Often I’ve heard the question asked; what work can a foreigner get in Thailand, apart from teaching English or setting up your own business?
Where it was once true that there was very little work available for a foreigner not lucky enough to get an expat package from an international firm, more jobs appear to be here now.
I think there is a reason to protect some Thai jobs. The Thai people would suffer if certain jobs were opened up to foreigners. But if you do an internet search you will the see there are now jobs out there for foreigners with the right skill-set.
Here is a list of things you definitely can’t do unless you’re Thai, although a couple have been relaxed for labourers from neighbouring countrires. They relate to laws passed in 1979.
2. Farming including looking after livestock, forestry and fisheries (exception: farm manager).
3. Bricklaying, carpentry and other construction tasks.
4. Wood carving.
5. Driving including operating heavy machinery (exception: airline pilot between countries)
6. Selling in shops.
8. Accounts work (unless it is temporary in nature)
9. Gemstone cutting and polishing.
10. Haircutting, styling or beauty salon work.
11. Weaving cloth by hand.
12. Mat making or making objects from rattan.
13. Making paper from mulberry by hand.
14. Lacquer ware making.
15. Making Thai musical instruments.
16. Making niello ware.
17. Making gold, silver and copper items.
18. Stone engraving.
19. Making Thai dolls.
20. Mattress or quilt making.
21. Making monks’ alms bowls.
22. Silk work by hand.
23. Fashioning Buddhist images.
24. Knife making.
25. Umbrella making using either paper or material.
26. Shoes making.
27. Hat making.
28. Acting as an agent or representative (except in contact with foreign companies)
29. Civil engineering work including design, quantity surveying, organization, research, testing, looking after the progress of work, and giving advice (exception: specialist work)
30. Various work and duties of an architect including producing blueprints.
31. Making accessories for body adornment.
33. Rolling cigarettes by hand.
34. Acting as a guide or tour organizer.
35. Carrying goods around for sale.
36. Thai language printing.
37. Silk weaving.
38. Acting as a clerk or secretary.
39. Legal work and handling lawsuits.
Nationals from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia are allowed to be labourers and do housework.
In other news from Thailand
As I’ve commented before so many ‘Farang’ die in Thailand there is a dedicated website: https://www.farang-deaths.com/ that is kept up to date and may need to buy extra disk space on their server soon.
Also listed is a Canadian named Alexandre Cazes who hanged himself in a Thai police station this week who was involved with a ‘dark web’ site.
What’s in the future for Thailand? An Aussie ‘expert’ gives his take on what could cause turbulence in Thailand in the future.