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Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand is filled with fantastic scenery, marvelous beaches, colorful night markets, and a thriving nightlife. Outside of its natural beauty and vibrant cities, the country also has a rich cultural heritage – made evident by the glimmering temples that dot the country, the exciting festivals and exotic food, as well as the gracious, kind people who are ready to welcome you with their warm smiles. Also, the country has served as a business hub due to its strategic location for centuries. It truly is a destination that has something for everyone.
In recent decades, Thailand has seen explosive economic growth and a large rise in living standards. Today, the country has some of the most modern infrastructures that rival those of Western countries. While the growth has undeniably caused prices to rise, Thailand still remains one of the most affordable countries to live in, and renting property is definitely the top choice for those who want to live, do business, or simply enjoy a holiday under its tropical sun.
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Thailand is home to over 69 million people, with around 8 million people living in its capital city; Bangkok. While Bangkok is the most developed city in Thailand and its skyline is filled with modern high-rise buildings, it still manages to maintain its historical architecture and traditions that date back hundreds of years. Thousands of expatriates choose to live in this city due to its stable economy and relative ease of doing business.
A couple of hours southeast of Bangkok, you can find the famous beach town of Pattaya, which has seen significant growth in recent years as more and more investors continue to build new property development. Pattaya’s sandy white beaches and sublime water are perfect for those looking for a relaxed lifestyle. Besides the sun and the sea, the city draws expats from all around the world for its nightlife and lower cost of living (when compared to Bangkok) despite its popularity.
Chiang Mai is another popular area both for tourists and expats alike. Surrounded by green hills and mountains, this city is popular for its laid-back lifestyle and cultural sites. In this city, you can find a variety of cafes, nightclubs, beautiful temples, and historical pagodas, such as Doi Suthep.
If it’s the island life you are looking for, Phuket is possibly the most popular choice. Called the ‘Pearl of the Andaman Sea,’ Phuket truly lives up to its hype. You can find turquoise waters around the dazzling white beaches and indulge in its stunning scenery.
There are a wide variety of property types to rent in Thailand, from condominium units and apartments to houses and villas to commercial properties. All types of properties in Thailand can be modern and minimalistic or traditionally styled with Thai ambiance and furniture.
While condos and apartments are available all over the country, they are more popular in bigger cities such as Bangkok and Pattaya. Condos and apartments come in studio types, one bedroom, two bedrooms, three bedrooms, or more. Apartments can be serviced or not serviced. Condos and serviced apartments are usually available with all sorts of amenities, such as swimming pools, gyms, and private gardens.
Houses, townhouses, and villas are also available around the country, but they are in abundance in areas such as Chiang Mai and Phuket. Villas in Thailand usually come with bigger spaces, private gardens, and a pool.
In Pattaya and Phuket, you may be able to find numerous beachfront properties, but they typically cost a lot more than properties in other areas.
The official currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht (฿). 1 US$ is equivalent to approx. ฿31.7. As in other countries in the world, the standard of living in Thailand is determined by income, location, and lifestyle. However, just like other Southeast Asian countries, Thailand still offers a relatively affordable cost of living. Foreigners can typically live comfortably with a medium level salary. Thailand is known for its tasty and affordable street food, and you can choose to buy your meals from street vendors if you are on a budget.
To get around, you can choose a variety of public transportation options. In Bangkok, you can get around easily with the BRT (bus rapid transit), which has a flat rate fare. Regardless of the distance, expect to pay ฿15. Buses and tuk-tuks are available all around the country, and they are relatively inexpensive. For the more adventurous, renting a motorbike to get around is the fastest and most flexible choice. Depending on the type of motorbike you wish to rent, expect to pay around ฿150 to ฿450 per day.
Thailand experience a tropical climate with scorching temperatures. The country is generally hot and humid all year. The average temperatures range around 28°C to 35°C, but in the hot season (from March to June) the temperatures can soar as high as 40°C. The rainy season usually starts from July to October. Expect heavy rainfall and raising humidity during this season.
Thailand has a diverse culture and the people are very friendly. Most of the population adhere to Buddhism, but other religions, such as Islam, are also widely practiced. Thai is the official language, but English is widely spoken, particularly in bigger cities and tourist areas.
To live in Thailand, you need a visa. Most people move to Thailand with a tourist visa (valid for 60 days) or a non-immigrant visa, which is valid for 90 days. Both tourist and non-immigrant visas can be extended through immigration. A short term extension stay is usually granted up to 30 days. However, if you need to stay longer, you can apply for a non-immigrant visa and extend it for one year.