Would Thailand Be a Good Place for Retirement?

Low cost of living, excellent health care, warm weather all year round and delicious food sold on nearly every street corner, it’s no doubt that Thailand would be a good place for retirement. The country has been listed as one of the world’s best places to retire to in 2015 by International Living, a North American-based magazine for retirees.

The Thai people are well-known for their welcoming and accepting nature, their hospitality readily extended to expats.

According to the International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index, thriving expat communities already exist in the larger cities, such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and resort areas, such as Phuket and Hua Hin. The Thai people are also well-known for their welcoming and accepting nature, their hospitality readily extended to expats.

Excellent health care is available throughout the country, but the best care to be had is in the city centers, especially in Bangkok. Basic doctor’s visits and dental procedures (such as cleanings and fillings) can cost as little as $30, while a basic health insurance plan starts at around $300.

Even in the likes of Chiang Mai, a couple can live comfortably on a modest budget of $1,500 a month.

Thai food and Singha beer on a beach in Thailand
Thai food and Singha beer on a beach in Thailand.

International Living writes that Thailand is an outdoor lovers paradise, with a rich mosaic of rainforests, exotic wildlife, and breathtaking temples. On islands such as Koh Samui, Thailand also boasts some of the most beautiful tropical beaches you’ll find anywhere in the world, with properties available at highly affordable prices. But then, affordable homes and a relatively low cost of living can be found right across Thailand. Even in the likes of Chiang Mai, a couple can live comfortably on a modest budget of $1,500 a month.

See the full list: The World’s Best Places To Retire In 2015


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