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http://travel.asiaone.com/travel/destinations/4-countries-where-singaporean-freelancers-can-get-long-stay-visa


Thailand doesn't technically have a visa for freelancers, but there's a reason cities like Chiang Mai and Bangkok are flooded with remote workers anyway-it's quite easy to get a visa, renewable for up to a year, as a student so long as you enrol in a Thai language course with at least 15 contact hours a week (more info here).

Let's try to overlook the fact that many foreigners who enrol just for the visa don't even turn up for the classes. If you're going to be living in Thailand for a year, the least you could do is to make an effort to at least pick up the basics of the language.

Bangkok, while stressful and polluted, is a favourite shopping and holiday destination for Singaporeans, but I personally find it too intense for a long-term stay.

Chiang Mai is currently a hub for foreign freelancers, and the fact that it's incredibly inexpensive helps-you can get a studio in a condo together with all the bells and whistles like swimming pools for about S$300 to S$400 a month, and if you're willing to live in a Thai-style apartment or share with roommates, your costs decrease dramatically. Heck, there are Singaporeans who pay more per month for their gym memberships.

Even taking into account rent and dining out, you might end up spending less per month in Chiang Mai than you would living rent-free in your parents' home in Singapore, with the added benefit of having your own space.

It's not for everyone, but can be a rewarding option for those with the guts to try it. It's also close enough for you to fly back in a matter of hours if you have clients to meet or something urgent attend to at home.



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Re: 4 countries where Singaporean freelancers can get a long stay visa
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2016, 11:56:39 am »
Wow.. uncle bj now ghostwriting for asiaone.com?  So are you a foreign free-lancer in Thailand?
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Re: 4 countries where Singaporean freelancers can get a long stay visa
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2016, 12:00:02 pm »
Wow.. uncle bj now ghostwriting for asiaone.com?  So are you a foreign free-lancer in Thailand?
yes, I am foreign FL because cannot find permanent job in Singapore.  :'(
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Re: 4 countries where Singaporean freelancers can get a long stay visa
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2016, 12:06:35 pm »
yes, I am foreign FL because cannot find permanent job in Singapore.  :'(
At least as a foreign free-lancer, you are free to lance anytime in a foreign land.  :P
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