With its warm climate, low cost of living, and beautiful scenery, it’s easy to see why Thailand attracts retirees from across the globe.
In fact, Thailand remains one of the top countries to retire abroad, most notably for its top-notch healthcare, inexpensive housing and friendly residents. These all combine to make it a great choice for retiring overseas.
In the northern part of the country, Chiang Mai beckons with its surrounding scenic mountains and winding country roads—offering a new adventure around every bend. Here you can enjoy all the amenities of modern city life at a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay back home. With easy access to healthy outdoor markets, affordable property and a large established expat community, it’s obvious why Chiang Mai remains so popular. For those who prefer a more rural lifestyle, there are many affordable properties just outside the city limits.
For true urban living, Bangkok is still high on the list for many retirees. As a regional centre for the arts, fashion, and entertainment, it’s hard to beat—and with easy access to the beaches in the south and the mountains to the north, this modern metropolis has something for everyone. Although more expensive than the rest of the country, it’s still possible to find affordable properties in many parts of the city.
For those who dream of the beach life, you’ll find housing at reasonable prices right on the beachfront, where you can watch the waves roll in from your balcony—with prices dropping substantially if you are willing to live a short distance from the beach. Phuket and Pattaya, an island city and a beach city respectively, have long been popular with expats who are looking for an urban lifestyle near the water.
For a more laidback beach scene, Hua Hin and the nearby towns of Cha-am and Pranburi are recommended for their atmospheric night markets, whale watching and rustic vineyard and farm tours. Residents cite the low cost of living in general, the affordability of beachfront living in particular, and the expat friendliness as strong points for choosing this part of the country.