8) Chiang Mai, Thailand
When you think of expat-friendly nations, Thailand might not be the first place that comes to mind. But in fact its cities, like Chiang Mai, are actually growing epicenters for expat populations. Considered one of the most culturally significant cities in Thailand, Chiang Mai boasts countless art exhibits, festivals and local music to keep your social calendar full. You can’t beat the dining scene, which melds the best of the Asian-inspired dishes with favorite from the Western world, at all price points. Real estate in Chiang Mai is very affordable, and a couple can expect to live comfortably on about $1,500 per month. Healthcare and dental care are on par with that of the United States, especially in Thailand’s major cities like Bangkok.
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