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BANGKOK 22 February 2019 07:01
RichardThailand

If you didn't live in Thailand, had a high income then were else would you live in Asia?

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If he has to ask then I wonder how intelligent he is. Surely the best strategy would be for him to visit the places he's interested in and decide for himself. Also that kind of money can insulate a person and rarely leads to feelings of satisfaction. My recommendation would be that he gives himself a budget and goes backpacking for a few months. I've met a few rich guys who have done the same thing and they loved it.

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Japan. I live in Tokyo, but I've lived in Bangkok and Phuket. Both are wonderful places, but better places to go back to than come home to.

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Why must it be in Asia?
The OP fails to really tell us much of anything about their priorities other than that.

I suggest the OP get back to us with much more detail and they can get more informed replies.

As it stands, garbage in, garbage out. 

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I got the impression - the OPs friend being 50 - he was looking for retirement and therefore somewhere that will issue a visa to that effect which I think takes out Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, and Spore and leaves Thailand, Bali, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Another option could be Sri Lanka; similar requirements to here for a non imm OA ($15 000 in the bank, $5 000 monthly income, if memory serves.) One possible setback is the requirement for compulsory medical insurance - issued locally - but obviously not a financial concern for this person.

 

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10 hours ago, GinBoy2 said:

Singapore, or if really really have money central Tokyo

Winner!!   Singapore by a mile.   Japan is great, but there is very little 'farang' options and the culture is very 'singular' - best place to visit, but not best to live without a Japanese wife/GF.

 

There aint no better option in Asia when it comes to a high standard of living, law and order, banking system, medical system, food (being OK to eat), restaurants, transport (including the roads and airports themselves), entertainment, building construction, weather,  legal rights, land and property ownership is similar to Thailand but you can get residency in a few years and citizenship is possible (dual citizenship allowed), and I could go on and on.

 

English is the official language of Singapore.  Plus, it is a genuine 'hub' for airline transport and from there you can go anywhere in asia in a short time. 

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Have a look at Perth in Australia, extremely large expat pommie crowd, very clean city, bit like a large country town, has everything you need,only short flight from Asia, direct flights to UK now, plenty good seafood, Thai restaurants. 

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33 minutes ago, Bogbrush said:

I got the impression - the OPs friend being 50 - he was looking for retirement and therefore somewhere that will issue a visa to that effect which I think takes out Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, and Spore and leaves Thailand, Bali, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Another option could be Sri Lanka; similar requirements to here for a non imm OA ($15 000 in the bank, $5 000 monthly income, if memory serves.) One possible setback is the requirement for compulsory medical insurance - issued locally - but obviously not a financial concern for this person.

 

Yes, I got the same gist about visas being a big issue. Which is why I mentioned visas would be possible in many places outside Asia as well. 

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2 hours ago, SpeakeasyThai said:

Australia

agree,

if I were loaded --> Australia, fantastic country, huge - would take years to explore

very very nice place - and a lot of fun - and very diversified and very interesting place

 

am happy that I have been there 10-15 times

 

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New Zealand? Yes!

 

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2 hours ago, SpeakeasyThai said:

Since when was France located to Asia?

Many people confuse Asia with Africa...

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I wouldn't live anywhere in Asia.

 

When I arrived here 24 years ago, Thailand was the only country in Asia that appealed to me because of it's combination of 365 day sun - cheap - quite developed and fun.

 

Now few of those appealing facts have disappeared, and i would rather leave if there wren't some factors that prevent that currently.

 

There is still no other country in Asia that has any appeal to me, and that has nothing to do with finances

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Having living in Singapore for over a decade, you can cross that one off your list as a they don't offer a retirement visa. This is a retirement option if you want to get a visa through their Global Investment Program (GIP). Under GIP you can choose one of the following investment options:


Option A: Invest at least S$2.5 million in a new business entity or in the expansion of an existing business operation.
Option B: Invest at least S$2.5 million in a GIP fund that invests in Singapore based companies.

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What kind of weather do they want? 

Asia is vast with many choices just about that.

More details please.

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