Thailand Leads Best Countries for Expats
List scores cuisine, financial, and social qualities
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The probable Sriracha shortage isn’t the only reason to move to Thailand. The southeast Asian country topped HSBC’s survey for the best expat experience, scoring high when it comes to making friends, having an active social life, eating well, and getting finances in order.
The HSBC survey, which involved more than 7,000 expatriates from nearly 100 countries, compiled the top 37 best places to live abroad. China (No. 3), Singapore (No. 6), India (No. 7) and Taiwan (No. 8) all emerged in the top ten.
According to WSJ, Asia is home to some of the highest paid expats in the world; that financial stability combined with a high quality of living has attracted more and more Americans in recent years.
“From Thailand’s countless tropical beaches and islands, to the world-class restaurants and modern infrastructure, the cultural attractions, and a still relatively attractive overall cost of living, it’s really hard for any country to top,” expat Neal McCarthy told the Wall Street Journal. “I don’t regret for a second having made the decision to come here.”