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Published on January 15, 2013

When vacationing in Thailand, one never needs to worry about finding exciting new places to visit. In fact, even if one’s current job description were to read “Frequent Thailand Traveler,” and they’ve been coming for years, they eventually realize that as a tourist it’s next to impossible to experience everything that this wonderfully diverse Kingdom has to offer.

Perhaps they also realize that the Land of Smiles isn’t simply a destination where one sees the sites, ticks them off the list, and then returns home. This is because at some point, Thailand starts to feel like home. Traveling from place to place, making relationships, learning, living and loving it more and more each passing day, one feels less like a tourist, and more like a sort of itinerant resident.

So it’s no wonder that so many of these types of travelers decide to take their visits to the next level and turn them into extended stays. With the year-round warm weather, the friendly people, the affordability, convenient domestic travel, world-class spas and medical care, delicious and healthy food……and the list goes on. With all these attributes, perhaps now is the time for you to consider joining this growing group of trip-makers who’ve decided on a Long-stay in Thailand.

And who exactly are the long-term visitors that you’d be joining? They range from backpackers to retirees, and everything in between, but first and foremost, they are lovers of Thailand. Lovers of the way its rich and unique history co-exists with modern day amenities like its luxury shopping and world-class dining, captivated by the sounds, smells and flavors of Thai cooking.

They are lovers of the country’s incredible geographic diversity, whether navigating the hectic excitement of Bangkok, or enjoying any of the numerous exquisite natural settings like the blissful beaches and idyllic islands in the south or the rugged hills and jungles, and teeming rivers and waterfalls in the north.

For retired people especially, after working so hard for so long, now is the time to reward yourselves with a safe, affordable and completely enriching Long-stay in Thailand. Take delight in recharging your batteries in comfortable extended-stay hotels all over the country, or even, especially if you’re an urbanite, in an investment property like a condominium that you can truly call ‘home’. With accommodation for any budget in or out of the cities, many on long-stay choose to live near, but not in, one of Thailand’s larger cities, thereby enjoying the peace and tranquility of natural surroundings, but with access to everything the city has to offer.

And, as anyone who’s visited Thailand knows, what really makes the Kingdom so special is the Thai people themselves. Your would-be friends and neighbors, that is, from whom you will experience kindness and caring each and every day. And on whom your long-stay or permanent residence will not be lost because, in a way, you’ve honored them by choosing their country above all others. And should you endeavor to learn the lilting and sweet-sounding Thai language you’ll experience true warmth, kindness, and generosity in your home away from home.

So, when you’ve weighed it all out, and confirmed that you’re indeed a lover of Thailand; when you realize that one of the world’s friendliest and most accommodating places awaits and all of its true joys and wonders could be yours; when you think you’re ready to take the plunge, ask yourself once and for all:

Where better to enjoy the later years of your life than in the country known simply as ‘the Land of Smiles’?

For lovers of Thailand, a Long-stay in Thailand is the trip of a lifetime.