Last updated on Jul 07, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Rayong, Thailand. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Rayong?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Rayong, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Rayong should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, the cost of living in Rayong is relatively low compared to Western countries, making it an attractive option for retirees. However, healthcare can be expensive, so it's important to have comprehensive health insurance. The climate in Rayong is tropical, with high temperatures and humidity throughout the year. The city is known for its beautiful beaches and natural beauty, offering plenty of outdoor activities. Thai is the official language, and while English is spoken in tourist areas and by some locals, learning some basic Thai phrases can be beneficial. Thai cuisine is a highlight of living in Rayong, with a wide variety of fresh seafood, fruits, and local dishes to enjoy. The culture in Thailand is deeply rooted in Buddhism, and respect for the religion and its practices is important. Thailand has a visa specifically for retirees, the Non-Immigrant O-A (Long Stay) visa, which allows you to stay in the country for a year at a time, and can be renewed annually. Public transportation in Rayong is limited, so many expats choose to rent or buy a car or motorbike for getting around. Thailand's legal system can be complex and different from Western countries, so it's advisable to consult with a local lawyer when dealing with legal matters, such as buying property. Finally, it's important to note that the political situation in Thailand can be unstable at times, so it's important to stay informed about current events," said one expat in Rayong.
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About the Author
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.