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Relocating to Thailand with Family: The Pros & Cons

Navigating the Journey: Relocating to Thailand with Family and kids

Navigating the Journey: Relocating to Thailand with Family and kids

The adventure of relocating to Thailand with your family is an exciting decision that opens up a world of opportunities and experiences. Although exciting, it is a big decision that’ll come with changes for you and the entire family.

In this comprehensive blog, we’ll list out the pros and cons of moving to the Land of Smiles, touching upon essential topics, from lifestyle to immigration concerns such as Thailand visas and the Thailand Privilege Card.

Pros of Relocating to Thailand:

  1. Cultural Richness

Thailand is renowned for its rich cultural tapestry, vibrant traditions, and warm hospitality. Living here offers your family a chance to immerse yourselves in a diverse and welcoming community. As a Buddhist country, your family and children will get to experience the Buddhist way of life. 

  1. A Destination for Exotic Landscapes

From pristine beaches to lush jungles, Thailand boasts breathtaking natural beauty. The country’s diverse landscapes provide numerous opportunities for family outings and adventures. Living in Bangkok means traveling to these beautiful tropical locations would take you and your family a day’s drive in the car, or a few hours by plane to get to the North or South.

  1. Cost of Living

In comparison to many Western countries, the cost of living in Thailand is relatively lower, allowing your family to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle without breaking the bank. Sometimes it’s even cheaper to buy food or eat out at a restaurant than to cook yourself. This allows the entire family to enjoy together-time and a great out-of-the-home lifestyle.

  1. Delicious Thai & Western Cuisine

Thai cuisine is renowned globally for its flavors and variety. Relocating to Thailand means you’ll have easy access to authentic, delicious Thai food on a daily basis.

As an expat family, we understand you’ll need international cuisines too. Luckily, Thailand streets are full of international restaurants ranging from home-cooked to Michelin-guide. 

  1. Quality Education

Thailand offers various international schools and educational institutions, providing your children with access to quality education in an international setting.

Cons of Relocating to Thailand:

  1. Language Barrier

English is widely spoken in tourist areas. The language barrier can be a challenge in some rural areas or in daily living. Learning basic Thai phrases can help ease communication. Afterall, there’s no downside to learning a new language.

  1. Healthcare System

While Thailand has modern medical facilities, healthcare standards may vary. Due to the language barriers, international hospitals where English is used can be more expensive. It’s crucial to have comprehensive health insurance to ensure adequate coverage for your family.

  1. Traffic

Traffic congestion is a common issue in major cities. Navigating public transportation might require some adjustment, and long commutes can be a downside for some expat families. So it’s best to learn your best routes to get around for your routine.

  1. Cultural Adjustment

Adapting to a new culture may take time, and some aspects of daily life may differ significantly from what you’re accustomed to. Patience and an open mind are essential during the adjustment period.

  1. Expensive International Schools

Compared to the US and Europe free public school system, Thailand international schools are private and well known for their high tuition fees. So if you are planning on relocating, please make sure you are prepared for your children’s school fees.

People may ask, What type of Thailand Visas should I stay on?

There are 3 types of visas for foreigners looking to reside in Thailand:

  1. Tourist Visa: For short-term stays.
  2. Non-Immigrant Visa: For employment, business, or retirement. Spouses and children can be on a dependent visa.
  3. Education Visa: For adults or students attending schools or universities.

These types of visas require 90-days in-person reporting and other immigration procedures, requiring paperworks and a lot of time.

Then there’s Thailand Privilege Card. 

The Thailand Privilege Card offers exclusive benefits and immigration privileges for long-term stays. It’s the world’s only country level membership where expatriates (non-Thais) receive residency in Thailand. The Thailand Privilege Visa, formerly known as the Thailand Elite, aims to enhance the expatriate experience for those seeking a premium lifestyle in Thailand.

Being a Thailand Privilege Card member, this means you and your family members would not need to do the 90-days in-person reporting at the Thai Immigration Bureau. Other benefits of becoming a member include fast-track airport services, annual accident insurance, and more.

Stay in Thailand long-term.
With a Privilege Entry Visa
that is valid from
5 years up to 20 years.

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Thailand Elite Privilege Visa 2024

Membership Validity: 5 Years
Price: 900,000 THB
Privilege Points: 20 Points per year

PLATINUM MEMBERSHIP

Membership Validity: 10 Years
Price: 1,500,000 THB
Privilege Points: 35 Points per year

DIAMOND MEMBERSHIP

Membership Validity: 15 Years
Price: 2,500,000 THB
Privilege Points: 55 Points per year

Concisely, relocating to Thailand with your family can be a rewarding experience. Understanding the pros and cons, along with exploring the various visa options, or if you’d opt for a more premium stay – the Thailand Privilege Card, will help you make informed decisions for a smooth transition into your new life in Thailand.

