Whether you are moving there permanently or temporarily due to work, living in Bangkok is a lot different than visiting the city for a week of fun and party. Not that there is too much to worry about, but just as it is with any new place, there’s a lot to get used to in Bangkok. To make the transition easier, here are five tips that should prove to be quite helpful.

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Choose a Residence Near the Workplace

Make sure that your apartment is close to where you work because the infamous traffic of Bangkok will make traveling to your office a very long and tiresome chore otherwise. Even if you cannot manage a place near your office, make sure that it is in a location from where the BTS Skytrain or the MRT Subway is easily accessible. Avoid living outside the city, even if you have to spend more on the rent.

Don’t Worry About the House Cleaning or Laundry

When you first move into an apartment in Bangkok, it is very likely that you won’t have enough time on your hands between handling the paperwork, getting used to the new office, and everything else that comes with moving to a new place. DO4YOU has an excellent maid delivery service in Bangkok, alongside a door-to-door pickup and return laundry service. They will pretty much take care of all your cleaning and washing needs at an affordable rate for as long as you need their services. Concentrate on the more important aspects of moving initially and subscribe to a monthly package to take care of all your cleaning needs.

Water is Not Safe to Drink

The thing about tap water in Bangkok is that it’s not safe to drink and if you make the mistake of considering it a stereotype and drink it anyway, you are risking the health of both yourself and that of your family. Do not drink the tap water without first boiling it or just buy an electric water filter instead. Some apartments may have a “safe” tank for drinking water, but it is probably best to not trust the Bangkok water in general!

Learn the Language

It always helps if you know the local language, so if you are an expat, invest in online or offline Thai language classes to actually learn the language as best as you possibly can. Even if you don’t have time to learn the entire language, at least learn a few important terms.

Open a Local Bank Account

Banks will charge you heavily if you make withdrawals from outside the country and most of the day-to-day places in Bangkok won’t accept cards. As this essentially makes things more expensive than they should be, open a bank account in Thailand as soon as you can, to deposit and withdraw your money without paying exorbitant charges.

Depending on where you are from, the heat might bother you quite a bit during the summer months, so do put in an air conditioner as soon as you get a hold of your place. It will take some time for you to adjust to the shift in culture and weather, but once you do, it is easy to fall in love with the city, like so many others have over the years.

Moving to Bangkok: 5 Tips to Make Things Easier