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Bangkok’s popularity amongst expats continues to fall: survey




Bangkok’s popularity amongst expats who live in the city has plummeted, according to a new survey.


Released this week, the Expat Insider: The Best & Worst Cities for Expats in 2020 by InterNations ranks the best and worst cities in the world for expats to live.


This year’s survey is based on the rankings of 66 cities around the world.


For the survey,  more than 15,000 expatriates representing 173 nationalities and living in 181 countries or territories provided information on various aspects of expat life, such as: Quality of Urban Living, Getting Settled, Urban Work Life,  Finance & Housing, and Local Cost of Living. 


Data was collected in March 2020.


The report ranked Thailand in 30th place overall, which while above average in the Expat City Ranking 2020, was down ten places from the 20th place it ranked in 2019, and significantly down from the 5th and 8th place ranking in 2017 and 2018, respectively.


Bangkok scored particularly poorly in the Quality of Urban Living Index (53rd) ranking and came in last worldwide for its urban environment (66th), with 64% of expats unhappy with this factor (vs. 21% globally).


An expat from Germany said, “there is awful air pollution in Bangkok and a lack of green  spaces”. Expats are also unhappy with the political stability — just 26% rate this factor positively (vs. 61% globally). 


Bangkok didn’t score much better in the Urban Work Life Index (50th) does not look a lot better: expats  are dissatisfied with their local career opportunities (49% unhappy vs. 34% globally) and the state of  the local economy (33% unhappy vs. 18% globally). 


This is outweighed by slightly above-average  results in the Getting Settled Index (28th), with 75% of expats saying that the local residents are  friendly (vs. 68% globally). Another 72% are happy with their social life in Bangkok (vs. 59% globally). 


However, it wasn’t all bad news. The survey said that expats in Bangkok were just as happy as expats in Singapore, despite its much lower overall rankings. 


Over two in three expats (67%) feel their disposable household income is more than enough to pay for everything they need (vs. 51% globally). A US American expat appreciates that expat life in  Bangkok is “less stressful than living in the USA, with about one-third fewer costs for a good quality of  life”. 


Additionally, 88% of survey respondents said it is easy to find a place to live in the Thai capital (vs. 55%  globally), while three in five expats in Bangkok (60%) agreed that housing is generally affordable in their city (vs. 41% globally).


Regionally, Singapore (5th), Kuala Lumpur (8th) and Ho Chi Minh City (19th) all ranked higher than Bangkok.


Globally, Valencia (1st), Alicante, Lisbon, Panama City, Singapore, Málaga, Buenos Aires, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid,  and Abu Dhabi (10th) were ranked as the top 10 cities for expats to live in 2020. 


Both Valencia and Alicante - which was described as a retirees dream destination - both scored highly amongst financially conscious expats.


Read the report in full here: https://assets.thaivisa.com/forum/uploads/monthly_2019_12/bkk.jpg.8ea57ae42805b3bb65d5c18302cdf8d3.jpg



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Yet another meaningless global survey. Personally, this has been one of the best countries to live for the past 15 years. 

Pre 2006 Thailand was a great place to live and holiday in and definitely the jewel of asia but greed and the military just couldn't help themselves. Attitudes definitely changed towards expats and th

Who the hell are they asking?  Bangkok is a great city to live in and it keeps getting better.   

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Clearly the survey is a Bangkok-centric one; thus i think it’s fair to expect that some of these responses might be quite different for those who live well outside the central area. Plus, i think a few issues are geared to the “working” crowd (as opposed to retired, etc) so here too i’ll bet some of the data may not reflect a percentage of the expatriate population.


That said, i do tend to agree with some of the highlights — such as the green spaces question.. 

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1 hour ago, aussienam said:

Pattaya's saving Grace is the sea breeze.  It is what drops the average temperatures down a notch from Bangkok's and offsets the lack of green spaces. 

Except in the winter months when the breeze blows from the land, not the sea.  Then, Pattaya's air can rival Bangkok's.

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