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Paradise Beach in Phuket, Thailand
Paradise Beach in Phuket, Thailand

Pros and Cons of Living in Thailand

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats and digital nomads have to say about the pros and cons of living in Thailand.

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Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Thailand responded:

"Phayao is in Northern Thailand, so it's a little cooler here. The people are genuine and caring. Many beautiful mountains and waterfalls to explore here," explained one expat living in Phayao.

"Bureaucracy is a real problem especially in dealing with Thai Immigration. The rules seem to change depending on which official you are dealing with," said another expat in living in Bangkok, Thailand.

"Oh my, I love the food, the hot and spicy from a different dish. How easy to get by with their street food vendors. One of the best secrets we had about finding an authentic dish or a local signature dish is street food vendors. When it comes to getting cash from ATM machines was never been a problem, from anywhere where you can find 7-11 stores and gasoline stations, you can find ATM machines, some have ATM deposit machines, some will have only for withdrawal services. ," added another expat in Bangkok.

"The more patience you have, the better the experience will be. Also, learn how to navigate the local train system and try the bus system as well," explained one expat living in Bangkok.

"Thailand/Bangkok is a very nice place to live for an Expat. The cost of living is fairly low and living here is very easy. English is widely spoken (although speaking Thai is a help). Various levels/costs of accommodation are available dependent on how much you want to pay and where you want to live. The healthcare service is probably better than the UK with more up to date equipment and techniques although it is fairly expensive if you do not have insurance. Dental care is first rate and cheaper than the UK for significant interventions like implants. Finding sports/social activities is somewhat difficult as you don't necessarily know where to look. Facebook is a good start and most clubs/activities are listed somewhere on Facebook if you can only find them. It is a bit hit and miss but slowly you can identify relevant activities. Local travel in Thailand is extremely easy and relatively cheap, especially with the tourist industry effectively closed down because of COVID. Hotel prices are very cheap and it is easy to travel because there currently are no tourists - it is a very good time to explore the country. Also Thailand has managed the COVID pandemic very effectively (if economically brutally) and so in country travel is encouraged and welcomed," said another in Bangkok.

"Like Location great, std of living ok, shopping, food ok, safe place to be, weather great. Deslike Pollution, pollution, pollution, the burning of the fields and the inaction by the authorities to deal with the pollution," explained one expat in Chiang Mai.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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