The Aussie Pensioners Taking Over Thailand (2014)

With its high cost of living, retirement in Australia doesn’t always come quickly or cheaply. Now many OAPs are being drawn to tropical Thailand, where a comfortable retirement won’t break the bank.

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“You can have a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget”, says Tom, a retiree in Pattaya, one of the most popular destinations for Western pensioners moving to Thailand. Living costs here are around 80% cheaper than Western countries like Australia. Thailand also offers quality care facilities for the elderly: “here, the respect for the elderly is in-built. You’re employing care staff that respect the elderly, that want to do the job”, explains Englishman Peter Brown. But alongside the influx of expats, the sleazy hedonism of red-light districts has drawn concern from locals over too many ‘sexpats’ making Thailand home.

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