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Living in Phuket ?

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Living in Phuket ?

Post Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:21 am

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Hi all,

I’m starting a new thread, as I need some valuable testimonies from long-time expats as you guys ;).

I’ve been offered a position in Phuket, Thailand. I really love this country. It is so cheap, warm, culturally rich, and paradisiac that I have the feeling I cannot let this chance slip away…

What do you guys think about living in Phuket? Any expats there that can provide a valuable feedback?

I’ve already lived for a while in Bangkok, but this city is literally too much for me. I enjoyed it the time I stayed, but I guess a more “chilled out” place will be a better match for me. I’m looking for something less crazy, where I can enjoy a very good standard of living with my GF in one of the most beautiful part of this country.

Any recommendations of expats already settled there?
What is for you the best part of the island to stay?
Is the cost of living comparable to Bangkok’s?
Is it easy to get around the island, or should I consider buying a motorbike/scooter?
What are the weekend activities that you would recommend?

I enjoyed my time in Phuket when I went there for vacation, but I have to admit my knowledge about it is quite limited.

I have a full bunch of questions, but I guess it’s better to wait for your feedback.

Thank you in advance for any help you will provide folks!

 

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Re: Living in Phuket ?

Post Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:24 am

- Mattsevebard

Question

Hi all,

I’m starting a new thread, as I need some valuable testimonies from long-time expats as you guys ;).

I’ve been offered a position in Phuket, Thailand. I really love this country. It is so cheap, warm, culturally rich, and paradisiac that I have the feeling I cannot let this chance slip away…

What do you guys think about living in Phuket? Any expats there that can provide a valuable feedback?

I’ve already lived for a while in Bangkok, but this city is literally too much for me. I enjoyed it the time I stayed, but I guess a more “chilled out” place will be a better match for me. I’m looking for something less crazy, where I can enjoy a very good standard of living with my GF in one of the most beautiful part of this country.

Any recommendations of expats already settled there?
What is for you the best part of the island to stay?
Is the cost of living comparable to Bangkok’s?
Is it easy to get around the island, or should I consider buying a motorbike/scooter?
What are the weekend activities that you would recommend?

I enjoyed my time in Phuket when I went there for vacation, but I have to admit my knowledge about it is quite limited.

I have a full bunch of questions, but I guess it’s better to wait for your feedback.

Thank you in advance for any help you will provide folks!

Hi man!

I saw nobody answered, so I'll try to help you with it Wink

I'm now living in Phuket, so I guess I can provide accurate information.

>What do you guys think about living in Phuket?
As you can imagine, life out here is amazing. Amazing weather, beautiful beaches (with incredible sunsets lol), good food, easy life...

>I’ve already lived for a while in Bangkok, but this city is literally too much for me.
I feel you... Bangkok is an amazing city, but it comes with a lot of stress, pollution, crowd, etc.
Phuket is totally different. Traffic is getting worse, but overall living in Phuket is much less stressful. Above all, the main benefit of living there is that you'll be able to relax on a white sand beach after a harsh day of work, and this is priceless!

>Is the cost of living comparable to Bangkok’s?
Phuket is expensive ! It's one of the most expensive cities in Thailand. But always compare it to the COL in your home country Wink

>I have a full bunch of questions, but I guess it’s better to wait for your feedback.
I'm here to help you, if you need further information, if you have more precise questions, etc.

You should definitely consider buying a motorbike/scooter here, as there is no public transportation. Forget about BTS, MRT, we're not in Bangkok Very Happy

Cheers man !

 

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Re: Living in Phuket ?

Post Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:38 am

Hello,
Thank you Cuffee.michael for your answer, it's always nice especially if you're an expat who live phuket. How long have you been there? you quickly integrated? not too hard to move to a country so far? I'll be there in early October I hope, a lot of apprehension but it's worth it from the comments I can see, heavenly landscapes especially if we move away from really tourist areas.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my post and I hope to hear from you soon

See you

 

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Re: Living in Phuket ?

Post Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:47 am

- Mattsevebard

Hello,
Thank you Cuffee.michael for your answer, it's always nice especially if you're an expat who live phuket. How long have you been there? you quickly integrated? not too hard to move to a country so far? I'll be there in early October I hope, a lot of apprehension but it's worth it from the comments I can see, heavenly landscapes especially if we move away from really tourist areas.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my post and I hope to hear from you soon

See you



Hi Mattsevebard

You seem way too stressed for someone who is moving in 6-7months lol.

I'll try to calm you down Very Happy :

I managed to meet quite immediately expats on the spot. Obviously, as you can guess, most of my friends/people I hang out with are expats. It's not that easy to make Thai friends. So, to sum up, I'd say you should not be too worried about meeting new friends. There will be no problem, as long as you are not too introverted.

What do you mean by not too hard? If you mean on a personal point of view... Let's say it's always a bit hard to live 10 000 kms away from home, but this is the case whether you are in Thailand or in Australia or whatever lol. From a practical point of view, nowadays we have this powerful tool which is called internet lol. I managed to set everything up before I left, got my stuff packed and sent there. The process turned out to be facilitated by my cousin, who's used to handle international relocations because of his job, and assisted me.

You have different options when moving abroad, but it depends on your budget/ ability to handle it yourself.

Have a good one, and good luck! Wink

 

Cuffee.michael
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Re: Living in Phuket ?

Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:01 am

Hello,
Yes I recognize that I'm a little stressed, it's a choice that will change my lifestyle, I will lose my bearings but I'm also really happy to have accepted this proposal. As you say, I will always be able to communicate with my family and my friends with the internet but it is not really the same thing ..
Relative to the move of my business, I'm still looking for a company but there is so much opinion on the internet that we do not know who to trust anymore .. You know the name of the company that your cousin has used? I will continue research on my side but if he can advise me it would be great

 

Mattsevebard
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Re: Living in Phuket ?

Post Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:11 am

Hi Mattsevebard,

Yes, I was kidding, don't worry Wink It seems pretty normal to be a bit stressed Wink

Move of your business? I thought it was a personal relocation. But maybe you misused the word business lol

I can ask him, not sure if he still remember the name though... Can't promise you anything, but I'll get back to you soon to let you know...

In the meantime, RELAAAX ahah

 

Cuffee.michael
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Re: Living in Phuket ?

Post Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:59 am

Hello,.
CuffeeMichael01 Have you been able to ask your cousin the name of the company?
Keep me informed, it can always be useful.
To answer your question they are objects with sentimental values that I want to take with me. I really don't want to sell them or leave them here

 

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