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For better or worse? Expats think Thailand is going down the pan, poll

 

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A poll conducted by Thaivisa has shown that three quarters of people think expatriate life will be worse in five years than it is now. 

 

Only 24% held out hope that life for expats would actually improve by 2024. 

 

Facebook users were asked the simple question in the straw poll: Would it be better or worse for an expat to live in Thailand in five years? 

 

More than 340 had responded by press time. 

 

Comments online reflected growing unease about visa requirements and the strength of the baht in particular. 

 

One said: "Changes in the value of currency will make it worse, of course. Thailand is no longer value for money". 

 

Others chimed in with comments that despite official optimism word on the ground was that the Thai economy was going down the pan. They cited rising prices in the shops and lack of affordability as evidence.

 

Another pointed to confusion over the issuing of new visa requirements followed by an announcement of leniency. They felt the confusion would drive expats away and seek better options elsewhere to places where foreigners might know exactly where they stand.

 

One was even more pessimistic: "Five years? There won't be any expats here at this rate!"

 

Others were more positive about the future with one stating about Thailand: "It's only as good as you make it". 

 

Inevitably one of the people who seemed to see more optimism said: "If you're so unhappy why don't you just leave!" 

 

Results of the straw poll:

76% worse in five years

24% better

341 respondents.

 

 

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We're also going to move out....enough is enough.

 

Many Thai products cost more in BKK than in the West....in the supermarkets...if you like high quality products (like most westerners do) thailand is 2-5 times as expensive as the West....so it's a no brainer for me...leave!

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16 minutes ago, webfact said:

Inevitably one of the people who seemed to see more optimism said: "If you're so unhappy why don't you just leave!" 

It's not that easy to "just leave" when you built a life with family, bought a house, a car etc, and have a fixed income. It has nothing to do with unhappiness, but many will be forced to leave due to the baht appreciation.

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As a European, Thailand has now effectively lost its attractiveness to me, partly because it has become quite expensive (granted, mainly due to the downturn the Euro has taken), but also it has become hotter every year. Add to that the corruption and the difficulties concerning visa, the cost of proper health insurance plus the fact that we are effectively second-rate visitors with little freedom of enterprise.

 

Me and my family are leaving Thailand behind us and are off to southern Europe next month, with affordable healthcare, less corruption, better food, pleasant temperatures, lower cost of living than Thailand and all the freedom one could wish for as a European citizen.

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27 minutes ago, webfact said:

One was even more pessimistic: "Five years? There won't be any expats here at this rate!"

 

Of course there will but only the one's who really like it here. Not the one's who came because they thought it was cheap and the perception of wall-to-wall pussy.

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22 minutes ago, dyertribe said:

I'm seriously looking at Cambodia as an option for my retirement where, up until now, it has always been Thailand.

Went there last week, everything was incredibly cheap (compared to Thailand).

I'd be gone if I didn't have children in Thailand.

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