Amazing Thailand: How To Enjoy A Luxury Retirement For Less In The Land Of Smiles

Amazing Thailand: How To Enjoy A Luxury Retirement For Less In The Land Of Smiles

South East Asia's Wildly
Affordable Expat Retreat

Rent an ocean-view bungalow for $225 a month. Enjoy
a fresh and tasty quick lunch for $1.10. Get a medical checkup from a U.S. trained specialist for $18. And take
in the amazing sunsets by the sea every night for FREE

Amazing Thailand

"Nowhere else in the world have I experienced a country so welcoming, so exotic, and so easy to fit in. And amazingly, it's still so affordable to live here. I could not imagine living anywhere else. This is home."

—Andrew J.

Dear International Living Reader,

You'll notice its unmistakable pull every time you go.

You'll feel it when you wake up in the morning and feel the balmy tropical air flowing through the windows.

You'll feel it when you step outside onto your veranda and take in the expansive views of the luminescent, aquamarine sea, the dozens of wild, uninhabited islands jutting skyward, and the lush, green jungle-covered mountains teeming with exotic wildlife towering all around you.

You'll feel it when you step foot onto the fine, white-sand beach within seconds of your front door and go for a morning swim amongst dazzling coral reefs and thousands of multicolored tropical fish.

And you'll feel it while enjoying an extended meal with friends from all over the world at a seaside café while you all share stories and watch the sunset together over the sea.

This unmistakable pull…this feeling…is what undeniably makes this place one of the most popular expat havens in the entire world.

The Amazingly Affordable Tropical Expat Haven
That "Pulls You In" From The Moment You Arrive

And for good reason.

After all, this is a place where you can:

  • Rent a fully-furnished ocean-view bungalow with a balcony, high-speed internet access, and close-proximity to dozens of restaurants and bars for just $225 a month…
  • Enjoy a street side meal consisting of green chicken curry, a generous serving of steamed white rice, and a bowl of tasty vegetable soup for just $1.10…
  • Spend Christmas Day on the beach with family and friends—and enjoy temperatures in the low 80's under the sun while wearing your swim trunks and a Santa Hat…
  • Start your own "dream" business and earn an income while living under the sun. (THOUSANDS of expats own and run businesses here—many of which cater to this country's BOOMING tourism industry).
  • Explore several amazing nearby countries via super-low-cost air travel…
  • Take advantage of one of the world's most user-friendly expat retirement programs (and save a whole lot of money while you're at it)…
  • Shop 'till you drop in massive, modern, air-conditioned shopping malls…
  • Benefit from an extremely generous foreign-exchange rate
  • Live comfortably on as little as $1,800 a month (or less)…
  • …and a whole lot more.

I'll Get Straight To The Point…

Here at International Living, we scour the entire globe in search of the world's best expat havens.

And ever since we've made "living better for less, overseas" our mantra in 1979, we've discovered some true gems.

Mexico. Panama. Ecuador. Brazil. And Costa Rica…to name just a few.

But THIS expat haven is—without question—one of the most alluring, most enchanting, and most welcoming places we've EVER discovered.

And should you decide to visit this magical place just ONCE, you may very well "feel the pull" of this place almost immediately… start making plans to spend as much time here as you can… and want to make it YOUR new part-time or full-time home… no matter what you have to do to do it.

So… which country am I talking about?

I'm talking about none other than Thailand, "The Land of Smiles."

Here Are A DOZEN Reasons Why Thailand Has
Become One Of The Most Popular Expat
Destinations In The Entire World

Today's Thailand offers:

  1. Warm year-round weather. Want to escape the winter cold and wear board shorts and a T-shirt (or perhaps just a swimsuit and a hat) in late-January? No problem! Since Thailand is in the tropics, it never really gets cold here… unless you're way up in the hills up north during the winter months. In Thailand, you can enjoy warm, sunny weather pretty much every month of the year. (It does get rainy sometimes in October and November, however, but most of the time here, it's very, very pleasant.) Live in Thailand and you can soak up some warm rays even while everyone else is shoveling snow off their driveways back home!)

