, and meeting rooms. www.starworkchiangmai.com/coworking-space
Phuket is one of Thailand’s much-loved beach destinations, boasting from a wide range of accommodation options and attractions to beaches and shopping. It is home to a large expat community and is a hotspot for global remote workers, with a diverse range of accommodation and co-working spaces.
Grind Time Co-Workspace & Cafe (Chalong Bay) is a creative and fun working experience offering private offices, dedicated desks, meeting rooms, phone booths for conference/Skype meetings, social area and 24-hour access with keycard system. www.grindtime.space/coworking-space-phuket-chalong-bay
The Project Phuket is a clean, comfortable, and affordable shared workspace with two indoor zones, three private call rooms and over five different chair options. Located in the centre of Rawai on Saiyuan Road, there are a range of products from day passes to virtual office setups. www.projectphuket.com
Phuket Flamingo is a beachfront co-working space on the calm bay of Ao Yon, offering a choice of air-conditioned rooms and on the beachfront with complete equipment and facilities. www.phuketflamingo.com/co-workingspace.
Thailand offers a balance between work and leisure, allowing for exploration of Thailand’s many destinations while staying focused on projects and career goals. All you need is a notebook or smartphone, and you can work hassle-free anywhere.