Dos and Don’ts for a Retiree in Thailand

So you have identified Thailand as the ideal place for you to enjoy your life as a retiree. Well, you just made a good choice considering that Thailand has everything that every retiree like you needs like warm tropical weather, top class hospitals, good food and of course, great commercial centers.

Also, in case you need an expert legal advice, you do not have to travel all the way to Bangkok to get one unlike some places frequented by expatriates where you need to travel to the capital or to a large city just to secure such legal advice.

However, as a retiree in Thailand, you cannot just do everything you want. Even if you are contributing to the local economy with your spending, you are still bound to fully grasp your responsibilities as an individual and as a foreigner-retiree. Therefore, you have to be a desirable retiree in Thailand.


  • Do Not Commit Illegal Acts – a good mix of nationalities can bring about undesirable consequences therefore there can be a chance whereby you will found yourself on a brink of doing a crime or that you know someone who has done a crime. If you think you are getting close to committing something illegal, restrain yourself otherwise you will suffer the consequences of being fined, imprisoned or a combination of both and after your prison sentence, you will be deported.
  • Do Not Disrespect the Thai Culture – the Thais are among the most obedient when it comes to respecting and practicing their culture. If you have decided to come to Thailand and retire or if you are already in Thailand, allow yourself to know more about the culture. In case that there is something in the Thai culture that you seem to be confused with, do not ridicule or make insulting actions. Just give due respect to the culture of your host country and be sensitive to the things and people around you.
  • Do Not Disobey Any Thai Laws – if you are a law abiding citizen in your country, then continue being one when you are in Thailand. If you are not, then stop doing undesirable acts otherwise you will find yourself facing the Thai court, be sent to prison and suffer severe punishment.


  • 90 Day Reporting – since you are already given with a Non-Immigrant “O-A” Visa and granted to have a 1 year continuous stay in Thailand, you are still required to report to the Immigration authorities so that they can verify your place of residence every 90 days.
  • Renew – if you are planning to extend your stay in Thailand, renew your Non-Immigrant “O-A” Visa before it expires. Do not allow it to reach its expiry date or you will have to exit the country and apply for another retirement visa.
  • Effective Budgeting – not because you have an ample financial stature, you can simply spend extravagantly while staying in Thailand. Remember, you are a retiree with a Non-Immigrant “O-A” Visa, meaning to say, you are in Thailand to relax and enjoy but never you will be allowed to work in case you will need to because your funds are running low. Anyhow, you can still enjoy your retirement even if you are spending your money wisely.
  • Take Good Care of Your Health – there are a lot of things to experience and enjoy in Thailand and if you are not taking good care of your health, you may end up having spending some days of your retirement at one of the kingdom’s top hospital.
  • Three Wise Moves – if you are planning to have a property on long term lease, then you must do Due Diligence, Title Search and Contract Review to secure yourself from possible lawsuits in the future. Though consulting with fellow expats may give you an idea or two, soliciting the services of a reputable lawyer in Thailand for all three can protect you from entering to a possible pitfall in property acquisition. More than that, your lawyer in Thailand can also be of great help when it comes to visa-involving issues.

So when retiring in Thailand, making and doing wise decisions will only further your enjoyment of the kingdom. Just do the right things that are expected of you as a visitor in Thailand and you will find yourself in satisfaction of everything that the kingdom has to offer.

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