Stay in Thailand long-term.
With a Privilege Entry Visa
that is valid from
5 years up to 20 years.

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Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible for Thai elite visa?

The applicant/the Member must have and maintain to have the following qualifications: Being allowed to stay in Thailand in accordance with the immigration laws or any related law of Thailand.(no overstay record) Holding foreign passport. Not having been sentenced by a judgment to imprisonment in any countries except for an offense committed through negligence. Not having been adjudicated bankrupt. Not having been declared as a person of unsound mind incompetence, or quasi incompetent.

How long can I stay in Thailand with Elite Visa?

Thailand Elite offer a 5,10 or 20 years membership and ensure the renewal of your visa during the validity of the membership. Each time a member goes through the Thai immigration, he/she will automatically get a one-year visa stamp in his/her passport until expiration of the membership. If the member happens to stay for more than 1-year consecutively in Thailand, then a simple renewal at the immigration office will grant another 1-year visa stamp.

Is Thailand Elite a scam?

The Thailand Elite Visa is a program initiated and approved by the Royal Thai government in 2003. The Thailand Privilege Card Co., Ltd, which runs the Elite Visa program is a fully owned subsidiary of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, under the Ministry of Tourism and Sport. ThaiElite-Express empowered by HLG Law Firm is an authorized sale agent.

Can I work with Thailand Elite?

After becoming an Elite member and obtaining your Thailand Elite Visa, you can apply anytime to a non-immigrant business visa and a work permit allowing you to work in Thailand. You also have the option of applying to the Elite Flexible Plus, invest at least 1 million USD in Thailand either in real estate, a limited or public company, or in stock exchange, and be granted a work permit.

How do I pay for Thailand Elite?

The payment is required only after submission of your application, the immigration background check by the Thai immigration, and receipt of the Approval Letter by email. Applicants could then choose to proceed to their membership fee by local or overseas bank transfer, credit card or depositing money to Thailand Elite bank account directly.

Is the Thailand Elite visa for Digital Nomads?

The Thailand Elite Visa is perfectly suitable for Digital Nomads. As business or retirement visas are not necessary a good match for digital nomads, the Elite Visa answers to all nomads with numerous privileges to cater members’ needs. With very little documentation needed, as well as the flexibility of applying from anywhere, regardless abroad, on arrival, or within Thailand. The process is seamless and fast. Moreover, from a study by The Instant Group, Bangkok has recently been voted as the world’s second-best city to work in as a digital nomad (best city in Asia). This is down to the innumerable benefits in which Bangkok brings, which are but not limited to; Internet broadband speed, culture, scenery, transportation, weather, affordability, cuisine, and more. Having already welcomed 35 million digital nomads from all over the world, in 2021, it’s forecasted that there would be more arrivals to the Land of Smiles with constant technological and infrastructure improvements.

What is the long term visa available in Thailand?

Applying to a Thailand Elite program is a viable and easy solution to stay and live for a long period of time in Thailand. Only Thailand Elite can offer a 5,10 or 20 years membership and ensure the renewal of the visa during the validity of the applicant membership. As of today, all other non-immigrant visa options are limited to a validity period of 1 or 2 years.

Thailand elite vs Retirement Visa

To retire in Thailand, the Elite Visa is a worry-free option compared to the Retirement Visa from the application, during holding period to the renewable. At the application time, for an Elite, the documentation is minimal, and no medical insurance nor proof of funds is required for instance. During the holding period, Elite members enjoy numerous privileges such as an assistance for their 90 days report, a fast track at the airport immigration, the lounge access and airport limousine, assistance in opening a bank account in local or foreign currency, a 24/7 call center and much more. The Elite Visa offers you an easy renewable of the Privilege Entry Visa for the duration of your membership.

What is the long term visa available in Thailand?

Applying to a Thailand Elite program is a viable and easy solution to stay and live for a long period of time in Thailand. Only Thailand Elite can offer a 5,10 or 20 years membership and ensure the renewal of the visa during the validity of the applicant membership. As of today, all other non-immigrant visa options are limited to a validity period of 1 or 2 years.

Is the Thailand Elite Visa legit?

The Thailand Elite Visa is a legal and legit program under Thai law to stay long-term in Thailand. The “Thailand Elite” is operated by Thailand Privilege Card Co., Ltd. It has been initiated in 2003 by the Royal Thai Government itself. The company is fully owned subsidiary of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, under the Ministry of Tourism and Sport.

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