There are numerous reasons why Asia is so popular as a retirement destination. It has sunshine all year-round, white sandy beaches, excellent medical care and there is an increasingly solid infrastructure that is being put into place.
If you are a westerner seeking a move to sunny climes, then there are a great number of options to choose from and Thailand is rapidly establishing itself as the number one destination.
Thailand has a good reputation with western seniors, and this is now being demonstrated in the number of new retirement community developments, which are not nursing homes, that offer both an exciting and comfortable home.
Many people reject the idea of living together with their peers and seek a more dynamic life, mixing with different ages and cultures. But Thailand offers great solutions for both types of retirement lifestyle.
Top real estate developers such as The Global Top Group are now building luxury condominium projects that offer both the facilities and security that retired people require, but in carefully selected locations that offer all the local amenities.
Most westerners dream of retiring to sandy beaches with tropical trees swaying in the warm breeze. But this is not a reality, living in a beach hut on some tropical island is for holidaymakers and backpackers.
The reality is, expats need medical care, leisure activities, local shops, restaurants etc. And there are not too many places that can offer everything and tick all the boxes.
Pattaya of course does, firstly its location could not be more convenient. Just over 100km from Bangkok it is one of Thailand’s closest beach locations to the capital and is easily accessible by a modern transport infrastructure.
As for amenities and attractions, Pattaya cannot be beaten. There are superb medical facilities, some of the most thrilling leisure activities in Asia, terrific dining, modern shopping malls, and a choice of real estate that is extensive and encompassing.
Purchasing retirement condominium apartments in Thailand is easy, most developments have a foreign owned percentage that allows aliens to buy and own their own home in Thailand.
Thailand Immigration laws also make it relatively easy for foreigners, 55 years and over, to obtain one year retirement visas enabling them to live in the Kingdom and renew their visas annually.
However, there are some complications for those who wish to purchase a house, and this is to do with the laws on foreigners owning land.
The demand for beachfront condominiums is still high, but there has recently been a sway for a more central location close to all that Pattaya has to offer. A few choice developers now have inner city projects that are in great demand.
The projects such as City Garden Tropicana, City Garden Tower, City Garden Pattaya and Olympus City Garden offer luxury city living in developments that offer superb amenities with a central locality.
Thailand welcomes retirees, and it is a perfect place for westerners to retire. It maintains a high standard of living whilst offering so much to do and see.