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5 Best Places to Retire in Thailand

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by Archie Ward (subscribe)
I'm an Australian living in Thailand. I like to read, write and travel. I'm currently working on my (commercial) travel website to make more moolah for my trips.
Published October 27th 2015
There's a great place to relocate for you in Thailand
With a warm, inviting climate, affordable prices, and plenty of friendly English-speaking people to talk to, Thailand is increasingly becoming one of the best places to retire. Whether you're looking for a beach getaway or a quiet place to mix with expats, there's a great place to relocate for you in Thailand.

Below is a brief guide to 5 of the best places to retire in Thailand:

Krabi Town

Krabi Thailand
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Located on the west coast of Thailand's south, Krabi Town offers a unique place for retirees wanting to try living in Thailand. Relatively small, the city only has about 3000 foreign residents, meaning you can experience a more authentic slice of Thai life. Situated on the banks of the Krabi River (hence the name), there's plenty of boating, fishing, and other aquatic activities to suit any taste. With a low crime rate, and relatively inexpensive prices, Krabi Town is a great place to enjoy a dip in the nearby hot springs, explore the coral reefs, or sample fantastic seafood cuisine at one of the many restaurants, bars and hotels in the area.

Chiang Mai

Chiangmai Thailand
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If you're thinking to retire in Chiang Mai Thailand, you'll find that your life will continue to be one big adventure. Located in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has plenty to offer anyone, including spectacular mountain hiking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, five-star restaurants, a vibrant nightlife, world class shopping, and a pleasant atmosphere with more than 300 different Buddhist temples.

More than 40,000 people from around the world have chosen to relocate to Chiang Mai, making this city one of the most active expat communities in the country, with plenty of social activities, clubs, and meet-ups for foreigners. Even if you can't read a word of the Thai language, you should have no trouble negotiating and making your way around using English.

Bangkok Thailand
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In my experience, many people choose to retire to Thailand from Australia specifically to take advantage of the capital's many qualities. From an extremely active nightlife scene to top-quality healthcare facilities, you'll be hard pressed to find anything lacking in Bangkok, a city of over 9 million souls. The shopping district compares to any you'll find in western cities, and there are art museums, musical concert venues, and cultural performances fit for any taste.

You can also feel free to leave the car at home, as Bangkok has a well-developed public transit system. The city is dotted with gorgeous green parks, and you can pass away your leisure hours reading a book purchased at one of the dozens of English-language bookstores in the capital.

Hua Hin

Hua Hin Thailand
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Located in the north, a convenient distance from Chiang Mai, the smaller town of Hua Hin is increasingly becoming popular as a place to retire to Thailand. With spectacular beaches, and a quiet, cozy atmosphere, Hua Hin offers retirees unspoiled nature and plenty of peace and quiet. But when you feel in the mood for some action, Chiang Mai is only a short drive or bus ride away.

Chiang Rai
Chiangrai Thailand
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If you're looking for where to stay in Thailand, you won't find a more inexpensive destination than Chiang Rai. Located in the north of Thailand about 100 miles from Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai offers close access to majestic mountains, verdant rice fields, and many beautiful waterfalls. Even though life is simpler in Chiang Rai, you'll find plenty of basic amenities, including shopping, quality restaurants, and healthcare facilities. Housing prices are some of the lowest in Thailand, and many retirees find that their money goes much further in Chiang Rai than in the rest of the country.
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