When you are moving to a new country, there are a lot of things that you will need to consider, especially if you have a family. If you find yourself in the position of contemplating moving your family to Bangkok, here are some of the things that you will need to consider before making your decision.
Where To Live
Bangkok is a massive and sprawling city that seems to go on forever, which means there are also a lot of choices when it comes to selecting your accommodation. There are private housing estates where you can rent a property, or you can stay in one of the many condo buildings that you find throughout the city. You can also use the services of an agent who can help you find the perfect location for your new home, at no charge to you as they receive a commission from the owner of the property.
Schooling For The Kids
You will also find that there are many different schools available throughout Bangkok, with many offering curriculums from the UK, USA, Australia, or New Zealand. A top international school in Bangkok will accept students from any country, although they may be required to meet the entry criteria which may involve a test. If your first language is English, and so is your kids, they should have no problem with achieving the standards required, as many schools teach the majority of classes in the English language. If you wish to have them learn the Thai language, all schools will teach this so it can help them to adjust to their new country, and may mean they can help you out with the lingo.
The Cost Of Living
The cost of living in Thailand will all depend on your lifestyle, and when compared to Western countries, the cost of renting is much cheaper, with a massive choice available for renters. Depending on what you like to eat and where, it is often less expensive to eat out and enjoy some of the available delicious street food rather than cook at home, although Western-style food can be more expensive than the local Asian cuisine. Whether you are used to living in the lap of luxury, or you are on a shoestring budget, there is an option for everyone in Thailand.
Getting Around Bangkok
One of the marvellous things about Bangkok is that you do not need to have personal transport as it is so easy to get around this sprawling city. Although you can rent or buy a car if you wish, it is advised to refrain from getting a motorbike unless you are an experienced rider. There is a wealth of public transport available which includes the overhead Sky Train system, the MRT underground system, buses, taxis, tuk-tuks, motorbike taxis, and boats to name but a few. It may take you some time, but getting around Bangkok is simple.