Expatriation in Thailand
Thailand also known as the land of smile is a popular destination to start a new life, especially for retirees.
Expatriates from all over the globe have chosen Thailand to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle in exotic surroundings, and the country has worked hard to ensure that migrants feel welcome.
Thai people are known for their friendliness and pride in their rich cultural heritage. From a young age, emphasis is placed on good manners, kindness, and self-control.
Places like Phuket and Bangkok are very popular with expatriates because of the quality of lifestyle they afford as comfortable and modern accommodation, good public transport and communications infrastructures, and the access to excellent international schools and hospitals.
Some expatriates are living in more rural locations particularly if volunteering or teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Most expatriates come visiting Thailand a few times before moving there permanently. Indeed, the weather, the language, the religion, the dress code, the food are many cultural differences that a foreigner has to challenge at first.
Expatriates can communicate in English with Thai people, especially in cities as Phuket and Bangkok, as they learn English as a second language in state secondary schools and universities. Thai citizens will appreciate any effort made by a foreigner to speak their language, even if it’s just a few basic sentences.
Foreigners in Thailand send their children to an international school because classes are usually taught in their home language. Fees are high and pupils often have to study the Thai language and culture as part of the curriculum.
In terms of religion, Thailand is predominantly Buddhist and expatriates must make sure they understand and respect the religion’s main principles. There is also a small Muslim and Christian presence.
Thailand’s public healthcare service has more than 1 000 hospitals throughout the country. The standard of facilities is variable, especially in rural areas. Most expatriates chose private medical care, which is cheaper than you might expect and generally of high quality. There are more than 300 private hospitals in Thailand. Most doctors and specialists are trained in the western countries and speak English. Foreigners are legally required to have medical insurance and can choose between public insurance or private policies.