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Hau Hin a Foreigners Retirement Paradise
 
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Hau Hin is a beach town/city 3 hours south of Bangkok by bus which offer foreigners everything Bangkok has to offer but in a concentrated area.

Hau Hin parallels the ocean beaches of the area and is a narrow town only a couple of KM wide at it's widest.

The bus to Hau Hin from Bangkok's southern bus terminal runs near every hour and the bus station offers a variety of food options while you wait for your bus to load (10 minutes before departing). Just recently It has become either illegal or socially unacceptable to drink alcohol on the bus.

The Hau Hin bus station is located at what could be considered mid town and is surrounded by food and rooming options with air con available for as little as 500 baht a night but honestly 800 a night at Jings Guest House gets you a cleaner bigger room and of course you could stay at the Hilton if that is your budget.

One block north is the night market strip and to the east on the same street about a 10 minute walk is the Hiltons public beach front.

Very Few beaches are not leased and covered with lounge chairs and shade umbrellas serving cold refreshments and hot food. A 15 minute walk on the beach south of the Hilton you will find the ocean surf to not have any of the barnacle and cracked oyster shell covered boulders and rocks as you will find in front of the Hilton.

There are 3 or more modern malls in Hau Hin with a new larger mall under construction offering all the trimmings of modern malls and night markets for shoppers.

There is great variety in foreigner cuisine and Thai restaurants to checkout from those that shouldn't be making pizza To Rack of Smoked Ribs. Food quality is hit and miss as many restaurants are lacking in quality. There is a very good restaurant approximately two blocks south of the bus station on the right hand side (a German place) offering a open air terrace dinner setting or inside air conditioned dining room.

The Night Market strip includes many restaurant options. Unfortunately they do not understand a baked potato without sour cream, chives and bacon bits is just a buttered potato. Their steaks are 1 cm thick before cooking and they should be a minimum of 2 cm thick before cooking.

Of course it offers the nightlife of bars and all that go with that. It's red light zone is contained and avoidable.

There are a great many condo and foreigner housing projects available for rent or purchase if one was looking for a retirement location. Two bedroom ranch style homes can be purchased for 2.4 million baht ($60,000 U.S.) and in town one bedroom kitchenette condos are available for the same price or can be rented for near $1,000 U.S. per month.

It is a golfer's paradise with many courses to play. Fishermen, you can take in ocean fishing or landlocked fishing. Scuba and snorkeling island coral is just offshore.

The airport is located at the North end of town and is where the green Tuk Tuks (10 baht per ride) turn around and return to the town center. Taxis don't have meters. You can rent a motorcycle for 200 to 250 baht for the day (take date and time stamped pictures of all existing damage) before you drive away.

Visa Runs will soon be only 90 minutes out of town as recently an old border crossing has opened to trade and is expected to soon also offer passport visa runs.

Several international Hospitals are available if you should find yourself in need of high quality medical care.

Cooking school options are limited with schools running only when they have sufficient minimum number of pre paid students but there are high quality classes like those offered by Chef LeeZ, Thailand Trip Advisor #1 culinary arts Thai cooking School since 2011, are only a few hours away in Bangkok.

Thailand Island retirement is romantic but when you are on an island and when there is a weather or power related problems you you will know you are on an island and may be without water, food, or power for days on end and if severe enough you may have to be emergency (army) air evacuated. Also in a couple of months you will have explored the island and then what?

Hau Hin is surrounded with variety and options for everybody and is only a couple of hours to Bangkok.

If you are considering Thailand for your next trip or as a possible retirement spot you really should give Hau Hin, a generous amount of your Thailand Time. May your Thailand experience be safe and wondrous!






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