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Thailand is still among the most affordable destinations for expat retirees

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2 hours ago, Bkkthebest said:

I am surprise that they didn't even mention about bargirls. 

If bargirls tripled their fees, the quality of the expat community would shoot theough the roof overnight. I wish they would do it, for their sake, and everyone else's.

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18 minutes ago, ttrd said:

Yes, the survey should have taken into consideration the fact that the majority don't afford a health insurance and compared the hospitalization costs without ....

 

Or that not all expat retirees are American:

 

"The category evaluates things like day-to-day expenses—from the cost of a flight back to the U.S."

 

And it's a "day to day" expense?

 

The survey that everyone is freaking out about was written for ........Americans.

 

 

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2 hours ago, RotBenz8888 said:

Question is where Thailand will be in a few years ahead?

My2Cents - Govern changes and recession where the tourism industry will get a real hit and the real estate market will more or less collapse especially in Bkk, Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai ....

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

For example, nine dishes set over a seven-course lunch costs only $44 per person. For $17, you can add a glass of wine to each of the first five courses—

I stopped by last week to ask the price of a lunch buffet.   I almost choked,  and I never even ate anything !

 

about 7 years ago i had a great buffet there ( a once in 6 months treat)  for 350 baht.  Life is change .....

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Thailand IS CHEAP, that is not the issue. The issue for most is now tying up money. If there any problems in Thailand in the future causing a run on the banks, those thinking they'll be able to get out their 800k I fear will be sadly mistaken.

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2 hours ago, Krataiboy said:

Ah, the joys of white privilege!

I don't know about that, the Baht has just climbed yet again against the Dollar,Pound and Euro

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1 minute ago, soalbundy said:

I don't know about that, the Baht has just climbed yet again against the Dollar,Pound and Euro

Nothing last forever so with that in mind at least we have something to look forward to ... :thumbsup:

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I don't understand all these conflicting marketing reports...some say BKK is most expensive just under Singapore (which I seriously doubt) and others like this say it's the cheapest top 5 blah blah.
 
Then you have all these jaded long-term stayers (farangs) threatening to leave BKK for greener pasture in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, etc.  
 
 
Never heard anyone say BKK is second expensive behind Singapore

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1 hour ago, overherebc said:

What is your idea of retirement should be a questioned asked.

For me the requirements are not that difficult to fulfill.

I am at the let me be as I am stage. Get up in the morning and have a couple of coffees in peace and quiet before I have my breakfast. I don't like religion in any shape or form (those who believe are idiots) and I don't want it in my ears because they feel like it.

The rest of the day I want to spend as I want and detest being told what to do or when I should do it, by anyone, domestic or foreign. I had years of it in the army and since leaving I will call no-one Sir.

We have been travelling regularly around Asia since retiring and we still enjoy doing so and even with the 'new rules' we could continue to do so, but, every time on return I get, for some reason, a feeling of unease at the Imm' desk even although I am 100% legal visa wise, (Have they made up a new rule in the two weeks we were away) sort of feeling.

I don't need the bar scene and I don't want the expensive restaurant scene, most of the time we can do better ourselves.

I have told friends my next visa will be my last so I have 18 months to finish a few things and decide where I'm going, note I'm going. If my wife wants to stay here that will be her decision but it won't affect mine. At the moment my comfort and stability mental and physical is my only concern.

maybe a good topic for a poll.   but i hate those polls .   i have to admit the older i get the more i think about where i could go.   if it weren't for the cost of medical services , hell, i might even go back to north america.  I am at the same stage as ohbc (is that british columbia ?)    Would be nice to have a little cooler weather and a lot cleaner air.   

Guess the millemials are not the only MeFirst generation......now we have the OldFarts,  who just don't give a <deleted> at this stage.  Comfort and stability, mental and physical :   a little peace in old age.  Think my gf would tag along (but things could change)...

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