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I want to retire as a beach bum in southern thailand

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Background:  I'm 68, plan to retire at 70 and still quite fit (jogging, weights, basketball).  Thai wife of 30 years with 4 children (31, 28, 27 and 20).  Oldest born in Thungsong, Nakhonsrithammarat, next 2 born in Phuket, youngest born in New York.  All 4 children are fluent in Thai (speaking, reading, writing) but live now in New York - "no way" they want to move back to Thailand, but are happy to visit.  We (entire family) moved to NYC in 1994 (work for me) then moved back to Thungsong in 2002 (wife could no longer put up with the cold weather) then I and the 4 children moved back to NYC in 2011 (I needed to work and the kids needed a better education), wife stayed in Thungsong but visits NYC every other Summer.

 

So, when I retire I would like to move closer to my wife but not in Thungsong - I'd like to be by a beach, take a morning swim, spend late afternoons in a beach bar having a cocktail or a beer or a glass of wine watching the Sun set.  I'm trying to get a feel for beach-living (retirement) opportunities within a 2-hour drive from Thungsong.

 

Thanks for any help/suggestions.  BTW, I don't speak Thai (the family was always a crutch for communicating).

 

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1 hour ago, ahddub said:

So, when I retire I would like to move closer to my wife but not in Thungsong - I'd like to be by a beach, take a morning swim, spend late afternoons in a beach bar having a cocktail or a beer or a glass of wine watching the Sun set.  I'm trying to get a feel for beach-living (retirement) opportunities within a 2-hour drive from Thungsong.

Watching sunsets at a beach bar indicates you're talking about the west coast of the peninsular.

Krabi or Koh Lanta seem to fit your requirements.

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Good idea for a thread.  I hope to do retirement much the same, however I'm still minimum 10 years away at best from that.  Also somewhat concerned about moving back to Thailand due to the crazy increases in cost of living and other reasons that are probably not allowed to be discussed on this forum...

 

I think Khao Lak might be another possibility.  Still a nice beach last time I was there, and Phuket airport is close if you need it.  Phuket itself I wouldn't even consider.  Krabi might work if you find a good spot.  Andaman Sea is > the gulf of Thailand

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27 minutes ago, andy said:

Also somewhat concerned about moving back to Thailand due to the crazy increases in cost of living

Which ones?

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19 hours ago, bkk6060 said:

 

I might as well do it now since it is coming:

 

So, you want to spend your time at some overcrowded, smelly, filthy, dirty polluted beach and swim in the bacteria feces contaminated water.

Then, have a drink in the evening at an over priced bar with rude staff who will cheat you on the bill.  All the while, a bunch of drunk Falangs and obnoxious Thais around you making noise and spitting in your face!

And do not forget the Chinese.

Is that what you want?....

 

Sorry, could not resist. 🙂

 

I would check out Krabi area.

Good luck

Wow.  This seems way off base, especially from a "Titanium Member".

 

@Old Croc:  Krabi and Koh Lanta sound interesting.  I'll pay them an exploratory visit.  Mind you, I'm not a tourist, but will be buying a home and living there.

 

@Andy:  I'll do some Googling on Koh Lak.  Thanks for the suggestion.

 

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You sound like you might have means to take the time to look around, and make some expat contacts before deciding. Do that if possible. 

 

No disrespect, but it's wise to plan that you'll need easy/fast access to at least one good hospital, just to be safe than sorry, age is a beach, I know.

 

Also, be aware things are not getting any rosier here of late, some guys seem to roll with whatever nonsensical barriers Immigration dream up, but either way, get across exactly what you'll be dealing with, every year, for the rest of your life here.

 

Plenty of that discussion on these forums!

 

Won't your lady be joining you once you arrive? She'll go a long way to help get yourself settled in with utilities, internet etc.

Also her negotiating for home services like garden work etc. May help keep your costs at 'Thai' levels.

Enjoy it whatever you decide!

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On 7/9/2019 at 1:59 PM, geisha said:

Hi, m surprised no one has mentioned Khanom . Never been there, but might go having heard nice things about it. Looks like the beach is clean and inviting. I’m sure there’s a small expat corner with a decent bar or two for sundowners. Also, if you are thinking of building a home there, maybe the prices could be reasonable. Or is it  too close to Thungsong. ? Further afield I could only say Koh Chang, but that’s not a 2 hr drive. Enjoy !!!

 

Thanks, Geisha.  My wife tells me that Tungsong has improved (modernization) a lot since I left 10 years ago, and that it's quite a livable place now although quite a bit more expensive as well.  A single order of Kow Man Gai has gone from 25 baht to 60 baht!

And she says that Khanom is a great beach for any weekend getaway - places to stay and places to eat, drink.

 

So it looks like I'll refresh our house in Tungsong and get ready for all of the visiting relatives (a HUGE family).

 

 

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On 7/9/2019 at 12:01 AM, ahddub said:

I'm trying to get a feel for beach-living (retirement) opportunities within a 2-hour drive from Thungsong.

You've a range of possibilities within a 2-3hr radius of Thung Song.

 

On the Andaman Coast, areas around Trang are within the 2hr range, Krabi and Ko Lanta are nearer to 3hrs away. But Phuket is over 4hrs drive. On the Gulf of Thailand the beaches south of Surat Thani, like Khanom, are 2hrs away, further north the beaches south of Chumphon are 2-3hrs and going south then Songkhla is about 3hrs away.

 

As suggested it would be wise to spend a little time in each, it depends on how much you want home comforts and the company of fellow expats as to whether you opt for Krabi/Ko Lanta on the one hand or Khanom, Trang or Songkhla on the other.

 

As for Thung Song, it has a horrible record for flooding, just about every wet season the town floods, too much development and not enough planning of infrastructure. I hope the house is on higher ground.

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