By Thai Visa
They were included in the site’s 10 best places to retire in Asia this month.
It considered the cost of living, weather and medical care.
“Since the 1800s ... Chiang Mai has been luring expats from the west with its low cost of living, great weather, rich history and distinct culture,” the site said.
It added that Chiang Mai offers a mix of traditional Thailand alongside “mega malls, multinational grocery and department stores and other trappings of 21st-century living”.
“The biggest advantage of retirement in Chiang Mai is the low cost of living and affordable health care.
“A couple can live there comfortably on as little as US$1,200 per month, and you can see an English-speaking doctor for US$20.
“The biggest downside can be air pollution during the annual burning season, mid-February through to mid-April, when farmers burn their fields.”
Hua Hin “has good year-round weather and a large foreign community”, the site said.
“A retiree can afford a high standard of living, including days on the city's golf courses and regular dinners out at first-class restaurants, on a modest budget.
“The standard of medical care is good, and you're less than three hours from Bangkok, which boasts some of the region's top hospitals.
“Housing options include modern condos, beachfront homes and modern gated communities.
“The big foreign community connects through reading clubs, festivals, cycling clubs, soccer leagues, wine tastings and darts tournaments”.
Other destinations featured in the list included George Town in Malaysia, Bali in Indonesia and Da Nang in Vietnam.
The site described George Town as "one of Southeast Asia's most livable destinations".
The best places to retire in Asia include:
- George Town, Malaysia
- Bali, Indonesia
- Da Nang, Vietnam
- Udagamandalam “Ooty", India
- Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Kota Kinabalu, Malaysian Borneo
- Da Lat, Vietnam
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Hua Hin, Thailand
- Taipei, Taiwan