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Ranong, 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 Ranong, 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 Ranong?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Ranong should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, the cost of living is relatively low compared to Western countries, but it's important to have a clear understanding of your budget and financial situation. You should also be aware that while English is spoken in many tourist areas, it is less commonly spoken in Ranong, so learning some basic Thai would be beneficial. Healthcare in Thailand is generally good, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. The climate in Ranong is tropical, with a rainy season that lasts from May to November. Thai cuisine is a highlight for many expats, but it's also possible to find Western food. Ranong is a small province and it's less developed than other parts of Thailand, which can be a positive or negative depending on your lifestyle preferences. It's important to understand the visa requirements for retiring in Thailand, which typically involve proving a certain level of income or savings. Finally, it's recommended to spend some time in Ranong before deciding to retire there, to ensure it suits your lifestyle and expectations," wrote one member in Ranong.

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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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