  2. A favorable exchange rate. At the moment, the Thai baht/US Dollar exchange rate is very, very favorable for Americans. So when you consider that you can order a tasty street-side meal for as little as $1.20 (40 baht)…fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai for as little as $28 (935 baht) and rent a fully-furnished ocean-view bungalow for as little as $235 (7,790 baht) you can clearly see how much money you'll save with the U.S. Dollar being so strong at the moment. It's a great time to be an expat in Thailand!
  3. A low cost-of-living. With today's favorable exchange rate combined with Thailand's already-low cost-of-living, it's never been easier to live better for less in years than it is right now in Thailand. On a budget of just $1,800 a month—just $59 a day—a couple can live quite comfortably here. Some people live very happily on less. And when you bump that up to $2,500 a month and you can enjoy all the creature comforts you desire…plus throw in one trip or so per month within Thailand…or even to a neighboring country like Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia or Vietnam…and still have some money left over. Budget $3,000 a month or more and you can live like absolute royalty in Thailand!
  4. World-class islands and beaches. Thailand boasts over 2,000 miles of coastline… hundreds of gorgeous tropical islands including Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Koh Lanta, Koh Lipe, Koh Chang and more… offers plentiful white-sand beaches on both coasts… and warm, year-round waters perfect for swimming, snorkeling, scuba-diving and other water sports. And you won't believe the colors of the seas here in Thailand. The aquamarine waters almost look luminescent in places. And at nighttime, depending on where you are in Thailand, you can witness the absolutely amazing, phosphorescent, "glow-in-the-dark" plankton light up the nighttime seas. It's a sight to behold!
  5. Lush, green jungles and exotic wildlife. Since Thailand is located in the tropics of Southeast Asia, it's home to some of the most exotic jungles and wildlife in the entire world. Here you'll find over 1,000 species of orchids…264 mammal species including wild tigers and elephants…over 900 bird species…and countless marine creatures including whale sharks…pink dolphins…dugongs (sea cows) and hawksbill turtles...to name a few of many! It's a nature lover's dream in Thailand…and you'll have plenty of opportunities to take "once-in-a-lifetime" photos of exotic wildlife while you're here. Just watch out for the monkeys. They can be a bit mischievous!
  6. A thriving expat community. It's estimated that several hundred thousand expats (and perhaps even more—nobody really knows the exact amount) call Thailand home for at least part of the year. Some expats live here full time. And others take advantage of Thailand's attractive retirement program once they turn 50 years old (more on this in just a moment). So it's super-easy to make like-minded friends from all over the world. You'll find that the expat community here is very tightly-knit…and there are always new and fun activities popping up that you can join in on.
  7. Tasty Thai food. They say there are as many different Thai curries alone as there are days of the year. And if one thing's for sure, they're all super-tasty! Here you can tuck into a bowl of freshly-prepared street-side green curry chicken with fresh local vegetables and steamed white rice for just a buck or two…watch the sunset at a local surfside seafood restaurant and dine on grilled mackerel with a baked potato and mixed green salad for as little as $5…or go all-out and order a steamed lobster the size of your forearm with all the trimmings for $30! What's more, Thai food is only the beginning. Because there's such a large expat presence in Thailand, you'll find cuisine from all over the world here. So your taste buds will never get stuck "in a food rut" in Thailand!
  8. Exotic cultures and traditions. Here in Thailand you'll find awe-inspiring gilded temples…expansive "floating" markets where you can buy fresh fruits, vegetables and other goods straight from a boat in the canals…witness the majesty of the Loi Krathong festival with its thousands of flying lanterns into the nighttime skies…watch two Muay Thai boxers give it their all in a Muay Thai boxing match…and so much more.
  9. Excellent, affordable health care. In Thailand's big cities, you'll find modern hospitals with plenty of English-speaking medical professionals. Many of them have trained in Western countries like the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia. What's more, prices here are much more affordable than they are back home. An appointment with a specialist costs as little as $18…a teeth cleaning as little as $19…and an overnight stay in a private, air-conditioned room for as little as $39! Think of how much money you'll save simply by taking part of your health care planning overseas to Thailand!
  10. Easy access to modern amenities. Today's Thailand boasts massive, modern air-conditioned shopping malls… fully-stocked grocery stores—many of which sell popular imported goods like Heinz ketchup…A-1 steak sauce…Italian olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette and more. The airports are as modern as any you'll find in the world. And beautiful, too. (Wait until you see Koh Samui's airport. It's completely open-air with thatched roofs, coffee shops, restaurants and stores. And it's only about 10 minutes from the beach!)
  11. Solid digital infrastructure. No need to worry if you'll get reliable internet access or mobile phone coverage while you're in Thailand. Even fiber-optic internet is becoming much more widely available in Thailand…even on smaller islands like idyllic Koh Phangan. And mobile phone coverage is solid, too—with 3G widely prevalent—and 4G in many places now. Plus, you'll find that all the operators speak VERY good English when you set up your service… and it's really easy to do…so you can be "connected" from the very first day you arrive.
  12. The Legendary Friendliness Of The Thai People. Of course, it's impossible to talk about Thailand without mentioning how friendly the locals are. It really seems like hospitality is in their blood. They'll often go way, WAY out of their way just to make sure you have what you need. Whether it's finding directions to a restaurant you'll be meeting friends at…helping you install digital TV in your new home…or teaching you a few new words in Thai…you'll be amazed at how welcoming and friendly the Thai people are. And don't be surprised if many of them become very close friends with you…and remember you by your first name…even if you come back years later!

And then, of course there is…

Thailand's Attractive Retirement Visa For Expats!

If you're over 50—and you want to stay in Thailand full-time then you'll want to take a close look at Thailand's attractive retirement visa for expats.

