Several people move to Thailand for various reasons. While some do so because of work or even a business venture, others simply want to settle down in Thailand because of the country’s inspiring beauty. Regardless of the reason why you intend to move to the Land of Smiles, below are some of the things that you need to do and prepare for a seamless transition.

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Explore the Cost of Living

One of the primary things that you need to do before you move to Thailand is to explore the cost of living in the country. Generally, if you choose to stay in the north of the country, then your expenses will be less compared to staying in the southern part of the nation. The drawback though is that you will be a bit far from the coast.

If you want to stay near the beach though, you can consider acquiring a property in Phuket.
When you explore online sources, you are most likely to find Phuket real estate for sale at a
very reasonable price. On the other hand, living in the city, particularly in Bangkok, is also
considered to be more expensive compared to the rest of the country. For this reason, you need to lay out your budget to help you decide where to stay in the country before you move.

You should plan to live in Thailand on a budget of at least $1,500 per month, with $2,000 being a more reasonable benchmark. This will allow you to live comfortably without breaking the bank. Karsten Aichholz shares in this article the most detailed budgets you’ll find for Bangkok.

Papers and Document Preparations

Apart from familiarizing yourself with the cost of living in different areas of Thailand, you should also take the time to prepare the papers and documents that you need to present before you can enter the country, as well as for a legitimate stay. The process of completing the requirements may be long or short, depending on what you want to do in the country, as well as the length of your stay. In case you are moving to the country permanently, then you may need to endure a longer processing time.

Get Yourself Vaccinated

Before moving to Thailand, make sure that your vaccinations are complete. In this case, you can check out the official website of the country’s health ministry for you to have a good idea of the vaccines that you need to get beforehand. Otherwise, you can always talk to your doctor to know which ones to get.

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Learn the history, culture, social etiquette and language

Heard of Bangkok? How about Phuket? Ever tasted Thai food? Your transition in the country will prove to be much effortless if you somehow understand the Thai history, culture, social etiquette and language. The Thai language can be quite difficult to learn, which is why you may not be able to speak the language instantly. Nevertheless, being able to understand Thai or saying basic words such as thank you or please will already go a long way.

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If you are deciding on moving to Thailand, make sure that you are prepared by exploring the
cost of living in the country. You should also take the time to process the papers that you need
to legitimately stay in the country. Make sure that you are properly vaccinated before you move and that you are already familiar with the local language. This will make settling in the country easier and more bearable.

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