Serene shrines, spectacular skyscrapers and the best street food on the planet are all waiting for you in Bangkok. Living the Thai life automatically equals living the high life in this Southeast Asian land of plenty. Wherever you head, rest assured, temples and Buddha statues come as standard.
We may earn a commission from affiliate links. The "Land of Smiles" is one of the jewels of Southeast Asia. Thanks to a thriving tourism industry, Thailand is well-developed and provides all kinds of modern comforts—yet it's also still wild enough to offer off-the-beaten-path adventure and once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. Whether you are here for the world-class beaches in the south or the mountain villages in the north, Thailand will not disappoint. Cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai are bustling hives of activity and commerce, but you haven't really seen the country until you've trekked in the mountains or enjoyed some face-time with elephants or the bold monkeys always ready to steal your lunch or your camera, if you're not careful. Thailand's attractions are diverse, and each provides a rewarding and memorable experience in its own way.
Pete Bowen landed in Thailand in with a suitcase and a guitar, looking for a spot to retire.
He knew no one in the country. Bowen, now 70 years old, admits his decision to sell his house and all his belongings in just three months, after being laid off from his job in the Bay Area inwas somewhat impulsive. But even as he headed to Phuket, he kept his options open.
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Would Cambodia work? What about Vietnam? The Philippines? He visited other spots, he says, but he kept coming back to Thailand.
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And it was fun. Just fun. Kamala Beach has a small but closely knit expat community, he says. The native English speakers tend to be Australian or English, not American. Thais generally know a little English.
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He met his Thai wife, Oorathai, better known as Puy, while she was having a cup of coffee. It would be tough to leave this close community at this point.
Bowen was last in the U. People who want to see the grandkids are going to be out of luck. Couples should have a strong relationship to last here. Other parts of Thailand that are great places to live are even cheaper, and life can be cheaper yet in other parts of Southeast Asia, he notes.
That has changed. He relies on football and basketball internet packages for his U. As for food, beef is expensive but seafood is reasonable. New cars are another one. He owns a car — a year-old Mazda 2 with only 15, miles — but says he uses a motor scooter around town.
He warns that driving in Thailand is dangerous and death rates from crashes are high. Those who find that frustrating can hire an agent to handle it, as some of his friends do. Where should I retire? Can my investments survive a crisis if I retire early? Lower fees can shave months or even years off your retirement date.
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