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.