Chiang Mai and Hua Hin amongst the 10 Best Places to Retire in Asia – Guest Blog Meandering Tales
Dan about Thailand loves great content from across Thailand from fellow Expats and is delighted to share this post from MeanderingTales.Com. The author, Kim Waddoup, has over 40 years in the travel industry and is now happily living in Thailand.
In a recent report by U.S.News & World Report, Thailand scored 2 places in their Top 10 list of ‘The 10 Best Places to Retire in Asia’ quoting that “Asia Boasts some of the most cost-friendly places in the world to call home.” They state that, “Pockets of India, Vietnam and Thailand can feel amazingly affordable to newcomers. Retirement in Asia is sure to be full of exotic experiences and unexpected adventures. For some people, the culture shock is thrilling and invigorating, while others might be intimidated by the cultural differences”.
The U.S.News & World Report Top 10 list of Best places to retire in Asia includes:-
- Georgetown – Malaysia
- Bali – Indonesia
- Da Nag – Vietnam
- Udagammandalam – India
- Chiang Mai – Thailand
- Kota Kinabalu – Malaysia Borneo
- Hua Nin – Thailand
- Da Lat – Vietnam
- Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia
- Taipai – Taiwam
Whilst no fixed criteria were indicated for the choices the emphasis was on Living Standards, Affordability, Safety, availability of Healthcare, spoken English, Climate and Lifestyle Options. For Chiang Mai and Hua Hin, Kathleen Peddicord wrote:-
“Since the 1800s, the Thai city of Chiang Mai has been luring expats from the west with its low cost of living, great weather, rich history and distinct culture. The heart of this city, founded in 1296, lies within its old city walls, where ancient and modern Buddhist temples coexist with residential and commercial neighbourhoods. Modern Chiang Mai has grown beyond the ancient walls and offers mega malls, multinational grocery and department stores and other trappings of 21st century living. The biggest advantage of retirement in Chiang Mai is the low cost of living and affordable health care. A couple can live here comfortably on as little as $1,200 per month, and you can see an English-speaking doctor for $20. The biggest downside can be air pollution during the annual burning season, mid-February through mid-April, when local farmers burn their fields. Many expats travel outside the country during these months”.