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Moving to Thailand

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on May 08, 2023

Summary: Expats and digital nomads move to Thailand for its low cost of living, warm climate, and friendly people. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Thailand are Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. People can find a place to live in Thailand by searching online for rental listings, using a real estate agent, or asking around in the local expat community.

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What do I need to know before moving to Thailand?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Thailand, they said:

"If you plan to buy a condominium, do not bring the money with you. You will need proof that you transferred the money to Thailand. The main expat area is Sukhumvit Road, but if you are not in a high income bracket, then you might want to consider the outskirts of Bangkok or the provinces," said one expat in Bangkok.

"Expats should research and become familiar with cultural differences, including language and dress, before moving to Thailand. Expats should also obtain a Certificates of Residence and/or a Non-Immigrant Status visa for living and working in Thailand, as well as obtain valid health insurance and an international driver’s license. It’s also important to arrange transportation in advance to ensure timely transit upon arrival; look into public transportation and taxi services available. Additionally, research and consider any special accommodations that may need to be made for children and/or pets relocating with them. Lastly, familiarize yourself with the local area and amenities such as health care, education and banking resources," remarked one expat who made the move to Thailand.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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