Where is the Best Place to Live in Thailand?

I already have narrowed it down to about 8 places, after doing some traveling around TH for the last 3 weeks. But, I’m interested in YOUR idea about the best place in Thailand to live.

If you reply – let me know the place, the reasons you like it – and what your overall idea of life is…

For me – I just need an internet connection. I enjoy outdoors activities. Love hunting snakes. Love hiking. Climbing. I despise cities. I don’t like baan naawk villages either. I like towns with few tourists, and even fewer during the slow season. I like certain foods. I have to live fairly close to a decent Makro with pretzels and Doritos… I need heat. Doesn’t need to be year round – but I couldn’t possibly live in Chiang Rai for instance.

I don’t need bars or massage or the other typical farang ‘necessities’.

I’d like to be close to a major airport and the train since I don’t take buses.

Hmm, what else?

I think that’s about it.

I’ve narrowed “the best place to live” in Thailand for me down to:

  • Suratthani
  • Nong Khai
  • Mukdahan
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Chaiya
  • Nakhon si Thammarat
  • Phangna
  • and possibly Trang.

Any great Thailand destination I’m missing based on the criteria I mentioned?

Author: Vern

I'm an American expat living in Thailand. I like to write informative pieces about life in, living in Thailand, including topics like: Thai People, Thai Culture, Nightlife, Technology, and I have published a lot of photographs, videos, and even books on Thailand that you can find at ThailandeBooks.com. There are many photographs of Thailand here - feel free to share with attribution (a link back to the home page). All written content on this site by Vern Lovic. Contact me at Google+.

4 thoughts on “Where is the Best Place to Live in Thailand?”

  1. My girlfriend is from Prachuap Khiri Khan and I was blown away when I first visited there. Just a lovely laid back quiet and clean town. Not backward dusty and dirty like a lot of towns in the North, and not sleazy like Pattaya, Phuket etc. Just loved it and could live there in years to come as it develops.

  2. I haven’t seen much of Thailand- mainly the gross tourist dregs, where farangs do a pretty job of embarrassing the entire ‘Westerner’ population. So for me, from my limited experience, I’d say Koh Tao. Quite, relaxed, no street hawkers, no ladies of the night on every street corner, and no-one trying to force you to buy a suit. Not to mention it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen!

  3. My Thailand company boss was adamant I should buy something at Suratthani. I never did, instead went for a Noosa place that failed due to property in Queensland avoiding the bubble and staying burst. Am I an idiot?

    1. Buy something in Surat???? I’d never consider that… I wonder why the boss was so into Surat. We’re all idiots when it comes to TH man.

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