When people think of moving to Thailand, these three reasons top the list: shopping, sand and sun. They aren’t far off, given all of the charms that the country has to offer. If you’re looking to move, here are some of the reasons why this Asian expat hotspot might be the best place for you:
With plenty of flea markets, from daily and weekend markets to the big shopping centers, Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, is a shopping paradise. Want jewelry? Head on to Chinatown for a look at wonderful jewelry shops and browse to your heart’s content.
If you want a chance to practice your negotiating skills, head on to the flea markets. Negotiations are half the fun, and sellers know this. Don’t nod and say yes to the first offer you hear. Drive it down and do it with a smile. You’ll get a chunk off that price faster.
There are few spots in the world that could rival the food in Thailand. If you like your food hot, then eat food like the locals and take the heat. If you’ve always wanted to try exotic fare, you won’t be disappointed.
From beetles and grasshoppers to worms and ant queens, says Bangkok.com, it won’t take you long before you feel like you’re on a gastronomic visit with Anthony Bourdain. With fried bugs, who needs Pringles anyway?
Beaches, Beaches, and More Beaches
The country is blessed with a lot of breathtaking sand-and-sea sights. From Hua Hin to Pattaya, Koh Samui and other top beach destinations in Thailand, beach lovers are sure to have a marvelous time bopping over from one spot to the next.
You could spend months just visiting all those places and living out your dream of living near the water or having the sea right in your backyard.
Another great thing about Thailand is its low cost of living, says International Living. It’s not just shopping bargains that you can look forward to. You can buy a decent meal for as low as 50 to less than a hundred baht.
Transportation costs are low along with everything else. If you’re tired of running the rat race and want to relax, Thailand offers you the best place to retire or start a new life.
Real Estate Deals
Wondering how you’re going to end up with your own little corner of Asian bliss? Whether you’re looking for a condo to buy or rent, Thailand has plenty of deals to help you get the property you want. Property listing sites like DDProperty offer condominium units for sale and should make your home hunting easier.
Just remember that if you want something closer to major transportation hubs and highways or prime spots in many places in Thailand, you’ll have to pay top-dollar. However, it’s still going to cost so much less than what most homes in prime spots to go for in neighboring countries like Singapore.
Warm, sunny days dominate Thailand year-round, and it’s a far cry from the dour and gloomy weather or year-round cold common in many European countries. If you’re tired of living with the cold and gloom, or if you are tired of having to bundle yourself tight in winter clothes every single time you have to head over to the corner grocery for a supply run or just to get a drink at the bar a few blocks away, then cool breezes and sunny weather might just be what you need.
Whole New Culture
From different customs and traditions, the country has a colorful heritage and history that’s fun and intriguing to explore. Bangkok alone is a marvel in how past and present Thailand blends together in a harmonious co-existence, with temples of yore side-by-side with modern establishments. Want to know what the best thing? is They don’t feel at all out of place.
Better Communication Skills
If you’re the affable, easy-going sort—or if you’d like to be—or if you want to learn how to be comfortable with a crowd or new people, moving to a new country is one way to learn all that. The language barrier alone is going to force you to find ways to communicate with the locals, some of whom don’t speak a single word of English.
There’s nothing like living in a foreign country to teach you how to talk and relate to people better.
Sure, you’ll be inviting your best pals over for a stay, but one of the best advantages to moving to a new country is the wealth of new friends you’ll get to make while you’re there. From your Vietnamese neighbor two floors down to your charming Brazilian neighbor who likes inviting you grab a Pad Thai lunch at your favorite eatery two streets away, you’ll have the time of your life meeting new people and making friends for life.
Travel and Fun
Living abroad teaches you a lot of things. It teaches you that there’s something bigger than the village, town, or city you’ve known all your life, that there’s a whole new world out there, and that kind of perception changes the way you think about challenges and problems. That maybe they matter less than you might think. That there are a lot of opportunities out there and fewer boundaries, if you just took the leap. That life is more than clocking in and out or staying at a job you hate.
If you’re ready to have the adventure of a lifetime, and if you are ready to take the reins, then moving to this Asian paradise is an excellent way to get you started.
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