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Chiang Rai, Thailand

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 05, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Chiang Rai, Thailand. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Chiang Rai?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Chiang Rai should be aware of the cost of living, which is generally lower than in Western countries, but can vary depending on lifestyle. They should also understand the visa requirements, as Thailand has specific retirement visas for those over 50 who meet certain financial criteria. Healthcare in Thailand is generally of a high standard, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. Expats should also be aware that while many Thais in Chiang Rai speak English, it's not as widely spoken as in larger cities like Bangkok, so learning some basic Thai could be beneficial. The climate in Chiang Rai is tropical, with a rainy season from May to October, and a dry season from November to April. The city is known for its relaxed pace of life, but also has a vibrant arts scene and plenty of outdoor activities. Expats should also be aware of the cultural differences, as Thai culture places a strong emphasis on respect and politeness. It's important to understand local customs and traditions to integrate into the community. Finally, it's recommended to seek advice from a financial advisor about tax implications and to ensure that your pension or other income can be easily accessed in Thailand," explained one expat living in Chiang Rai, 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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