Bangkok, Thailand, 11 November 2020 – As travel sees a comeback across Thailand in the new normal, Airbnb sees an emerging trend to extended work-cations around Thailand as people look to combine work, travel, and living.
According to a recent YouGov survey commissioned by Airbnb, 87% of Thai people found an extended work-cation appealing. With an increased desire and ability to work from anywhere and we share five reasons why Thailand is a preferred destination for digital nomads.
1) Diverse locales
Whether you prefer mountains or beaches, cities, or off-the-beaten-path destinations, Thailand can cater to all types of work-cation. The cool and mountains of the north, the history of the central plains, and the world-class beaches on the Andaman and Gulf coasts, the options for an inspiring work-cation are limited only by your own imagination.
2) You’ll never go hungry
Thailand is famous for its cuisine and dining out is a part of daily life. You don’t have to be in the heart of a city to find great food options, the quietest rural neighborhood can spring a food surprise and with street vendors ubiquitous the food options are endless. If you want to take your work-cation to the next level and learn how to cook, then take advantage of some great Airbnb Cooking Experiences.
3) Culture immersion and new experiences
Thailand is a land of diversity and from one destination to the next, cultural nuances abound. These can manifest in local dialects, beliefs, and even cuisine! From reefs to rainforests to national parks and mountains, Thailand’s natural gems are complemented by the hospitality of local communities, their handicrafts, and the local way of life. These regional highlights are what make a work-cation in Thailand so exciting; being able to combine work and travel with new experiences in vibrant local communities can be food for the brain and inspiration for the mind.
Thailand has fast and reliable wifi coverage throughout the country making the opportunity to work from anywhere, real. All you need is a laptop and you can connect with anyone, anywhere in the world at any time through Thailand’s omnipresent wifi.
Thailand also has impressive transport facilities – domestic flights, interprovincial rail and bus, and an extensive road network – making it easy to get around in the country and to explore new areas anytime from your work-cation base.
5) Location, location, location
Thailand’s recently launched Special Tourist Visa is the first step in re-opening the country and attracting long-stay international travelers. A well-connected aviation hub with more than four billion people living within a 6-hour flight, the country’s central location makes it easily accessible and a popular destination for digital nomads. Its proximity to regional business centers means short business trips are easy; leave your Airbnb in the morning and be back in time for an evening swim and sundowners.
An established tourism destination that welcomed almost 40 million international visitors in 2019, Thailand remains popular with long-term visitors. And as the region starts to reopen borders, Thailand is well-positioned to become the destination of choice for work-cations.