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Moving to Bangkok

Moving to a new country can be a challenge and you will probably have lots of questions. If you need any help or have any questions regarding settling down to life in Bangkok please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team, they will be happy to assist you.

A good resource for example is the website Bangkok.com, providing information and recommendations about restaurants, areas of interest, activities etc. On that website for example you will also find information about Bangkok’s very good network of international hospitals as well as get an overview about Bangkok’s transportation system.

If you are looking for networking groups outside of school then you might be interested in joining one of the many women’s groups or charity organisations in Bangkok. Most of these groups or organisations are involved in a wide variety of activities such as sports, charitable and social welfare work, numerous social activities and outings, travel and more. 

In addition to social groups there are many community sports and family activities to choose from in and around Bangkok.

We can only list a few groups and organisations. For more information we highly recommend the ANZWG Bangkok Guide published by the Australian-New Zealand Women’s Group. This essential guide to living in Bangkok offers everything you have to know about this vibrant city. The guide is available in major book stores and also for sale during our New Parent Coffee Morning in Term 1. For more information about the Bangkok Guide please click here

Women groups

You can also contact your Embassy for details of social events if you come from a smaller country where there is not a specific "Women's Group". For example the Royal Norwegian Embassy hosts at the Residence of the Norwegian Ambassador a children's Christmas party and the 17 May National Day Party; or the Dutch Ambassador hosts the Sinterklaas party and the Kings Day party. 

 

General networking, cultural or support groups

  • Club Canada Thailand
    www.clubcanadathailand.com
    CCT is a social and philanthropic group committed to raising funds for local charities, to providing opportunities for Canadians to meet one another and to fostering positive Thai-Canadian relationships.
  • Bangkok Accueil
    www.bangkokaccueil.org
    Open to all French speaking families.
  • Italian Cultural Group
    www.ladantebangkok.com, email: dantecinemaitalia@gmail.com 
    Another option to get in touch with Italians in Bangkok is via the following email addresses: aibkkclub@gmail.com or donneitalianebkk@gmail.com
  • Bangkok Community Theater
    www.bangkokcommunitytheatre.com, email: info@bangkokcommunitytheatre.com
    BCT is a voluntary, non-profit organisation of many nationalities who work together to produce English language plays for the local community.
  • Bangkok Babies and Mothers International
    www.bambiweb.org, tel. 02 319 9530, email: newmembers@bambiweb.org.
    BAMBI is a non-profit organisation run by volunteer mothers to support pregnant women and parents of young children (birth – five years) of all nationalities.
  • InterNations
    www.internations.org/bangkok-expats
    Monthly networking events for Bangkok expats.
  • Bangkok Network for Professionals
    www.bnow.org, email: bnow@bnow.org
    BNOW provides a supportive network to professionals living and working in Bangkok.
  • Meetup
    www.meetup.com
    Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to find a like-minded group or organise a local group.

Sports and Recreation

  • Bangkok Soccer League 
    www.bangkoksoccerleague.com
    The season runs October to March. The league is open to boys and girls aged 4-19 who attend international schools. Games and training are held on Saturday mornings on school campus of Bangkok Patana School.
  • Bangkok Rugby Lions 
    www.bkklionsrugby.org
    The season runs from April to July, with playing and training for students aged 4-18. Weekly coaching clinics held on Saturday mornings at Bangkok Patana School including players from the British Club and The Southerners.
  • Thailand Rugby League
    www.thailandrugbyleague.com
  • Bangkok International Softball League
    www.bangkoksoftball.com
    The slo-pitch softball league runs from August until May each year.
  • Bangkok Basketball League 
    www.topflightbangkok.com
    The season for students (BJBL) aged 5-16 years from many international schools runs from late January until mid June.
  • Bangkok Cricket League
    www.bangkokcricketleague.com
    It is the largest league in Thailand and is co-ordinated and run by the teams themselves.

International Arts & Films

  • The Bangkok Art & Culture Centre: art festivals, exhibitions, music, film and theatre
  • The Neilson Hays Library: exhibitions for international artists and authors
  • The Japan Foundations: art and cultural events, Japanese films every Friday
  • Alliance Française: French art and photography exhibitions, French films every Wednesday
  • Goethe Institute: Concerts, German open air movie nights December to February
  • House RCA cinema: art house and indie films from all over the world 


Websites for events, art and restaurants 


If you would like to know what is going on in the city please check out the links below:

 

Local newspapers or the weekly BK magazine (available for free at coffee shops) are also a valuable source for updated information on theatre, concerts, music, sports and so on.


Health Care

Centrally located in the heart of Bangkok, Bumrungrad International is one of Thailand's premier hospitals, a center of excellence in specialty medicine, and a world leader in medical tourism. It offers its patients one-stop medical care in Asia's first and Thailand's only JClA (Joint Commission International Accreditation) accredited hospital.

The main hospital, Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital located on Sukhumvit Soi 49, is recognized as one of the leading private hospitals in Southeast Asia. With a comprehensive range of medical technology, complemented by a team of highly qualified specialists and experienced caregivers, Samitivej Sukhumvit has long been the hospital of choice for the population of Bangkok.

BNH (Bangkok Nursing Home Hospital) is a modern 120-bed hospital operating to international standards. It provides service in both inpatient and outpatient departments, with physicians in every field of medicine available on a 24 hours basis.  BNH Hospital is a first-class international medical institution, with some of the most sophisticated and up-to-date facilities in Thailand. Its 104 years of serving both Thai and expatriate communities are further enhanced by a reputation and lasting tradition of service excellence.

Housing and Relocation

Many relocation companies often offer home search and orientations programmes as part of their service, so if you are relocating within Bangkok here are a few companies that may be able to assist: