Thailand’s low prices, exotic cities, and white, sandy beaches have driven thousands to leave their countries of residence and become expats. The influx of expats means that prospective residents have plenty of options to choose from in terms of location, with thriving expat communities found anywhere from cities, to beaches, to mountain retreats. Here is an overview of four of the country’s most popular locations.
Living in Bangkok
Thailand’s capital is a cosmopolitan city which combines stunning skyscrapers with floating markets. There’s no shortage of social clubs for expats, and residents will be able to fly direct to numerous cities across the world. Offering the luxuries of modern life, Bangkok is also home to many large companies, so anyone looking for work should start here. On the downside, Bangkok can be a little overwhelming for those not used to city life.
Living in Phuket
The country’s largest island, known as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’, is surrounded by warm, clear waters and boasts high daytime temperatures during the dry season. A tourist and expat mecca for years, it offers more rental opportunities than most beach locations in Thailand. Living around Patong means being part of the party crowd, which is comprised mainly of young backpackers, but many excellent family areas exist towards the south of the island.
Living in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is one of the most popular locations for ‘digital nomads’, those who have found location independent work but haven’t officially moved countries. That makes it an ideal place for tech-related start-ups, as well as those looking for a more relaxed atmosphere. Buddhist temples and a more temperate climate are on offer in Chiang Mai, and you’ll be only an hour’s flight away from Bangkok.
Living in Koh Samui
Koh Samui is probably the most popular beach resort for those looking for the same tropical weather and easy living that they can receive in Phuket, but without the larger crowds that have come to define the island. There are naturally fewer expats, but attention to first-class medical care and western conveniences is still available, and you’re just a 90-minute flight away from Bangkok.
No matter the location you choose, make sure you contact a reputable health insurance company for expats to arrange your health insurance before you leave.