Youth Employment in Thailand

Understand the laws affecting teenagers working in Thailand...

The legal age at which teenagers can start work is 15. There are restrictions on the length of time those under 18 can work. However, it is still relatively common for children to work on the family's agricultural smallholding or for the family's small business. It is not uncommon to see very young children selling flowers or souvenirs to tourists late into the night.

There is a minimum wage in Thailand which is slightly higher in Bangkok than in the provinces. This is subject to change and should be checked.


Overall unemployment in Thailand was just under 1.5 percent in 2008. There is no government assistance available for unemployed teenagers.