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Thailand’s best beach towns for working and living



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Living and working in Thailand is not only possible, but many who land in this beautiful country on holiday, make the move to stay long-term. Thus, those who love living by the beach, can find our list of the top beach towns for living and working in the Kingdom.

Thailand’s Best Beach Towns for Working and Living

1. Phuket

Phuket island is known as the “pearl of the Andaman.” And, its beauty doesn’t disappoint. Located in the southeast portion of the island, Phuket is one of the most famous beach towns in all of Thailand. Furthermore, its wide range of accommodations, activities, and attractions make living in Phuket is always exciting. The turquoise waters and rocky jungles undoubtedly add a serene backdrop to your workday. With a large expat community, it is easy to find others who are working from home. Furthermore, because of the large expat community and incoming tourists, developers made sure shopping malls, restaurants, and other attractions are top-rated.

Phuket travel | Thailand, Asia - Lonely Planet


2. Hua Hin

Water sports lovers will love the fun to be had in Hua Hin. This popular expat, the beach town is known for fun activities and kid-friendly attractions. As it is teeming with a long-term expat population, the attractions here are of high quality and rival those of others in the world. Moreover, Hua Hin is famous for its golf courses, trekking, boating, cycling, fitness, and snorkelling. The town moves at a slower pace, making it great for those who just want a relaxing life. As the town is inexpensive, it is a great place for retirees and families who want modern medical and other facilities at a fraction of the price they would get back in their home countries.

Hua Hin, always more accessible – About Thailand Living

Hua Hin

3. Koh Samui

Koh Samui is the 2nd largest island after Phuket and is home to many long-term expats. Known for being a high-end spa haven, the island definitely has some upscale attractions and accommodations. Moreover, the island has plenty of international hospitals and schools, making it perfect for those who want to live here long-term. It’s beaches also rival those of others, and are postcard perfect. Despite its bustling vibe, the nightlife here isn’t as seedy as Pattaya, making it family-friendly. Furthermore, those who love water sports will find a wide variety of activities to do both on the water and on land.


20 Unique Things to Do in Koh Samui - PlacesofJuma

Koh Samui

4. Prachuap Khiri Khan

Located in southern Thailand, this town has long been a favourite of Thai tourists. As it is becoming more popular with expats, it is a great idea to move here while it is up and coming. The town is known for its pineapple and coconut industries, making it quite serene. Thus, a lower cost of living is included in the more serene and laid-back town. For those expats who want a beach town feel without the hoards of tourists and everything that comes with it, Prachuap Khiri Khan is a great choice.

Prachuap Khiri Khan - To do & see

Prachuap Khiri Khan

5. Pattaya

Known for its popular nightlife, this is the place to go if you are looking for a more energetic setting. As many expats live here, you can be sure to meet others who are digital nomads. Although the nightlife is quite famous the world over, Pattaya during the day is great for families. Boasting international schools, hospitals, and shopping, this exciting beach town caters to every kind of visitor. Moreover, accessing nearby islands only takes about 15 minutes so it is fun to go island hopping when in Pattaya.

Pattaya 2021: Best of Pattaya, Thailand Tourism - Tripadvisor


Thailand’s beach towns are definitely popular for expats looking to settle down. As they offer beautiful oceans, water sports, and other outdoor activities, such nature lovers will surely enjoy it all. Moreover, as there are many others doing the same thing as yourself, it is easy to build a community and home away from home.


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