Some of the best places to live in Thailand
Posted 10 September 2010 - 03:07 PM
Aside from Thailand Capital City, which are some good or best places in Thailand for
foreigners to retire... perhaps places that have functional hospitals, police departments
and the like? Your information is much appreciated. Thank you!
Posted 10 September 2010 - 03:12 PM
Well I'd say Pattaya, Chiang Mai or Phuket. Obviously Pattaya has pretty much everything you could ask for and it's only a few hrs from Bangkok.
Posted 10 September 2010 - 03:39 PM
Hat Yai's fine, it's big but not too big, nicely cosmopolitan, we've 3 private hospitals, I'm not far from the beach, I can get most of what we need, and there's a border with 45 minutes by road if the s### hit the fan.
It doesn't boast too many whiteys, but that's the way I like it.
But if you want a farang ghetto head for Phuket or Pattaya.
Posted 10 September 2010 - 03:40 PM
Maybe try diff places and then compare? (month here, month there and so on until you settle on a place you like)
Posted 10 September 2010 - 03:42 PM
Posted 11 September 2010 - 01:19 AM
Can anybody please elaborate on the statement that Pattaya, Chiang Mai or Phuket are the main magnets for foreigners?
What does make any of these cities favorite for foreigners... is it because of their size, their proximity to the beach areas and to Bangkok?
Is it because in these cities foreigners can find basically anything they need in terms of restaurants/foods, lodging, medical facilities, less polution and the like?
According to your brief description of Hat Yai, it appears to be your favorite place to stay in Thailand. Can you please indicate how far more or less is Hat Yai located from the beach areas and from Bangkok? Are there Shopping Malls there? Thanks for your valued information on Hat Yai.
Posted 11 September 2010 - 01:44 AM
Up sides: 2-3 hours drive to BKK. Supermarkets, shops and hospitals all there. Less full on than somewhere like Pattaya, but has a beach (obviously) unlike BKK
Downsides: I've heard that Immigration there not the friendliest (but hey, TIT so Immigration anywhere can be a bit hard work), slightly "old fart-ish" at times.
For me Phuket is too pricey, Pattaya too dirty (the environment I mean!), and Samui too 'wild west'. Lots of people do retire Upcountry but personally its not for me. Hence I'd go for either Hua Hin or the outskirts of BKK.
Posted 11 September 2010 - 02:28 AM
Re Hat Yai, it's an 1hr 20min flight from Bangkok, 1000km or 12hrs by road and about the same by rail. It takes 40min to drive to Songkhla our nearest beach, we have, at the last count, 3 shopping malls, 2 department stores, plus a Tesco, Big C, Carrefour and Makro.
Phuket and Pattaya are major beach holiday centres and they've grown generating large expat communities, a mix of those who've retired and those catering for foreign tourists. Chiang Mai is up in the north among the mountains, and has developed as a tourist centre for treking holidays and culture, it's cooler, but air pollution is a problem some times if the year.
But as Brit says you need to spend time visiting likely candidates, and by time, that's more than a couple of days.
Posted 12 September 2010 - 01:38 PM
A strong plus is that we have our own airport.
Posted 12 September 2010 - 02:36 PM
That's the best advice. Also - don't run over here and buy a place. The smart money rents for a year or two, then when you are really sure where you want to retire ---- you still rent. Can't be bothered here to explain, but it's far cheaper, safer and more common sense to do that than buy a place. Also - recall what was said earlier about s### hitting the fan and being close to a border (the old saying in Thailand is 'never invest more here than you are prepared to walk away from (at short notice)'. And that is more in effect now than ever. Good luck (and next time do some research on your own..)
Posted 13 September 2010 - 01:51 PM
Posted 13 September 2010 - 02:45 PM
Posted 14 September 2010 - 12:20 AM
Can you or anyone else please elaborate on this thought: "(the old saying in Thailand is 'never invest more here than you are prepared to walk away from (at short notice)'. And that is more in effect now than ever." Thanksfor sharing!
Posted 14 September 2010 - 01:58 AM
Posted 14 September 2010 - 02:26 AM
Time wasting troll.
Posted 16 September 2010 - 02:13 AM
The place you live in Thailand must be quite ideal considering the fact that it is not too far from the beaches and Bangkok. You said that your rent for a 3Bed 2 bath house with a large fenced yard and new air conditioning in the bedroom ---is 5000 a month. Doesn't this amount translate into less than $200.00 USD a month? If this is the case, then the rent here in The Philppines is about 2 1/2 times more. Have a great one!
Posted 16 September 2010 - 02:27 AM
If you want stuff like exhibitions, cinema multiplexes, shopping for designer clothes, classical music, clubbing, etc, Bangkok is where it's at.
Wherever there are lots of foreigners there will be condos to rent. In a place like Chiang Rai it would be more difficult.
Posted 20 September 2010 - 06:12 AM
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