Retire in Hua Hin, Thailand – How Much Will It Cost?

Retire in Hua Hin, Thailand – How Much Will It Cost?

Historically, many renowned travelers are known for venturing in far off Asian lands to view and immerse themselves in the peace, serenity and aesthetic wonders at offer.

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Well, apparently it seems that history is repeating itself in case of Thailand, where modern day travelers and visitors from around the world continue to flock, becoming a part of a booming tourism industry and turning a few Thailand destinations into more of an expat resident society.

Hua Hin happens to be one such beachside resort town where many foreign nationals are making abode, choosing this picturesque town as their new home, particularly after retirement.

The diversity of Thailand is a thing to witness in person, rather than getting amused by reading about it. Its north boats of quaint mountains, whereas it south harbors the bustling capital, Bangkok, surrounded with magical coastlines and islands strewn along southern shores. Hua Hin serves as a crown jewel of south Thailand, securing a special place among visitors, retirees and expats.

Such diversity definitely calls for a wide range of people coming from various backgrounds, beliefs, religions and lifestyles. Traveling through and exploring such diversity can be one of the most joyous and soul awakening experiences of a person's life.

More about Hua Hin

Many foreigners and retirees from around the world looking for a serene, scenic and convenient living prefer to settle in a coastal town. With plenty of sandy beaches and crystal clear water accompanied with ample amenities of modern life, Hua Hin is fast becoming the top choice for many of those people.

Location

The famous holiday resort town of Hua Hin occupies the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, some 200 kilometers south of the capital city of Bangkok. Not only has the town enjoyed the status of a famous holiday destination of local residents for decades, but the country's Royal family also makes home of it. In addition to expats and retirees, a significant portion of the community is constituted by Bangkok residents who have purchased homes here to make weekend getaways, eventually retiring to the tranquility and serenity of Hua Hin.

Climate

Located close to the Equator, climate in Hua Hin can remain pleasantly warm throughout the year. Temperatures often remain within the range of 25 °C – 30 °C. It's through the months of October to April that Hua Hin enjoys the most pleasant temperatures with humidity levels equaling some of the lowest in the country. As of rainfall during the 'rainy season', Hua Hin also seems lucky enough to receive frequent showers never known to disrupt daily golf sessions of the residents.

Shopping

Local markets of the whole Thailand, let alone Hua Hin, are more than capable of serving almost anything to the shoppers. You can conveniently get fresh produce at really competitive prices as well.

For those preferring big brands over local markets, Hua Hin also features a Tesco-Lotus store. There's also this popular Hua Hin Market Village, an air conditioned shopping mall with many stores, brands and an entertainment complex.

Health Facilities

With the passage of time, Hua Hin has been equipped with ample health facilities, many local and international hospitals of reliable standards catering to the health requirements of the residents. However, even if some serious health issue bothers someone, Bangkok with its abundant health facilities is only a short trip away.

Education

Many schools and universities have been established in and around Hua Hin, some even offering all-English lessons for all programs by native English speakers, except for Thai language, of course.

Food and Entertainment

Hua Hin being the top holiday destination of Thailand, you shouldn't be surprised to find some of the best dining establishments ready to serve locals and expats alike. And for an entertaining night out in the town, a host of bars, pubs and eateries populate the city center to serve the needs of the residents.

Talking of entertainment, one can never overlook the fabulous golf courses found quite abundantly in and around the town, some of them holding quite spectacular positions globally, such as Black Mountain Golf Club, The Lake View Resort and Golf Club and so forth.

Real Estate Investment Opportunities

A tropical paradise orchestrated with all of the amenities of modern life mentioned above is sure to draw attention to it. That's why the number of visitors as well as expats permanently settling in Hua Hin continues to increase, fueling the growth of Real Estate in Thailand, Hua Hin. This is one incentive too hard for retirees to overlook.

What It Costs to Live in Hua Hin?

With this much at offer, it is hard to believe that living in Hua Hin, spending retired life in peace and joy can cost so low.

Rentals in Hua Hin

Whether you search around locally, or even run through craigslist, you will be surprised to get a fully furnished studio apartment for as low as 12,000 baht in Hua Hin, equaling to almost $350 dollars per month.

