Trouble in paradise: Thailand and the expatriate experience

OVER the last few decades Thailand has attracted expatriates to the country to work, stay long periods of time to explore the country, or retire.Bangkok-Foreigner-Market-Thailand-940x580

Thailand attracts many young professionals, particularly to Bangkok. Others work as teachers all around the country, some doing online business or some form of short- or long-term visa. Some operate small businesses with their Thai spouse.

In addition, Thailand has always been a place of interest for the traveller within the SE Asian region, where many like to stay medium- to long-term, sight-seeing, travelling, and ‘just hanging out’.

Retirement in Thailand is part of a global trend of people relocating from high income countries to lower income countries. There are large numbers of expatriates living all around the country, concentrated within the tourist precincts. In addition, clusters of wealthy retirees live in apartments and villas they have purchased or leased, in popular areas like  Phuket, Pattaya, Rayong and Chiang Mai.

There is also a high incidence of expatriates married to local women, residing in areas like Isaan in the north-east of Thailand.