One of the relaxing places to enjoy inexpensive, peaceful dining beside Chiang Rai's Kok river
Why You Should Consider Chiang Rai?
If you have decided to retire in Thailand, you would do yourself an injustice if you did not consider Chiang Rai. Our newest shopping center, 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, laid back retirement without traffic jams and the heat of the south Chiang rai is the place for you.
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 four seasons.
The cost of living in Chiang Rai is cheaper than anywhere else in Thailand. 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. There is also a close knit expat community and the local people are friendly.
Retirement in Chiang Rai is more peaceful and quiet than Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen 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.
For all of these reasons I think deciding to retire in Chiang Rai, Thailand is a wise decision.
Securing your visa and getting a fair home rental and vehicle price are the three biggest reasons why you will need help when you first 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, condos, apartments, stores and shops is almost 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.
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 us first we 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 $1000.00 more than he should have. I could tell you many similar stories but that would require a book.
EXPECT TO BE MISUNDERSTOOD.
THE BIGGEST COMMUNICATION ISSUE WITH THAIS WHO SPEAK SOME ENGLISH IS LACK OF COMPREHENSION
When asking a Thai who seems to speak some English, a seemingly simple question they often do not understand your meaning. 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. This is because what little English they learn in school does not include the everyday language used by English speakers so the words you use daily, they never learned. Expect to be able to have a very simple conversation like "How are you?" and get a rote 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.