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BANGKOK 19 April 2019 14:03
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European alternatives to Thailand

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Hi

 

Very interesting topic going here re. Latin America alternatives to Thailand.

 

That region probably has more appeal to those from the US and Canada than those from the UK or other European countries.

 

So how about alternatives in Europe, or nearby, outside of Europe ideas welcome.

 

Somewhere with a nice warm/hot climate.

 

For myself I detest the cold.

 

Portugal and Spain seem popular.

 

I have my own reasons but after living in Thailand for 10 years, with an equal number of holiday visits previously I fancy a break.

Booked flights already to spend 5 months in Italy ( Summer months )

 

I will return to Thailand but maybe " split " my time in the future.

 

Italy too cold for me in the winter months.

 

Any thoughts as to a pleasant climate country in or near Europe ?

 

Tenerife ?  I know very little about it, anyone stayed there long term ? or even just holidayed often.

 

Thanks

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Poland is relatively cheap and comparable (in fact, at some places) cheaper than Bangkok.

Summer months are usually quite good - May - Sep is the best time.


Daytime is T-shirt weather, but it may get a little nippy at night.

 

Krakow, Gdansk, Poznan and Wrocław are nice cities - lots of international food & drink options.

Warsaw is also quite good, but weather is a little unpredictable.


Level of English is quite good so communication isn't a problem. 

 

You could also try the other usual suspects - Budapest / Prague / Bucharest.

 

Portugal and Spain you have already mentioned, so worth a shot too.

 

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Guys, first take a look at the tax liability of those countries. If you reside there more than 183 they will make you cough up. Malta, Cyprus, Hungary, taxfree foreign pensions. Portugal for 10 years ( but maybe not for all nationalities). Rumania and Bulgaria very low tax rate.

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I lived in Mallorca, Spain for 4.5 yrs in the early 80’s when it was still under Franco. It was great then and so cheap. Ibiza is very expensive and the winter weather is cold. Not like it was when I lived there, winters were warm. Even Greece has lots of snow in winter parts of Spain get snowed out. 

Southern Portugal is very nice place. 

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Spain not bad and now (in some areas) very good real estate deals from banks repossessed properties, however my choice would be the south of Portugal either Alentejo with fantastic country side, great food,  red wine and good weather or Algarve with great beaches and good weather as well no snow there, many UK expats, visited one city called Albufeira thought I was in the UK, only hear English speaking on the streets.... if I sell my property here will consider the move

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