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Maybe a new topic is needed to dump all the sensationalist blood and gore news stories in areas where tourists and expats generally don't go?

 

 

That said I do think crime news from areas where there ARE a lot of tourists and expats are indeed on topic here.

 

For example in San Miguel de Allende and Medellin.

 

 

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Panama remains popular with expats. It's my impression that it beats Costa Rica in that regard in Central America. 

 

As mentioned before Panama City is quite expensive but there are other options.

 

Boquette is a famous smaller town expat ghetto area and it's a one hour bus ride to a bigger (hot) city of David.

 

This is a very commercial oriented site but I see they have an overview of all the typical practical expat related topics so I see some free value offered there:

 

https://panamarelocationtours.com/living-in-panama#tab-con-19

 

This lady appears content living in the Boquette area.

 

 

Z

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1 hour ago, Jingthing said:

Panama remains popular with expats. It's my impression that it beats Costa Rica in that regard in Central America. 

 

As mentioned before Panama City is quite expensive but there are other options.

 

Boquette is a famous smaller town expat ghetto area and it's a one hour bus ride to a bigger (hot) city of David.

 

This is a very commercial oriented site but I see they have an overview of all the typical practical expat related topics so I see some free value offered there:

 

https://panamarelocationtours.com/living-in-panama#tab-con-19

 

This lady appears content living in the Boquette area.

 

 

Z

So when are you going to buy your plane ticket?

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26 minutes ago, simon43 said:

 

 

 

I assume that the answer to that question really depends upon when 'push' changes to 'shove'.  Relocating between countries is a stressful experience (I know, I just did it!), and surely no-one wants to make that move unless it is really necessary or sought-after.

 

In my case, my visa was coming up for renewal, so it seemed a good time to move.  But I only moved across the border.  To relocate from Thailand to south/central America? I wouldn't want to even think about the planning/hassles/stress/cost.....

Well you can bring 30 Kg in a suitcase moving countries is rather easy i talking from my own Experience here. but the selection of a new destination takes more research and involves going there for short trips first !

Has the OP even been in Colombia or SA? Oh i now read his posts that there are no concrete plans in his case.

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4 minutes ago, Destiny1990 said:

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Has the OP even been in Colombia or SA?

I have discussed my previous travel history to several nations in Latin America many many times on this thread (including longish stays in Argentina and Mexico) and if you had followed the thread you would already know I have not been to Colombia. Keep in mind most people were avoiding Colombia in the past due to the narco violence and civil war. 

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On 3/4/2019 at 9:34 AM, Jingthing said:

Brazil's cities do have high crime but I really have personally rules out Brazil anyway based on their financial requirements.

There are much safer specific choices in various Latin American choices, so please people that come on here saying you will definitely be murdered if you move anywhere in LA, that's just wrong. Totally wrong. 

If we go to the pure facts instead and compare Thailand with most of the Latin American and South American coutries, it´s actually pretty easy to find a deterrent to move from Thailand to any of those countries. As you clearly stated, we do not have to bring L.A. into the discussion, right?

First, take a look at this link: https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/murder-rates-by-country.html

Here we have murder rate per capita compared per 100 000 people i all countries. Most of the Latin American and south American countries seems to be more dangerous than Thailand that actually places 107.

After that we will take a look at this link: http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/crime-rate-by-country/

The link above represents the crime rates in different countries. Also here it seems like Thailand will be a better choice than most of the above mentioned countries.

Here we have the third link: http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/most-corrupt-countries/

This one represents the corruption index by country. Everybody knows that it´s high corruption in Thailand, but compared to many South American and some Latin American countries they are still a better choice. However, here there are more even, so let´s say it´s almost even.

At last we can take a look at the safety index for the common person. The below little infographic will fix that little trick:
 

most dangerous countries in the world and region changes

 

As you can clearly see, there are many reasons to not move from Thailand. At least not to South America or Latin America. Just take a look at the infographic. It really looks like Siberia is right on track. 🤣🤣

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I'm not super interested in Panama but it's still not totally off my list. For those that know that they are super interested in Panama, I wonder about the value of this quickie expat tour there. It actually sounds pretty good to me as a "sampler" and also all the supposedly insider info they're promising plus even helping you open a bank account there, which based on my reading in the past isn't very easy to do there. 

 

I know that Panama City and the beach city not far from there Coronado is way too expensive for me. David is too hot for me. Don't need to travel to those places to know that already.

 

So Boquette seems the natural place.


But I think it's interesting to know the other places they go to on their quickie tour. I haven't even heard of all those places so short of going on their tour, might be fun to look up more info about that. 

https://panamarelocationtours.com/tours

 

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Visit the following areas: Coronado or Gorgona, Chitre, Las Tablas, Santiago, Las Lajas, David, Boquete, Volcan, Bambito, and Puerto Armuelles

 

I reckon for those that are super serious about Panama a cool thing to do might be to take such a quickie tour and then stay much longer in the place or places that clicked with them from that experience. 

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I'm not super interested in Panama but it's still not totally off my list. For those that know that they are super interested in Panama, I wonder about the value of this quickie expat tour there. It actually sounds pretty good to me as a "sampler" and also all the supposedly insider info they're promising plus even helping you open a bank account there, which based on my reading in the past isn't very easy to do there. 
 
I know that Panama City and the beach city not far from there Coronado is way too expensive for me. David is too hot for me. Don't need to travel to those places to know that already.
 
So Boquette seems the natural place.

But I think it's interesting to know the other places they go to on their quickie tour. I haven't even heard of all those places so short of going on their tour, might be fun to look up more info about that. 
https://panamarelocationtours.com/tours
 
Visit the following areas: Coronado or Gorgona, Chitre, Las Tablas, Santiago, Las Lajas, David, Boquete, Volcan, Bambito, and Puerto Armuelles
 
I reckon for those that are super serious about Panama a cool thing to do might be to take such a quickie tour and then stay much longer in the place or places that clicked with them from that experience. 

Have you considered a ‘quicky tour’ at any of your preferred options to see what it’s like in real life?


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16 hours ago, Jingthing said:

I have discussed my previous travel history to several nations in Latin America many many times on this thread (including longish stays in Argentina and Mexico) and if you had followed the thread you would already know I have not been to Colombia. Keep in mind most people were avoiding Colombia in the past due to the narco violence and civil war. 

What is still keeping you here?

 

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