Retiring and Living in Asia Pacific
Asia has many possibilities for expat retirement. Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, the Philippines are very popular because of the low cost of living.
But what of India and Bangladesh. They don't seem to be on the front pages, but if you can navigate the fascinating societies and cultures, rewards can await.
Korea and Japan are popular for English teachers .. and for retirees who can find those out-of-the-way spots .. and can afford them. Infrastructure is excellent. Japan seems always to have one city or area listed on the “best places in the world to live” list.
Thailand is the land of sun and fun for many expats. Popular expat locations include Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui, Hua Hin and Krabi. Find information about living in Thailand.
Bali is sublime, a huge tropical island with a fascinating culture. This place of dreams seems to be recovering from the terrorism tragedy of 2002. Tourist are flocking back to the beaches and green hills. living in Bali
One seasoned expat makes some interesting comparisons about living in Beijing vs Thailand
We have some very diverse opinions about living in the Philippines. Some say the place is falling apart. Others like the widespread use of English as well as the easy visa rules. Read lots of opinions about the Philippines.
Laos is one of the more difficult Asian countries to hand one's hat on a long-term basis. There seems to be no such thing as a retirement visa. Some expats commute to Thailand or Cambodia on business visas. Laos also makes marriages to local women difficult .. more life in Laos.
Vietnam has all the “right stuff” of Asian oriented retirees. Long coastlines on the South China Sea mean good beaches with relatively clean water. Vietnam has recovered nicely from their long civil war. Second non-ethnic languages spoken in Vietnam include English (mandatory in schools), Frence, Japanese and Chinese. retiring in Vietnam
Cambodia has lots of former Thailand expats moving to Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. Cheaper prices and easier visas are driving some of the migration. But cheap rents are not the only attraction to Cambodia. If nothing else, Angkor will attract any number of culture seekers. But there are caveats for U. S. pensioners.retiring in Vietnam