Thailand has been ranked No 9 on the World's Top 10 Retirement Havens for 2013. The low cost of living and value entertainment spending has lead to this achievement, although it has scored low in special benefits for retirees.
Published in the International Living Magazine, the annual retirement index is based on information gathered from expatriates and is reached taking several issues into account, including the cost of living, health, climate, real estate, special benefits, retirement infrastructure, entertainment and amenities.
"We considered a vast range of data points, from the average humidity to the cost of a taxi. And keeping costs in mind, we examine real estate prices, rentals and utilities like water, electricity, and cable TV. We looked at costs for groceries, eating out, even specific medical procedures. We also take into account discounts given to retirees on travel, taxes and entertainment. This includes flights back to the retirees' home country," stated the magazine on its website.
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