Moving to an exotic location with stunning beaches, glorious weather and a low cost standard of living is, for many people, just a dream. However, thousands of expats who have organised removals to Thailand have turned their fantasy into reality and haven’t looked back. If you are thinking of moving to Thailand, you won’t be alone, since there are as many as 200,000 foreigners living in Thailand, and most of these are from Europe and the USA.
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Moving to Hua Hin, Thailand: About Hua Hin
Known as Thailand's Royal Beach Resort, Hua Hin is located on the Malay Peninsula's northern Gulf coast. Its population is estimated at around 85,000, but more than a million tourists visit annually, so it has all the atmosphere of a much larger city. It's a popular destination for expats, with around 5,000 foreigners living here, including many people who have made the move from the UK to Thailand.
The city is Thailand's oldest and most traditional resort, with a history stretching back to the 1920s. After the rail station was completed, aristocracy and royalty, led by Kings Rama VI and Rama VII, began to build luxury second homes there. Many rich people started to visit in summer because the climate is cooler than that of Bangkok, which is 140 miles to the north.
If you like sporting activities, there are five miles of beach to enjoy here, with activities including swimming, kiteboarding, diving and snorkelling. Golf is very popular and there are various first-class ranges in the area. You can board a boat for a sea or river cruise.
Hua Hin is one of the most popular destinations for people retiring to Thailand, with around 3,000 older expats living here. It has repeatedly been chosen in surveys as one of the world's best places to retire to. This is because of factors like the beautiful beaches, with clean water, the climate and affordable cost of living, with delicious restaurant meals costing a fraction of what they would in the UK. There is also a good range of facilities, including English-speaking clubs and activities. Popular job options for younger expats include teaching English at international and language schools, working in the fields of tourism or real estate, or running their own business.
Moving to Hua Hin, Thailand: Living in Hua Hin
Accommodation prices vary depending on the district, and there is some upmarket luxury housing aimed at millionaires. However, on average, you may be able to rent a three-bedroom apartment outside the city centre for around £280 a month, or a one-bedroom apartment for as little as £130 monthly. Many new housing developments have been built over recent years, and some foreigners undertaking removals to Thailand choose to buy condominiums rather than renting.
There are plenty of options for shopping in Hua Hin, including markets selling fresh foods, antiques, jewellery and many other goods. The best-known is Hua Hin Night Market, which opens at 6pm and runs all through the evening, with some food stalls staying open to dawn. Many stalls will cook for you while you wait. Cicada Market showcases all kinds of art and craft items and also has a beer garden and an open-air amphitheatre where live music is staged. Shopping malls include Market Village, which boasts a multiplex cinema as well as a wide range of stores, restaurants and a bowling alley.
The beaches are the number one attraction in Hua Hin, with miles of sand to walk along. Whether you are looking for family fun, glamour or watersports, you will find a beach to suit you. However, there are also many other sights to discover, with the most famous buildings including Klai Kangwon Palace, still a royal residence, and the Mrigadayavan Palace, both built in the 1920s. The railway station is also a must-see attraction, with its famous royal waiting room.
Hua Hin's elephant village offers the chance to ride on an elephant's back, and Panee Butterfly Farm is another popular family attraction. Outside the main city, there are caves, waterfalls and parks to explore. If you are looking for nightlife, the city is quieter than some other Thai resorts, but still has a good selection of bars and restaurants, including some British-style pubs to give a taste of home.
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