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Video #48 | August 9, 2018

In this video I’m going to give you some ideas for finding friends in Bangkok. An important note. The advice in this video applies to all Bangkok visitors. Whether you’re in the city for just a few days, or plan to say for weeks, months or even years.



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#VIDEO TRANSCRIPT#

Welcome to the forty-eighth video of Bangkok Unmasked! The YouTube channel that helps you get the most out of your visit to Bangkok city! If you’re new here, please consider subscribing! In this video I’m going to give you some ideas for finding friends in Bangkok. An important note. The advice in this video applies to all Bangkok visitors. Whether you’re in the city for just a few days, or plan to say for weeks, months or even years.

Let’s get started!

Maybe you’re in the city alone. Maybe you only know one or two people. Maybe you already know plenty of people! Irrespective, you’ll want to meet new friends in Bangkok. For most people it won’t be a want, it’ll be a need. Even though Bangkok has a population of over 8 million, it can easily become a very lonely place without friends and a broad support network. This is compounded if you don’t speak the Thai language. While more Thai speak English than when I arrived in the country 19 years ago, most don’t speak English to any reasonable level of fluency.

What follows is what I think are the 3 best options for finding friends in Bangkok.

Finding friends in Bangkok. Option number 1 – Meet Ups.

In my opinion one of the single best ways to meet new people is through meet ups. If you haven’t checked out meetup.com, this should absolutely be your first port-of-call. Whatever you’re interested in, there’s likely a meet up for it. Note. If you want to simply network for work purposes, you can absolutely do this through meetup.com too. To give you an idea of what’s available, what follows are some of the meetup groups. It’s a diverse selection of options!

  • Startup Grind Bangkok.
  • Bangkok Paintball.
  • Bangkok Improv – Improv Comedy Meetup.
  • BKK Machine Learning.
  • Bangkok Scientifique.
  • Bangkok Badminton.
  • Bangkok Urban Hiking Meetup.
  • The Bangkok Wine Club.
  • Bangkok RPG Group.
  • Bangkok English Speakers Lunch Group.
  • Bangkok Meditation.
  • BKK Book Club.

And this is just scratching the surface. One of the best things is that meetup.com is free to use. They only charge for organizer subscriptions i.e. to start and lead Meetup groups as an organizer.

Finding friends in Bangkok. Option number 2 – Internations.org.

Internations.org is another meet up option. Through the platform you’ll be able to access a large community of expats in Bangkok.

Internations is the largest global expat network with 3.2 million members. In Bangkok they facilitate a huge variety of events and activities where expats gather. It’s a great option to build contacts and build relationships. The get togethers are usually held in exclusive locations throughout the city. The great thing is that like meetup.com you can join groups of like-minded people through the “Groups” that meetup at designated locations on a frequent basis. What follows are some examples of what you can expect.

  • Bangkok Culture Group.
  • Bangkok Professional Networking.
  • Bangkok Explorers Group.
  • Bangkok Nightlife & Drinks Group.
  • Bangkok Changemakers Group.
  • Bangkok Chess Group.
  • Bangkok Music Group.
  • Bangkok Latin Night Group.

Again, this is just scratching the surface. Currently a 3-month membership to Internations is US$7.95 per month. The longer your membership period, the cheaper the monthly fee becomes.

Finding friends in Bangkok. Option number 3 – Chicky Net.

Chicky Net is a community of expat women living and working in Thailand. It has become one of the biggest communities for expat women in Thailand. The community was founded in 2009, and now boasts over 3,300 members. You can find them through their Facebook group.

Finding friends in Bangkok. Option number 4 – 13 More ideas!

If none of the first 3 options look if interest. And especially if you’re an extrovert. You can meet new friends in Bangkok through the following places.

  1. Bars and pubs. Sukhumvit and Silom are the areas that you want to target.
  2. Khao San Road.
  3. Volunteering. The Mirror Foundation is a solid option. Check out a video that I did on this organization through the i-icon above.
  4. Business associations.
  5. Cultural events like local theater, ballet or orchestra.
  6. Art galleries. I strongly recommend the BACC. Check out a video that I did on this organization through the i-icon above.
  7. Join a gym. If you’re near to Rama 6, you can’t beat the Atrium Athletic Club. Check out a video that I did on this gym through the i-icon above.
  8. Toastmasters.
  9. Find a church or religious community.
  10. Go to seminars, book signings, or speaking events.
  11. Hang out at a jazz or music club.
  12. Hang out at one of the many Bangkok museums.
  13. Take a cooking class. [Or any class].

Final thoughts.

Ultimately, if you’re having problems making friends in Bangkok, it’s really due to lack of imagination and drive! Bangkok may seem like an impersonal city, but you really are spoilt for choice regarding options to meet new people!

Anyway, that’s it for this video. Expect a new video next week.

For all you techies out there, this video was shot on a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus and edited using HitFilm Express.

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Finally, please don’t forget to subscribe to this channel through the button below! Also, I’d like to hear from you if you have any questions or comments regarding finding friends in Bangkok. Maybe you have some great suggestions that I missed. Please do reach out to me through the comments section of this video!

Thank you very much for watching. I’ll see you next week. Goodbye.

jamesnardell

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