Retire to Pattaya in Style
Retiring to Pattaya is a dream come true for many people who are looking for a way of life that has a lot to offer on a small budget. Before you decide to retire to Pattaya, though, it is a good idea to head over for a mini retirement and check out the low cost of living and ample amenities for yourself.
Six months should be enough for a test run and will offer real insight into life in the region, so you can determine if the area is for you. Before you look for a Pattaya house for sale, you may want to rent an apartment or condominium while you decide if this is the area you want to retire to.
Your mini retirement getaway is also the perfect chance to reflect on what you want to enjoy during your retirement. You will get to visit other places in the country and decide whether or not the area is for you. It’s worth keeping in mind that Pattaya is not a comprehensive representation of Thailand, although it is located right in the Kingdom of Thailand.
Time to Learn Thai?
It’s a good idea to learn the language so you can communicate with the local inhabitants. Thai people really appreciate when foreigners try to speak their language. You’ll find many expats in the area who never attempt to learn Thai and so miss out on a deeper understanding of the incredible local culture. However, learning the language is essential if you want to set up home in Pattaya. You’ll find that the Thai people will compliment you on your efforts, and that will make learning a new language even easier.
Make Friends with Expats
It goes without saying that you will want to make friends with other expats in the area. You’ll find a number of expats in Pattaya that have been there for months or even decades, and are happy to share their experience with you, offer suggestions and advice, and provide referrals on a range of subjects.
There are several online forums where you can find helpful expats. All you have to do is join the forums and ask your questions, or read what other people are talking about.
Keep in Touch with Your Loved Ones
There are plenty of affordable Internet cafes in the region, so you can easily stay in touch with your friends and family back home. Along with email, you can have Skype calls and other online conversations that are free, or extremely affordable.
On the topic of the Internet, it can be hard to find great books in the country, and when you decide to retire to Pattaya, the Internet may become one of your best companions. It is the largest library at your fingertips and will enable you to learn all you need to know about life, property, social connections, and events in Pattaya.
The adage of ‘try before you buy’ rings true, especially when it comes time to retire somewhere different.