Before You Go
If your retirement dreams include a beautiful climate, new cultural experiences, access to affordable healthcare and a lower cost of living, you may be thinking about retiring abroad. One destination popular with retirees is Thailand, a small country in southern Asia known for its natural beauty, pristine beaches, exotic cuisine, temples, and friendly people. According to International Living, a publishing group that covers living and retiring overseas, Thailand has one of the lowest costs of living in the world, adding to its appeal as a top retirement destination. In the 2019 Annual Global Retirement Index, it is in a three-way tie for the sixth cheapest place for cost of living, along with Colombia and the Philippines. (Cambodia ranked number one for low cost of living for 2018.) On overall scores for International Living’s 10 factors, Thailand came in 14th (Costa Rica was first; Vietnam ranked 23rd of 24).