Known as the Non-Immigrant OA-Long-Stay Visa, this visa allows you to stay in Thailand legally for one year… with single or multiple entries… and unlimited renewals.

All you need to do to quality is be 50 years of age or over and show 800,000 baht (about $24,169) in the bank, a monthly income of at least $1,963, or a combination of bank deposit account and monthly income totaling $24,169 as of 2017 and you qualify.

Many, many expats take advantage of this attractive visa once they turn 50.

It's a great way to enjoy Thailand's super-low cost of living (and everything else Thailand has to offer) without worrying about your visa status.

So as you can gather, Thailand really isn't a "secret" when it comes to expat retirement destinations.

But here's the thing.

There are relatively few Americans living in Thailand at the moment. That's probably because it's quite a bit further away than other expat destinations in places like Latin America.

But if one thing's for sure, it's definitely worth the trip!

Just look at what the mainstream press is saying about expat life in Thailand these days…

The Word Is Getting Out About Thailand!

The Wall Street Journal stated, "Seeking good friends and financial security, and don't mind being close to palm trees and white-sand beaches? Thailand might be just the place you're looking for…"

The HSBC Expat Explorer Survey confirms, "From idyllic islands and verdant scenery to the crowded capital of Bangkok, the Kingdom of Thailand is a land of contrasts that smiles on expats. There's plenty of sunshine, magnificent beaches and English is widely understood. You can also expect your money to go further."

The Huffington Post wrote, "Looking to start a new life abroad and don't know where to start? According to a new survey of expats around the world, the best place for reinventing yourself is Thailand. Compared to the global average of 57 percent, 76 percent of expats living in Thailand said it was easy to make friends in their new home. Expats living in Thailand also enjoy the best social life (59 percent) compared to foreigners in other countries."

A quote in Outside Magazine stated, "From Thailand's countless tropical beaches and islands, to the world-class restaurants and modern infrastructure, the cultural attractions, and a still relatively attractive overall cost of living, it's really hard for any country to top."

The Prague Post recently named Thailand "one of the top 10 countries for families abroad."

And the International Business Times mentioned that, "For best overall expat experience, Thailand ranked first."

As you can see, the word is definitely out about Thailand!

But here's the thing…

Once the mainstream media starts giving a place like this all kinds of great press, more people will start showing up looking to start a new life on the cheap in Thailand.

And when that happens, prices rise. It's inevitable. Simple supply and demand.

The good news, RIGHT NOW, with the exchange rate at its most favorable in years…

THERE'S NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME IN YEARS to give exotic, welcoming Thailand a much closer look…

AND RIGHT NOW, you can STILL find some great real estate deals in Thailand…if you know where to look.

Here Are Some Of The Alluring Real Estate Deals
You Can Find In Thailand's Popular Expat Havens

Bangkok—"The City Of Angels" "The Big Mango" "Sin City"

Bangkok's the bustling capital of Thailand… with over 14 million people in the greater Bangkok metropolitan area. It's frenetic and hectic… always busy…and you'll either love it or hate it.

But there's always something fun to do in Bangkok…and it's chock-a-block full of modern amenities galore (including the lovely Siam Paragon Department Store—the #1 most Instagrammed man-made landmark in the entire world!)

Bangkok also has a thriving expat community…so it's easy to make friends there.

And right now in Bangkok, you can find real estate rental deals like:

  • A 376 sq.ft. one-bedroom fully-furnished condo with all appliances included—including a 40 inch LED TV, a refrigerator, microwave, water heater, air conditioning, and a separate kitchen. And the building's facilities include a roof-top pool, a gym, and a condo office. In a quiet neighborhood, yet only steps away from a BTS monorail station—providing easy access to all of central Bangkok.
    Just $365 a month.
  • v A 700 sq.ft. two-bedroom fully-furnished condo completed in 2009. Includes air-conditioning, a balcony, marble floors, a washing machine, a kitchen/pantry, a TV and more. Facilities include a business center, a convenience store, a fitness center, covered parking, a café/coffeeshop and more.
    Just $563 a month.
  • A 721 sq.ft. two-bedroom, one-bathroom, fully-furnished condo in a quiet neighborhood near several BTS monorail stations. Includes a refrigerator, microwave, electric stove, big beds, a built-in wardrobe and more. Facilities include two large swimming pools, 24-hour security, a children's play area, a tennis court, a small gym with a steam room, a convenience store, laundry service, garden space, and more.
    Just $647 a month.

Chiang Mai—"The Rose of the North"

Chiang Mai is Thailand's largest and most culturally significant city in Northern Thailand. It's home to arts and crafts galore…including its world-famous night bazaar.

You'll also find plenty of exhilarating outdoor activities you can enjoy on the outskirts of Chiang Mai…including horseback riding, whitewater rafting, bird watching and even zip lining through the jungle canopy!

Incidentally, Chiang Mai is also home to hundreds and hundreds of "Digital Nomads"—expats who make a living online from anywhere in the world. In fact, many say Chiang Mai is the world's most popular destination for Digital Nomads.

