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RichardThailand

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

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19 minutes ago, Brunolem said:

Many people confuse Asia with Africa...

the frogs have overseas territories in Asia

 

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10 hours ago, Jingthing said:
11 hours ago, GinBoy2 said:

Singapore, or if really really have money central Tokyo

Which points out the big question, what is their goal?

They could afford to live in either of those places but their wealth wouldn't be particularly powerful there.

Or pick a lower cost place and be closer to the top level.

whether they could afford or willing to match Singapore's "entry fee" for residence is highly questionable. on top of that the proceeds/income  of the required investment would be taxable.

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He should select a country where his income (in whatever form) will not be subject to tax and stay out of the UK long enough to be non-resident for tax purposes.

 

Singapore is an obvious choice but a tad dull at times, and affected by the Sumatran burning issue that plagues Kuala Lumpur also. Bangkok is a great place and he can stay close to all the upmarket amenities. Bali has been mentioned, good but you'd get bored there too ... one advantage is that you can easily jump onto a plane to Australia ... stay for a month and jump back. I like Vietnam ... both Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, with the former shading it on account of its better facilities. 

 

He's spoiled for choice ... but you might suggest he keeps quiet about his income, and keeps a low or no profile.

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12 minutes ago, melvinmelvin said:

the frogs have overseas territories in Asia

 

they don't!

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Singapore for ease to get to many places in Asia and good food , shops, entertainment and safe or somewhere in south of Vietnam . Da nang or hoi an.

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Quite a couple of questions for a client from you on this forum, what sort of company do you have that you need to get your advice for your client on this forum?

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12 hours ago, RichardThailand said:

If you had that income, no need to work then would you live in Thailand or some other place in Asia (must be Asia) and if so where?  When answering please also consider that it would need to be a place where he and wife could legally stay for an extended period of time.

Singapore would be my choice in such a case. It's expensive, compared to many places, but it got almost everything, and it's nice, clean and safe. There are plenty of excellent possibilities along the harbor line, and it's like a garden – even rooftops, the slogan is "make Singapore our garden" – and it's easy to get around (both good highways and public transport, depending of choice).

 

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A marina area by the harbor line, my photo was snapped from the cable car connecting the harbor with amzing Sentosa Island.

 

But don't rule out Thailand, there are a number of nice options when your client is in the £200k yearly income level, it's in the level of 8 million baht or around 650,000 baht a month. You can find a nice, if not outstanding, serviced villa – beachfront, or with an amazing view, within that budget – and still having space for a lavish life-style; both Phuket and Samui could be of interest...?

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I'd pick Singapore but your client might not be eligible to live there unless he took a well paying job there or was able to invest a significant amount of money in the country.

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5 hours ago, BarnicaleBob said:

Hawaii, has all the resources one needs to enjoy life, the best year around weather, they all speak English (well mostly lol), and Maui, Hawaii would be the best island to live on.  

I have heard that assimilation is pretty hard in Hawaii. Almost as bad as the native Singaporean's and their 'sh!t don't stink' attitude to foreigners.

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3 hours ago, ELVIS123456 said:

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.

If you like life in a bland, faceless police state, OK I guess.

 

3 hours ago, ELVIS123456 said:

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.

You already have. Thanks.

 

3 hours ago, ELVIS123456 said:

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. 

Oh dear... Changi as the center of the bloody universe again? The thing is you need loads of liquidity to use Changi frequently because TBH, staying in Singapore for anything longer than a month and you DO need to go somewhere else for genuine fun and excitement. Not the bottled, pre-packaged, homogenized and over-priced sh!te that Singapore offers. Or you can pop over the causeway to Johor or ferry-hop to Batam.

 

Short-times are more expensive in Singapore too.

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