Living in Thailand offers expats a life in a beautiful country that has amazing natural landscapes, exotic beach islands, national parks, nature reserves and historical cities. The people of Thailand are well known for their friendly nature and they are extremely proud of their rich cultural heritage. The culture and lifestyle of the people living in Thailand is influenced by their Buddhist or Hindu religions and their ethnic and cultural diversity is heavily celebrated and revered. There are a multitude of colorful festivals and events held throughout the year, which means that there's always something happening for expats to enjoy.
There is a very diverse expat community in Thailand, which includes retirees, executive managers, students, teachers and business owners. People are attracted to the lifestyle here, which affords them a relaxed way of life in a beautiful location. There are, however, some drawbacks to locating yourself here as an expat. Property and land ownership is virtually impossible and visa regulations can be cumbersome. If you are prepared to face such difficulties however you can be guaranteed an interesting lifestyle in a very pleasant climate.
The cost of living in Thailand is cheap when compared with many other countries throughout the world. When it comes to property, location is the key and the cost of property will vary enormously according to where you wish to live. Despite this, rent is generally cheap when compared with western nations.
Expatriates observe a big difference in the price of Thai and western food here. The local restaurants are extremely cheap and the majority of local people eat out on a daily basis because it is cheaper than cooking at home. The price of western food, however, will largely be on a par with the price of food in the west. Wine is very expensive here but beer and local spirits can be purchased at a very low price.
The principal language spoken in Thailand is Thai, with significant minorities speaking Chinese, Lao, Khmer and Malay. A large percentage of the Thai population speaks English.
Hot and humid. Heavy monsoons occur from July through to November.
There are some job opportunities available for expats but these are usually only available via internal company transfers or are jobs that are secured from their home country prior to arriving in Thailand. People who are willing to work in bars or restaurants will find it relatively easy to find a job providing that they are prepared to work for a very low salary. Many expats move to Thailand to start their own business or to teach English, both of which are highly feasible options.
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