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BANGKOK 18 March 2019 21:07
CaptainJack

Exit Planning and Survival Strategies if leaving Thailand

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Hi!

 

I promised I'd create this topic. This topic is a place for those who have decided to leave Thailand,  for whatever reason, and are either going to try returning to their home country or another country,  whether SE Asia, or as in my case, Panama. Because I can, I am going to transition through a retyrn to the USA to better research and plan trying Panama. 

 

Let's get this first out of the way. If you don't like me or my topic, how about not saying anything and let the expats here please share their experiences and solutions,  what works, what does not and their insights.  Negativity is not helping your fellow expatriates who are considering or have made the decision to leave.

 

With that, I'll share this first.

 

I've been back to the USA almost a week. I am lucky.  I am in Austin,  Texas, and while wet and cold, it is tolerable.   I'm also fortunate that I have enough money to rent a car for a month.  No wheels in most of the USA makes coming back, I think almost impossible.   I am also fortunate that I have one really good friend who can put me up in his guest bedroom for a few weeks.  I have no family or other friends I could easily reach out to.

 

When i started my exit planning,  this is what I set as my essentials.  A car, a city not in the grips of a terrible winter and a safe place to stay and sleep.  The cost of a hotel here or an AirB&B would have broken me financially including a car rental. 

 

I'll leave my first post at that, and only add this.  The first 5 days with jet lag,  the culture shock (I was only gone a total of 11 months, 9 in Thailand) was hard at first.  I'm rapidly adjusting,  but the level of rudeness and aggression is striking compared to Thailand.  Land of Smiles fir a reason.

 

That's it for now. And anyone who can add to the topic,  please do, but let's try to not track off to other issues and discussions and just ignore those who are bitter and angry and thrive on creating discord and distraction. 

 

Cheers!

 

PS. Here is original topic this is a spin off from:

 

 

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Better wording.
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For me, leaving Thailand would be an absolute last resort and the only country I would consider settling in (initially) would be my home country, UK.

I have no desire to leave Thailand at the moment, but I am conscious of political developments here that could change things very quickly.

I would not have a problem meeting the financial requirements to take my wife with me to the UK.

However, I could not abandon other family members who rely on me here (grandhildren) so I guess I'm here to stay. 

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In my original post about why i left Thailand,  there were quite a few members who expressed they too would be leaving Thailand.   I realize that nobody knows right now how many will actually leave, for their own particular reasons. 

 

Mine are very clear and simple to understand.  You can read through my original post and understand my reasons.

 

The short of it was a lack of planning on my part, insufficient money to pay for any costly medical expenses and changes in the procedures to obtain and keep a retirement visa.  I have chosen to cut my losses and leavd now before I become any further invested in living in Thailand. 

 

Nevertheless,  i liquidated my possessions and car back in the USA and am addressing that decision now.  This was a decision that I made.  No regrets.   Just make better decisions going forward. 

 

Those who expressed they are leaving,  I am hoping will participate in this topic and share what their plans are and solutions for everyone. 

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Just now, Puchaiyank said:

let's try to not track off to other issues and discussions and just ignore those who are bitter and angry and thrive on creating discord and distraction

 

Wow...you have just insulted scores of potential posters...

I am so glad i happen to check in before my first margarita.  That is funny. Lol

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I know this wont help but dont you will find no answers here.

 

If you burned your bridges at home, moved away with little money, to a place that has virtually zero money earning potential (for most expats)

well, the writing was always on the wall.

 

Sounds like you have to start over again, thats a hard one and sorry to hear you must go through this, but maybe your story will help others to see that saving (or at least having) WELL OVER 400-800k baht might be a good idea towards preventing disaster.

 

anyways you are only gone 11 months. its nothing compared to some who have been here YEARS and have to do the slow march home.

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I think if money is a problem, and I am sure in many cases it is, how about temporarily moving to a neighbor country like Cambodia or the Philippines? I am sure you will find a cheaper place to stay than "home", don't need a car, etc.

 

That might not be perfect but I think this thread is about an emergency. And I think it's a lot easier to fly for an hour, take a cheap hotel and then think in detail about what you really want compared to taking a flight back "home" for many hours and then thinking: what will I do here now?

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15 minutes ago, OneMoreFarang said:

Just tell them you could have saved the money for a big house.

But instead you spent it all on young and pretty Thai ladies for the last couple of years. Maybe show them a couple of pictures of your pretty friends.

The women will obviously be appalled by this story. The men will also pretend to be appalled, at least if their wives are around. But then lots of guys will think about if they spent their money on the right enjoyment until now... 😉 

thats the thing about to many guys..

 

not enough brain matter mean they are easily ruled by the small head that is tucked away and dont know much about the real world!

 

unfortunately they dont hear about the stories when guys are jumping off tall buildings because they didnt plan and ran out of money and the visa expired.

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