Working in Thailand
Sometimes people ask me -
"Hi, I would like to go in Thailand for three/four/five months or even move there and I would like to work, any jobs, perhaps in tourism/bars/restaurants...).
Can you help me and give me advice - Which papers to have? How to find a job?"
For westerners to find a short time job in Thailand may be very difficult. You always have to check with the visa and work permit section on the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or the Thai Embassy website anywhere.
Legally you cannot work there without the work permit. And a few months in a country is not enough time to get you one.
If you decide to settle down here, then you have two options - open your own Thai company and sort out your own work permit yourself ( not really yourself - any lawyer will do it for you)...or second option - you find someone who will employ you and take care of your work permit.
If you have money (and I am talking here about £1000) - I would advise you to go for your own company, this way you will never depend on anyone, but if money is a problem - then your only way is to be employed by someone.
Another thing - westerner (farang) cannot do some jobs in Thailand. For example - you can be a director of your company and have a shop, but you cannot be a shop assistant and sell the goods...You can open a massage place/spa, but you cannot do a massage... You can have a restaurant but you can't be a waiter...There are Thai people for that, and Thai Goverment makes sure they do those jobs, not you.
As the Thai law stands, you need a work permit to do any form of work, that includes voluntary, and if a Thai national can do the job you are trying to get, you will not get a work permit, regardless of how good or cheap you are to hire.
So, before you start any adventure, always seek an advise about what you can and cannot do in this country, otherwise you may get in big trouble.