Have you ever asked yourself the question, “should I move to Thailand?”

If you have, you’re in the same position I was in a few years ago. I wanted to quit the American rat race to find a better way to live. I felt stuck. Until I found salvation by asking myself one question, “should I move to Thailand?

Moving to Thailand isn’t going to solve your problems in life, but it is a way to live an inexpensive, healthy, and pleasant lifestyle.

So, if you’re considering moving to Thailand, here are my top 9 reasons you should!

1. Moving To Thailand Is Cheap!

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Big city life in Thailand. It’s different, but as the Thai people will tell you, it’s ‘same same.’

When you first get there (you’ll likely land in Bangkok), you’ll see that life isn’t that much different than living in a big city in a Western culture.

There are skyscrapers, noisy streets, and well-maintained roads.

But, you can go out at night with $10 in your pocket, eat a buffet of different street foods, consume colorful drinks, and meet people from all over the world, without running out of money!

Though Thailand has its own style and is not identical to Western comforts. The housing, dining, healthcare, and transportation are all substantially less expensive than what you’ll find in the West.

2. The Food Is Healthy

If you’re not a fan of noodles and rice, you might not enjoy the majority of the cuisine.

But don’t miss the spicy salads, grilled arthropods, and fresh fruit stands all over the place.

Interestingly, while there are popular traditional Thai dishes, each restaurant will offer what they call “same-same, but different.” It’s a common saying that means everyone makes pad thai, but everyone makes it a little bit different, for example. 

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Seafood pad thai

Did I mention it’s super cheap? 

3. You’ll Feel at Home

Spend more than a few weeks in one place and you’ll be recognized by locals who will appreciate you using phrases like sawatdee and khop-khun-kha (hello and thank you).

They’ll wave to you, smile at you, and if you purchase from their food stalls often enough (or have an adorable child like I do), they’ll give you free food with whatever you order (be grateful for this, but don’t expect it, obviously)! 

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Locals love Auburn

We just returned to the island we love the most for the first time in 1.5 years. Within the first week, several locals have stopped us and told us they remember us, luckily, I’ve remembered (most of) them also!

4. The Weather is Exceptional

Yes, there is a rainy season that drops ungodly amounts of rain on you at certain times, but for most of the year, you’ll be looking at blue skies with (sometimes scorching) sunny days.  

 

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5. You’ll Learn to Defend Yourself

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Muay Thai in the river, even the children are obsessed with the sport!

Ever heard of Muay Thai? It’s like boxing except their allowed to kick and use elbows.

It’s a brutal sport, but it’s a great method of self-defense to learn in Thailand.

Bonus: some schools will help you get extended, year-long ‘education visas’ just for studying Muay Thai.

And, you don’t have to be kicked in the head to learn how to kick someone else in the head. Awesome!

6. Life is Better, Down Where It’s Wetter, Under the Sea

Yes, that’s another Disney reference (that’s what you get when you read this single parent travel blog!).

Redundancy aside, Thailand is home to some of the best scuba diving in the world, and it’s one of the top places to learn on a budget.

The video below shows my daughter’s first time snorkeling in the open water!

I’m currently living on Koh Tao, and even though I get seasick and don’t enjoy scuba diving that much, I can’t deny the underwater beauty here.

That’s why I live on an island for divers where I don’t dive; I LOVE to snorkel here! 

7. You’ll Get Unique Insight into Gender Roles

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Some cultures have up to 5 described genders. That certainly changes the debate.

What you’ll see in Thailand is that there are men, women, and everyone in between, and many times, you can’t tell the difference. 

The term ‘ladyboys’ is thrown a lot here, and I’ve met and seen many people who don’t fall into traditional gender norms the way the West sees them.

The image above is pretty obvious, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at cashiers in 7-11 and not been able to decipher their gender for absolute certain. 

8. You’ll Meet Insanely Industrious People

Have a problem you think you can’t solve? Thai people can solve it.

You can’t own a tiny motorbike with a family of 5? Thai people can show you how everyone easily fits and rides comfortably. 

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This has her restaurant attached to her motorcycle. Pretty common sight in Thailand.

Do you have a small business idea? Thai people are already doing it. What’s more, they’re doing it with half the resources you grew up with. 

9. You’ll Be Safe Even When You’re in Danger

There are many expats that have moved to Thailand for a variety of reasons.

What you’ll find special about Thailand, however, is that the best hospitals, doctors, and dentists are all top-notch.

In fact, many expats that live in the neighboring Southeast Asia countries will fly to Bangkok to get serious medical care. Thailand’s health care system is held in high regards. So no need to worry about moving here with your children.


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When we got to Asia one year ago, I was committed to spending at least a year here so Auburn could learn her grandparent’s language. This wasn’t an easy choice; growing up in the countryside of Michigan, I learned to love the fresh air, the space, and the sounds of nature. Hong Kong has nothing of the sort (in most parts, at least). 

Moving to Asia with Children

As an asthmatic, I’m not a big fan of living in cities anyway, but one year was enough time for me.

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Hong Kong in the distance.

Now, I need to live in the fresh air again for a while.

My lungs and throat got sick 4 or 5 times over the past year and usually, I don’t get really sick like that more than once, maybe twice in a year. 

So, off to Thailand, to a  place we’ve lived twice before! 

To be honest, we weren’t planning on coming to Thailand this time.

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A previous visit to this island.

We were planning on moving to Cambodia for the school year to try something new.

However, I overlooked a significant detail: Auburn’s passport expires before the end of the visa I would get in Cambodia, so they wouldn’t grant her a visa if we were to try. 

Thankfully, I noticed this before we made concrete plans to move to Cambodia to get the fresh air we needed.

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My child and I decided we would return to a place we know and could practice something she’s been learning to love recently: swimming. 

For these Few Months in Thailand with my Child

After a few breakthroughs in the pool in Hong Kong, the island we live on now is a good step up from that.

There are plenty of pools to use, but the immediate access to the sea and coral reefs is going to be a good way to teach her to snorkel. 

We’ve practiced a few times this week already, and hopefully we can find some good weather to give it a go this weekend in the open blue!

I’ll catch some video for you if we do so you can see her first snorkeling experience in the ocean!

After Our Thai Visas Expire, Where Will We Go?

I’ll be getting a few documents in the mail soon that will allow me to apply for my daughter’s new passport.

We are going back to Hong Kong to do this because we can visit her family again, and I like the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, it’s very efficient. 

That shouldn’t take more than a month to get the new passport in hand.

Once we have it, we will be moving to Cambodia at that time–our original plan!

Now that the final piece will be in place–the passport–we can then get to Cambodia and spend a year in the countryside where we can kayak, play basketball, swim, fish, and breathe fresh air. 

We’re both looking forward to it, but that will be later this year, of course.

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We can get here in 30 minutes pretty easy. Top-notch snorkeling.

For now, we’re in Thailand and I’m excited to teach Auburn how to snorkel and freedive! 


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