However, these prices can vary as well, depending upon the time of the year you choose to stay there, a place with a view of the beach and whether you choose to rent out for a longer period of time or a shorter one. For example, the same studio apartment charging $12,000 baht in April (the cheapest time of the year in Hua Hin) can cost you about $25,000 in the peak tourist season. And if you are wondering, most of the places also offer free internet and TV.

Food

Diversity of Hua Hin also calls in for a huge range of food you can get here and that too also quite cheaply, compared to most other similar holiday destinations around the region. One of the best ways to eat good and cheap in a new place is to follow the locals and one of the locals' favorite here is a place called Jek Piek Coffee Shop. You can get a tasty and healthy meal of two from a place like this here in about $12 - $15, though you might need to queue in for a long time, but it will be worth it in the end.

Conclusion

Warmth in the sun, cool in the breeze, soft sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, food and accommodation in reasonable price coupled with some great real estate investment opportunities – really sounds like a retirement paradise to me.

If you can come up with something even better, don't hesitate in letting us all know of that. Till then, it's nothing but all Hua Hin for retirement.

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10 Photos You Have On Your Camera Roll Of Your S.O. When You've Been Dating For More Than A Year

A wide range from "Aw" to "WTF?"

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My boyfriend and I just hit the year and a half mark of dating, even though it seems like we've been together forever. Over the months, we've taken many pictures together... from football games, to his track meets, to holidays. Although we may have a lot of pictures together, I definitely have a lot of candids of him in my camera roll. If you've been dating your partner for as long as I have or longer, then you'll probably notice you have these same pictures in your photos as well.

1. The awkward first photos together

We laugh at these now, especially this one. Why am I so pale compared to him? It was July! And also, we noticed not to long ago that I was sweating under my arms and his underarms were sweating on me... what a great first time meeting!

2. The ones for VSCO

Every girl who has a significant other posts them onto their VSCO. VSCO is like Instagram, but more has more aesthetically pleasing pictures and there are no "likes." The pictures that include my boyfriend on my VSCO ranges from him holding a bunny to him holding my hand while we went ice skating.

3. Them sleeping

I have so many pictures of my boyfriend sleeping (I promise it's not as weird as it sounds), I just think he's so cute when he's fast asleep while cuddling with me.

4. The embarrassing ones they want no one to see

He's going to kill me when he sees this... but we all have those embarrassing Snapchat pictures that we start to send each other because we've gotten more comfortable with one another.

5. The ones for Facebook

The good looking pictures so you can keep yours and his family updated on how you two are doing. I took my boyfriend to a baby bird meet and greet since he loves birds and has one for a pet. I posted this cute picture of him and his new friends on Facebook so my family can see our adventures together.

6. Old pictures

One of the best parts of dating someone is finally seeing their old pictures. Although, sometimes they may make you cringe... like the one I posted above of my boyfriend after prom in his sophomore year of high school.

7. Their accomplishments

My boyfriend pole vaults for his college and he's really good at it. He just went to division III nationals in March because he qualified! I'm always at his meets so I make sure to get him on video in case he or anyone wants to see. I always try to snag a picture with him too because I'm always so proud.

8. The straight up ugly ones

He sure knows how to make me laugh. And I know he's going to be mad at me for this one too but I think it's a talent that he can do that with his stomach! Sorry, Adam, I promise I still think you look good when you send me these snaps for the most part.

9. But you have the hot ones too

He may be funny and sweet, but he is pretty good looking too. I know us girls keep some attractive pictures of our S.O.'s so we can remind ourselves of what a great looking partner we have.

10. FaceTime screenshots

If you and your lover go to different colleges like my boyfriend and I do, then FaceTiming happens a lot. Sometimes I get some great screenshots, like the one above, to make fun of him later.

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10 Reasons To Consider Windshield Replacement Over Windshield Repair

No action movie seems thrilling enough without earth shattering explosions, deformed metals or wrecked glasses, and car crashes; they seem to be thestaple in Hollywood these days.

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"The Terminator", "The Matrix reloaded"," Final Destination" or "Armed and Dangerous" with famous soundtrack "Born to be wild"; all seem entertaining but, only on the screen. In real life we all wish to have a vehicle that may not be a vintage gem but definitely impervious to any harm, just like in the movie "The Car". Alas! That just is nothing more than a fantasy with a distant possibility.

