Moving to a new country is both exciting and daunting. Leaving everything you know, to start afresh is invigorating but hard work. Moving for the right reasons is vital; you should not be escaping something and you should not be moving somewhere purely because you loved it on holiday. You need to be realistic and understand that wherever you move, to a certain extent your new life will be similar to the one you left behind.
Thailand is teeming with expats. Whether it’s students falling in love with the place during a gap year or business professionals looking for a change in lifestyle, Thailand with its beautiful beaches, warm and welcoming people and international outlook is becoming increasingly popular. It’s not expensive to get here; DialAFlight offers cheap flights to Bangkok throughout the year. Living costs are relatively low, especially if you choose to rent a property rather than buy one and the culture, largely based on Buddhism is more relaxed and slow-paced, if you live outside of the capital, Bangkok, anyway.
However, if you are planning on making a foray into ex-pat life in Thailand, there are a few things you need to know and do before moving the move.
Try it before you buy it!
Many people go to Thailand on a holiday, sometimes of just a week, and fall in love with the place. Although this doesn’t necessarily mean you will have any problems when you switch to working rather than playing in the country, it could mean you have been viewing everything with rose-tinted glasses and in reality, the country doesn’t actually suit you as a place to live.
Spend some time travelling around the country, looking at houses, finding out what jobs are available, what the living costs are and what you can expect to earn; learn more about the culture, traditions and politics. If everything adds up and you still have a good feeling, aside from the beaches and tropical rainforests, then you are better prepared to give Thai life a try.
What to bring with you?
You can get most things in Thailand, many products, particularly electrical and clothing items, are cheaper than in Europe and the US. However, you need to remember Thai’s are small, so if you have big feet for example, you should probably buy your shoes elsewhere. Likewise, many imported goods, particularly specialist items, will be more expensive. You should also bring plenty of photos, pictures and ornaments from home. You want to feel at home as soon as you arrive and these reminders will help you settle in.