So if making money online and funding your expat lifestyle from an exotic destination interests you, you probably won't find a better place today than Chiang Mai.

Some recent Chiang Mai rentals include:

  • A studio in a serviced hotel in the heart of Chiang Mai. Minutes away from main shopping area, markets, and restaurants. Includes A/C, hot water, a refrigerator, and cable TV.
    Just $211 a month.
  • A newly-built three-bedroom, three-bathroom detached family home with big beds, a refrigerator, a large kitchen, air-conditioning, closets, and a front gate.
    Just $422 a month.

  • A four-bedroom, three-bathroom, detached family home with a washing machine, five air conditioners, a western kitchen, a garage and more.
    Just $703 a month.

Phuket—"The Jewel of the Andaman Sea"

Phuket is Thailand's biggest island…and extremely popular with European expats and retirees. It boasts excellent beaches and watersport activities, very easy access to modern amenities, a wide selection of international restaurants.

It's also ideal for international travelers, since it's got its own international airport with many direct flights to major international airports all over the world.

And right now, you can find rental deals in Phuket like:

  • A 473 sq.ft, fully-furnished one-bedroom condo in Phuket Town. Includes a large-screen TV, a kitchen, a refrigerator, air conditioning, a spacious bathroom, a large sofa and more.
    Just $365 a month.
  • A fully-furnished two-bedroom terraced house on a quiet, tree-lined road with three air conditioners, a washing machine, free internet, cable TV and front terrace parking. Just a 5-minute walk from the markets and the pier.
    Just $464 a month.
  • A super-spacious 2,368 sq.ft., three-bedroom, two bathroom, fully-furnished house in a secure, gated community. Includes satellite TV, a dining table and chairs for 6, a private garden, a washing machine, 4 air conditioners, use of a common pool and more. Near the British International School.
    Just $787 a month.

Koh Samui—"Coconut Island"

The relatively tiny island of Koh Samui is easy to reach from just about anywhere in Thailand (like Phuket, Samui has also got its own international airport) and it's home to many beautiful and secluded beaches and bays.

It offers great amenities for an island of its size…and it's also very close to other world-class islands including Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and the awe-inspiring Ang Thong National Marine Park.

And, you can still find great rental deals in Samui like:

  • A spacious one-bedroom, one-bathroom, fully-furnished bungalow with a TV, DVD player, satellite TV access, high-speed internet access, air-conditioning, a fully-equipped kitchen, hot water and more. Located on the peaceful and picturesque southwest corner of the island.
    Just $267 a month.
  • A very large and spacious two-bedroom, one-bathroom, fully-furnished bungalow with a western-style kitchen, satellite TV, a flat-screen TV, dining area with a dining table and four chairs, a veranda, patio furniture, ceiling and floor fans and more.
    Just $436 a month.
  • A huge 2,443 sq.ft, two-bedroom, two-bathroom fully-furnished apartment with a large pool, a garden and ample parking. Breathtaking views of the Gulf of Thailand and neighboring islands.
    Just $562 a month.

Plus There's MORE Welcoming, Exciting And Affordable Expat Destinations In Thailand As Well

And all this is just for starters.

In other expat destinations in Thailand like Hua Hin, Udon Thani, Pattaya, Chiang Rai and more, you can still find great rentals for just a few hundred dollars a month.

Combine this with Thailand's super-low cost-of-living and you're looking at saving big bucks by making Thailand your new part-time or full-time home.

So if you've ever dreamed of living in your own beachfront home, ultra-modern condo in the big city, or a roomy home in a private, gated community, you're likely to find it—at a very affordable price—in Thailand.

That is…if you get in on Thailand's current bargains while they still last! No way this will last forever!

I'll show you the best way I know of to make that happen in just a moment.

But first, here's how several North American expats have radically improved their lifestyle by relocating to Thailand…and what their new life is like right now.

(And in a few short months, YOU could be enjoying a similar Thailand "success story" like these!)

Case Study #1 (Excellent Medical Facilities): Michigan Couple Enjoy a 5-Star Retirement in Chiang
Mai…and rent for $380 a Month

With its tropical climate, low cost of living, and beautiful surrounding countryside, Chiang Mai is Thailand's best-value retirement destination.

In fact, it's among the best "bang-for-your-buck" destinations in the entire region, attracting thousands of Australian, North American, and European retirees.

Among them are Nicole and Robert Lofft of Dearborn, Michigan—who never looked back after moving to this northern city, home to nearly a million people, six years ago.

"We came over for a month in 2006 on a reconnaissance mission and threw ourselves into all the expat activities," says Nicole. "We decided it could work, went back home, and proceeded to unwind our lives there. We returned in 2008 and have been here ever since."

They sold their business assets and lived off that money until Robert's pension was available.

"For the first few years, we lived fairly frugally. Now we are getting a little more income as our various pension streams begin to kick in."

