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I may be looking to spend 1 or 2 years in Thailand in the next year or so with my british partner, so we'd be looking for a long term rental (ideally a villa/house/bungalow) but am after recommendations for areas to look at.  We visit twice yearly anyway, and love the hustle and bustle of BKK and Pattaya, but also love peace and quiet (contradictions i know). 

 

Ideally we'd like somewhere with great nightlife and a city/town where we can get by with our limited Thai, but also somewhere quiet enough to enjoy the garden.  I drive and ride bikes in Thailand and have done for many years so small commutes wouldn't be an issue on a daily basis

 

where would be good areas to look please?

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Hua Hin might be a nice compromise.  Or Chiang Mai.

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Try camping out at Suvarnabhumi Airport....you will burn out in a short period of time and head back home......lol....🤔🤔

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Rayong has dozens (if not hundreds) of rental properties, many of which are beach front - a laid back area but just a few minutes from Jomtien.

 

If you want to disappear, check out Bueng Kan - not much for night life though.

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21 hours ago, mrblonde said:

Ideally we'd like somewhere with great nightlife and a city/town where we can get by with our limited Thai, but also somewhere quiet enough to enjoy the garden.

Phuket or Koh Samui sound like options to check, the latter especially when you bring your partner, as it has more of a party-nightlife, than beer bars.

 

Both islands – however Phuket got a bridge to the mainland – are mainly like one community, or large town, however with different local districts with each their charm.

 

Both islands got affordable bungalows and villas for rent – also with walking distance to beach and shopping – good shopping facilities, and also peaceful quiet areas; however, they are nowhere near the "hustle and bustle of BKK and Pattaya", especially Samui.

 

Try to visit both – and other potential places – and check them out in real-life, before you settle in one place for long time...🙂

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I would definitely look at Hua Hin.  There are some nice places there.  It doesn't have the nightlife of Pattaya, Bangkok, or Phuket (Patong).  I actually like Prachuab Khiri Khan, another 100km south of Hua Hin.  No night life though and you really need to be able to speak some Thai if you live there.

 

You might also want to check out Bang Saray.  It's a nice area, quiet but not too far from Pattaya.  If you don't want to drive after a night out in Pattaya you could probably use Grab taxi to get back home.  

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Focus your attention on Kamala beach in Phuket.

 

Kamala beach is a great swimming beach year-round. Kamala town has a relatively quiet “thai village” type of atmosphere, but with many small pubs and many restaurants, and a Big C.

 

Kamala is only a 10 minute drive over the hill to the world famous Patong nightlife and malls, and only 45 minutes drive to the international airport.

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On 5/29/2019 at 4:15 AM, geoffbezoz said:

So you say you come to Thailand twice yearly and also say you have done so for many years.  Surely by now you should know which areas are suitable to meet your requirements ? Unless of course when you mention Bangkok and Pattaya they are the only places you have been too over the years ?

 

Pattaya and BKK primarily, but also been to Chiang Mai, Buriram and Ayutthaya too.  Wasnt overly keen on Chaing Mai, dont know why, just didnt feel it. Buriram a no-no due to the obvious language barrier (very few english speakers there, which we knew anyway) so am asking others where else we should consider

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3 hours ago, mrblonde said:

 

Pattaya and BKK primarily, but also been to Chiang Mai, Buriram and Ayutthaya too.  Wasnt overly keen on Chaing Mai, dont know why, just didnt feel it. Buriram a no-no due to the obvious language barrier (very few english speakers there, which we knew anyway) so am asking others where else we should consider

Like the south eastern side of Thailand most:

Koh Chang - Koh Mak - Koh Kood 🙂 It's more family friendly style there, more laidback

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