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We asked expats and digital nomads what they find the most challenging about the local culture in Thailand. They wrote...

"Expats often find it difficult to adjust to a new environment and build social networks, as well as grappling with language and cultural differences. Finding suitable accommodation, adapting to a different legal and financial landscape and understanding healthcare systems are also common challenges. Expats may also experience feelings of homesickness and a sense of isolation or lack of belonging in their new surroundings," wrote a member who made the move to Thailand.

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"The language. Without being able to speak Thai, one's social life depends upon other expats. Chiang Mai is very transient when it comes to expats. Many Westerners move here thinking it will be permanent but then cannot adapt culturally and move away. Single Western women looking for a dating life struggle to find partners," explained one expat living in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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