Like many others of his generation, Robert served in the military in Vietnam in the 1970s. After getting married, the couple came over to Southeast Asia several times on holiday.

"As time went on and we thought of maybe retiring, we thought about where we could do that overseas," says Robert. Nicole has a heart condition, which had a big influence on their choice of retirement destination. "We thought of Belize, but when we looked at Thailand, we decided that the excellent medical facilities made it ideal," she says.

They love Thailand's affordability, too. Now they get to live the "dream retirement" they always wanted…without breaking the bank. Nicole explains, "We can eat out at wonderful five-star restaurants for a fraction of what it would cost back home." They spend about $515 a month on dining out.

The medical and dental care in Thailand rivals anything in the Western world.

Basic "walk-in" consultations and treatments are quite inexpensive. A visit to a specialist rarely costs more than $50 to $65, including simple tests and X-rays.

Another big draw for retirees is the cost of housing. With a long-term, five-year lease, Nicole and Robert pay only $380 a month for their 895 square-feet apartment in the heart of the city.

Nicole explains, "We not only have a place we like, but also a landlord we like. With the owner's permission, we have spent money remodeling the apartment to our liking. We also seem to make a major purchase each year, like a new TV, furniture, or appliances.

"Part of what sold me on Chiang Mai, even back in 2006, was the number of women who were here on retirement visas," she adds.

"It isn't just a place for men to come and retire and find a young Thai girlfriend. There are a lot of women here on their own. Chiang Mai is a very safe place to live. Older people are treated with respect. Women are treated with respect."

But the local community is what the couple loves most about their new home.

"We are involved in a lot of different activities and love to travel around Thailand," says Nicole.

"Robert is president of the local International Rotary Club, I'm president of the Chiang Mai Expats Club, and we go to a lot of charitable activities and fundraisers. We wanted to get involved in community service during our retirement, and that is one thing that appealed to us about Chiang Mai.

"If you toss out all the charity and community service activity, we'd probably save at least $515 to $650 per month, what with direct costs, travel, office expense, and translation costs. But we'd have to find something else to do with our time, and that would probably involve money, also," Nicole says.

But "living the dream" for Nicole and Robert is to help make this part of the world a better place to live, while enjoying a high-quality retirement.

In Chiang Mai, they can do both.

Case Study #2 (Reinvent Yourself): How 50-year-old Ben Became a Dive Instructor on the Tropical Island of Phuket

When Ben Stafford's wife filed for divorce, his world turned upside down.

He was 50 years old at the time, a successful executive, working all the hours under the sun and earning more money than he could possibly spend.

But Ben decided on a complete change: country, job, and lifestyle.

"I'd been diving all my life and I loved it. Whenever I was under water, a calm would come over me and I'd find myself thinking, 'This is what life is about.' I'd often thought about living that exact lifestyle, and when my personal circumstances changed, it was an opportunity to reinvent myself and do something completely different. I left home with virtually nothing, very little money, and basically just the clothes I was wearing on my back."

Ben pursued his dream of a new lifestyle to the island of Phuket, off the east coast of Thailand.

It was an easy choice.

"It's a mecca for scuba divers from all over the world, its waters are clear and clean, and there are a number of diveable wrecks close to shore that get better and better as the years go on. Every year coral growth increases," says Ben.

Finding a way to make money doing something he loved was easier than expected. Ben became a dive instructor.

"Becoming one is a relatively easy process and as long as you are fit, like meeting people, and like adventure, it's a job that you can do at any age," he says.

"And the diving is just amazing."

Ben lives in a three-bedroom, three-bathroom house with expansive gardens just 10-minutes' drive from the beach.

He pays $850 a month, including utilities. Local meals are cheap, averaging just $3 a sitting, and Ben's total outlay per month, including rent, costs about $1,600. Electricity, water, and garbage cost $85 a month. Unlimited data usage on the Internet costs $21, and his weekly food bill costs maybe $60.

"I eat out a lot, and I eat locally, so it's cheap. Eating out three times a day costs $16. "Obviously, if you drink a lot it will cost you a lot more. An imported beer costs $2.40, whereas a local beer costs just $1.45."

So…will Ben ever leave? He's sure got a definite answer for that!

"No. I decided when I arrived that I would learn to speak Thai and I do now, fluently. You don't have to, because the people here speak English, but I was determined to make an effort and it's paid off. This is home for me now, and it's where I want to spend the rest of my life."

Case Study #3 (Better Than California): Affordable
Beach Life on the Idyllic Island of Koh Samui

When you come from a beach city, most people think, "You are already in paradise, why would you ever leave?"

But after travelling throughout Thailand and Malaysia, Ralf Briggs fell in love with the tropical island of Koh Samui.

So he went home, tied up loose ends, and moved there three months later.

Back home, Ralf had it all: a booming hypnotherapy business, a beautiful home near the beach, and great friends and family.

But he also had a severe back problem that left him constantly needing prescription drugs to manage the pain.

