Retire in Southeast Asia: Three of the best places

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Thailand-BeachThe New York Times wrote that about 100,000 people from all over the world retired to Asia in 2010 alone. The cost of living in Asia, particularly in Southeast Asia, is very low, which is why foreigners who are looking for a cheaper place to stay relocate to the region.

Living in Southeast Asian countries means paying only about on third of what one normally shells out for food, rent and other miscellaneous expenses in first-world countries. A yearly pension of $20,000 may not mean much in the US, but in Southeast Asia, this amount is enough to live extremely comfortably.

If you’re thinking about moving to a country in Southeast Asia when you retire, here are three countries that are worth considering:

Mountain resort in Malaysia
Mountain resort in Malaysia

Malaysia
Malaysia is a beautiful country with a huge community for expats. In fact, the number of foreigners calling this country their home now is so big that Malaysian authorities created MM2H or “Malaysia My Second Home,” which is a programme that offers a 10-year long renewable visa for qualified foreigners.

Nature lovers fall head over heels with this country. Firstly, because there’s the Mulu National Park – a World Heritage Site – which features the tranquil rainforests of Borneo. There’s also the Batu Caves, which is a limestone hill that offers a series of caves to explore. The caves are said to be 400 million years old and were previously used as homes by the indigenous people. Finally, there’s the Taman Negara National Park that is perfect for those who love to hike, jungle trek, rock climb, fish and enjoy many other types of outdoor activities.

Resort World Manila, a popular casino
Resort World Manila, a popular casino

Philippines
Most expats go to the Philippines to enjoy its flora and fauna. The Philippines, after all, is home to an amazing number of beaches, coral reefs and mountain ranges.

But apart from its amazing scenery, the Philippines also has a vibrant casino scene. It is now aiming to become the next fastest-growing casino destination in Southeast Asia by erecting lots of world-class casinos within its capital. Solaire Resort and Casino, Resorts World Manila and City of Dreams are just three of the luxury-integrated casinos that are now open in the country for both locals and tourists.

The government plans on opening more in the coming years in order to attract the Chinese – currently the biggest casino-goers in the world – who are currently exploring more areas outside their motherland. The Philippines is open to online gaming so tourists who want to take advantage of the free play options online casino providers offer gamers, can do so in the country.

Beach bar in Bali
Beach bar in Bali

Indonesia
Foreigners who want a place with a lot of bars and clubs should look no further than Indonesia. Bali has always been one of the most chosen vacation spots by tourists and foreigners who wish to retire on this island can experience the vibrant nightlife on a daily basis.

Apart from bars and clubs, Indonesia has Yogyakarta, which is a special region in the country that is known as the center for arts. It regularly holds ballet recitals, musical shows, stage dramas, and puppet programmes for kids. Yogyakarta is currently the second most popular destination in Indonesia after Bali, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

Before going to any of these countries, make sure to do your complete research first. There are several factors that foreigners should consider before moving in to another country such as length of visa, ease of banking, owning a property and many other issues that must be settled before staying.

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The New York Times wrote that about 100,000 people from all over the world retired to Asia in 2010 alone. The cost of living in Asia, particularly in Southeast Asia, is very low, which is why foreigners who are looking for a cheaper place to stay relocate to the region.

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Thailand-BeachThe New York Times wrote that about 100,000 people from all over the world retired to Asia in 2010 alone. The cost of living in Asia, particularly in Southeast Asia, is very low, which is why foreigners who are looking for a cheaper place to stay relocate to the region.

Living in Southeast Asian countries means paying only about on third of what one normally shells out for food, rent and other miscellaneous expenses in first-world countries. A yearly pension of $20,000 may not mean much in the US, but in Southeast Asia, this amount is enough to live extremely comfortably.

If you’re thinking about moving to a country in Southeast Asia when you retire, here are three countries that are worth considering:

Mountain resort in Malaysia
Mountain resort in Malaysia

Malaysia
Malaysia is a beautiful country with a huge community for expats. In fact, the number of foreigners calling this country their home now is so big that Malaysian authorities created MM2H or “Malaysia My Second Home,” which is a programme that offers a 10-year long renewable visa for qualified foreigners.

Nature lovers fall head over heels with this country. Firstly, because there’s the Mulu National Park – a World Heritage Site – which features the tranquil rainforests of Borneo. There’s also the Batu Caves, which is a limestone hill that offers a series of caves to explore. The caves are said to be 400 million years old and were previously used as homes by the indigenous people. Finally, there’s the Taman Negara National Park that is perfect for those who love to hike, jungle trek, rock climb, fish and enjoy many other types of outdoor activities.

Resort World Manila, a popular casino
Resort World Manila, a popular casino

Philippines
Most expats go to the Philippines to enjoy its flora and fauna. The Philippines, after all, is home to an amazing number of beaches, coral reefs and mountain ranges.

But apart from its amazing scenery, the Philippines also has a vibrant casino scene. It is now aiming to become the next fastest-growing casino destination in Southeast Asia by erecting lots of world-class casinos within its capital. Solaire Resort and Casino, Resorts World Manila and City of Dreams are just three of the luxury-integrated casinos that are now open in the country for both locals and tourists.

The government plans on opening more in the coming years in order to attract the Chinese – currently the biggest casino-goers in the world – who are currently exploring more areas outside their motherland. The Philippines is open to online gaming so tourists who want to take advantage of the free play options online casino providers offer gamers, can do so in the country.

Beach bar in Bali
Beach bar in Bali

Indonesia
Foreigners who want a place with a lot of bars and clubs should look no further than Indonesia. Bali has always been one of the most chosen vacation spots by tourists and foreigners who wish to retire on this island can experience the vibrant nightlife on a daily basis.

Apart from bars and clubs, Indonesia has Yogyakarta, which is a special region in the country that is known as the center for arts. It regularly holds ballet recitals, musical shows, stage dramas, and puppet programmes for kids. Yogyakarta is currently the second most popular destination in Indonesia after Bali, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

Before going to any of these countries, make sure to do your complete research first. There are several factors that foreigners should consider before moving in to another country such as length of visa, ease of banking, owning a property and many other issues that must be settled before staying.

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