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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Low. It is safe almost anywhere at all times.
Haven’t immersed myself :) still, I think, there are options, both local and foreign.
Not overly fast, but fit for work. Prices are O.K. Cellular data options are fine too.
Seems fine, quite stable.