Thanks to its exotic weather with year-round sunshine, glossy and soft sandy beaches, high-end attractions, restaurants, hotels, and incredible experiences; Thailand is loved by many foreigners who decide to extend their stay in this country after their first visit. If you are one of them then keep on reading to learn how to afford to live like a resident in Koh Samui;  one of the most popular islands in Thailand with local traditions and modern activities. This is a gorgeous place with fantastic and contrasting mixtures of several activities for anyone.

Long Term Apartment for Rent in Samui

You can choose either an affordable Thai style apartment or a luxurious house according to your wallet and interests. You can live well in Koh Samui on a budget of $1,800 to $2,200 a month. If you decide to rent a smaller house and do shopping in the local market then you’ll save much money.  The best thing about this island is that it is full of gorgeous beaches around to rent your dream apartment. 

Renting apartments in Samui is so popular because per the property ownership rights for foreigners in Thailand there are several things to be considered regarding visas to continue living in the country. Visas need to be renewed every year. The best way to find affordable, long-term apartments on Koh Samui is by driving around the island looking for rental signs or by word-of-mouth. The majority of travel agencies offer apartments only for short-term tourists and they are generally expensive. If you do that research yourself you’ll find out many properties that are not listed with local real estate agencies. One of Koh Samui’s most popular expat areas where you can find the desired is Bophut. It’s a northeastern town with a slow pace of life. Another advantage of this place is that it’s near the Samui International Airport, which makes the life easier and more convenient.

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Chang-Mai Chiang Mai Thailand is quickly becoming the scene for Americans, Canadians, Australians, Kiwis and more, who are looking for a unique, international city with affordable lodging, cultural experience and business opportunities.

The largest city in Northern Thailand and the second largest city in Thailand, Chiang Mai, or “New City,” is a modern city at a village price.  The Old City of Chiang Mai is enclosed by an ancient large wall and moat that once were used to protect the town from the Burmese  This area of Chiang Mai has become quite popular with the backpacking crowd which are able to get decent, inexpensive short and long term apartments.

Getting There: Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) has .domestic and regional international flights. Thai Airways, Air Asia and Bangkok Airways are just a few of the airlines that fly into Chiang Mai.

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Planning a destination wedding? It can be a great way to get married. That is, until you get into the logistics of where, when, and how.

Do It While You’re Young has a different take. If you’re looking for something a little different, we have two locations off the beaten path, and two locations that, for some strange reason, are completely off many wedding planners’ radars.

We straighten it all out for you here, and guide you through our favorite destination wedding locations which are off the beaten path.

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Golden temples and rich culture. These are just some of the two things that you will experience in Bangkok. The bustling capital of Thailand simple is an amazing place to get a taste of Southeast Asia.

Today’s photo of the week features a shot of Bangkok, Thailand taken by Erick Sunga Romero. He was born in San Francisco, educated in New York and is now an architectural designer specializing in sustainable design and building practices. Or, should we say was. Erick recently left his job in July of 2010 to travel the world and pursue a career as a writer. Read more about Erick’s travels on his blog, Here I go.

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I couldn’t wait for my trip to Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand—I’d been planning it for the better part of a year and psyched myself up by reading books and watching films set in the region. As a student of US History, I certainly appreciated the region’s incredibly diverse culture, and as a devout foodie, I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into some good, hearty Vietnamese pho. So you can imagine the buzzkill I felt when I told people that I’d be going it alone, only to hear, “Why ever would you travel through South East Asia alone?”

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