If you were to ask people about their favorite place on this planet, many would put Thailand at the top of their list and there are many good reasons to retire in this tropical paradise that is a land of plenty. What has this southeast Asian country got to offer a western retiree?
Here are just a few reasons people retire in Thailand.
- The climate – Perhaps the number one reason Europeans love the Land of Smiles, the climate is tropical; the Thai winter begins in November and runs through to February, when daytime temperatures hover around 25C, the summer is from March to June, with April being the hottest month, sometimes hitting 46C. The rainy season is from July to the end of October and it can rain at any time, often very heavy, but the sun soon appears and everything is dry again.
- Low cost of living – When compared to Europe or the US, the cost of living in Thailand is low and that means cheap property rentals. If you are looking to buy, check out the stunning Koh Samui villas for sale from a leading real estate agent; you could rent the villa when you return home and that would provide you with a healthy income. Many retired expats spend 6 months a year in Thailand and the rest of the time in their home country, and who could blame them?
- Rich culture – Most foreigners are instantly smitten with the colorful Thai culture, which has Buddhism to thank for the calm and polite nature of the Thai people. This is the only southeast Asian country never to have been colonized, so their culture has not been influenced by foreign ways. There’s a reason this nation is called the ‘Land of Smiles’ and living among the Thai people is an experience not to be missed. Click here for dress style tips.
- Great infrastructure – Thailand has better roads than many developed countries and getting around is easy; air-conditioned coaches and trains travel to all parts of the country, while you can also fly domestically, which is quite cheap. What isn’t to like about this amazing land? Of course, if you are planning on staying in Thailand, you should make an effort to learn the language, as this will make day-to-day living easier and you will gain an insight into the Thai way of life.
- Golf – If you play golf, Thailand hosts some of the best courses in the world, designed by top pros; the game is very popular among wealthy Thais and whether Hua Hin, Pattaya or Koh Samui, great golf courses are within reach. Of course, there are many other leisure pursuits you can take up, with premier snorkeling sites in the south of Thailand.
If you have yet to visit the tropical paradise of Thailand, book a holiday and see how you would feel about living the dream life in the sun!