Nearly 20 percent of the 85,000 permanent residents of Hua Hin have come from abroad to fulfil their dreams of a pleasant life in a perfect climate. Have they found it? Yes, Hua Hin offers a dream come true for many farangs because of manyt qualities.
We, a family from Norway, bought a house in Hua Hin in 2006, and we did everything wrong, according to thouse who knows such things. We fell in love with the charming town, and bought the house almost at first sight. We did’nt know Hua Hin, we knew almost nothing about thai life and society. But we were lucky, and we have no regrets at all. We now get more visits from friends and family in Thailand, than we would have if we bought a cabin i the norwegian mountains.
Hua Hin offers miles of beaches, good year-round weather, and a large foreign community. Bangkok is within three hours by car, half an hour by plane. Hua Hin is close to Bangkok, yet remote from the busy life of the chaotic metropol. There are eleven golf courses in and around Hua Hin, four of them are world class. Recently Hua Hin was named best golf destination in Asia and Australia. Waterfalls, mountains, caves, and abundant wildlife can be enjoyed in several national parks close to Hua Hin.
An american index or list of the best 21 cities in the world for retirees, names two cities in Thailand: Hua Hin and Chiang Mai. The retired overseas index give importance to weather, health care, the cost of living, the options for establishing residency and the quality of life.
New arrivals to Hua Hin appreciate the cleanliness of the area, the widespread use of English, the lack of corruption, and the low-cost, high standard of living, all of which make this a very attractive destination for retirees on a moderate budget. Bangkok Hospital, an internationally accredited hospital, opened recently. Medical procedures performed in Thailand cost anywhere from 20 percent to 80 percent less than the same procedures performed in for example the U.S.