How to move to Thailand.

Moving abroad to any country is always a daunting experience. Thailand, with its cultural differences, food, climate, flora & fauna, is usually a shock to the system to people who move here from North America or Europe.

There’s not “one way” to move to Thailand. You can do all the planning you want, but at some point you’ve just got to take the plunge. You can’t control everything and you shouldn’t want or need to.


Before moving to Thailand, the first thing to consider is the type of visa youTourist Visa‘ll need. Now, the rules can change a lot, so always check with the Thai immigration website before moving or a website like Thaivisa.

There are many different types of visas, tourist, marriage, business etc and you need to decide which one works best for you. If you are moving to Thailand to teach English for example, you’ll want to get a Non-B visa as you will need to have that to be issued a work permit. Many people who know they are going to stay for just a year will get a double entry tourist visa and then a second one from a Thai consulate in a nearby country. Whichever visa you get, you will get lots of advice from fellow expats once you are here.


Finding a house is relatively simple. There are many local realtors or real estate agents that will help you find the right place for you. They usually take the first month’s rent as commission, so their prices will be a little higher than if you find something on your own. They can be good for the convenience though. Another great way to find accommodation isThai house through Facebook. Join a local group that specializes either in houses for rent or just a local group of expats and ask there. If you are patient, you’ll find a great place. You can also ask for advice on the best locations around the city. Most people are very accommodating, no pun intended. They also make a great sounding board for any questions you may have about how to move to Thailand, but always do a search first as usually the questions you have have been asked many times over.


Unless you are a retiree, and even if you are actually, you will probably need to find a job. Thailand limits the type of jobs foreigners can do here to protect their own citizens which makes a lot of sense. One thing anyone can do if you are a native or fluent speaker is to be an ESL teacher. Most are daunted by the prospect of teaching English, how to become an ESL teacherbut it’s not as hard as you think and is extremely rewarding. Getting your TEFL certificate online (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) has never been simpler. It’s a great option if you want to extend your stay in the Kingdom past the expiry date on your tourist visa. Also if you ARE a retiree, it’s a great way to help the local community and keep you busy in your free time. It is definitely one of the best places to teach English abroad. If you would like to be an ESL teacher, taking an online course is a great way to learn the skills in your own time before you move to thailand.

Once you are here and settled in you’ll be able to experience all the great things Thailand has to offer. You will be glad you moved to Thailand whether it’s for a year or the rest of your life. Below I’ve added some of my personal photos of things that I love about Thailand. These were all shot with the camera in my phone!


Local spots to swim and be adventurous.

Beach (1)

Beaches almost in any direction!


The craziness of Thai signs.

Coloured chicks

Dyed Chicks! Only in Thailand.


Great western food if you are missing a slice of home.


Beautiful lakes in the national parks.

monks collect alms

Monks collecting alms in the morning.

Landscape Pigs head

The strange things you see in restaurants!

pool 7am

Early morning swims at the foot of the mountain.


Beautiful sunrises.


Making new friends!


The nationwide water fight that is Songkran.

April 6, 2015

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