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Things to Prepare Before Living Long Term in Thailand

If you are planning on living in Thailand long-term, there is a lot of preparation that must be done. The first thing to do is make sure that your visa is set up correctly and that everything is working properly with it. Next, you should figure out the cost of living in Thailand and how much money you will need to live here. Once this has been completed, then it’s time to get started on finding housing in your area and looking into buying a car or motorcycle if needed. Finally, you must understand how things work here regarding healthcare so that nothing will come as a surprise when something happens during your time here as well!

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Prepare your visa

Before you begin to pack your bags, take a moment to check the visa requirements for Thailand. The rules may be different depending on your nationality or how long you intend to stay in the country. 

The cost of living in Thailand and the budget to live there

The cost of living in Thailand is pretty reasonable when compared to other countries. The most expensive parts are Bangkok and Chiang Mai, which is where you’ll be staying if you choose this country for your long-term retirement. However, there are still ways to save money even in these places.

You should know that food (especially fruit) and transportation are generally cheaper than in other countries. For example, while a meal at a nice restaurant might cost $25 in America or England, it would probably only be $10-15 here!

The Thai currency is called the baht (B). You can use US dollars almost anywhere but don’t forget about exchanging them before you leave the airport because there aren’t any ATMs until you get into town!

Get a Car Insurance If You Own a Car

If you own a car in Thailand, it is recommended to get insurance. This will protect you in case of an accident, and provide financial compensation to those involved in the accident. There are several different types of car insurance companies in Thailand; some offer better coverage than others so shop around before making your final decision. You should also keep in mind that if you rent out or sell your home, then it will not be covered by any existing policies (such as rental).

How to deal with the Thai Healthcare System

  • If you’re not seriously ill and you don’t know what is wrong with yourself, go to a private clinic instead of the hospital. The cost will be much lower and private clinics generally have better doctors anyway.
  • If it’s not an emergency, don’t go to a hospital at all unless you need treatment or surgery (e.g., broken bones) that cannot be done by any other means than going through a Thai hospital system.
  • Do whatever it takes to avoid going into debt over your healthcare costs if possible!

How to find the right accommodation for you

  • Renting an apartment or house. If you choose to live in a rented apartment or house, you will need to pay monthly rent and utilities. The amount of money you will be spending on these things depends on the location of your rental home. Utilities can include electricity, water, internet access (if available), cable television, and more.
  • Buying a condo or house for sale: You can also buy property in Thailand by purchasing it through one of the many real estate companies here that offer this service. This type of housing is for those who want their place but don’t want to deal with having to find a landlord who will take care of repairs if something breaks down inside the building where they live! As far as maintenance goes though there are still ongoing costs involved—such as property taxes which must be paid every year even though they aren’t necessarily required by law!

Find work in Thailand?

One of the most important things to do before moving to Thailand is to research what kind of work you can do there and how best to find it.

There are dozens of visa options available for ex-pats who want to live in Thailand, but the one you’re most likely looking at is the work permit. This allows you to stay in Thailand as long as your employer needs you, which may be anywhere from one year up through multiple years or even decades!

However, there are also other types of visas available if this isn’t an option for your situation. If all else fails, working illegally on a tourist visa isn’t ideal but it’s better than nothing! When applying for any of these permits make sure that all paperwork meets current requirements: documentation must be sent by registered mail directly from your home country (not photocopied) with certified copies provided upon request.

If you plan on living long-term in Thailand, you must prepare yourself for everything.

If you plan on living long-term in Thailand, you must prepare yourself for everything. This includes getting your visa ready which will be a big first step to getting started. The cost of living in Thailand is not cheap and there are many hidden costs that people don’t think about when coming here.

You should also prepare yourself for healthcare costs if you need them while living in Thailand, as well as accommodation because I hear the housing market is crazy expensive there!


You will find out that there are many things to consider before moving to Thailand. You need to be aware of the cost of living, how much money you need to save up if you want a new car, what type of visa suits your needs, and so on. If you are looking for work in Thailand then make sure that you have the right qualifications first because this country has strict immigration laws which may affect your application if not completed properly.

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