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Trang, 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 Trang, 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 Trang?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Trang should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, the cost of living in Trang is relatively low compared to Western countries, but it's higher than in some other parts of Thailand. It's important to have a clear understanding of your financial situation and budget before making the move. The climate in Trang is tropical, with high temperatures and humidity year-round. There are two main seasons: the rainy season, which runs from May to December, and the dry season, which runs from January to April. Expats should be prepared for this type of climate and consider any health implications it may have. Healthcare in Trang is generally good, with several hospitals and clinics available. However, it's recommended that expats have comprehensive health insurance, as private healthcare can be expensive. It's also worth noting that while basic English is spoken by many in the tourist industry, it may not be as widely spoken in medical facilities. Trang is a relatively quiet province, known for its beautiful beaches and natural attractions rather than a bustling nightlife. Expats looking for a peaceful retirement may find it ideal, but those seeking a more active social life may want to consider other locations. Thai culture is deeply rooted in Buddhism and respect for elders. Expats should take time to understand local customs and traditions to integrate more smoothly into the community. Learning some basic Thai phrases can also be beneficial. The visa requirements for retiring in Thailand are quite strict. Expats must be 50 years or older, have no criminal record, and meet certain financial requirements. It's crucial to research these requirements thoroughly and ensure you can meet them before planning your move. Finally, it's important to remember that property laws in Thailand are complex. Foreigners are not allowed to own land, and while there are ways around this, such as setting up a limited company or leasing the land, these methods can be risky. It's recommended to seek legal advice before making any property purchases," remarked one expat who made the move to Trang.

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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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