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Krabi, Thailand

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 05, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Krabi, Thailand. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Krabi?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Krabi 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 of the cost of living, which can be significantly lower than in Western countries, but varies depending on lifestyle choices. Healthcare in Thailand is generally good, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance as private healthcare can be expensive. Expats should also consider the language barrier, as English is not widely spoken outside of tourist areas. The climate in Krabi is tropical, with high temperatures and humidity year-round, and a rainy season from May to October. Expats should also be aware of the cultural differences, including the importance of respect for the Thai Royal Family and Buddhism, which is practiced by the majority of Thais. The food in Thailand is renowned worldwide, but it can be spicy and may take some getting used to. Expats should also be aware that while Krabi is a popular tourist destination, it can be quieter and less developed than other parts of Thailand, which some may see as a benefit, while others may miss the amenities of a larger city. Finally, it's important to note that Thailand has strict laws on property ownership, making it difficult for foreigners to buy land. However, long-term leases and condominium purchases are possible options," said one expat in Krabi.

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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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