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BANGKOK 17 February 2019 04:39
Poopyface

Healthiest place to live in Thailand?

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I seek recommendations, there were a few informative threads but they seem to be gone following the forum move.

 

We are looking for clean air and low cost of living, places busy enough to have lively markets and some notion of transit/buses.

Not interested in night/party lifestyle places but lots of restaurant options would be nice.

We don't care about Western restaurants/groceries.

 

The islands seem like a logical choice if you can recommend a place with low costs of living and not too many tourists. 

 

A decent airport nearby would be nice. 

 

All thoughts greatly appreciated!

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the far south should meet several of your requirements

 

another area, Ranong, not necessarily the city but that area

fresh air -moderate temperatures most of the time

 

but PLENTY rain

from march/april to october - rain rain rain (keeps the air fresh)

 

 

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I think you need to give the question more thought...

 

There is an element of wanting contradictory things... lots of restaurants but not too congested etc... 

 

islands/areas with tourist services have plenty of tourists which is why they have lots of restaurants... 

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I would suggest that you take a look at the Hua-Hin area. It has probably the best climate in Thailand with very clean air all year round, unlike the south the most humid/hot time of the year is March/April. There are plenty of restaurants of all kinds. Transport from HH to Bangkok by luxury coach costs about 350 Baht. Very nice 7km beach south of HH. Lots of properties of all kinds and costings from condo's to villa's. Very good Thai medical services to keep health costs down. Food markets and food stores are numerous. Very good reliable high speed internet services.

If you want any further information just PM me.

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Take a trip around islands of interest and check them out for yourself, for example a week each place to find locations of interest, and time enough to check markets, and restaurants, and price levels.

 

Koh Chang might be an eastern option, with Trat airport nearby.

 

In southwest you should check in the Krabi area, both mainland and the islands like Koh Lanta etc. Krabi airport is in the neighborhood.

 

In southeast your options are Koh Phangan – which seem to be a health center for many into healthy lifestyle, detoxing, vegetarian food, and yoga – and Koh Samui, the latter with an airport, and even it's a tourist destination it still has many rare spots in especially southern and eastern parts of the island.

 

You need to check yourself, because what I think is like living in a dream, you might hate...🙂

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Most folks are unaware of the difference in weather in Thailand, the South is much more wet & humid, the North/East not so humid, pleasant weather in the "winter" months, Summers can be very hot, worth considering when you are deciding.

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One thing to be aware of wherever you go is noise levels.

Check it out thoroughly before setting down permanently.

 

It might be quiet on the day you move in but anyone can open a karaoke bar, steel workshop, motorbike service etc. next door.

Not a lot you can do about it as the locals will do nothing to help you.

 

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Krabi area, not in Krabi or Ao nang but many smaller areas with beaches, restaurants and simple live entertainment.

Local area has spectacular scenery, good transport links including airport, direct flights to Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur at very acceptable cost.

Rentals vary but 8000 - 12000 for bungalow of very acceptable western standard, try it and see.

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I chose Trat, mainland years ago. Great western stores for the scores that visit the 52 islands, very few falongs on land … the islands are packed all year. Two major shopping centers, airport and low cost of living. Do not come if you have shell fish allergy's, or do not like the ocean breeze.  

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Why not head south to Hat Yai.

 

You asked for:

  • clean air - 95% of the time, very rarely we get the Indonesian haze extend as far as us
  • low cost of living - cheaper than a lot of Thailand
  • busy enough to have lively markets - plenty of markets and shopping
  • some notion of transit/buses - good transport
  • lots of restaurant options - plenty of restaurants
  • a decent airport - Hat Yai has a good airport with plenty of domestic flight options plus Singapore and KL
  • As a bonus we have several good hospitals

You didn't want, be we do have

  • nightlife
  • Western restaurants/groceries

Downside

  • She ain't a pretty town, and its not on the coast
  • We live just north of a war zone, the city has increased security, but every now and again someone sets a bomb off

 

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4 hours ago, PJPom said:

Krabi area, not in Krabi or Ao nang but many smaller areas with beaches, restaurants and simple live entertainment.

Local area has spectacular scenery, good transport links including airport, direct flights to Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur at very acceptable cost.

Rentals vary but 8000 - 12000 for bungalow of very acceptable western standard, try it and see.

Trang, right next door is nice, too. It's a bit cheaper, with fewer tourists, but some tourists, mainly on their way out to the islands. Has airport and train.

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