Koh Chang, Thailand
Last updated on Jul 06, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Koh Chang, Thailand. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Koh Chang?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Koh Chang, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Koh Chang, should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, they should understand the visa requirements, which typically involve obtaining a retirement visa that needs to be renewed annually. They should also be aware that Thailand has a high cost of living compared to other Southeast Asian countries, although it is still lower than in many Western countries. Healthcare in Thailand is generally of a high standard, but it is recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. Expats should also be aware that while English is widely spoken in tourist areas, it is less common in rural areas, so learning some basic Thai could be beneficial. Koh Chang has a tropical climate, with a rainy season that lasts from May to October. Expats should be prepared for this, as well as for the high humidity levels. The island is less developed than other parts of Thailand, which can be a draw for some but may mean fewer amenities for others. Expats should also be aware of the cultural differences and local customs. Thai people place a high value on respect and politeness, and it is important to be aware of this in daily interactions. Additionally, the country has strict laws regarding the monarchy, which should be respected at all times. Finally, it's important to note that while Koh Chang is a beautiful and peaceful place, it may not offer the same level of social activities or entertainment as larger cities. Therefore, it's important for expats to consider their lifestyle and what they want from their retirement before making the move," remarked one expat living in Koh Chang, Thailand.
What do I need to know before moving to Koh Chang?
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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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