Phrom Thep Cape in Phuket, Thailand
Phrom Thep Cape in Phuket, Thailand
Phrom Thep Cape in Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

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?

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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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How do I meet people in Phuket?

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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," explained one expat living in Phuket, Thailand.

What is life like in Phuket?

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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?

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

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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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