Thailand, a place for beaches, bars, and elephants…right? For the typical traveller, this is exactly what it is; however, recently, more professional nomads have sought out Thailand as a place to work. These are the people who work and play. Sight see and write. For these professional travellers, they need spaces to work. Across Thailand there are now hundreds of coworking spaces that offer wifi, meeting rooms, hot seats, and even hammocks! There is no better place to infuse work with relaxation.
From big city living in Bangkok to island beach bumming in Koh Lanta, these are the 5 best coworking spaces in Thailand:
1. Hubba Thailand
An collaborative environment enriched with people across different walks of life, different goals, and different ideas. There are currently 3 coworking locations all within Bangkok, which are all accessible through the BTS. They offer meeting rooms, private offices, power lunches, and monthly events. There are also regular meetups where people discuss their projects, interests, or simply share life stories. They host ecosystem events for corporations as well. As an environment to stimulate growth and innovation, Hubba focuses on community collaboration to achieve your goals. It is opened everyday, except Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It costs a very reasonable ฿265 a day.
Located on the island of Koh Lanta, this coworking environment offers a much more relaxed and calm meaning to the words “work environment.” The island life, or however you would like to envision it, boasts high-speed wifi, a tropical garden, hammocks to ease your back, skype rooms, and even co-living accommodations so you can sleep where you work! KoHub is located 5 min from the beach, so if you need a break and want to take a dip, it’s the right spot for you. It’s open 24/7, 52 weeks a year. Reception is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The daily rate is ฿400, but the monthly packages are where you’ll save the money!
3. The Hive, Thonglar
Another spot located in Bangkok, this coworking environment provides spaces to incite creativity and success. The Hive’s success comes from it’s work environment. It’s lush and spacious area helps to alleviate stress. With a rooftop café, it also gives people a break from their daily activities. The Hive offers private offices, hot seats, a dedicated desk, and meeting rooms/event venues. If you want to try some rooftop yoga or meetup lunch, The Hive hosts a number of monthly events. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday. At ฿350 daily, it provides an affordable and accessible work environment. There is also another location within Bangkok.
4. Glowfish Sathorn
This large, spacious environment aims to bring your daily life right to your fingertips. Bringing you everything from dining halls to fitness gyms, it’s makes life accessible, enjoyable and easy. Glowfish takes the stress out of classic work environments and instead fosters productivity, business growth, and personal lifestyle through innovation. In addition to classy eating and working out, it provides shared workspaces with hot seats, meeting rooms, and conference halls. It is not only a place for small start-up companies, but a place for individuals and entrepreneurs. It is opened from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Glowfish focuses on packaged deals for a longer term stay. It starts from ฿12, 000 per month for a personal desk, but provides discounts depending on the length of stay.
A relaxed and comfortable vibe, Hub53 appeals to the creatives and the travellers. This is the epitome of a coworking environment. Hub53 offers private rooms, meeting rooms, workshop spaces, conference rooms, and skype rooms. Its real appeal though is its co-living arrangements. Did I mention this was for travellers? As a perfect location for quick stays or for longer hauls, Hub53 provides a number of options for shared or single rooms. Included in some of the rooms are fridges, personal showers, desks and a chair. There are also common areas for travellers to hangout and meet new people. A workplace hostel is what summarizes this perfect getaway. Located in Chiang Mai, it is the perfect place for touring around the city, going to an elephant sanctuary, or visiting some temples. There are far too many packaged options to list them all here, but the daily rate—if you don’t want to stay the night….not sure why you wouldn’t want to though—is an absolute steal of ฿189 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday.
6. The Company
The biggest draw to The Company is its shared space. Located in the GMM Grammy building, the building offers a convenience store, a fitness centre, a photo studio, multiple restaurants, and many other businesses. They have quite an impressive wifi system, multiple kinds of hot seats (shared, flexible, or dedicated), private offices, lockers for rent, a lounge and beverage counter, and a phone booth. One of the nice things about The Company is its hourly rate. If you only want to pop by for an hour or two, it is ฿100/hour, or if you want to stay for the day, it is ฿400. Located in Bodega Bangkok, it offers reliable connectivity and good rates.
From the nomadic creative to the small tech start-up, there is a cooperative and enriching work environment in Thailand for everyone. Beach fronts, co-living arrangements, individual work spaces, and even bean bags are catered towards you for the workspace you desire. Although the majority of coworking spaces are found in major cities such as Bangkok or Chiang Mai, there are plenty of smaller, warmer spaces as well. Finding the right balance of travel, work, and play is difficult, but these work spaces can help you do all three. At reasonable rates, each coworking company also offers its own flexibility in terms of length of stay, the kinds of perks that are included, and any additional/supplementary features or facilities.
Not as highly rated, but still a good stay, is BEACHUB. Located on the insland of Koh Phangan, it is a tropical destination for work and pleasure. Situated ON the sand, your toes are pretty much in the water while you work. AND, it is a private beach, so you don’t have all the distractions of local tourists roaming around. It comes with bean bags and a skype hut to complete the beachfront experience. At ฿500/24 hours, it is a great escape for a chill, relaxing work day. It is open 24/7.