Find a job in Bangkok


Looking for a job in Bangkok? Find tips to help you in your search.

If you wish to settle in Bangkok, you will need to seek employment. Before anything else, you need to search for a job well before your departure. You must make sure that your monthly income, through this employment, will be at least 50,000 bahts, which will allow you to cope with the cost of living in the Thai capital. You should also make sure that the business you intend to perform is authorized to foreigners in Bangkok.

Note that finding a job as an expat in Bangkok can be quite difficult although the city is rich in economic activities.


You can start your search on the Internet, seek help from chambers of commerce or Thai international firms. You can also use the services of a recruitment or placement agency in Bangkok. Moreover, door-to-door and networking remain the most effective alternatives to find a job more rapidly.

Find out about Thai laws and procedures regarding employment. Note that you cannot work in Bangkok if you are a doctor or nurse, accountant, lawyer or tourist guide as these jobs are reserved to Thai nationals. Once you have found a job in Bangkok, make sure that the company complies with the quota of foreign employees authorized by the Thai authorities.

Thereafter, you must apply for a work permit at the Thai Board of Immigration. You will be eligible to a work permit if you have a non-immigrant business visa as well as the qualifications and skills required by the labor market in Bangkok but which are not available locally. You can find employment in various fields, particularly in management of factories and hotels, in business development or in the food sector.

  Good to know:

You must absolutely have a good command of English and understand Thai to be able to join the labor market in Bangkok. This will facilitate communication between you and your employer, as well as with Thai citizens. Regarding the procedures, these are mostly in Thai. You can hire a lawyer to assist you during the formalities.

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Small earth, Mauritius
3 years ago

I've heard understanding Thai is not necessary. Depending on the position.

7 months ago

It may not be necessary but I would recommend learning the basics, it does make life much easier and it's a fun & easy language learn. It's a useful tool to have to understand what is going on around you.


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