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:
"Don't start long term. Do short term places and check things out. Make friends, be brave. Thai's are generally VERY helpful. I was made part of the family quickly,"
added another expat who made the move to Phuket.
"If you need to be around other expats, this may not be the place for you. If you are OK with living in a Thai building, which on the outside does not look that great, this may not be for you. We have a pool, gym and plenty of resturants and bars to choose from, but most do not speak English. As for transportation this is a great neighborhood for cabs and soon the BTS line to the airport and back to the city. We did live in Tong Lor for awhile, which has plenty of expat's around but the rent is going to set you back about 18,000-as high as you want to go. Villa Market is close by, which has just about everything you may want from the west. For me I prefer a bit away from the center of the city, where the people are really friendly, and if you have the need, grab a cab or in our case soon the BTS. If you have kids, be concerned with the schools and you find the best closer into the city center. If you are just a couple, have some adventure and get outside the city center and you will also save a lot of precious resources,"
explained one expat living in Bangkok, Thailand.
"Best advice I can give is to talk to other expats who have lived here. Talk to as many as you can because they all have different opinions, but some things come through the same. Talk to Orientations too because it's their business and they know what they are doing. Traffic and flooding can be a problem and the real estate agents will not tell you coz they just want the commission from the lease contract. Better to talk to people like Orientations,"
said another in Bangkok.
"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,"
explained 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,"
explained one expat living in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
"Get advice from expats who are living in the country. Some houses are in remote places far from a school, from a supermarket. Check the services provided by the compund (a good maintenance service is important),"
explained one expat living in Pattaya, Thailand.
How do I find a place to live in Thailand?