Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Bangkok: City in Review

Fantastic, I am enjoying every moment of it’ - Expat currently living in Thailand

Bangkok is the beautiful capital city of Thailand with a population of more than 8 million. Its culturally diverse environment provides a familiar landscape of an international city whilst offering a stunning variety of streams, markets and even countryside just a short bike ride away.

Whatever you’re looking for from an expat posting, be it a fast-paced, high intensity career or a more tranquil, mellow livelihood – Bangkok has something for you.  Whilst there are plenty of jobs in the financial and logistical industries, a huge number of expats are choosing to teach in local schools – earning enough money to make a living and enjoy Bangkok in all its cultural glory without any distractions.

With canals breaking off from the Chao Phraya River all over the city, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to forget you’re in the centre of one of the busiest tourist centres in the world. The river, which runs directly through the middle of the city, offers a great opportunity to travel around on a floating taxi – a mode of transport that is highly recommended for current expats who like to avoid the busy streets!

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Thailand boasts more than 40,000 temples across the country and Bangkok is famous for its incredible additions to this collection. The magnificent architecture of these awe inspiring buildings really is a sight to behold, each is perfectly unique - adding even more beauty to an already vastly attractive city. There are almost too many to count in Bangkok, so visiting them all may seem a little daunting but we would recommend making a special effort to visit at least a handful, especially Wat Traimit, Wat Arun and Wat Phra Kaew - they will blow you away.

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With a cost of living that’s dwarfed by that of a typical European capital city –you’ll have plenty of spare cash to spend at one of the largest markets in the world. Chatuchak weekend market is incredible; it really is no exaggeration when we say that you can literally buy anything there. Delve into some of the best local cuisine whilst sifting through old vinyls or petting animals at nearby stalls. To beat the crowds, aim to get there early - there are endless stalls that you’ll want to explore and it gets busy during the day!

But there’s more to life in Bangkok than shopping – it’s the central hub of education in Thailand, with two of their universities (Chulalongkorn and Mahidol) featuring in the QS world top 500 universities. There are a number of international schools in central locations, as well as a vast choice of very high quality local schools – so if you’re moving with your family, it’s good to note that Bangkok offers a lot of different educational routes which gives you and your children plenty of choice to find the one that’s right.  

So whatever it is you’re looking for in your journey to becoming an expat – Bangkok has it all. Throw yourself into everything its wonderfully diverse atmosphere has to offer and you will find yourself falling in love with it very quickly. 

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