“Thailand have it all!”
Thailand is possibly one of the most interesting and affordable places for you to settle post retirement in the entire world. Known for its foreigner-friendly, infrastructure, welcoming culture, white sand beaches, crystal clear water and beautiful climate, ruins of ancient kingdoms, many present-day temples and, of course, Thai cuisine, Thailand offers a mix of everything from vibrant cosmopolitan cities to quiet waterside towns. Over the years, Thailand has turned into a popular destination for expats in search of a change in scenery, new cultural experiences, affordable health care, possible tax benefits and a lower cost of living during retirement.
Many expats from around the world have chosen the Land of Smiles as the paradise where they can enjoy their golden years. Here, we take a look at the top ten traveling cities in Thailand for retirees.
Bangkok is the city of choice if you’re looking for a cosmopolitan retirement, it’s Thailand’s capital city and is the most populated one in the country. It’s a buzzing cosmopolitan destination that comprises of many tall buildings, bustling markets, glittering nightclubs, ancient temples, magnificent palaces as well as street-side vendors that sell tantalising foods. Apart from being coined as a concrete jungle, it possesses natural beauty which you can see from flowering tropical plants, green spaces and swirling canals. Although the traffic can be a nightmare at times, expat retirees who favour a bustling cityscape and want a diverse lifestyle experience should make Bangkok their preferred city to live in.
Keep peace, Live in Krabi
A riverside town that features a number of cozy cafes and inexpensive restaurants known as Thailand’s best city if you’re looking for a peaceful retirement. The Krabi town is known as one of the most beautiful locations in Thailand for retirement. Cosy cafes and inexpensive restaurants are a common find in Krabi and it also boasts a low crime rate. What’s more, Krabi plays host to many visiting tourists during peak seasons for travel, so if you like to enjoy the company of tourists and want to share your life story with them over a few drinks in a laid-back environment, Krabi makes the perfect destination for your retirement. All in all, if exotic marine life, sea caves, nature and a close knitted community are things that interest you, make your move to Krabi today!
Chilling Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is located near the foothills of northern Thailand, and can be reached by air from Bangkok. The city is renowned for those who are seeking a tranquil lifestyle or a more temperate climate. Chiang Mai is also home to many Buddhist temples with rich history that dates back to over 7 centuries ago. Tranquility doesn’t mean that you do not get to have fun! Here, you will find movie theatres that offer first-run films, shopping malls and delectable dining options within close reach. A substantial amount of expats live near Chiang Mai’s city centre in highly affordable condominium. Chiang Mai is known its for ‘One-Stop Living’ so why not move in today?
Get into Phuket
Phuket houses one of Thailand’s famed beach destinations and it offers the best of worlds: spending fun-filled nights in the area’s nightclubs or spending peaceful days on idyllic sandy beaches because of the large influx of expats over the years, Phuket has no lack of international cuisine offerings in top notch restaurants. Of course, if you want to go local, you can also enjoy some of the best Thai-style seafood here. The real estate market in Phuket is a bustling one, and whether you buy a luxury pool villa or rent a cosy condo, you can be sure that there’s no lack of options for you to choose from.
Good people go to heaven, Good retirement go to Pattaya
Pattaya is a great holiday destination and a popular retirement destination as well for many western expats. It is possibly the most enigmatic city in Thailand and a paradise for many. The city offers many facilities and amenities such as long stretches of beaches, excellent sports clubs, full-scale golf courses and plenty of opportunities for social activities. Serviced apartments, villas and condominiums are easily available in the city and is great for anyone who seeksto have a fine balance between beachside living and city living.
Drop off Phang Nga
Phang Nga boasts of scenic islands and lush green forests as well as unrivalled natural beauty, both underwater and onshore. Phang Nga host many festivals or special holidays as many Thai Buddhist, Thai-Islamic and Thai-Chinese traditions are celebrated here. There are plenty of attractions you can explore during your days here which include the Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park and the Sanong Manora waterfall. There is also a surge of community-based tourism here which opens up villages for one-day tours and overnight home stays, so if you want to have business from home during your retirement, you might have just found the perfect destination.
Hua Hin in style
Hua Hin was once a quiet fishing village, but after Thailand’s royal family built a vacation home on the shore in the 1920s, it started attracting nearby Bangkok’s elite, who in turn established a community of vacation homes along Hua Hin’s wide, sandy beaches. Today, Hua Hin has a well-developed expat community, who enjoy the area’s small-town feel, flourishing restaurant scene, sea breeze and reasonable cost of living.
Go Kanchanaburi go!
Kanchanaburi is located in the western part of Thailand and is widely recognised for its lovely scenery and easy accessibility to waterfalls and national parks. Just little bit outside of Kanchanaburi, you will be able to find more national parks with the likes of Srinakarind and Erawan. The city is best known for the bridge that is located over the River Kwai that has a history of being the Death Railway to Burma (involving thousands of POWs and Asian labourers from Japan). A decent number of expats have settled here and this explains the increased number of bars, restaurants and bookstores that cater to the expat community.
Chiang Rai, slow life but sure
If Thailand is one of the cheapest countries on Earth, Chiang Rai would be one of the cheapest city. Chiang Rai is located in the northernmost part of Thailand and it serves as the main commercial hub of the Golden Triangle (Thailand, Laos and Myanmar). If you do not like iving in a crowded surrounding, the rural atmosphere of Chiang Rai will help you spend your days in a carefree and peaceful manner. For those expats who want to get the most out of their baht, Chiang Rai is a winner because it is one of the cheapest cities to live in the whole country. Despite being surrounded by forests, mountains and rice fields, expat retirees still have access to decent amenities such as a hospital, shopping mall and a variety of restaurants.
Feel the northeast, Nakhon Ratchasima
Commonly known as Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima is one of the “Big 4 of Issan”. The city is known for its incredible food varieties, bazaars, the Korat Zoo, Wat Sala Loi and the Thao Suranaree Monument. Interestingly, many expat retirees who have married Thai nationalities often reside in this city. It is no secret that many westerners prefer Thai women with darker skin, and most of these ladies originate from Nakhon Ratchasima so as there are a large number of expat retirees here, many modern facilities have been built here which include shopping malls, condos, and schools.
Which city will you choose? Do share with us!
Just remember ‘Anywhere is happy, if you take it with you’
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