Thailand is one of the most popular vacation destinations for Europeans. Once having been there, people come back again and again. Moreover, many decide to move to this tropical country. Why does Thailand attract foreigners so much? We have compiled a list of the top 10 reasons to move to Thailand for permanent residence!
Thailand is a tropical country. During the day, the average air temperature is 30C. It rarely drops below 25C at night. In the kingdom of eternal summer, it is a tropical paradise! Compatriots tired of cold winters and slushy autumns avoid seasonal depression by moving to a country with an eternal summer. Europeans often come to Thailand over Winter but some decide to move.
However, it is worth remembering that the climate here is not only hot, but also very humid. It is not suitable for everyone, in fact, people unaccustomed to such weather may feel unwell from a long stay on the street in Thailand. It is also worth remembering the need to constantly protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat and applying a suncream with UV protection. We advise you to visit the country and live there for a while before deciding to move for permanent residence. Moreover, European citizens can stay in the kingdom for a month without a visa.
Thai cuisine is becoming more and more popular all over the world. There is no longer a country where there are no Thai restaurants. If you are a fan of Thai cuisine, Thailand is a paradise for you. Delicious quality food can be found on every street corner in the truest sense of the word, because street food is very popular in the country. Thai food is not expensive at all, one serving costs from 60 baht. The same cannot be said for European cuisine in Thailand, which is considered exotic and costs much more.
In addition, inexpensive tropical fruits are available in Thailand all year round, many of which are completely unfamiliar to Europeans and capture their hearts from the first bite. Mango, mangosteen, durian, lychee, annona, papaya, jackfruit, longan, guava, pithaya - and this is not a complete list!
Affordable real estate.
What is important when moving for a long stay? In Thailand, citizens of other countries have the right to buy property in any region of the country. The only exception is a piece of land. A foreigner can rent it for a long time, but not buy it into ownership. But this is not a big problem so do not worry about it.
Besides, apartments and villas in Thailand are quite affordable. So, a small studio in the newest condominium with excellent service can be bought at a price of 2 million baht. Residents of condominiums have access to coworking spaces, fitness centers, swimming pools, playgrounds, cleaning services, sports fields, lounge areas and much more. It is quite possible, without being a millionaire, to buy a villa or a townhouse with a beautiful view of the sea or a tropical garden with its own swimming pool.
It's easy to move legally.
Although it is almost impossible to obtain Thai citizenship or a residence permit, or at least very difficult, it is easy to live legally in the country. Europeans do not need a visa at all to stay for a month. A long-term tourist visa is quite suitable for staying over the winter in the country. A long-term tourist visa is issued for 60 days, then it can be extended for another 30 days.
To move, it is most convenient to get a study visa or a work visa if you have a Thai employer. The study visa is issued not only by schools and universities, but also by courses. For example, language courses (you can learn Thai or English), Muay Thai schools (Thai boxing) and others.
There is an ideal solution for investors: the Thailand Elite Visa, which can be obtained for up to 20 years by paying a fee of $15 000. This visa can be obtained when buying a property worth at least 10 million baht.
There are also visas for businessmen, startups, etc.
Favorable conditions for doing business
In Thailand, many Thai locals and foreigners are engaged in entrepreneurship. The country ranks 26th in the international ranking of doing business. You can open a company in just 30 days, the authorized capital is from 100 000 baht. One complication: a foreigner can officially own only 49% of the company's shares, the remaining 51% must belong to Thais. But Thai lawyers easily help to solve this issue.
The country is aimed at attracting foreign investors and assists with business development. Companies can receive benefits and other government support depending on the field of activity.
International level education.
When moving to the country with the whole family, the level of education is important. There are many international kindergartens and schools in Thailand with teaching in English.
There are many universities in Thailand that provide a decent level of education. There are also international programs with teaching in English and even with a double degree in partnership with European, American or Australian universities. The most developed direction in Thailand is tourism management and hospitality. It is in this direction that students from all over the world come here to study. Other courses are taught at an acceptable level.
Medicine in Thailand is well developed. At the moment, the state invests large resources in the development of medical tourism and relies on it. So, people from China, Arab countries, Iran and others come to Thailand for medical services. Hospitals have English-speaking staff. However, medicine is very expensive for foreigners. It is worth remembering this and taking out medical insurance in advance.
It's safe enough in Thailand! The country has a crime rate of 2.58 per 100 000 people, while in Europe it is equal to 9.13. Thais don’t think twice about leaving computers, tablets and other expensive items on tables in the cafe.
But do not relax, in crowded tourist places, scammers can get into your pocket or snatch a bag. However, the number of such cases decreases as the country's economy develops. The low unemployment rate also has a positive effect.
The pace of development.
Thailand is one of the “Tiger Cub Economies.” What does it mean? Recall that “Four Asian Tigers” are developed innovative countries such as South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan — countries that have shown high rates of economic development.
“Tiger Cub Economies” are new industrial countries, the development of their economies began a little later than that of the “big brothers,” but the pace is not inferior to them. This group of countries includes Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
Thailand continues to develop, the latest technologies are being introduced into everyday life. The state encourages foreign investments that help the country's economy.
Pace of life and lifestyle.
Thais are in no hurry! At first, this can be annoying: even on the streets, people walk much slower than in European cities. But why rush? Thais enjoy life. Shouldn't we learn from this? Thailand is called the “land of smiles” as people here are very friendly. The main principle of life in the kingdom is “sanuk sabia,” which translates to relaxed. You need to enjoy life and enjoy every minute. Thailand is very beautiful, both in terms of nature and architecture. Take your time to enjoy the world around you.
Thailand is an amazing country where traditions are combined with modernity and technology. Where rapid development coexists with a measured life and enjoyment of life. Where luxury private houses are located next to modern skyscrapers. Where from the bustling metropolis of Bangkok you can escape to a house by the sea just two hours away by car. You can live on the paradise island of Phuket surrounded by amazing nature, taking advantage of all the benefits of civilization.
Try to live in Thailand and maybe you will fall in love with this country.