What is the best place to live in Thailand?
The 3 best places to live in Thailand are Chiang Mai, Bangkok and the Island of Phuket.
Bangkok is the biggest city in Thailand and you’ll be able to find just about anything you want here. There are lots of options for food, malls, movies, bars, clubs, you name it. Any day of the week you can find something fun to do. Rent prices range from $160 a month for a studio apartment up to $5,000 a month for a nice 4 bedroom luxurious condo near the city center.
Chiang Mai is the 2nd biggest city in Thailand and its much more laid back than Bangkok and Phuket. The lower end of rent prices are about the same as Bangkok however you can get something much nicer for 1/5 of the price. Food prices are also less and life is simple and easy in Chiang Mai. There are still lots of options for nightlife all nights of the week but they do become boring after you’ve been there a while. Spicy Night Club is an after hours spot where many tourist and local bar girls hang out til 5am weekly.
The Island of Phuket is very tourist compared to the other 2 cities. If you like the beach, then this is the place for you. Tuk tuks are very expensive here and you’ll be better off getting a motorbike to get around. The cost of living is similar to Bangkok and as with most touristy places you can run into tourist prices for food quite often. The nightlife is good, better than Chiang Mai, but it too can be very limited after a while. Its also pretty dangerous with all of the motorbike injuries.