"After exhausting every Western healing modality, I wanted some mind/body approaches to health. I needed the Eastern philosophy of medicine, which stresses the mind/body connection, as opposed to the pill-popping methods of many Western doctors. The best deep-tissue massages, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs are here on this little island," says Ralf.

"In Koh Samui, I get great health care for $65 a month."

Ralf had his first experience with the medical industry here before he was completely drug-free and while his back was still giving him problems.

He says, "I went to a doctor for an exam, I received three filled prescriptions, a steroid shot for inflammation from a nurse, and was out of the office within 20 minutes, with a bill for $50. No absurd mountain of paper work, no waiting, and best of all, no bill with three zeros attached."

Living is Koh Samui is affordable in every way, not just the heath care. Ralf rents a detached bungalow with a full-sized kitchen, living room, balcony, and one bedroom with a king-size bed. Wi-Fi and U.S. TV channels are all included for $515 a month.

He has an air conditioning unit but doesn't need it all the time.

Between his electric and water bills, he has never spent more than $50.

Ralf is less than a mile from the beach and a few minutes walk from all the stores.

But because he is up in the hills, it's absolutely super quiet.

He says, "I have the perfect blend of quiet at home, but I'm only a few minutes away from everything modern I need."

It wasn't just the affordable cost of living that Ralf sought.

"I also wanted to get away from all the negativity that seems to be a huge part of western society. There is a warped relationship with age, where you're old if you're over 40. In Thailand, with age comes respect and wisdom, which makes more sense. This is a very tolerant society. A real live-and-let-live mentality.

"It's a Buddhist-based culture, where generosity is the number-one virtue, so people who have very little still find a way to give and contribute. They believe in the basics of Karma, so what you give comes back to you."

Ralf was looking for a modern place with all the latest amenities, combined with a quiet, simple life. He found just that in Lamai, Koh Samui's second-largest beach resort area.

"Because the island is a major tourist destination, it has everything that travellers need, which makes it very convenient. Six months of the year is the low season, with very few tourists, so it's mellow and quiet. The other six months of the year are way busier and very lively. For me, it's a perfect happy medium," he says.

"It has everything I had back home: A large grocery store, every type of food or restaurant you could imagine, clubs, sports pubs, gyms, and the beach, of course. The convenience factor of being on a small island is huge for me. Everything I need is in a two-kilometer loop."

A hypnotherapist by profession and also a professional musician in his younger years, Ralf keeps busy by sharing his skills.

"I have a few clients I help with hypnotherapy, and I also teach some music to a few students, all expats. I am a big-time reader of non-fiction, and there is a huge used-book store here, where you can rent any book for $1.50 and keep it as long as you like. There is also a big, modern movie theatre on the island for people who want to catch an American movie."

In Ralf's opinion, "it's easy to make friends here. And because tourism is such a huge industry, most of the locals speak some English. I have made several expat friends from around the world, and we go to any one of the sports pubs nearby to hang out, have some food and a couple beers, and watch football and Ultimate Fighting Championship. All the creature comforts are here. I'm never bored."

Since Ralf's back is better and he's no longer on any medications, he really focuses on a natural way to keep his back in shape.

He gets two 90-minute massages and one acupuncture session a week.

The total cost per month is $260.

One of those famed Thai massages on the beach will not break the bank at $9…

Ralf's cost of living in Koh Samui is a quarter of what it was back home.

Add to that the fantastic health care system, the near-perfect weather, the friendly people, and the low-stress lifestyle, and it's no wonder Ralf feels he has found his very own utopia.

And by the way…Thai expats like Ben Stafford in Phuket… Nicole and Robert Lofft in Chiang Mai… and Ralf Briggs in Koh Samui are far from alone.

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of expats from all over
the world now call "The Land Of Smiles" their
new part-time or full-time home

And RIGHT NOW, they're enjoying ALL of the amazing benefits that amazing Thailand has to offer…

  • A super-low cost-of-living and favorable exchange rate…
  • World-class health care at incredibly budget-friendly prices…
  • Warm year-round tropical weather…
  • An extremely friendly, tightly-knit and easy-to-join expat community…
  • All the modern amenities you'd ever want when living in an overseas country—just minutes from your front door…
  • Countless fun and fulfilling activities…
  • World-renowned "postcard-perfect" tropical islands and beaches…
  • Delectable cuisine that will thoroughly satisfy even the most finicky of "foodies"
  • … And so, so, SO much more.

But here's the thing…

Dreaming about spending part of the year or even most of the year in Thailand is one thing.

Actually doing it is another.

So…

How Do You Do It?

What's the best "first step" on your journey towards living part-time or full-time in today's amazing Thailand?

This is something you DO need to ask yourself…

…BEFORE you go…

…even though it is indeed such an easy place to "set up shop" and start calling your new "home away from home" almost immediately.

