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Thailand is a beautiful country with plenty of fresh air to breathe in. There are beautiful beaches, smiling faces and plenty of outdoor adventures that await you in this amazing country. Before you make a long-term move, it is important to consider where you’re going to call home, as well as what is needed to make the move.

Be prepared for the journey ahead and consider the many homes that are newly constructed for expats looking for their own little slice of luxury. Each are of the country offers something different, something new and something worth moving to Thailand for.

Features You Can Find in a Thai Villa

Luxury 5-star villas that are newly constructed can be found throughout Thailand and are a great choice for American expats who want to find a nice home at an affordable rate in Thailand. With many homes that have sprawling views of the cities below, it is easy to enjoy your cup of morning coffee while taking in the spectacular city scenes below. You can find villas with 3, 4 and even 5 bedrooms to choose from and each villa is unique from the next.

Many Thai villas offer the necessary luxuries that homeowners in Thailand are looking for including sparkling pools that welcome you outside when the weather is warm. The best way to find the perfect villa or other home in Thailand is to hire a reputable real estate broker to assist with your search. Some villas are situated high up on mountains with great views of everything below, while others are on flat plains or in small, gated communities where it is easy to feel safe and secure day or night.

Do You Need a Visa?

A visa is required to move into Thailand and there are different visas for various reasons for moving to the country. Some of the visas that can be obtained include:

  • Non-Immigrant Visa
  • One Year Non-Immigrant Visa
  • Marriage Visa
  • Business Visa
  • Retirement Visa
  • Permanent Resident Visa

A visa can be obtained through The Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, DC. The embassy can provide information on which visa you should obtain as well as provide the necessary paperwork needed to file. Be sure to contact them ahead of your planned move to guarantee you have everything submitted in time to obtain a visa.

Can You Bring Your Vehicle?

Thailand has great public transport including Tuk-tuks, which are three-wheelers used for local travel as well as buses, trains and taxi cabs for long distance travel. Most people choose to use public transport but there are many who prefer their own personal car to get where they want to go. Vehicles can be imported to Thailand and you can import your car or motorcycle overseas whether it is used or new, but there are strict guidelines that must be followed. The procedures for shipping a vehicle differ depending on whether the vehicle is new or used. Working with a company like A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. that is familiar with shipping vehicles to Thailand can help make the importing of the vehicle much easier.

  • Passport and Bill of Lading
  • Release Order
  • Insurance and Commercial Invoice
  • Original and 3 Copies of Import Goods Declaration
  • Import Permit (Used Cars)
  • Vehicle Registration (Used Cars)
  • House Certificate and ID Car (Used Cars)

 What About Your Household Items?

Household items can also be brought over, but there are exceptions. Thailand allows these items based on the “one rule.” You can bring one of everything that you have but no more than one. This rule is for household goods but excludes daily items such as clothing or shoes.

Hiring a company that provides door to door transport of the items is essential. Some companies only provide door to port services, meaning you’d have to find an alternative method to get them to the new home.

With many great options for travel and shipping, you will never need to worry about leaving something behind on the move. This is your new life and you will love every minute of living in your new villa in beautiful Thailand.


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