From all that we had read before moving to Thailand, it looked like many day-to-day necessities and comforts could be up to 50% less than what we paid back home. Now that we’ve been here for 4+ months and have a more practical understanding of how things work and where to find what, we …

So you’re thinking about retirement and wondering: How will you spend your time? What will you actually do each day? Will you cope with all that ‘free’ time? How will you cope as a couple spending all that time together – get on well or drive each other crazy? We can easily relate to …

In a previous post we talked about the local fresh food markets here in Hua Hin, so typical in Asia, and for us a great source for our fresh fruit, vegetables and often seafood. Hua Hin offers a diverse selection of shopping, despite it’s relatively small population. Of course there are the traditional options with …

When you move to a new town you wonder if you will be able to buy your favorite foods, prefered brands  or other shopping preferences. When you move overseas, particularly to a country with a significantly different culture, this is an even bigger question. So when arriving in Hua Hin one of the key things …

In our first week in Hua Hin our Airbnb host (Anya) suggested that we visit the Cicada Market which was less than a 10 minute walk from our accommodation. They only happen Friday through to Sunday evenings each week from 4pm to around 10pm and located towards the southern end of Hua Hin. Anya told …

The initial ‘Cost of Living’ Test? Almost everything we read about cost of living suggested a starting range of $2,000 per month for a couple on a relatively tight budget.  We decided to keep our initial monthly cost of living budget to around the $2,500 mark to see what was feasible. Our budget make-up Included …

For our first week in Hua Hin we had set ourselves the goals of: find a place we could rent, ideally for the first 6 months of our time here; get a SIM card and mobile account for Vivien’s phone; open a bank account so we could move money for our monthly living expenses; …

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