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1. Posted by jpro89 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

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Hi guys,
I'm new here, so sorry if i have posted this in the wrong spot.

My partner and I are thinking of moving from Australia to Thailand or another country to live and work in the hospitality industry, maybe for a few months maybe longer then move on to another country, working along the way.

This is a bit of a scary move for us but isn't that what life's all about?

Anyway, just wondering what everyone thought about moving to Thailand or if you have any suggestions on other countries that are reasonably cheap to live in and cheap to fly to, as we only plan to start with 3 or 4 grand and live like a backpacker really.

Thanks,
Josh

2. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 5y

Although not impossible - finding work in the hospitality industry in Thailand is extremely unlikely.

Get on to the Thai govt web site and you'll find a list of jobs that are open to foreigners.

Basically you won't be able to get a job that a Thai person can do.

Iy's also worth bearing in mind that you need a work permit (and "B" visa which has to be obtained OUTSIDE Thailand).
Also in many Asian countries the local wages are incredibly low - so for an employer to pay "foreigners" wagers you must be in a position to make him a stack of money.

3. Posted by Rhmyers (Budding Member 41 posts) 5y

Thailand:
I agree with WildFK.
and wages in the Hospitality Industry other that very high management will be very low.
Work some where else ... even a few months in the usa, and then you can live very cheaply in Thailand for a few years.

Australia:

The advantage here is English for one.
They wages are higher than Thailand, but still not as high as usa.

NewZealand:
English speaking , wages same as Australia.

Can't speak to the employment etc. laws and regs of any of them.

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

Josh,
'wildfk' has given you excellent advice. Any country that is cheap to live in generally has cheap labor. You would not work for what most citizens of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos or VN are paid.

Cambodia is one country that you might find something. I would check with the hotels there to see if there is any chance of employment. Cambodia has a business visa option that Thailand does not have. You can basically stay in Cam. for as long as you can pay the $25/month visa fee. This is NOT true in Thailand.

I would fly into SEA and have a great holiday for 2-3 months. If you find something in Cambodia, great. If not, you had an adventure bumping around SEA. Fly home and start saving for your next holiday.

5. Posted by Travelluv (Budding Member 9 posts) 5y

Hi there

I had a room mate while I was living on Ko Samui. She got a job working with a high end accomodation company in management. It was 5 star and she was overseeing the personal chefs, wedding staff, cleaning staff etc to ensure they were doing a good job. They sorted out the visa for her, gave her a great truck, gave her 10,000 baht per month to put toward accomodation, gas money and a salary of about $1200 Canadian dollars. She had to work a lot but the money was enough to keep her going in Thailand. It really is best to just go somewhere that you want to be and speak with people in person. If you have past upper level experience in hospitality, it's not that difficult especially if you're in an area with high end accomodation. Hope this helps!