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14 Steps to a Safe and Happy Life in Thailand: Your Ultimate Guide for Moving to the Land of Smiles

Updated: Feb 9, 2023

If you're considering moving to Thailand, there are many things to keep in mind to ensure a smooth and successful transition. Here are 14 steps you should take to ensure a safe and happy life in Thailand:


  1. Research visa requirements: Before moving to Thailand, it's important to research the visa requirements and determine the best type of visa for your situation. Options include a tourist visa, a business visa, or a work permit.

  2. Secure insurance: It's important to secure adequate health insurance before moving to Thailand. This will ensure you have access to medical care if needed.

  3. Consider language barriers: While English is widely spoken in Thailand, it's still a good idea to learn some basic Thai phrases to help you navigate daily life.

  4. Find a place to live: Research the different areas of Thailand and determine which one is best for you based on your lifestyle and budget. Consider factors such as proximity to work, to school and the cost of living.

  5. Research schools: If you have children, research the different schools in the area where you plan to live. Consider factors such as curriculum, facilities, and reputation.

  6. Plan your budget: Determine the cost of living in Thailand, including housing, food, transportation, and entertainment. Make a budget and stick to it to ensure financial stability.

  7. Learn about the culture: Thailand has a rich and unique culture, and it's important to learn about and respect the customs and traditions of the country.

  8. Make connections: Meet other ex-pats in Thailand and build a network of friends to help you settle in and adjust to your new life.

  9. Register with your embassy: Register with your embassy in Thailand to ensure that you can access consular assistance if you need it.

  10. Open a local bank account: Open a local bank account to ensure easy access to your money and simplify your financial transactions in Thailand.

  11. Get a SIM card: Purchase a Thai SIM card to stay connected with friends and family and to access important information on the go.


12. Explore the country: Take advantage of your new location and explore all that Thailand has to offer, including its stunning beaches, rich culture, and delicious cuisine.

13. Find transportation: If public transportation is not as efficient as you're used to, consider getting a car or bike to make getting around easier and more convenient.

14. Consider comprehensive car or bike insurance: If you plan to have a vehicle, it's important to have comprehensive car or bike insurance, not just third-party cover, in case of any accidents or incidents.


In conclusion, moving to Thailand can be an exciting and fulfilling experience, but taking the necessary steps to ensure a safe and happy life is important. From researching visa requirements to securing insurance and finding transportation, it's important to plan ahead and consider all the factors that will impact your life in Thailand. If you're looking for insurance solutions, consider working with Think Safe Insurance Brokers, a reputable insurance broker based in Koh Samui that works with reputable insurance companies and tailors each policy to fit your specific requirements.


Jo Lodder is a trail runner, business leader, and blogger. He is a lover of Thailand and has travelled extensively around the country. He's the co-founder of JNW Asia, a property marketing company in Hong Kong, and a master agent of SnowDog, a hospitality brand. He's also embarking on the Run for Freedom challenge to raise money for charity. With a passion for helping others and a drive for success, Jo inspires through his love of adventure and entrepreneurship.


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