Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Leave Chiang Mai at 8 a.m., get onto highway 118, drive three hours north and you’ll be in Chiang Rai. (The trip takes about 4 hours on a 1,000 baht VIP bus). With less than 100,000 people, Chiang Rai has an easygoing atmosphere you can’t find in large cities like Chiang Mai – yet there are internationally accredited hospitals and large shopping complexes just outside…

The Five Best Places to Retire in Thailand

Thailand is one of the world’s most popular locales for good living abroad. And there are lots of reasons why. For pennies on the dollar you get a year-round tropical climate and access to modern comforts and conveniences, including affordable, high quality medical care. There’s something special about this corner of the world. It’s an exotic place—orange-robed monks collect alms at dawn—yet it’s easy to…

A Great Retirement Option

To retire in this time, when the global downturn of the recent years has made it hard to ensure a secure, comfortable and stimulating retirement what do you do? Retirement might be difficult for many, financially speaking. The balance of a median retirement account of nearly retiring households is relatively low in many western countries, so many people will most probably be dependent on the…

Living in Thailand: How to Fit into a Culture So Different Than Your Own

Leaving home to move to a different country, whether it be for retirement, teaching, volunteering, or studying, can be a stressful and sometimes overwhelming endeavor. When the country you’re moving to is completely foreign and different than your own, it makes that move even more challenging. The challenges of becoming an expat are also part of the fun, but it pays to do your research…

Where And How To Meet A Good Thai Lady

  Thousands of Western men come to Thailand every year, many because they’re looking for a Thai girlfriend or wife. The biggest mistake a lot of these men make though is choosing a ‘bar girl’ or prostitute, simply because these are the girls they can meet easily. But, if you wouldn’t date or marry a prostitute in your own country, why would you want to…

Why I Decided To Retire In Chiang Rai, Thailand

Don’t let this be your retirement My wife, Warunee (Jen), the owner of Retire In Thailand, has been pushing me to write this for about 2 years, so here goes. I saw myself in a similar situation as the above picture If I stayed in Australia.  Around 2005 I began to see things happening in Australia that I thought would get worse before they got…

The Supernatural World in Thai Culture

Spirit of mythical princess looms large in Thai cave search Before you apply for a Thailand retirement visa, consider the following. If you’re familiar with Thai culture, you know that belief in ghosts and the supernatural is very prominent. Thus, supernatural beings can be divided into two main groups which are benevolent and malevolent spirits. The benevolent spirits are primarily guardian spirits, for instance the…

Think Thailand – 22 Tips For Retiring in Thailand

Thailand is one of the most affordable and interesting places in the world to think about retiring. One challenge, though, for the foreign retiree, can be culture shock. No question, Thailand is an exotic option. Thais take for granted behaviors that would take you and me by surprise… and Thais say and do things that you and I would never say and do. It’s much…

Thai Taxi Altars & Talismans

Amulets as blessings on the road In Thailand, a taxi ride may be an introduction to Thai culture and belief. Hence, it might even become a kind of religious experience regarding all the sacred objects and talismans that Thai taxi drivers arrange on their dashboard altars. You may ask yourself the reason for these talismans. Well, since the majority of Thai people are Buddhist, they believe…