When it comes to relocating, you cannot go wrong with Thailand! The country houses beautiful beaches, amazing landmarks, and some of the most delicious food in all the world. It does all of this whilst maintaining affordable health care and a surprisingly low cost of living.
If you know what you’re looking for, you can find many cities that are perfect for a family lifestyle. If you’re in search of a new home for your family, here are 4 ideal Thai cities for expats with children!
If you’re looking for a quiet family escape, then look no further than Hua Hin. This beautiful seaside retreat is perfect for the entire family! Besides housing gorgeous beaches, Hua Hin is home to an amazing night market and growing restaurant scene. Your family will fall in love with Hua Hin and its small town feel. You can thrill your kids with the local jazz festival, which takes place on the beach every year.
Hua Hin is also known for its top-rated international schools. With classes taught by UK teachers, your children will get the same quality education in Thailand that they received back home.
Just because Hua Hin is a beach retreat does not mean that the real estate is overpriced. As with most Thai areas, the cost of living is affordable and easily navigable. If you find yourself in need of some property guidance, there are many real estate agents in the area. These qualified individuals are ready and able to help you find the perfect home that meets your needs.
If you are in search of a more mountainous terrain, then Chiang Mai might be the place for you. Located in northern Thailand, this calm city is full of beautiful views and cultural significance. You can take your children to the local Lanna Buddhist temples. With nearly 700 years of history surrounding them, it’s difficult not to be awed by their majesty!
If your little ones become finicky in the sweltering summer sun, then you might want to consider Chiang Mai. The northern climate is mountainous, meaning that the weather is almost perfect. The cool season touts an average climate of 77 degrees Fahrenheit. This means your children can grow and explore this culturally diverse area without breaking a sweat!
Bangkok gets a bad rap from its tourism industry. Yes, there are the tourist traps and the red light districts. Yet, the city is filled with an impressive melting pot of culture and prestige, making it so much more than its shallow tourism industry. With an impressive infrastructure, Bangkok houses a transportation system that can easily get you to where you need to go. It also has nearly every type of street food imaginable!
If we’re talking about burgeoning expat communities, it would be remiss not to mention Bangkok. The city manages to pair cultural diversity with astonishingly low costs of living. This has attracted a large expatriate community, with an equally large social scene.
Many expats choose to settle in the Sukhumvit area, where they can easily access the Skytrain. Yet, if you would prefer to escape the city for a while, there are suburbs for you and your family such as Nonthaburi just 20 miles away.
If you want to raise your children in the natural beauty of Thailand, then you can do no better than Phuket. Aptly named ‘the pearl of the Andaman Sea’, this mountainous area is home to clear blue water and sandy white beaches. Although this retreat would seem to beget a remote lifestyle, the infrastructure is actually rather advanced. There are great hospitals, a thriving expat community, international schools, and a widely diverse economy.
With every area, there are places that are more suited to your needs than others. The most family-friendly places in Phuket are the Nai Harn/Rawai area where you can join a multitude of other expatriates in the northern hillside and beaches.