I have a chance to live and work in Satun, Southern Thailand. What is it like living there? Is it anything like Bangkok?
Please let me know as much as you can. Costs, transport, people, places, entertainment etc. Thank you in advance.
Bangkok has 6,000,000+ people making it one of the biggest, craziest, most vibrant cities in SE Asia, packed with a dizzying array anything you can imagine.
Sutan has about 20,000 people in a nice, quiet little town. Obviously it's about as far removed from Bangkok as you could be.
It is nothing left me Bangkok . The last time I was there I checked into a cheàp hotel and it was mostly occupied by prostitutes cateringvfor Malaysians. Besides that problem it was quite an interesting ,easy going town
If you do take a job in Thailand do it legally. No working on a tourist visa. You need a work permit and proper visa. If you work illegally you can get in trouble. Below expat forum has info on work permit and other helpful advice if you take the job. (See some of the other sections on working and living in Thailand too.)
A Google check will give you population and city size. There is no other city like Bangkok!
Living in Thailand in a small city should be cheaper than London. The type of apartment you live in depends on you salary. Food is cheap in Thailand. Once you know how things work transportation shouldn't be a big expense.
The advantage of working overseas is meeting and interacting with the local people. Your regular routine may simply be get up, work, return home. Maybe go out for walks, stop in a restaurant, etc. Normal stuff. But one advantage is that you can probably take long weekends to Bangkok or other nearby more exciting cities. Even visit other countries in your free time for cheap money!.
Google search will give you "things to see and do" for Satun too. Sample:
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There is the occasional Foreign Office warnings for Southern Thailand that you probably have already read. Satun is close to the border area.
You make the best of it and take advantage of geographic location when you can.
Do check the travel advisories. Satun has for years been the high spot of terrorist attacks known as the conflict between separatist islamist and thai gov. Even Hat Yai has been bombed wherein innocent victims have died. I tend to pass rapidly to get to Tarutao, but wouldn't stay.
Are you aware of Satun's violent history? If not, read about it. Stay safe.