Keep your savings and live on your pension in Chiang Rai, Thailand



If you have considered retirement in Thailand, you would do yourself an injustice if you did not 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. The cover photo is our newest shopping center, Central Plaza.  Central Plaza has just about everything you would find in your local mall.

Chiang Rai is the northernmost large city in Thailand. Chiangrai is a beautiful and comfortable place to retire. If you are a nature lover and want a quiet and laid back retirement Chiang rai is the place for you. If Thailand is one of the cheapest countries in the world, Chiang Rai would be one of the cheapest cities. One of the best things about Chiang Rai is the price. The city is unbelievably cheap, the food is good, the weather is lovely, not too hot and cool from late November through March, plus the people are nice. Retirement life in Chiangrai is more peaceful and quiet than Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai.

Being a small city, Chiang Rai does not have the traffic problems and pollution of cities like Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.

Most of Thailand is hot, but Chiang Rai is considered to be the coolest city in the country. The average temperature is around 28 degrees Celsius during spring and it might go up to 35 degrees in summer then drops to 20 degrees in winter. More often than not, it rains for only about an hour and usually in the afternoon in rainy season. If you prefer cooler weather, Chiang Rai is the best choice. But if you like hot weather, Chiang Rai also has that for you in summer from April to August. On average Chiang Rai is 5-10 degrees cooler than the southern cities and we actually enjoy three seasons.

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.


  • Visas
  • Getting a yellow book
  • Opening a bank account
  • Getting your Cable, Internet and Mobile Phone
  • Buying a car
  • Registering a car or motorbike
  • Renting a house
  • Health and Auto Insurance
  • Getting your driving license
  • Learning the Thai language
  • Learning the Thai culture
  • As a general helper to translate negotiations for you
  • Assist you in other ways whenever you need it


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.



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 they thought they understood your question, but in reality they didn't and 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.

Other than double pricing, this one of the biggest reasons that you will need our help when you arrive.


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

I expected to stay in a hotel for at least a month to find a suitable place to rent and I expected to have to leave Thailand to convert my visa to a retirement visa. Bottom line, with your help I located a place to live in a week and converted my visa without leaving Thaiiand. Thanks -- Anon

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