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Can anyone help me understand the visa situation for remote workers in Thailand? I work for a Canadian company and would like to work remotely from Thailand.
The work visa seems to only be for people employed by Thai registered companies?
There isn't an easy, legal and cheap solution (you'll have to pick two).
Most people work on tourist visas and just don't disclose that (cheap, easy, not legal), if you're doing work in tech-related jobs and your employer foots the bill, something like iglu.net might work (easy, legal, not cheap) and if you do one of the few approved&remote jobs like writing and research you might qualify for a journalism visa (legal, cheap, not easy).
In case your Canadian company has business partners in Thailand, it's still possible to get a working visa. Check the below link for more info under " (2) Foreigners who wish to conduct business in Thailand"
Pretty much every country in the world has those sorts of requirements. If you are after the climate and low cost of living, Cambodia has (or at least up until recently had) a more chillax business visa you can buy without having to show an actual Cambodia-based business. IIRC working would still be technically illegal without an accompanying work permit, but if you were discreet it'd be hard to prove.