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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 are about to relocate to Bangkok, try to stay close to the skytrain or subway route; silom, sukhumvit or lansuan area are nice. To find home, you can start your own search at www.roommillion.com and send the enquiry to them," commented one expat who made the move to Bangkok.

"Chiang Mai is a beautiful place but we have seen many people get caught up in the dream without really thinking things through. Come here for awhile, get to know the people and not just the people hanging out in the bars and get to know the culture. It is easy to find a house here but it may never be a home," remarked one expat in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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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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