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Paradise Beach in Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

Summary: Expats, retirees and digital nomads flock to Phuket, Thailand for resort-style living that doesn't break the bank. Phuket's population is approximately 450,o00 and the climate is tropical with temperatures reaching the low to mid 90s year round. If you can't handle the heat, Phuket may not be your dream destination. Local job opportunities are mainly in tourism, real estate, internet work and teaching English. What to meet people in Phuket? Join the Hash House Harriers.

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What do I need to know about living in Phuket?

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

"Check out the English language newspaper - it'll give you LOTS of insight - even classified about rental houses, jobs and more at www.Phuketgazette.com Amd check out this site: www.Phuketdelight.com for information about life and living and working on the island You WILL love it here," added another expat in Phuket.

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What do I need to know before moving to Phuket?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Phuket, 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," remarked another expat living in Phuket, Thailand.

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How do I find a place to live in Phuket?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"I searched all the rental sights and settled on a PEACEFUL place short term, through airB&B that spoke English and had a friendly feel. That was a crucial part of the transition. The I made connections and wound up renting long term in the same area in Phuket. Rental agencies and driving in place I was unfamiliar with was stressful and did not avail me a long term home," remarked another expat living in Phuket, Thailand.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Phuket?

"2 bedroom house on a bit of land. I do not know what is "typical" for expats living in Phuket," commented one expat who made the move to Phuket.

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What is the average cost of housing in Phuket?

If you are thinking about moving to Phuket, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Much lower of course! But I do deal with funky factors, not so clean, not so airtight and not so functional," commented one expat who made the move to Phuket.

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How do I meet people in Phuket?

When we asked people living in Phuket about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"There are many - Hash House Harriers, Many Rotary and Lion's Clubs, a Toastmaster's Club - and many charitable organizations if you wish to volunteer. Those include the Gibbon Foundation, the Soi Dog Foundation and more. There are also organizations involved in long-term assistance to the victims of the Dec 26, 2004 tsunami," added another expat in Phuket.

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What should I bring when moving to Phuket?

People living in Phuket were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:

"I wish I had left home my sweater and hoodie. I wish I had prepared myself more with a Thai translation App. Also cotton sheets," added another expat in Phuket.

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Will I be able to find a job in Phuket?

When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Phuket, they reponded:

"Tourism, tourism, and tourism. Also a bit of property development. Careers? Hospitality Industry - Teach English - Webmaster etc," said another expat in Phuket.

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What is life like in Phuket?

When we asked people living in Phuket what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Varies greatly. There are many very wealthy retired people here - and lots of low budget retired - many foreigners working for a living - the range of people and priorities are great," said another expat in Phuket.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Phuket accepting of differences?

"Quite diverse - Thais from all over Thailand, Foreigners - mostly from Europe but also lots of Aussies and Americans," explained one expat living in Phuket, 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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