Sitting at home in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on a -40 day, it can make exploring the idea of retirement somewhere warm with a beach and a beer quite attractive.

Where to go though?

I based mine on some pretty extensive searches….so you don’t have to.

This article really helped.

This website was a useful cost of living calculator




The finalists for me were :

Nha Trang Vietnam


Here’s a property Samson found in 5 minutes on tripadvisor $300 – $500 a month


Changmai and Chiang Rai for Thailand

(Remember $30000 = $1 million baht)

One problem he did find was that to retire in Thailand to get the 1 year Retirement Visa you had to be 50! Since he were only going to be 45 this made retiring and buying a house here before then not possible without constantly revisiting their visa/passport issues.

The requirement for a retirement visa is 65,000 baht per month (about $2,000) or savings of 800,000 baht ($25,000) in a Thai bank account

$20 a night hotels


Bangkok was still in the running .


Dumaguete (rhymes with spaghetti), Phillipines


Manila hotels around $30 doesn’t seem to get you as much: But Air B and B had some interesting choices.

Loja or Cucena, Ecuador