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Shipping to Asia: Living in Phuket

Every year, many people are attracted by the career opportunities in Thailand, and plan removals to Phuket or one of the country's other regions. If you need to arrange shipping to Asia, you will find that UK-based Greens Removals has all the expertise needed. We specialise in shipping to Thailand, as well as removals to all other parts of Asia, from Singapore to Japan, and the Philippines to Hong Kong.

Thailand scooped top place in a recent survey by the HSBC bank to find the best place for expats to live, emphasising its many attractions and great quality of life. One factor is pay, since expats in Asia, including Thailand, typically command higher salaries than those in many other parts of the world. Thai food, culture and social life are other advantages, together with the good infrastructure in cities such as Phuket, Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Chiang Mai and Hat Yai.

Greens has 40 years of experience in arranging overseas moves to Thailand, and works with a leading relocation company to ensure that your shipping to Asia goes smoothly. We can provide a package of services individually tailored to you. This includes professional packing and unpacking if required, as well as shipping in dedicated containers, groupage and an air freight option for essential items.

Shipping to Asia – Contact us now to discuss your international move or get a free quote.

Moving to Phuket, Thailand: About Phuket

Phuket has been listed as one of the best five places for expats to live in Thailand, while another survey chose it as one of the top five international retirement destinations. It is easy to see why it keeps winning such accolades. Thailand's largest island is stunningly beautiful, with its white sandy beaches, blue seas, forests and mountains, and has a reputation as a holiday paradise. The warm weather is one of the attractions, while the relatively low cost of living compared to the UK is another.

It's estimated that around five million tourists head for the island annually, while up to 30,000 Western expats have made their home there. This includes large numbers who have embarked on removals to Phuket after retirement, often choosing accommodation in the southern part of the island. The whole island now has a population of around half a million, almost double the number it had just 15 years ago, with around 90,000 living in the capital, Phuket city.

One of the most popular career choices for suitably qualified expats is English teaching at one of the international schools or language schools in the area. There are also other opportunities in fields including IT, management, banking and tourism. Many people also move to Thailand as a result of working for international organisations.

Moving to Phuket, Thailand: Phuket Weather

The island has a tropical climate, with warm weather all year round, especially during April and May, when daily temperatures reach around 31 Celsius on average. The rainy season runs from September to October, but even then it is unusual for the rain to last for many days at a time. The most popular time of year to visit the island is between November and April.

Moving to Phuket, Thailand: Living in Phuket

Rents in Phuket are lower than for equivalent property in the UK, with villas and luxury condos on the seafront among the accommodation that is available. There are specialist property agents on the island who can help you to find somewhere to live, and Greens can organise shipping to Phuket for all your possessions.

Phuket is well-known for its delicious food, and in particular for its fresh seafood. Favourite recipes include rice and noodle dishes including crab and squid, or spicy soup featuring a mixture of fish. When looking for somewhere to eat in a seafront area, you will find restaurants selling a wide range of fish dishes, with lobsters, shellfish and prawns all on the menu. As well as all the fish dishes, Phuket also has a great selection of street food available at its stalls and roadside carts, including pancakes and grilled bananas, plus markets with a fantastic choice of fresh fruit and vegetables.

The island is famed for its nightlife, with a large choice of cabarets and bars, and Bangla Road in Patong is the area known as the island's party capital. However, there are also plenty of places to eat and drink in the Kata and Karon Beach areas, which both have many restaurants geared more towards families. Phuket has three cinemas, which often show films in English with subtitles.

When out sightseeing after your move to Thailand, make sure you don't miss the historic old town area in Phuket City, with its impressive Sino-Portugese-style architecture. There are also no less than 29 Buddhist temples, including the famous Wat Chalong, in the Chalong sub-district. Another must is the Big Buddha, a 45-metre high statue made of white marble on top of the Nakkerd hills. And, for a different view of the island, take a boat trip from the northern end of Phuket.

The island's top entertainment attraction is FantaSea, at Kamala Beach, a "cultural theme park" with a spectacular stage show featuring performing elephants and a cast of hundreds. Other attractions here include an international buffet restaurant, a shopping village and various sideshows.

If you want to arrange shipping to Asia, whether to Thailand or to China, Vietnam, Malaysia or Indonesia, contact Greens Removals now for a detailed quotation for your house move Alternatively, you can telephone us free of charge on 0800 0484688.

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