My wife, Valerie, and I retired in February this year. With a new life in mind, we flew AirAsia from our home on the Gold Coast, via Kuala Lumpur, to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. We had come to this decision after realising that we were bored of the same-old-same-old in Australia. Plus, Australia is getting just too expensive for retirees. So, we took the plunge. We sold all of our assets and placed our personal belongings in storage. I am too young to receive a pension. However, by living in Chiang Mai, we can afford to live a financially independent life.
Chiang Mai Resources
My British wife lives there full-time, along with two dogs and other gentle creatures. I still ply my trade as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, and commute up as often as possible from my base in Bangkok. Both of us have no regrets so far. We love the place.
It was obvious that Chiang Mai was quite different to any of the other places we had visited in Thailand. Despite the fact that the city is a major tourist centre that welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year, the local residents maintain their polite, laidback dispositions.
Kate and Howard Dixon, 66 and 70, jokingly speak of themselves as “economic refugees”. The couple recently traded in their beach life in Forster, New South Wales, for the scenic city of Chiang Mai, Thailand’s “Rose of the North”.
One of the best and most popular expat destinations in northern Thailand is Chiang Mai. It's the original mountain retreat, surrounded by some of the highest mountain ranges in the country.