Hua Hin is the best retirement destinations in Asia, according to the US News and World Report. Phuket and Bangkok, usually included in lists of Asian retirement locations, didn’t make it onto this list.

Hua Hin, stretched along a sheltered beach on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand, has good year-round weather and a large foreign community. A retiree can afford a high standard of living, including days on the city’s golf courses and regular dinners out at first-class restaurants, on a modest budget. The standard of local medical care is good, and you’re less than three hours from Bangkok, which boasts some of the region’s top hospitals. Housing options include modern condos, beachfront homes, and modern gated communities. The big foreign community connects through reading clubs, festivals, cycling clubs, soccer leagues, wine tastings, and darts tournaments. Hua Hin is an inviting place to retire that is also the summer home of much of Thailand’s royal family.

The rankings for the best places to retire in Asia, according to the US-based report, are

  • George Town, Malaysia
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Udagamandalam “Ooty”, India
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Kota Kinabalu, Malaysian Borneo
  • Da Lat, Vietnam
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Hua Hin, Thailand
  • Taipei, Taiwan


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