Living/Working in Bangkok
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Mar 19, 2012 3:30 AM Last Post By: 9preciousGems
Mar 14, 2012 3:59 PM
Living/Working in BangkokHi, I am planning on moving to Bangkok in the summer for about six months initially, and need to tap into your collective wisdom to answer a couple of questions ....
How far will I get on a budget of about US$1400 a month for renting an apartment, eating and some socializing?
I am a portrait/wedding photographer and would like to do a little bit of work occasionally - is this feasible?
Thanks for any information and advice. All help is appreciated!
Mar 14, 2012 4:32 PM
1$1400 a month is more than enough to live comfortable in Thailand, IMO..
is work feasible ? Sure is. All you need is a work visa.
Mar 14, 2012 5:56 PM
2The $1400 is more than adequate. You can live very well on that.
As to the work - NO. You will get shopped to Immi and locked up. Simple as that. This would be seen as a Thai job (unless you actually open up a shop and employ a Thai to do the photgraphy). Seriously, don't even think about it. Your competition would have you locked up in seconds, unless you intent on opening a legit business and getting the necessary paperwork - which would require quite sizeable investment.
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Mar 15, 2012 3:25 AM
7The Thai wedding photo market is well tied up already. You will not get a work permit to do that, and you will not get a non immigrant visa without being sponsered for a job.
You need to get a double entry tourist visa, but CAN'T work on that. Otherwise, it's visa runs every 15 days by land/ 30 days by air.
You could always get an Education visa for a year, and drop out after 6 months, but they're not cheap.
Mar 15, 2012 4:58 AM
8Your budget is adequate (comes out to about 1400 baht/day) enough to stay comfortable and throw in a few activities/cocktails ;-) but as others have said already work in your area of expertise is pretty much out of the question here. To stay six months get a double-entry tourist visa which gets you a 60-day initial stay, then extend it at immigration 30 days, then do a border run and get another 60 days, extend 30 more, done.
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Mar 16, 2012 8:50 PM
14#10 are there any visa implications/working restrictions based on this?
Are you seriously saying that someone would pay a professional photographer for flights and accomodation/ food etc as well as their fee, just to take some photographs?
There are excellent Thai wedding photographers all over the place.
If it happened to be a mate that takes photos, just going for a holiday with the happy couple, and taking photos while there, that would be different, so long as it wasn't apparent to any Thais that it was a professional set up. No Thai wedding photographer would be happy about a farang moving in on their territory.
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