Before you go, you've got to ask yourself a few simple yet critically important questions like:

  • "What's the most affordable way to fly to Thailand these days?"
  • "Where are the best places for expats to live?"
  • "What kind of visa—if any—will I need?"
  • "What's the best time of year to visit?"
  • "How long should I spend in Thailand the first (or next) time I go?"
  • "Where should I travel to in Thailand?"
  • "How much does it cost to rent a condo? How about a home?"
  • "Should I consider buying my own property…or not? And what will my legal rights be as an expat property owner?"
  • "How can I meet other like-minded expats and build a network of new friends and contacts?"
  • "Where are the best shopping malls? Places where I can buy modern items like laptops…mobile phones…motorbikes…and interior decorations for my home?"
  • "Where are the best restaurants for expats in Thailand? What's the food like in Thai markets? And can I find western-style food in grocery stores?"
  • "Where are the best dentists, doctors and hospitals—and how much would I expect to pay for a teeth cleaning and filling… an annual checkup…corrective eye surgery…or a hip replacement if needed?"
  • "What do I need to qualify for Thailand's money-saving retirement program?"

Well…to answer all questions like these and more, we've just created an all-new, up-to-date guide on how to make Thailand your new part-time or full-time home.

It is, quite frankly, the very best "first-step" towards enjoying a great new life in Thailand that I know of.

And it can help YOU start "living like royalty" in Thailand without ever wondering what you need to do first…second…third…and every step after that.

Here's what this is all about.

The Most Helpful, Most Concise, And Most STRAIGHT-TO-THE-POINT Guide On Traveling, Living, AND
Retiring In Thailand You'll EVER Get Your Hands On

Here's the lowdown…

Earlier this year, we asked our full-time, "on-the-ground" Thailand Correspondent (you'll meet him in a minute) to create the ULTIMATE guide for ANYONE wishing to travel, live or retire in Thailand today.

And we asked him to include EVERYTHING he wished he knew… BEFORE he and his wife moved to Thailand full-time.

But here's the thing…

We DIDN'T want him to include the kind of information you can find in any mainstream travel guide…

… OR by doing a simple Google search.

You know… stuff like "where are the best hotels" or "where are the most popular tourist attractions" or anything like that.

You can find all that out easily all on your own with a few simple clicks.

Instead, what we REALLY wanted for our readers was the kind of "inside intel" you simply can't find anywhere else. The kind of information only someone who's "been there" and "done that" as an on-the-ground expat in Thailand would know.

So that's what our Thailand Correspondent set out to do.

And after several months of painstaking research, writing, and editing, he's come up with the kind of "guide" that can help you make Thailand your new part-time or full-time home as quickly, easily, and affordably as possible.

It's called, Amazing Thailand: How To Enjoy a Luxury Retirement for Less In "The Land Of Smiles."

And this guide will give you EVERYTHING you need to start enjoying all that amazing Thailand has to offer.

This Is NOT Your Generic Thailand
Travel Guide. FAR FROM IT!

This powerful, one-of-a-kind resource on Thailand is designed to help you discover EVERYTHING you need to know about how to live and retire in the best expat havens in Thailand…

… BEFORE YOU EVEN GO!

You'll find out what each expat haven has to offer… how much you can expect to pay for a monthly rental in Thailand's best expat destinations… and SO much more!

Imagine having your very own Thailand "concierge" at your side to help give you the most CRITICAL information on living in Thailand… BEFORE you decide to go and have a look first-hand!

That's exactly what you'll get when you get your hands on a copy of Amazing Thailand: How To Enjoy a Luxury Retirement for Less In "The Land Of Smiles."

THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS… instead of paying a personal concierge, specialist tour guide or seasoned Thai expat several thousand dollars to "show you the ropes" on living in Today's Thailand…

… you'll gain access to the exact same kind of "inside intel" on traveling, living and retiring in Thailand before you book your tickets to The Land of Smiles!

Think of how much, time, money and potential hassles you'll save…

… Simply by "following the lead" of someone who's already "been there" and "done that" before you!

So right now, I'd like to introduce you to the man who currently lives in Thailand full-time …

… And has put together this incredibly helpful guide on Thailand for you.

Meet Steve LePoidevin—Your New "In-The-Know Contact" In Amazing Thailand

10 years ago, if you had told Canadian Steve LePoidevin that he'd spend time in his retirement in the ultra-popular expat haven of Chiang Mai, Thailand, he probably would have laughed.

At the time, he was a successful teacher back in Canada and at the prime of his long career.

And he was looking forward to retiring in a rural setting back home.

But then, in 2007, he decided it would be fun to teach overseas again (He had spent a year teaching in Scotland in 1996…and enjoyed it.)

Shortly after posting his résumé online, he was offered a post in Wuhan, China, teaching science and math at a new international school.

Over the next six years, he and his wife lived in an exciting city of 10 million people at small-town prices. They travelled throughout Asia. And they fell in love with Southeast-Asian culture and the people.

But when Steve reached age 60 in China, it became difficult for him to renew his work visa. So he decided that 30 years in the classroom was enough.

