Thailand named in top ten in the world for retirees - TAT says accolade is richly deserved
Thailand has been named in the top ten of best places in the world for retirees.
And the kingdom is rated the second best place in Asia.
The chief of the tourism authority has said it is a deserved award pointing to all the reasons Thailand is wonderful for those in retirement.
An index published in an annual report by International Living magazine put Panama at the top of the list. Malaysia featured in fifth but Thailand in ninth even beat out top retirement destination Spain in tenth.
The magazine considered factors such as culture, weather and living conditions. There were lots of options in the countries named in the top ten for living in coastal as well as mountain areas. Reasonable rents and the choice of living both the high life and a more modest existence were other main factors.
Specifically for Thailand the magazine pointed to choices for retirees on both the Gulf and Andaman coasts, ease of travel to bordering nations as well as the great culture born of the fact that Thailand has never been colonized.
Chief of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Yutthasak Supphasorn was understandably beaming with pride as he spoke of how the accolade was truly warranted.
He said: "It is great news and a further feather in our cap. Really there are many provinces where retirees decide to settle in Thailand".
He pointed to Chiang Mai, Nakorn Panom and Nong Khai in particular where the attraction of wonderful nature, the quiet surroundings and the possibility of economical living all made for fantastic retirement opportunities.
Here is the full list: Panama in first followed by Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, Malaysia, Colombia, Portugal, Peru, Thailand and Spain in tenth.
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