Relocating To Bangkok with your family is exciting, but at the same time it brings a lot of anxiety even if you have lived here before.
The culture, the food and the people are all different. However, these should be looked at as positive changes. Something different keeps life interesting, and there are so many great things to do in the city! Before we get into that, let’s backtrack a bit.
Hopefully you have a great relocation company that will help with the headaches of moving and finding a new place to live. Your place to live should be about location, location, location. You don’t want to commute over an hour each way to work, and you also don’t want the kids spending hours getting to and from school. If you have to choose one or the other, most parents will sacrifice their own time so that the kids are relatively close to school. Either way, make sure you know the ins and outs of where work, school and home will be before making any big commitments.
So when you are choosing a school in Bangkok, there are a few things to consider: Price, location, curriculum, size, and reputation come to mind first. If you can’t afford it, there’s no need to visit the school. If it’s in your price range, but the reputation is terrible, it’s time to keep your Bangkok school search going! There are so many things to consider, but there is some good news! Bangkok has A LOT of schools to choose from. On top of that, there are more and more schools coming up every academic year, so you will have a lot of schools to choose from. Make sure to try our school search tool to try and make things easier.
The next thing to consider is transportation. This is a big deal when living in a city like Bangkok. If you are in the downtown Sukhumvit or Silom areas with access to the BTS Skytrain, you may want to consider NOT having a car. The traffic can be horrendous, and a car can become quite a burden. However, if you live on the outskirts of the city, a car or at least a motorcycle is necessary. Trying to get by on ordering taxis, especially with a family, is quite difficult. Please note that if you have young children, there are no taxis that come equipped with child seats. You’ll even be lucky to find a taxi with working seatbelts!
There are so many things to look at when moving to the Land of Smiles. Using the resources that are available on the web is a big help. Also try to connect with different groups that are on facebook. Lastly, the HR in your company is another great resource. As they have probably spent many years in Bangkok, if not their whole life in Thailand, they should have some strong recommendations for you and your family.
Enjoy your move to this wonderful “City of Angels.” This city has a lot to offer, and we hope you enjoy your new home!