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For Western retirees, the Asian lure is hard to resist

Island of Koh Phangan off the coast of Koh Samui, Thailand.

 

British retirees Les and Sally Page had never considered retiring early in Asia, until a holiday to Thailand five years ago prompted a snap decision.

“We were on holiday on the island of Koh Samui and within five days we both knew we wanted to retire there,” said 59-year old Sally. “It has a magical feeling that can’t be explained.”

The appeal of retirement in Thailand extends beyond the idyllic beaches of the island. The British couple said the Southeast Asian country boasts better weather, a greater variety of activities, a slower, easier pace of life and cheaper cost of living than what they are used to.

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Travellers rank Thailand 8th best of all

Thailand has been ranked in eighth position in the “Best Countries In The World” poll for five consecutive years by readers of London-based Conde Nast Traveller magazine.

The magazine conducted its online survey in February this year for its Readers’ Travel Award 2017.

Italy has been voted as the Best Country In The World since 2010. Ranked second in the list is Greece, followed by the United States, France, Spain, South Africa, Australia, Thailand, India and Canada.

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