Top 10 Reason to Retire in Thailand

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There are numerous reasons why people, when getting closer to retirement think about another country which they may have visited as a tourist to go and live either temporarily or permanently. Choosing to leave your home country to live in a foreign land is getting more popular and more and more “Young at Heart” over 50 years of age are seriously thinking about this.


Thailand’s Great Climate

Thailand’s tropical climate is a major attraction for many. With no real winter to speak of (although it can get chilly in the northern hills) and a relatively mild monsoon season with few real typhoons, the Thai climate is great for those that enjoy hot days and sultry nights. The hot season of March through May is the only drawback, as these months can be sweltering, but many residents feel that this is a small price to pay for sun-drenched days beneath the palm trees.

Retirement Climate

Perfect Retirement Climate


Interesting Thai People

Fun-loving, friendly, reasonably hard working, and generally polite, the Thais are an easy bunch of people to get along with. Thailand also boasts an eclectic and fascinating expatriate community and as a major tourist destination, you will meet people from all over the world.


Delicious Thai Food

Thailand is loaded with tasty foods and you can live off of $5.00 a day, plenty of open markets and roadside food stands to choose from. If you like Asian food and like it spicy, Thailand is the best place in the world to live. A bewildering array of fresh tropical fruit complements a fantastic range of curries, soups, rice dishes, and seafood. Even if you can’t take too much spice, the Chinese culinary influence is strong and Bangkok and most large urban centres have a host of western, Japanese, and South Asian outlets to tempt you.


The Cost Of Living

This is by far the most important reason why Thailand is an excellent location for retirement.  Housing is very affordable in Thailand, although of varying quality, utilities and services are very inexpensive, transport costs virtually nothing, and food and drink are very reasonably priced. In Thailand, you very much get what you pay for, but the real advantage is that you are able to live high or live low. If you are on a budget, you can make your money go a long way and have a good lifestyle at the same time. If you can afford the high life, it’s all there.

Retirement Housing

This house for sale in Ubon Ratchatani for US$53,000


Top Quality Health Care

Thailand is fast developing into a major centre for overseas Medical Tourism. Why, because the quality is extremely high and it’s very affordable.  The majority of Consultants, Surgeons and Doctors train abroad so they are well educated in the latest techniques and speak your language.  Having superb International hospitals on your doorstep has to be great news should you ever need them. Every provincial capital has at least one private hospital of international standard or very close to it, and with medical bills and insurance being very affordable, staying healthy in Thailand should not be a problem.


Fascinating Thai Culture

Thailand’s rich artistic tradition, colourful and ornate temples, highly complex and varied social structures and excellent art galleries and museums can provide a lifetime of interest. There is always something to learn, always something new to discover. Many long-term residents say that they can only scratch the surface of this truly captivating country.


The Great Outdoors

Combine Thailand’s areas of outstanding natural beauty with the increasingly high quality of sporting and leisure facilities
and you have a paradise for the outdoors lover. Golfers will drool over some of the courses on offer in Thailand – with ridiculously low green fees. Scuba diving and other water sports are easily found. The national parks are wonderful. Or you can just take a walk in the rice paddies for free. All of this on your doorstep.

Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin

Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin - 18 holes par 72 (7361yards)


Growing Business Opportunities

Thailand is one of the most attractive “exotic” countries in which to explore new business opportunities; only Malaysia and Singapore in Southeast Asia are comparable. Whilst the red tape is annoying, scams and rip-offs need to be borne in mind, and cultural hurdles need to be overcome, the recovering Thai economy, a stable political situation, a reasonably skilled workforce and the business-friendly attitude of the current government make available serious opportunities for the top-dollar investor and small businessman alike.


The Pace Of Life

One of the great aspects of life in Thailand is that you can live fast or live slow, or somewhere in the middle. It’s up to you. It is quite easy to go on a history-making splurge in Bangkok if you have the willpower, the stamina, and the money, just as it’s as easy to lose yourself for months or years in the tranquil natural beauty of the northern mountains. With so much variety on offer, you can choose your own lifestyle in Thailand.


Fun Factor

Like to party? So do the Thais! If there was ever a country where you may just be able to have too much fun, this may be it. Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, and Koh Samui are Thailand’s well-known fun factories, but if you are prepared to mix with the locals even the small, out of the way places can be great for socialising. Many expatriates need a regular check of the fun meter to make sure that other aspects of their life are not being neglected.


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Updated: December 26, 2010 by admin

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