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Thailand ranks second in Asia in the list of World’s Best Countries to Retire in 2019.

 

International Living (IL) magazine ranks Thailand as the 9th best country to retire in 2019 and second best in Asia after Malaysia. The ranking was determined based on the Annual Global Retirement Index which looks for countries where a couple can live comfortably with only   1,800 US dollars (57,570 baht) of income per month. The said index analyzed 13 relevant factors such as benefits and discounts for seniors, visa and accommodation, cost of living and ease of assimilation.

Jennifer Stevens, editor of IL noted that retirees have different preferences regarding their “new home” after retirement, ranging from climate, medical services and cost of living. For Southeast Asia, IL praised the region as ideal for retirement due to its cultural and population diversity as well as its wide-ranging climate from sunny beaches to cool highland hills. The region also offers modern metropolises, affordable healthcare, and luxury accommodations for a fraction of North American prices.

According to IL, the advantages of Thailand are its geographic location in mainland Southeast Asia, its beautiful beaches on the Andaman Sea and the coastlines along the Gulf of Thailand as well as the kingdom’s rich history and culture. This allows for an infinite range of recreation activities and possibilities that could suit everyone’s taste and liking. The joyful character of the Thai people was also mentioned as a notably positive factor.

Furthermore, there are several modern private hospitals in Thailand where an appointment with a general practitioner can cost as little as 10 US dollars. A two-hour round trip flight from north to south is only 100 US dollars. Thailand is a convenient base to fly to other Southeast Asian countries since each trip would be within 90 minutes on average. 

Other Asian countries in the list are Cambodia (12th), Vietnam (19th) and Sri Lanka (21st).

 

 

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