A recent survey by HSBC Expat put Thailand at the top of the list for best overall expatriate experience anywhere in the world, but it is a large country, so where specifically is it good to relocate to?
In answer to this question, InternationalLiving.com has outlined five destinations within the country that foreigners may consider due to the high quality of life and low cost of living they offer.
As everybody is different, each of the locations brings something unique to the table, allowing potential expats to find one to suit their needs.
If convenience and a metropolitan lifestyle is what you seek then the increasingly multicultural Bangkok could be for you.
As well as the traditional Buddhist temples and markets, Thailand’s capital offers a thriving social scene, good access to healthcare and low rents in the suburbs.
Chiang Mai is a quieter alternative to Bangkok, set in the foothills of the north and home to a well established community of expats.
The way of life is relaxed, the climate more temperate and the cost of living among the cheapest anywhere in the country.
Perhaps it was a beachside idyll that originally lured you into the idea of moving to Thailand, in which case Phuket is the place for you.
Heather Van Deest of InternationalLiving.com said: “Nothing quite prepares you for the beauty of Phuket, especially when approaching the region by air…the sparkling, turquoise waters and jungle-topped mountains, the rocky outcrops and white-sand beaches.
“The country’s largest island is paradise for many expats.”
If you are looking for the good life and wish to enjoy a coastal location while not being far from the capital, the Hua Hin is the perfect destination.
Popular since the 1920s when the Thai royal family built a summer palace here, this former fishing village is a haven of white beaches, tempting restaurants and stunning night markets.
Despite being the site of many second homes for the residents of Bangkok, Hua Hin continues to be a reasonably cheap place to live.
Alternatively, step away from the usual expat destinations and head to Chiang Rai (not to be confused with Chiang Mai) or Rayong.
These rural gems allow you to live surrounded by the mountains, forests and rice fields, where amenities are more basic, but the lifestyle more than makes up for it.
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