Hua Hin, Thailand | Overseas Haven Report

In many respects, Hua Hin could be described as the quintessential living and retirement haven. Our Overseas Haven Report is an insider’s guide to all Hua Hin.

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There are enough local Thai people to keep things interesting and you’ll know that you’re in a foreign country, but it need not be a total immersion. There are plenty of expats and activities available to help ease the transition to a new country.

Hua Hin is an ideal destination for people who are considering the advantages of expatriation but reluctant to give up the comforts of home. New arrivals in Hua Hin appreciate the cleanliness of the area, the widespread use of English, the lack of corruption, and the relatively low-cost, high standard of living. This is a very attractive town for retirees on a moderate budget. Secure and modern gated subdivisions are plentiful. Investing in real estate is a lucrative business in Hua Hin, and thousands of foreigners have purchased homes and condominiums here. Despite its popularity as a resort town, Hua Hin has remained a tranquil oasis, far from worries…

There are miles of clean beaches, good year-round weather, a rich selection of restaurants in all price ranges, internationally accredited medical care, and nine golf courses. It’s close to the cultural offerings of Bangkok, yet far enough away to be well removed from the capitals chaos. Mountains, caves, waterfalls, and abundant wildlife can be seen at the seven national parks within a two-hour drive from town.

Foreigners living here are involved in the larger community, going to meetings with the city council and exerting a real influence on the future of the city. They’ve brought a lot of their former lives with them too: reading clubs, jazz festivals, cycling clubs, soccer, wine-tasting, darts leagues, and more. There is something happening here almost every day…