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Expats in Thailand considering moving to Latin America prompted by Thai visa changes

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Ranking expat destination nations.

I think very good ratings for Latin America.

Two even in the top ten!

(Thailand ranked at 25.)

 

Mexico 4 (wow)

Ecuador 8

 

Then onto the top twenty --

 

Panama 13

Colombia 16 (not too shabby)

 

Etc.

 

Costa Rica 21 (Noted for a major drop from previous rankings due to high cost of living)

 

Chile 46
Peru 53

Argentina 54

 

 

 

https://www.internations.org/expat-insider/2019/top-expat-destinations-39855

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I visited Dominican republic for possible retirement--very negative impression.

Garbage, beggars, lousy food just for start. No public transportation from airport to anywhere. Prostitutes think they do you a favor for your money. 

Prices for real estate and hotels high. Nobody speak English. 

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39 minutes ago, olfu said:

I visited Dominican republic for possible retirement--very negative impression.

Garbage, beggars, lousy food just for start. No public transportation from airport to anywhere. Prostitutes think they do you a favor for your money. 

Prices for real estate and hotels high. Nobody speak English. 

I didn't like it either. Wouldn't want to even visit again. But I only visited Santo Domingo and the closest beach resort town to there. 

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Could someone please tell me how to turn off notifications for new posts under this thread. I must be stupid, but I can't see how to. Its been driving me crazy for months (can't believe how long it's been running!). 

Ah, it's OK. 

I just noticed the 'notify me of replies' button under the comments pane. Feeling pretty dumb right now, becayse I also can't see a way to completely delete this post.... 

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Another thought on choosing expat countries, showing how personal these decisions can be.

As I said before I'm clear now that IF I was a virginal expat, I definitely would NOT be moving to Thailand and I definitely would be moving to Latin America.

But I'm not that.

Living in Pattaya, the situation with CHINESE FOOD continues to get better and better over time. The obvious reason is the increase in Chinese independent tourists and residents but it's irrelevant to me why. It just is and I love it. 

Moving anywhere in Latin America would mean a drastic downgrade in access to excellent authentic Chinese food.

So to move from Pattaya to the places I'm looking at in Latin America would mean losing that Chinese thing that I really do love.

For most people, that would be a big nothing, but for me, it's really something, that would persuade me (irrationally or not) to be more likely continue to persist in staying in Thailand. 

I'm sure that lots of expats feel the same way about not wanting to give up Thai food living in Thailand. Obviously you can get decent Thai food (or even cook it yourself) in many places in the world, but I think in Latin America not very much. 

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Yes although I think I that foodwise more provincial Mexico would be much better than more provincial Colombia mainly because Mexican food in Mexico is so freakin' good. There are always pros and cons wherever you go. 

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Yes, Provincial Mexico is great. Provincial Colombia I can't comment on, but have been to Bogota several times and the cuisine is pretty much predictable though good. Mexico is wonderful and very different to all the Mexican varieties available in the States, though most of those are great too.

 

Brazil is a foodie paradise. Absolutely fantastic in Sao Paolo and Rio, many great places, and many global cuisines.

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On 9/3/2019 at 5:25 AM, Jingthing said:

On the question of learning Spanish in Thailand.

I am still only a beginner but I'm at a point now where when I listen to Spanish songs, I understand the majority of the words (they tend to use more common words in songs) if not the full meaning. That's fun. 

So by now I have invested considerable time and effort doing that. Sometimes it's fun when it goes well, and sometimes it's painful when there are struggles. But not actually speaking it with anyone here, which is something I really should start to do using one of the various online options for that.

Spanish in Thailand? May as well be Bulgarian in Botswana.

But is it?

Spanish behind English is one of the very most useful global languages. 

Others ones might be French, Russian, and Chinese, but I'm talking about Spanish here.

So if I never move to a Spanish speaking country (or even travel there) or a Latino area of the USA, will my efforts have been a total waste?

I really don't think so. 

Even in Thailand a person can enjoy their knowledge of Spanish through listening to music and watching t.v. shows and movies. 

I also consider it a good exercise for the brain, especially for the aging. 

But I am getting to something more serious now. Moving to Latin America is a huge life changing deal, especially for someone long settled in Thailand. 

There is a psychology of, well by now I can start to get by in Spanish, the time and effort investment has been made, so that's a strong reason to go ahead with the move. 

But it really isn't a good reason to move at all!

As far as actually moving, all it is is being better prepared for a Plan B should a Plan B actually be carried out. 

Go to the Valencia restaurant in Threpasit. Practise your Spanish There and enjoy Paella!

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I should mention that for those who love Japanese cuisine, in all its forms, Brazil is fantastic, but particularly in Sao Paolo. There is a large and long-standing contingent of expats from Japan there and the cuisines are on a par with those in Japan in many cases.

 

 

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By own experience.... South America it is a very good destination for expats looking for a relaxing life, buy only in small countryside towns.

Fun is always next door if looking for sex, not so easy like Thailand, but with the chance to finding REAL love and communication. Friendship is sincere with Latin people, not motivated by money.

Immigration and working rules are very friendly, and cost of living very low.

Not recommending at all to move to big cities, where safety is a concern.

If looking for a busy cultural life and the best food and drinks, Argentina #1.

Looking for fun, love, and beautiful women, Brazil #1.

Looking for everything, including nice weather and cheap connection with USA/Canada, Mexico #1

More recommendations?..send me a message.

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There's an interesting assessment of Central & South America from the perspective of people who want to leave in the latest Economist

 

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Yes. More doom and gloom. Thanks a bunch. None of those worse situation countries are on many people's serious consideration for expatriation. Dominican Republic perhaps but nobody including me has recommended it here. There are some areas of Guatemala that attract a lot of expats. Lake Atitlan and Antigua but not on my radar.

 

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