Hua Hin is a beautiful and unique destination to live or to retire. The quality of life, the sea, the golf, the succulent Thai food, and the friendliness of Thai people make this destination second to none. In fact, Hua Hin is probably the best place to live presently due to the favorable weather conditions. It is the region of Thailand where it rains the least. If you and your family are thinking of moving to Hua Hin, before you do so and buy a property, here are a few pointers for you to consider:
- Ensure you’ve spent several months in Thailand, Hua Hin, or neighboring cities on a regular basis throughout the years, you need to be well-acquainted with the Thai culture and traditions. Do all the necessary research before you make your final decision, read the good and bad stories. There are numerous blogs and columns available on the Net. Embassies tend to provide general information only.
- Three books you should read or at least two of them:
• Mai Pen Rai means never mind by Carol Hollinger
• Culture Shock! Thailand: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette by Robert Cooper
• Dos and Don’ts in Thailand by Kenny Yee and Catherine Gordon
- Make sure you’re fluent in English speaking and reading. Basic Thai speaking is a PLUS and will be very helpful.
- Thai bureaucracy and laws are complicated and misunderstood by expatriates.
- Health care and International hospitals in Thailand are amongst the best in the world but they are costly, ensure that you have proper health insurance coverage.
- ‘Cheap’ does not always mean great value for money! Cheap can also mean the services and the work rendered are questionable and usually comes with a long line of complications.
- Choose wisely the right company to help you in your transition and acquisition! One that will help you through each step (A-Z) and ensures you and your investment are protected and comply with every legal aspect of Thai law.
There are many tales about Thailand, not all of them have a happy ending. Some expatriate’s dreams ended up a nightmare! But remember…this has nothing to do with the destination nor the culture but a lot to with the company they’ve employed, mistrust, misguided or ‘people’ giving you free advice which is not always accurate and the list is long…. The laws change frequently so make sure YOU choose the right company, as the say goes “penny wise, pound foolish’ – you’re better off having your mind at peace.
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