What to Know When Moving to Thailand

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Thailand has always been a popular destination for people that want to retire abroad or simply move to a more exotic country where the cost of living is cheaper. There are some stunning beaches, the climate is amazing and the culture throughout the country is something to behold.

However, before making your move there are a few things that you should know. That is why we have come up with a few tips for you before you do start packing your bags.

Find Out Costs of Living Beforehand

Many of you will know that Thailand is obviously a lot cheaper to live than many western countries but it still pays to learn exactly what your lifestyle is going to cost you before you go there. North Thailand is the cheapest as it is well away from the touristy areas to the south and as you might expect, Bangkok is the most expensive area.

Take the time to create your monthly budget and then go and check out the costs of rent, food, bills and everything else that is going to cost while living there.

Sort Out Your Car Insurance

One thing that many expats seem to forget about is their car insurance. Needless to say this is one thing you will most certainly want to do if you want to travel the country to see its beauty.

Car insurance or ประกันรถยนต์ as the Thai people call it, like many other countries is compulsory before you are allowed to take a vehicle onto the roads. Once you have seen the congested traffic on the roads out there you will understand just why as well.

Finding vehicle insurance is pretty easy as there are plenty of well-known insurance companies in Thailand for you to consider. There are different levels of car insurance much like you would find back home but at the bare minimum, you will need Type 3 insurance which is essentially third-party fire and theft in the UK.

Get Your Vaccinations

We cannot emphasize this enough because while diseases such as Typhoid, Hepatitis A, and Tetanus are far rarer than before, there is still a good possibility that you might be exposed to them. For that reason, getting vaccinations from your doctor before leaving is definitely something you should strongly consider.


Those are just three small tips but there are plenty of other things you will want to check out before going to Thailand too. However, with your ประกันรถยนต์ (car insurance) sorted out and your vaccinations dealt with as well as some homework on the costs of living, you are pretty much close to being able to make your dream move to Thailand.

Clarissa Cooke

Clarissa Cooke