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Finding employment in Krabi

There is very little in the way of employment for foreigners in Krabi – there are only a handful of international firms that hire them, mostly big hotels, who do not recruit locally. The only real options are language teaching or instructing dive courses.

The first is limited by the number of schools using foreign teachers in Krabi – there are probably around 2 dozen such positions in the province. There are a couple of schools teaching English to adults, but again, their needs for foreign staff are minimal. They are also wary of teachers who see TEFL in Krabi as a free holiday and tend to favour more serious applicants who will stay long term. For more information about teaching in Thailand see the website.

Diving is a popular option, as there are plenty of dive centres around offering work in the high season, both on the mainland and on the islands. Only instructors can work legally (i.e. receive a work permit from the Labour Office); however in practice there are plenty of Dive Masters and even Snorkel Guides working on the tour boats – most are aware of the risk they are taking. Unless you know someone here, it is best to apply for such positions directly to the dive schools before arrival as most aim to fill up available positions long before the high season begins.

The most common route to working in Krabi, however, is to set up your own business. Common (though not necessarily successful) ventures include guesthouses, restaurants and B2B services such as real estate or English language schools. A work permit is not then guaranteed but, if you have a skill the local labour force cannot provide, you have a better chance of getting one. Local firms exist to help you set up a company – we advise you to research the topic thoroughly first before entering into such an arrangement.

Obligatory word of caution: working without a permit is not recommended in any circumstances as, if caught, you will pay a hefty fine and could also be deported and refused further entry to the kingdom.

More info on working in Thailand and about the different types of visa available:

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Last updated: August 29, 2012