Hua Hin, Thailand
Last updated on Apr 08, 2023
Summary: People describe Hua Hin, Thailand as a laid-back beach town with a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of activities to enjoy. Expats love the low cost of living, the friendly locals, the beautiful beaches, and the abundance of outdoor activities. The weather in Hua Hin is typically hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 to $1,500 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $400 to $600 per month, while a two bedroom apartment is around $500 to $800 per month. The approximate population of Hua Hin is around 90,000 people.
What do I need to know about living in Hua Hin?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Hua Hin, they said:
"Before retiring in Hua Hin, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which is generally lower than in other parts of the country. It is important to research the local healthcare system and ensure that adequate medical coverage is in place. Additionally, expats should familiarize themselves with the local culture and customs, as well as the language, to ensure a smooth transition. It is also important to research the local laws and regulations to ensure that all activities are in compliance. Finally, expats should consider the climate and weather in Hua Hin, as it can be quite hot and humid during the summer months," remarked one expat who made the move to Hua Hin.
"First, you need to have an independent source of income. To secure a one-year visa here you need to have about $23,000 held in a Thai bank or show proof of at least $1,800 in monthly income. Second, Hua Hin is somewhat difficult to get to, as you have to fly into Bangkok and then take a bus for 3 hours to Hua Hin. As to what to bring, Hua Hin has most, if not all, of what you will need. Western-style housing, food, clothes, appliances, etc., are all available. And while Hua Hin has some party areas, the town is pretty quiet, as you would expect from a primarily retirement community," explained one expat living in Hua Hin, Thailand.
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- What are medical services in Hua Hin like?
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