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With more and more people living healthy and active lives well into their 70’s and beyond, the face of tourism in Thailand is responding in kind, and developing to meet the wishes and desires of the increasing number of senior visitors to the Kingdom.
Thailand is a wonderful country for seniors to visit and thoroughly enjoy. With its highly developed infrastructure, deluxe hotels and luxury resorts, and a dazzling array of activities to participate in, you will wish your holiday, or visit, was at least twice as long.
You will quickly become aware of a perhaps unexpected pleasure to your sojourn in Thailand: the Thais’ real respect for elders. Unlike many Western countries these days, Thais truly respect seniors and elders, especially those over 60 who have made the effort to travel around the world to visit and explore their country.
Many will be waiing you during your stay – placing their raised hands together and bowing their heads as a sign of respect. Learning to wai politely back to them will further enhance your interaction with the Thai people, as will learning a few words of Thai, and sampling a few of the many tasty Thai dishes.
Activities you might particularly enjoy include: taking a Thai cooking course; enrolling in a short meditation class; experiencing the enjoyment of a real Thai massage; going for a thrilling elephant ride surrounded by gorgeous scenery; climbing aboard a beautifully refitted traditional junk for a 1- or even 5-day cruise in one of the most breathtakingly stunning bays in the world; well, the list goes on and on.
If you can imagine it, Thailand probably has it. Some folks just want to come to Thailand to relax, to enjoy the wonderful climate and food, and to expand their cultural horizons. If you do wish to stay for longer periods, you should be aware of the many gated villages and luxury communities now springing up throughout Thailand, many of which are home to individuals and couples in their retirement years.
There are also large expat communities with expat clubs and organizations in most of Thailand’s larger cities now, especially Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Pattaya, and increasingly, in Isan, Thailand’s rural northeast: in Udon Thani and Nong Khai. If you are thinking of staying for an extended period, or even retiring here, you will find many websites with kind souls willing to advise and assist you with your big move.
Much more fun, and enlightening, however, would be to visit and explore the Kingdom in person. Nothing compares with firsthand experience, and there is no other country in Southeast Asia so easy to travel and get around in on one’s own – be it by plane, train, bus, or car. Self-drives are an excellent way, for example, to really get to know the country, and the major car rental companies will provide you with the maps, guides, and advice you need.
Finally, you’ll be delighted to learn of Thailand’s expanding wellness industry and world class medical facilities. Whether you simply wish to explore and develop new health regimens, such as yoga, massage, or meditation; or if you’re in need of more serious, professional healthcare, Thailand can meet your needs. In fact, many visitors from around the world come here every year primarily for just this reason.
We think you will get the most out of your limited time in Thailand by preparing yourself with a little research. We have done much of this for you on these pages, and hope you will explore them a bit in order to realize the amazing opportunities that await you in Thailand, the “Land of Smiles”.
Thailand has an amazing variety of appealing destinations for seniors, including the following selected locations: Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Rayong, Phuket, and Nong Khai.
From the famous 3-wheeled motorized tuk-tuks to motorcycle “taxis”; from trains, planes, and buses to long-tailed boats, bamboo rafts, and elephants; from standard taxis to the Skytrain and the subway, the choice is yours.
Thailand is becoming increasingly renowned as a world-class choice for seniors, no matter the length of their stay.
Many visitors to Thailand in their golden years will be well-traveled souls, accustomed to a multitude of exotic cuisines from around the world.
If your days of bungee jumping and go kart racing are behind you, you’ll probably be looking for more refined, relaxing, and rejuvenating activities.
Most seniors have come to enjoy the finer things in life and with this refinement has come an appreciation of history, culture, religion, and nature.
As you’re probably very well aware already, Thailand is virtually synonymous with shopping—at all points of the price spectrum.
The first thing to bear in mind is that you’ll probably be traveling for many hours to reach Bangkok, in some cases 16-24 hours, or longer.