Experience Co-Work Culture in Thailand

All eyes on Thailand’s co-working spaces

Two years ago, I didn’t know anything about co-working spaces. Co-working spaces are neutral office spaces for people of any company to work and collaborate. Especially with COVID isolation and remote work, co-working spaces are awesome because they give people the opportunity to gossip together, sip tea, and get sh*t done. With the rise of remote workers and digital nomads, co-working spaces are more popular than ever. Digital nomads are individuals who work either part-time or full time and travel frequently. Digital nomads have increased significantly in the US from 4.8 million in 2018 to more than 11 million in 2021. The land of a thousand smiles, Thailand, has attracted many digital nomads with its beautiful beaches, breathtaking monuments, and spicy food. Join me on this tour of Thailand’s unique and unusual worker havens…

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Co-work by the beach!

Have you ever dreamed of working by the beach? Koh Mak Campus is a co-working space, long term accommodation, and sports center hugging the beach. It’s located in Koh Mak, a small, friendly island where everyone knows each other. The Sandbox, the co-working space on the island, emphasizes the importance of work-life balance for digital nomads. Beside the beach and the air-conditioned co-working space, the campus offers a sports center with yoga, tennis, Muay thai, biking, kayaking, and beach volleyball! It’s awesome that you can work, exercise, and swim in the ocean. Doesn’t get better than that.

Yes, You Can Co-Work In the Jungle!

The Elephant island, Koh Chang, is the third largest island in Thailand. Koh Chang is largely covered in beaches, mountains, rainforests, and waterfalls. I would love to swim under a waterfall right about now. In the mighty jungle of Koh Chang lies a co-living and co-working space called Oasis! You can unleash your inner-child and work in an air conditioned treehouse with high speed internet?! Imagine being able to make important business calls in a treehouse? Crazy. Being surrounded by beautiful nature while working is ideal. This makes me want to pack my bags and move to Thailand tbh.

Napping and Working Co-exist at the Co-working space

Work and sleep seem to be working against each other. According to the Sleep Foundation, 32.6% of working adults sleep 6 or less hours per night in 2017-2018. Though this data is from the US a couple years ago, sleep deprivation is still relevant now. In Bangkok, Thailand’s capital filled with religious sites and beguiling architecture, there is a co-working space called NapLab. NapLab provides work spaces and 15 nap caves when you need to catch some zs. For energy and fun, they also provide coffee and pingpong. As a public napper, I would love a place to nap and get work done! It is fascinating that there is a co-working space that encourages people to take a break to sleep. We need more places like that in the US.

Co-work in a Photo studio

Chiang Mai, ‘the Rose of the North’, is a mountainous city with magnificent temples in Thailand. Chiang Mai is also a hotspot for digital nomads. Though it is a small city, it provides many cafes and co-working spaces. A fascinating co-working place to check out is Analog Cafe. Like any cafe it provides treats and places to work, but it also acts as a photo studio. It’s cozy, yet the dark interior mimics a photo darkroom. The past work havens I mentioned emphasized exercise, rest, and nature perks, while this one promotes creativity and the arts.

Digital Nomads love Thailand

If you are debating whether to become a digital nomad in Thailand, here is why you should:

First, the weather will never disappoint, it’s always sunny in Thailand. The cost of living in Thailand is much lower than western countries. You will try new cuisines and see different plants and animal species. If you are trying to make friends, there are many friendly locals and digital nomads. If I were you, I would consider experiencing Thailand!

Digital Nomads Meet Noumena

Overall, the work havens in Thailand prioritize health and hobbies as much as work, making them unique in the world from what I have seen elsewhere. Being a digital nomad and freelancer opens up many doors to travel, explore new activities, and take that much needed midday nap (which I never seem to squeeze in when I’m stateside… I wonder why). Thailand has created unusual and cool co-working spaces to not only provide a desk and wifi, but to feed people’s soul and creativity. Co-working spaces are not the only places for business opportunities, but the Noumena app is as well. Noumena, an app for freelancers in need of financing and business tips, is a great tool for digital nomads. Noumena has groups for specific digital nomad locations, such as Bali, Lisbon, and Chiang Mai. If you are a digital nomad who wants to meet other freelancers near you or in need of financing, Noumena has your back, so download the app and let’s get nomadic together.

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