Central Plaza Shopping Mall, Chiang Rai


If you have considered retirement in Thailand, consider Chiang Rai. Being in the far North, the weather is nicer in Chiang Rai than anywhere else in Thailand and most say the people are too. On average it is 5-10 degrees cooler than the southern cities and we actually enjoy three seasons. The seasons are summer, rainy season and winter. Being a small city, Chiang Rai does not have the traffic problems and pollution of cities like Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. The cost of living in Chiang Rai is cheaper than the aforementioned cities. It has been reported that Thailand is one of the cheapest countries to live in, therefore Chiang Rai must be one of the cheapest cities. 10 years ago Chiang Rai was more a country town than a city but it has been growing rapidly as more and more people discover it. There is also a close knit expat community. For all of these reasons I think deciding to retire in Chiang Rai is a great decision.



When asking a Thai who seems to speak English, a seemingly simple question, I often get answers that are totally wrong. This is not because the person is stupid, it is because the person thought they understood your question, but in reality they didn't, but they don't want to admit that and lose face so they give the best answer they can.


Because what little English they learn in school does not include the everyday language used by English speakers so the words we often use daily, they never learned. Expect to be able to have a very simple conversation like "How are you?" and get an answer like "I'm fine and you?". But do not expect to be able to say "How has your day been going so far?" and get a sensible answer.  They will probably think that you think their day has traveled far away and you are crazy.

This one of the biggest reasons, other than getting ripped off by double pricing, that you will need our help when you arrive.


Every newcomer experiences culture shock when they move to a new country, especially if they do not speak or read the language. The reality here in Chiang Rai, is that English speaking staff, in most government offices, apartments, condos, stores and service providers is virtually non-existent.

We help by leveraging the knowledge and experience of local people thereby removing the stress and frustration of dealing with the everyday problems that come with starting a new life in Chiang Rai.

With Retire In Chiang Rai helping you to get settled you will

Save time

Save money

Everything will be done quickly without any stress or frustration so you can just relax and enjoy your retirement.


Dual or Two Tier pricing; on almost everything there is a price for Thais and a price for foreigners and the price difference is often very significant. Avoid the trap of believing the smiling person you are dealing with will treat you fairly. They won't!

I have a friend who thought he could rent a house himself and is paying twice the market rate. Had he spoken to me first I could have saved him almost $200.00 per month. Another person I know who thought he could do it all himself bought a used car and spent about $1,000.00 more than he should have. I could tell you many similar stories but that would require a book.


  • Retirement visa
  • Marriage visa
  • Opening your bank account
  • Getting an internet connection
  • Getting your mobile phone service
  • Getting cable television
  • Buying a car
  • Renting a house
  • Familiarization with Chiang Rai
  • Health Insurance
  • Register you at the hospital(s) of your choice
  • Automobile insurance
  • Getting a driving license
  • Learning the language
  • Learning about Thai culture
  • General helper to translate for you or assist you in many other ways whenever you need it


Thanks for all your assistance. I know you saved me a lot of money and I was able to toss the Tylenol. - Bob

We appreciate what you did for us. We love the house we rented and the price is less than some other people we know are paying for a lesser property. Thanks again - Ralph and Joyce

Thank you, thank you, thank you, what I thought was going to be a challenge, became with your help, a breeze. - Charles

Had I not learned about you and your service I think I would have gone home. You have made me one happy chappy. - Bill

Saving money was great but the time you saved me was invaluable. Thanks for making my transition so smooth. - Walter

To keep up with all the local and regional news read the Chiang Rai Times.

This site is your link to the local expat community in Chiang Rai and contains a wealth of local information. If Chiang Rai interests you and is a part of your long term plans, I encourage you to become a member of the Chiang Rai Ties forum. If you join, be sure to say hi to me, my name on the forum is Chiang Rai Resources.

This site, though it has not been updated recently, still contains a lot of good information about Chiang Rai