Bangkok is a city that encourages modern work environments. At any time of day or evening, cafes are full of creatives working freelance gigs or pursuing passion projects as they sip their oat lattes. The city is also buzzing with co-working spaces for remote workers, start-ups, and small business owners. Co-working spaces and work-friendly cafes are available in nearly every downtown district and they each have a distinct clientele and personality.
For bookish types, a co-working space in an old residential building with a library might appeal (as would access to Bangkok’s eclectic selection of museums and galleries), but many small business owners might prefer a space downtown that provides an array of onsite services, like a rooftop bar (quite frankly an essential in Bangkok, which is home to brilliant bars). Start-ups and tech types will discover well designed, modern co-working addresses with spaces perfect for meeting with clients. There’s even one with drafting tables to appeal to artists and designers.
For more casual work, the city’s cafe culture offers something for everyone, and according to our local’s guide to Bangkok, a weekend spent café hopping is about as Bangkokian as you can get. From kawaii and character-themed cafes serving pastel-coloured drinks to minimalist outposts for the most serious coffee connoisseurs, you’ll find a java shop that gets your creative juices flowing.
Take a look at our top choices for co-working spaces across Bangkok.
Best for: Small business owners looking to network
Location: Piman 49, 46/9 Sukhum Vit 49, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Price: Starting at 330 THB per day
Among the best-known co-working spaces in Bangkok, the Thong Lor branch of The Hive hosts some of the most interesting events in town, from rooftop yoga and open-air cinema nights to comedy and DIY workshops. It’s a welcoming and friendly space, with great facilities for work and play, including a rooftop bar and a spa. Though you can meet members from all sorts of industries here, it seems to attract owners of smaller businesses that don’t require their own office. They also have a second Bangkok branch in Phra Kanong.
Best for: Start-up founders with an eye for design
Location: 92/4, Floor 2, Sathorn Thani 2 Building, North Sathorn Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Offering design-led spaces in two very prime locations, Glowfish’s boutique co-working spaces practically beg you to invite someone over for a meeting. Both locations feature several rooms with different aesthetics, from muted cafes to lively restaurants and calming nap rooms. Expect to encounter a mix of local and ex-pat tech experts and start-up types. They also host popular conferences in their event rooms on subjects like blockchain and cryptocurrency.
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Best for: Remote workers that love to pop out for lunch
Location: 139 Pan Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Price: Starting at 350 THB per day
Launchpad is on Pan Road, one of Bangkok’s most iconic streets, where trees shade the pavement, a vibrant Hindu temple rises above the rooftops, and excellent food and drink options line both sides of the street. Launchpad is one of Bangkok’s biggest co-working addresses, and is filled with natural light. The spaces have a young, fun energy, dotted with bean bag chairs, standing work desks, and an excellent coffee outlet in the entrance called Brush, set up by one of the city’s best cafes, Roast Coffee & Eatery.
Best for: Low-key techy types
Location: 19 Soi Ekkamai 4, Prakanong Nua, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Price: Starting at 80 THB per hour
Bangkok’s first co-working space, Hubba, caters to mid-career techies and digital nomads. They offer great features like quiet zones, free-flow snacks, drinks for a low price, and hot desks and private offices that can be rented by the hour – the only co-working space on our list to do so.
Best for: Workers that want to be in the heart of the Central Business District
Location: 26 Chitlom Alley, Chitlom, Bangkok 10330
Price: Starting at 300 THB per day
With a much homelier and more rustic feel than the other entries, this co-working space is outfitted predominantly in wood, from the panelling on the walls to the substantial desks and the barn-style doors. It aims at attracting freelance artists and designers, with a creative space, photo studio and large production printers on-site. Engineers, architects and graphic designers will rejoice when they see the large desks for accommodating their plans and drawings.
Best for: Freelancers that want a home-like setting
Location: 61 Soi Pradipat 23, Pradipat Road, Phayathai, Bangkok 10140
Price: Starting at 240 THB per day
This cosy and quirky space feels more like working at an eccentric friend’s house than a co-working space. It’s located in a 50-year-old house with a small library and a calming vibe. With the lowest per-day pricing on our list, it’s worth seeking out for workers on a tight budget.
Best for: Coffee lovers obsessed with every detail of their drink
Location: 888 6-7 Ekkamai Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Price: Starting at 120 THB for drinks
On those days when you don’t have as much to do or just want a more casual atmosphere, certain cafes can’t be beaten for afternoons spent getting stuff done. Choose this excellent cafe for its high-energy atmosphere and incredible coffee in a sleek, glassy two-storey space. Kaizen is also known for its sourdough bread, sandwiches, and brunch, so spend the whole day here and enjoy the food on your lunch break, before heading out to check out one of Bangkok’s best restaurants.
Ink & Lion
Best for: Quick bursts of work
Location: 1, 7 Ekkamai 2 Alley, Phra Khanong Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Price: Starting at 90 THB for drinks
One of Bangkok’s hipper cafes, Ink & Lion are known for excellent coffee, cakes and waffles. The bare wooden chairs might make it less than ideal for putting in a full day’s work, but the people-watching and atmosphere can spark some sharp creative ideas.
Nana Coffee Roasters
Best for: Design fans looking for a destination cafe
Location: 445/8 Pradit Manutham Rd, Wang Thonglang, Bangkok 10310
Price: Starting at 130 THB for drinks
A much talked about brand with well designed, stand-alone outposts in Ari and Wang Thonglang – a neighborhood filled with recording studios and other creative businesses. These cafes roast their own coffee onsite and the staff are knowledgeable and passionate about their products.