Glass seems ubiquitous in today's world, be it huge skyscrapers, home windows or a car windshield and bound to damage for numerous reasons. Knock the wood for the negative, if the calamity strikes your car windshields, the first thing that comes to mind is whether to go for an auto glass replacement or a repair. We present to you ten genuine reasons to consider windshield replacement over windshield repair.

  1. Safety During Long Distance Travels:

If you travel often, you must be aware that roads might be bumpy, have sharp turns and weather conditions can also affect your car's status, especially if the windshield is cracked. Speed and other factors may cause even the smallest of the cracks to spread. A repaired windshield does not have the same integrity as a new one. The last thing that one can expect is a shattered windshield in middle of the road causing serious hazard that can be life-threatening at times. It is worth replacing the windshield in case of a long distance travel.

  1. Maintain Structural Reliability of Car:

The structural reliability of a car may get compromised due to the damaged windshields which are susceptible to further degeneration due to stress caused by extreme cold/hot weather. It is recommended to get the windshield replaced instead of repaired if there are stresses in the windscreen and the atmosphere experiences sudden changes in temperatures. This may save you from the significant cost of mending a falling roof of your car!

  1. Protection against Glares while Driving:

If there is a crack on the windshield, the refracting effect causes glares while driving on a sunny day or during nights. With a small crack as a starting point, it might further shatter causing interlocking of smaller pieces with neighboring pieces that won't fall voluntarily but block/ hinder vision of the road ahead. In this case replacing damaged windshield is a definite savior rather than temporary repairs.

  1. Prevent Accidental Mishaps Due to Smashed Windshields:

Broken windshield may cause the glass to the shatter and roof to fall while driving on a highway. This is not only dangerous to the person in the driving seat and fellow passengers, but also hazardous to numerous vehicles on the same route. You can prevent such highway mishaps and accidents just by making a wise decision to replace the damaged windshield instead of repairing.

  1. Larger Splinters Can Not be Repaired and Need Replacement:

Excluding a few exceptions,splinters more than 6 inches and flakes larger than 3/8 inches mostly cannot be refurbished. Such splinters and flakes demand immediate windshield replacement to ensure safety of the occupant.

  1. Holds the Sunroof in A Sturdy Manner:

Car's windshield is the only part that holds the sunroof of the car and gives stability to it. Even a slight harm to the windshield glass may cause the roof to become fragile and pose a threat of sunroof breakage. Replacement of the splintered windshield before starting the journey is the only way to ensure a robust roof over your head. A robust windshield supports the roof and maintains 50-60% structural integrity of the car depending on its quality and model in case of rollover accidents.

  1. Settled Dirt and Dust May Cause Auto Glass Repair to Fail:

Even if the chip or crack is of a small/manageable size, dirt and dust is difficult to remove if accumulated. It might affect the curing of adhesive done as part of repairs and cause the repair work to fail. So, if due to any reason, you could not block the dirt and dust from gathering on the chipped area, the best alternative would be the auto glass replacement.

  1. A Broken Windshield Can Cost You a Ticket:

Besides aesthetic issues, it is illegal to drive a car with a broken or a chipped windshield. It implies driving in a dangerous condition causing an impaired full view of the road ahead. Residents of Florida, Kentucky, and South Carolina do have deductibles waived off for windshield replacements; however, one needs to assure that the crack is not in a vital area like the windshield wiper, stone/shot damage not more than ½ inches and frame still provides adequate protection when driving on highway. The rest remains up to you on what to choose, what's better between replacement or a ticket with a motoring offence!

  1. Repair May Prove Costly Over Time:

A stitch in time saves nine; however when it comes to fractures on the edges of windshields it is better to get a new one rather than mending damage for the time being. The minor cracks may be eligible for actual replacement; but if you go the repair route, the glass may still fail pretty soon costing you for both the repair and the replacement.

  1. Protects against Theft and Vandalism:

Damaged windshields are vulnerable as they can prove to be a window of opportunity for burglars to vandalize and compromise the security of your car. Smart thieves can use specialized equipment to further aggravate the cracked glass and take away your valuables while your vehicle is parked or you are on a driving break during a long journey.

When it comes to travelling safety and peace of mind are of utmost importance. Each and everyone's responsible mindset towards road safety and the motoring regulation is the key to gain it. A windshield replacement for an out of order/ detrimental glass panel can prove significant when it comes to a matter of life!

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