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Retire to Philippines - Forget Thailand

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On 2/1/2019 at 8:23 PM, InsertNameHere said:

Grass is not always greener on the other side as they say. No matter where you go everything is still the same only thing changes is culture

Agreed and there is also the person itself that doesn't change. Wherever you go you will meet yourself.

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On 2/2/2019 at 5:53 AM, Puchaiyank said:

Having a VA clinic in the PI is a BIG Plus for expat American vets looking for an alternative retirement country.

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They have the same thing in Thailand (Foreign Medical Program) except at a real hospital.  Why would one opt to go the a clinic in PI with no emergency rooms when the top hospitals in Thailand do the same thing? 

 

It is a constant source of amazement to me that people would post information without at least asking someone who has some knowledge of the issue being discussed. 

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On 2/1/2019 at 8:23 PM, InsertNameHere said:

Grass is not always greener on the other side as they say. No matter where you go everything is still the same only thing changes is culture

 ........ and VISA requirements.

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3 hours ago, marcusarelus said:

They have the same thing in Thailand (Foreign Medical Program) except at a real hospital.  Why would one opt to go the a clinic in PI with no emergency rooms when the top hospitals in Thailand do the same thing? 

 

It is a constant source of amazement to me that people would post information without at least asking someone who has some knowledge of the issue being discussed. 

a friend of mine who is a veteran from vietnam era living in thailand has brought up on several occasions he had to go to ph for that hospital, altho i cant recall why

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4 hours ago, marcusarelus said:

They have the same thing in Thailand (Foreign Medical Program) except at a real hospital.  Why would one opt to go the a clinic in PI with no emergency rooms when the top hospitals in Thailand do the same thing? 

 

It is a constant source of amazement to me that people would post information without at least asking someone who has some knowledge of the issue being discussed. 

Having addressed this before:  The VA Facility in Manila is an OUTPATIENT CLINIC.  This means that they will treat your service-connected conditions without having to wait for FMP to reimburse you.  If you are 100% service-connected disabled, you will get regular annual checkups and other care as you would get from the VA in the States.

 

If your heart condition is not service-connected, you will likely be shown the door.  This is VA policy; how they apply it varies from angry vet to non-angry vet.

 

The clinic was NOT placed there for US expats; it was placed there as part of the obligation to Filipinos who served with US forces in WW2, when it was a US Territory (like Guam or Puerto Rico).  If you want VA care, you can also go to Guam, no visa required for US passport holders...

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15 hours ago, BritManToo said:

Sounds just like Thailand.

The Thai PM at least does not advocate extrajudicial shootings by police military or civilians 

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Have been to both and still prefer Thai over PI in nearly all regards.

with the Thai visa changes i think many are sure to leave Thailand, and very soon.

 

The cost of living has definately risen in the last 5 years, and whats worse is the baht flying high against our currencies.

 

actually I predict many of our own countries will soon have a cost of living similiar to Thailand..

there is massive debt everywhere, and you can see this by inflation being very low.

 

when folk cant afford stuff and are not spending, things must go down in price and technology is taking over jobs at a scary pace.

 

Also as one gets older it can be nice to be in a place you actually belong, instead of being classed as an alien farang and walking ATM.

 

having said that, a move back to the U.K or U.S would be a horrible scenario..

the Asian countries will all still give you the usual problems

maybe Australia worth a try?

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On 2/17/2019 at 10:50 PM, tingtongtourist said:

Have been to both and still prefer Thai over PI in nearly all regards.

with the Thai visa changes i think many are sure to leave Thailand, and very soon.

 

The cost of living has definately risen in the last 5 years, and whats worse is the baht flying high against our currencies.

 

actually I predict many of our own countries will soon have a cost of living similiar to Thailand..

there is massive debt everywhere, and you can see this by inflation being very low.

 

when folk cant afford stuff and are not spending, things must go down in price and technology is taking over jobs at a scary pace.

 

Also as one gets older it can be nice to be in a place you actually belong, instead of being classed as an alien farang and walking ATM.

 

having said that, a move back to the U.K or U.S would be a horrible scenario..

the Asian countries will all still give you the usual problems

maybe Australia worth a try?

Now I would suspect that Australia is the same as the UK & US from what I read on TVF. 

I can only give my perspective an American but I think the same who would be true in the UK. 

It's all about location. Compare San Francisco to Thailand, especially Nakhon BackofBeyond, and there's no comparison. 

But do the same comparison in the midwest for example, that gets a tad marginal.

 

I'm definitely with you on the point of getting older and wanting to 'belong'

Sometime it's nice to be among people whose brains work roughly on the same frequency as yours!

 

We are a little different than most, all our kids Thai & American live in the US. In fact it was when our son(Thai/US dual) moved to the US that was the catalyst for us moving back

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On 2/17/2019 at 11:25 AM, whaleboneman said:

I’ve been island hopping for the last four months-Mindanao, Siargao, Dinagat, Camiguin, Bohol, Cebu, Negros and now Siquijor and I can say that brown outs are very rare.

Crime is non-existent, people are genuinely friendly, beaches are beautiful, food varies from crap to pretty tasty, and driving is a pleasure.

i’ll be returning to Thailand sometime to close out my bank account.

Thailand is like a sprinter that started a 50 meter race with a huge lead and advantage only to stumble and fall and vainly not take seriously its competitors who will soon blaze by them like a whirlwind.

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sounds great .....  safe journey  !   don't forget to write   !! 

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