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When considering a move to a new country, there is nothing more valuable than hearing real-life stories from other expats who are living there. Please contact us if you live or have lived in Thailand and want to share your experience.
|Matthieu (Matt) made the move to Thailand in 2016 to challenge himself one more time. With experience working as a bartender in Australia, Matt initially moved to Bangkok to start an events company. These days, he works as a Marketing Manager and SEO Consultant for a local company. Learn more about Matt’s life in Bangkok in his expat interview.
|Meet Ethan, a 30-year-old digital nomad originally from California. An experienced expat, he currently resides in Koh Lanta, Thailand, where he works as a backend engineer in IT, either from his rented home or local coworking spaces. Learn more about life on this idyllic island in his expat interview about living in Thailand.
|James is an expat from Canada living in Buriram, Thailand. He teaches English by day and trains in the Muay Thai arena by night. James prefers the tranquillity of small-town life over the hustle and bustle of city life, and he aims to explore Thailand outside the ‘Western comfort bubble’. Read about his experience as an expat in Thailand.
|Greg left Canada for Thailand in 2001 for a few months to relax and never returned home. He works for a large travel/tech company and produces and hosts the widely recognised Bangkok Podcast. On the weekend, he takes time out of his busy schedule to relax with his wife and son. Read about his experience as an expat in Bangkok.
|Steve is a South African who lived abroad in Thailand teaching a class of second-graders for a year. His expat experience was both challenging and rewarding and changed how he sees the world. Read about his experience as an expat in Thailand.
|Marcia is a multidisciplinary artist from South Africa. After living in South Korea for two and a half years, she moved to Thailand. She now works in Ayutthaya as an ESL teacher and spends most weekends in Bangkok. Read about her experience as an expat in Thailand.
|Mike is a 35-year-old Canadian who’s tried everything twice. Aside from his 9-to-5, he’s been a volunteer teacher, repeat film extra, jazz festival art director, public speaker, environmental activist and author. Read about his experience as an expat in Chiang Mai.
|Shelly moved to Thailand from her home in Cape Town, South Africa, in early 2016 to work as a teacher at Krabi International School. Read about her experience as an expat in the Land of Smiles.
|Frei has been living in Southeast Asia since 2007 and currently lives in Phuket, Thailand. She is a hospitality professional and loves to write about living abroad on her blog, Frei’s Days. Read about her expat experience in Thailand.
|Mariposa moved from Texas to Thailand along with her husband when he was relocated. Read her advice for catching public transport in Bangkok and her experiences of the weather, healthcare facilities, and making friends as an expat in Thailand.
|Berthe is a Dutch expat who moved to the island of Phuket with her boyfriend. Having travelled to Thailand several times, they loved it so much they decided to move there. Berthe loves to explore Phuket, and she also runs a social group for expat women in Thailand called Chicky Net. Read about her expat experience in Thailand.
|Rosanne Turner is a South African expat living in Koh Samui, where she runs a TEFL school and writes for the local newspaper. She relishes her adventure in the Land of Smiles and has some great advice and insight for others looking to experience expat life in Thailand.
|The Stickman settled into Bangkok somewhat reluctantly but has since travelled to nearly every nook and cranny of the nation, learned Thai and moved out into the suburbs with his local family. Despite his laid-back lifestyle, he’s never afraid to share an opinion. Read about his experiences in Thailand.
|Malcolm Burgess left life in the States to live out his golden years in a stress-free, peaceful Thai village with his wife, Ciejay. He couldn’t be happier in his modest environment and gives us a glimpse into expat life in the Thai countryside.
|Graham Nash identifies as a Spaniard with British blood. He left the charming cafés and the cheap wine of southern Spain and now finds himself teaching English in a small town in the Thai countryside. These days, he divides his time between educating the youth and lapping up the cool lake breezes. Read what expat insights about Thailand Graham has to share.
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