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Things to Do When Moving Your Family to Thailand


Congratulations! You’ve decided to move to Thailand. It’s a big decision, and it’s not one that you can make lightly. Relocating your life halfway across the globe takes time and planning—and it’s not as easy as just packing up your stuff into your car and driving across the border. But don’t worry: we’re here to help! In this article, we’ll outline everything you need to do before moving to Thailand so that once you arrive on those tropical shores, you’ll be ready for anything (including delicious Thai food).

Find a place to live

Finding a place to live in Thailand can be a daunting task. There are many things you need to consider before signing the lease, such as:

  • location – what part of town do you want to live in?
  • size and style – how big is your family? What kind of home do they want? Are they willing to compromise on size or style if it means more affordable rent/mortgage payments?

The first step is figuring out where you want to find houses for rent. Then, it’s time for some research into which homes fit these criteria. Once you’ve found one that works for your needs and is within your budget, sign on the dotted line!

Get your visa in order

The first thing you should do when moving to Thailand is to find out whether or not you can get a visa and, if so, what type of visa you need. You’ll also want to know how long that particular type of visa lasts and what the requirements are for obtaining it. You may need an educational background or work experience before being granted permission to enter Thailand. The good news is that there are several types of visas available for people who want to live in this beautiful country.

Open a bank account

If you’re moving to Thailand and have been thinking about opening a bank account, there are a few things that you should know before making your decision.

First of all, it’s important to know that Thai banks offer different types of accounts and services. You can open an account with no minimum balance, no monthly fee, and no annual fee if you want to keep your finances simple.

Buy a Car

Buying a car is one of the biggest tasks you’ll face when moving to Thailand. There are several things you should take into consideration before making your decision.


  • Will you be commuting long distances? If so, consider fuel costs and car insurance rates in Thailand. You may also want to factor in whether or not public transportation is available where you live and work.
  • Are there any seasons that will make getting around difficult? For example, the rainy season often makes it more difficult to drive around because of flooding and poor visibility due to foggy conditions (though it can be quite beautiful). Similarly, the hot season might mean driving with the windows down instead of turning on the AC if there’s no air conditioning in your car!
  • Do you want something practical like an SUV or luxury sedan for daily use? Or do you want something more fun like a sports car or convertible with air conditioning for those sunny days (and nights)?


Buy health insurance

Health insurance is not required by the Thai government, but it can be very helpful and worth purchasing if you’ll be staying in Thailand for a long period of time. A health insurance policy can provide access to high-quality medical care at a reasonable cost. It can also cover any costs incurred for traveling back home for treatment if necessary, saving you money on expensive transportation and even lodging expenses.

Health insurance policies vary greatly based on coverage and price point, so it is important to do some research before purchasing one. In general, however, there are two ways that health insurance can be purchased: through an online broker or from an insurer directly (either via telephone or the internet).

Find a place to send your kids to school.

One thing you should do before you move to Thailand finds a school for your kids.

The school system in Thailand is very different from what you may be used to, so it’s important that you do some research and learn about the options available.

Many of them are private and require payment for tuition in addition to any extracurricular activities or uniforms they might require. Some schools have scholarship programs that help pay for tuition or offer other perks such as reduced prices on books or free uniforms (this is especially common at international schools). Other schools have a lottery system where students can apply but the lucky few who get accepted will still need to pay a fee that covers transportation costs and extracurricular activities like sports teams, music lessons, etc… There are also public schools that don’t cost much and this may be an option if you’re looking at sending your child overseas though!

If none of these options work out for you then don’t worry because there are always waiting lists! It’s likely that even if we were able to afford to send our kids abroad then neither would qualify due simply because there aren’t enough spots available at this time either way since demand far outweighs supply; so just relax – take deep breaths – count backward from ten – whatever helps calm down nerves 🙂


There are many things you need to do when moving to Thailand, but once you get the hang of it, it can be quite fun and exciting. You’ll soon find yourself settling into your new home and becoming part of the local community.


Jeff Campbell