The only thing is.. they had no interest in returning back home.

What to do?

Well…since they already lived close to Thailand, it seemed a logical next step. And out of all the expat havens in Thailand, Chiang Mai made the most sense to them.

That's because Chiang Mai has a large, active expat club that meets regularly, with many smaller interest groups under its umbrella. The locals seemed friendly and, for the most part, very accepting of foreigners moving in.

"I personally loved that it is a hub for many local crafts, and is home to a vibrant performing-arts community," Steve said.

After a lot of exploring, a lot of research, and a lot of asking around, Steve and his wife settled into a one-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment and have "figured out" how to live well in Thailand.

This bodes well for you.

You see, Steve has already done all the "hard" stuff when he made the move to Thailand with his wife.

He had to figure out the best places to live… what visa to apply for… how build a network of trustworthy contacts… how to discover the best restaurants… the best grocery stores… shopping malls… car and motorbike dealerships… hospitals… dentists… the whole nine yards.

And he's taken everything he learned in his experience moving to Thailand and documented it in this report.

Here's A Taste Of What You'll Discover When You
Get Your Hands On This Incredibly Powerful
Resource On Today's Thailand

You'll discover:

  • Thailand's most popular expat destinations. (You'll want to get your hands on this…so you know where to look right from the start!)
  • How much you can expect to pay for typical rental properties in Thailand's most popular expat destinations. (You'll be pleasantly surprised at the good value!)
  • How to buy property. (PLUS…the pros and cons of buying vs. renting in Thailand.)
  • How to find the right attorney…before you purchase property. (This can be a HUGE time AND money saver!)
  • All of Thailand's various visa and residence options for expats. (We provide all the details…so you'll know what's best for YOU!)
  • Everything you need to know about Thailand's popular retirement visa. (If you're over 50 and have an interest in Thailand, you'll definitely want to take a close look at this!)
  • Where you can find the best hospitals, clinics and pharmacies. (This info alone could help you save thousands of dollars per year on health care costs!)
  • How much you can expect to spend each month. (You'll know EXACTLY how much you should budget… BEFORE you go!)
  • How to travel around Thailand like a seasoned expat. (You'll be surprised at all your reliable, affordable travel options… even if you don't have a car or motorbike!)
  • A complete list of "on-the-ground" contacts. (Vetted by satisfied expats who've "been there" and "done that" before you)
  • …and much, much, MUCH more!

In short…

You'll Find Out EVERYTHING You Need To Know To Make Thailand Your New Part-Time Or Full-Time Home!

… BEFORE YOU GO!

Think of how much time…and money…and possible headaches this could save you!

Sure, Thailand is a very, VERY easy place to "set up shop" as an expat.

No doubt about it.

And you could definitely just jump on a plane and "wing it" on your own.

But here's the thing.

That's really not the best way to do it.

Far from it.

After all, your time is valuable. And you want to make every second of your Thailand experience as pleasant and worthwhile as possible.

And you can do just that by leveraging all of Thailand expert Steve LePoidevin's hard-won, on-the-ground Thailand experience.

Do just this and you'll be able to avoid a HUGE amount of searching for things once you get there… asking questions you should already know the answer to…and generally just "figuring things out" one step at a time.

With the guide, Amazing Thailand: How To Enjoy a Luxury Retirement for Less In "The Land Of Smiles" at your side, you can avoid almost all of that.

This is your BIG chance to take advantage of everything Steve and his wife had to figure out first-hand…when they moved to Thailand a few years ago.

This way, you can "skip over" all the looking around and just get RIGHT TO IT!

And here's something else.

If you're even remotely interested in making Thailand your new part-time or full-time home in the near future, I want to make this as easy (and as affordable) for you as possible.

So I'm going to throw in a little something extra for you…

… just so you can see how affordable it is to live in Thailand right now.

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As I mentioned before, one of the great things about living in Thailand are all the cheap real estate opportunities.

Especially rentals.

In fact, if you know where to look, you can still find hundreds and hundreds (even THOUSANDS) of great rental opportunities in Thailand for under $600…$500…even $300 a month or less!

And I'm not just talking about tiny "shoebox" condos or thatched-roof beach huts with no running water, either.

Far, far, FAR from it!

MANY of these ultra-affordable properties in Thailand boast all the modern amenities you'd expect in a modern, first-class property in the tropics… including high-speed internet, air-conditioning, hot water, a kitchen, and close proximity to beaches, restaurants, bars, shopping areas and more!

The only trick is finding these great bargains.

Sometimes, it's not that easy to find a complete "list" of affordable properties in Thailand's best expat destinations… all in one place.

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So how much…then…does it cost to get your hands on a copy of this ultra-powerful, ultra-helpful resource on today's Thailand?

Well…considering how much time, money and energy Steve LePoidevin invested in this project, we could easily justify charging several hundred dollars.

But we're not going to ask you for that much.

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Sincerely,

Jackie Flynn

Jackie Flynn

Publisher, International Living

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