Thailand is one of the most popular places to go not just for tourists, but also for expats. This is for good reason. The country is incredibly affordable and the climate is amazing. Additionally, the medical care in the country is great, the culture and history are fascinating and the people are incredibly friendly. Let’s take a look at some of the best places to live for expats in Thailand.
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, although it initially started as a trading port for the Chinese. It is found on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is an attractive place for expats and tourists alike and a favorite R&R spot for troops during the Vietnam war. Now, it is a true cosmopolitan city with luxury hotels, skyscrapers and a fantastic public transport networks. Considering it is also very affordable, it is no surprise that it is popular with expats.
If you like a slower pace of life and fantastic mountain views, Chiang Mai is the place to go. It is located in the north of the country and offers a very temperate climate. Chiang Mai is the heart of the Lanna culture, the original culture of Thailand. As such, there are hundreds of beautiful Buddhist temples and the region is steeped in a 700 year-old history that is still highly revered. The historic core of Chiang Mai is still surrounded by an ancient moat, from where you can see the remains of the once walled city. As it has become increasingly popular for expats and tourists, you can now get all the creature comforts you would look for in your daily life. It is also highly affordable, even if you were to dine and go out every night. There are now even two western malls in the city, and a hospital that is JCI accredited.
Phuket is for those who want to live by the beach in comfort. It is one of the most beautiful parts of the country where you can enjoy turquoise water and the luscious green of the jungles. The island, the Pearl of Andaman, is a true paradise with long sandy beaches and gorgeous rocky outcrops. There is always a breeze to make the temperature feel comfortably cool. Phuket is easy-going, but it is highly popular among the younger tourists. It is full of action and night clubs and beach parties. However, if you live there, you will quickly start to discover the parts that are slightly more undiscovered, where you can enjoy a meal and the beaches without sharing your space with thousands of others.
The lifestyle in Phuket is incredibly convenient. It is home to the best seafood restaurants in the country, and also offers a variety of other gourmet eateries at affordable prices. Because it is so touristic, you can also find western-style supermarkets, grocery stores and department stores. You can find anything from food to fashion and from sailing to cycling in Phuket.