For those who don’t know HuaHin, it’s a city about 3 hours south of Bangkok along the Gulf of Thailand. It is famous for being the location of the summer palace of the King of Thailand and is very popular when Thai tourists arrive from Bangkok on weekends. In addition to the beach (5 km down the coast to KhaoTakiab hill), HuaHin has a lively night market, some great seafood restaurants and some of Thailand’s best golf courses. It is a popular retirement spot for expats attracted to its many international restaurants, warm and dry temperatures and plenty of lively bars. Expats can find good accommodation options (i.e. to Western standards) in condominium buildings along the coast, as well as all imported food in both boutique stores and some fancy shopping malls. It’s really a city perfect for the expats.
Things to Consider in HuaHin
Many people who come to HuaHin are just looking for a relaxing life, leaving the work and business pressures in their home countries behind. This is not always the case, however, and some may want to stay active, business or add to their money to live in style here.
The first consideration is that a foreigner must have a work permit for any kind of employment/business. You are in breach of employment law without one and are therefore liable to arrest, imprisonment, fines, and deportation. In essence, Thailand is very protective of jobs such as a job in HuaHin that its own citizens can perform and you must always show that you can do something better than a local to obtain a work permit.
Increase in Population
There is a growing population of expats in HuaHin. It is said that 3,000 to 5,000 expats and approximately 80,000 Thais live here. It often seems more with well over 1,000,000 tourist arrivals each year. Many European and English expatriates have retired while others have second homes. This has made a much busier place what was a sleepy little fishing village. While Bangkok Thais is still mainly a tourist resort, HuaHin has an increasingly international flavor and makes it more interesting to live in HuaHin.
With its good climate, infrastructure development, world-class golf courses and welcoming locals throughout the year, HuaHin is becoming Thailand’s top destination for those who want to move. It will be a challenge to find a job in HuaHin, but you can maximize many opportunities in the area. If you don’t know what to expect, relocation can be a headache. You need to be prepared to deal with Thai Customs, bring your own personal belongings, different standards, banks, and technology.