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26 July 2016
Overall impression

It is probably hard to say something new about Thailand, yet there isn’t a single review of Bangkok. The economy is growing steadily here now (as in all of Asia), thus many new workplaces, especially for IT professionals. PHP, .NET, Java, C# are in demand here (as is everything connected with mobile development). Other fields are also present.
There are many Russians here, but, I think, that it is only the beginning.

Attitude to foreigners

There are many tourists in Bangkok, who can get swindled sometimes (as in any other touristy place), but mostly only slightly so. Most people are very honest, should you drop something, they will absolutely catch up with you and give it back.

Impression of local population

Nice. Even though they are slightly slobs and can be a bit dim by our standards, they are still nice fellows – kind, smiley and modest, even in the capital.

Climate

Thai :) Bangkok is a bit hotter than the coast, but there are air conditioners everywhere, so you need to be careful and it is better to have a light jacket with you, at least at first, while you are still getting used to it.

Education

Irrelevant. Really. Employers do ask about it, but a Photoshoped diploma will be enough and won’t cause any trouble. All the Bangkok companies, that I’ve encountered, apply for a work-permit at once and without any hassle, which is very different from what happens in the regional companies.

Quality of medicine (quality and cost)

The overall quality is high. There are very cheap Thai hospitals – English isn’t always spoken there, but they are very cheap, yet you are not likely to wish to come back there since the quality of service is low. Hospitals for foreigners are mostly top-notch but expensive. Of course, it is best to have insurance, but it doesn’t always work.

Language (learning of the local language and communication with the local people)

The Thai language is quite hard, yet it can be mastered for day-to-day communication. English is widely understood and spoken in Bangkok, so you shouldn’t have any trouble if you speak it and can get used to the accent.

Transport (road access, quality of roads, level of driving, gasoline cost, public transportation)

The roads are nice. Left-side traffic. The driving is a bit hillbilly, but very courteous, everybody will always let you pass. Petrol is cheap and getting cheaper, about a dollar per liter, I think. Many cars, even more motorbikes. Bangkok is known for its car jams – and all those stories are true. Many people use subway and above-ground trains. However, all that goes only for the city center. There are also canal and river boats, cheap and fast, but can be smelly) Many buses, fares are cheap, but take a lot of time due to traffic.

Prices (cost of living, food, entertainment)

Still cheap, I think, but it is hard to tell, since I’ve been living here a long time. The prices grow gradually along with the level of life.

Job (search complexity, level of salary)

As I’ve written, there are many jobs, so one can choose. Foreigners usually earn more than the Thais. Still, the salaries are low, when compared to Europe or the States. Average IT specialists get 1500-2500 USD per month in general. However, the prices are low too.

Housing (cost, availability, rent, purchase)

Affordable. The cheapest starts at 150 USD/month. Decent options – from 250-300. Many new apartment blocks have been built and more are being build. Flats in such blocks are quite cheap, a small studio can be bought for 1.5-1.6 million baht. Still, prices have no limits, many high-end options are available.

Crime

Low. It is safe almost anywhere at all times.

Women \ men (for dating)

Haven’t immersed myself :) still, I think, there are options, both local and foreign.

Internet access (availability, price)

Not overly fast, but fit for work. Prices are O.K. Cellular data options are fine too.

How to contact you

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