Wifi, English speaking, safe, good public hospitals, great food, a gym close by and all within my $1000 a month budget is my essential best countries to retire cheap checklist. I’m adding one new item. A pool or access to the beach.
Asia is hot hot hot. When it’s 30 degrees plus all the time, you have your choice of hiding in a mall, turning on your fan or cranking the air conditioning. Electricity isn’t cheap. I’ve seen bills ranging from $100-$200 for a place.
I should let you know, I hate pools normally, I think they’re boring, a pain to maintain and not worth it. But nothing beats the heat like a quick jump in the pool. (I shower something like 4 times a day right now because I get so hot.)
Besides one more bonus to a pool is, you now have a great excuse to invite all your new friends to your house.