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Prachuap Khiri Khan, 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 Prachuap Khiri Khan, 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 Prachuap Khiri Khan?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Prachuap Khiri Khan 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 Thailand has specific visa requirements for retirees. You will need to apply for a Non-Immigrant O-A visa, also known as a retirement visa, which has certain financial requirements. Healthcare in Thailand is generally of a high standard, particularly in larger cities. However, it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance as medical costs can be high for non-residents. The climate in Prachuap Khiri Khan is tropical, with high temperatures and humidity year-round. There are three seasons: hot, rainy, and cool, but the temperature rarely drops below 20°C. The official language is Thai, and while English is commonly spoken in tourist areas and by younger generations, it's less commonly spoken by older locals. Learning some basic Thai phrases can be very beneficial. Thai food is renowned worldwide for its flavors and diversity. However, it can be spicy, and Western-style food is often more expensive. Prachuap Khiri Khan is a peaceful province with less hustle and bustle than places like Bangkok or Phuket. It's known for its natural beauty, including beaches and national parks, but has fewer entertainment options than larger cities. Thailand is predominantly Buddhist, and this influences many aspects of daily life. It's important to respect local customs and traditions, particularly in relation to dress and behavior at religious sites. Finally, while Thailand is generally safe, it's important to be aware of and take precautions against common issues such as petty theft. It's also worth noting that driving standards can be different from those in Western countries, so extra care should be taken on the roads," wrote a member in Prachuap Khiri Khan.

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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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