Digital Nomad Hotspot: Inside the Top 5 Coworking Spaces in Bangkok
Thailand has become a hotspot for digital nomads, with a bustling scene in Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Chiang Mai houses more digital nomads, while Bangkok has a large and active startup community. It seems like every couple months, a new coworking space opens up in Bangkok. To make things easier for you, we’ve narrowed it down to just the absolute bset coworking spaces in Bangkok.
Keeping to a consistent routine is essential for high performance, so you’ll want a reliable coworking space to serve as your base of operations. It can be tough to find the exact work environment you want while traveling, but the coworking spaces in Bangkok are varied enough to fit everyone’s needs. Whether you’re after a laid back café vibe or a more formal office setting, you’re covered.
The Company is the CLOSEST coworking space to Bodega Bangkok Party Hostel, just down the street actually! It’s got a great, spacious environment with a chill-out area and everything you could ask for out of a coworking space. Private offices, meeting rooms, call booths but most importantly of all: excellent internet. Internet connectivity has always been an issue in Thailand with its infrastructure and no company is perfect but The Company is a place we’ve found to be incredibly consistent. More consistent than our own hostel’s internet, to be completely honest. If you’re a backpacker that’s trying to get some work done (or just catch up on your favorite TV shows without buffering), this is the place to go.
As we mentioned in the intro, new coworking spaces in Bangkok tend to open up very often and The Company is no exception. They’re fairly new to Bangkok, but are actually a Japanese company with startups all around the world including Singapore, Cebu and Honolulu! With such a wide spread of locations, you know they’re doing something right! That said, being a new coworking space, there’s lots of hot desks available and it’s a very quiet place to get your shit done.
It’s also worth noting its location. And I don’t just mean the proximity to our hostel. The Company is on the 23rd floor of GMM Grammy building, well-known for being a hot spot of entertainment and famous Thai people in general. Every time I’ve visited, the lobby was absolutely full of Thai, Japanese, Korean and Chinese women waiting around in hopes of snapping a selfie with their favorite pop musicians. Idol fanbases can get pretty hectic, it’s top tier people watching if you ask me.
The Company also has one feature that makes it truly stand out from any other in this list: a video production room! Members get full access to the green screen, proper lighting set-up, etc. If you’re a travel vlogger, it is absolutely worth spending the day working here! 🔥
We’re still working out the details but at the time of updating this blog (Jan 18, 2019), we’re going to be partnering up with The Company. Expect discounted rates if you’re staying with us by showing your Bodega dorm keys to reception at The Company! Exciting times, we always love adding a new Bodega Hostels partner to the family! 🍻
Phone: +66(0) 2-116-7924
Hours of Operation: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM Everyday
Cost: 100 ฿ Hourly, 400 ฿ Daily – but wait for the Bodega discount announcement coming soon!
Location: 23rd Floor, GMM Grammy Place, 50 Sukhumvit 21 (Asok) Rd
HUBBA Thailand is the original coworking space of Bangkok and it shows. HUBBA was founded in 2012 right when the startup scene was young and ripe. They filled a market gap at a time when demand was steadily increasing. Since then, they’ve expanded and now have 4 locations: HUBBA Ekkamai, Discovery HUBBA, HUBBA-TO and HUBBA Silom.
What puts HUBBA ahead of the curve is their constant stream of entrepreneurship and startup events. They’re the clear cut leader of the bunch with how often they’re able to host workshops and keynotes by local and foreign entrepreneurs. The general vibe of HUBBA also strays from the typical cookie-cutter open working space environment. From the moment you step through the door, it feels like you’re visiting a friend’s house to get some work done. The Wi-Fi is excellent, there’s a kitchen and each location has its own charm. For example, the garden of HUBBA Ekkamai has this whole “oasis in the jungle” vibe despite being tucked into a busy area of Bangkok. Working from the greenhouse boardroom in the garden is such a unique workplace that it’s often fully booked by local startups. There’s also a trampoline if you need to let some energy loose!
PS: If you have any questions about HUBBA, contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m quite active in the local startup community and have done some work with HUBBA Thailand and other local organizations like TechSauce Global and Digital Ventures Accelerator.
Phone: 02 714 3388
Hours of Operation: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Everyday
Cost: 299 ฿ Daily or 2990 ฿ Monthly
Location: Read about HUBBA Thailand’s 4 locations.
Launchpad is a short bike ride away from the Surasak BTS stop. It’s easily one of the easiest to access coworking spaces in Bangkok. It’s a more laid back vibe than HUBBA, which can be nice if you’re not too strict on your productivity.
Personally, I go to HUBBA to really get shit done and to Launchpad if I’m not working on tight deadlines. Sometimes it’s just a great spot for networking because of the relaxation area. I’ll go in for a few hours of work then sit back on a bean bag to play PS4. You’re bound to meet nomads, entrepreneurs and startup founders just hanging out at Launchpad.
Phone: 02 266 6222
Hours of Operation: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Everyday
Cost: 260 ฿ Daily or 5440 ฿ Monthly
Location: 139 Pan Road, Sethiwan Tower, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
The Work Loft is the best for people who love working late. They stay open 24 hors a day, which is quite a bit longer than HUBBA or Launchpad. The night owl’s coworking space of choice, that’s for sure. It’s located conveniently at the Sala Daeng BTS stop, not too far of a trek from Bodega Bangkok. Unlike other coworking spaces in Bangkok, it’s home to more than just your typical coworking residents. Since it’s in an old shophouse that spans 3 floors, there’s more to the building than just the office. You’ll see locals and tourists alike coming for the gym and escape room game centre.
It’s important to note that the small office spaces are a much better work environment than the hot desks and aren’t too much more expensive. The Work Loft also has a large meeting room on the 6th floor you can book and a rooftop bar.
Phone: 02 631 1669
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Cost: 300 ฿ Daily or 3000 ฿ Monthly
Location: 281/19-23 Silom Soi 1, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Monstar Lab is a very new coworking space, located conveniently near Asok BTS. That means it’s the 2nd closest coworking space to our Bangkok party hostel, just a bit further walk than The Company! We were very excited when we read the news about Monster Hub opening up. This is a well-known Japanese startup community that has recently begun its expansion into Southeast Asia. Despite having the capacity for a big crowd, it’s usually not too packed – making it one of the quietest coworking spaces in Bangkok to work out of. Things quickly change once the evening hits though! Monstar runs startup and entrepreneurship events frequently, so be sure to check out their website to see if there’s anything going on while you’re in town. It’s also worth noting that a day pass is only 250 baht, and you can even buy a half day for 150 baht. Easily the best bang for your buck!
Phone: 62 995 1185
Cost: 250 ฿ Daily or 5000 ฿ Monthly
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Location: 18 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Close to Asok BTS
#BodegaHostels Insider Tip
Coworking spaces aren’t your only option for getting your work done while in the capital of Thailand. There’s a great coffee scene with tons of different cafes to choose from. And we don’t mean just your typical Starbucks: Bangkok is known for its wide variety of themed cafes. You could also book private rooms or offices on EventBanana! Do your research on the area before booking your workplace so you have a better idea of what fits your needs best.