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3 hours ago, seasia said:

Hi

 

Is living in Texas which is not in Latin America a good experience?

Sorry IMO not so.

 

I am well aware of economic migration.

That has little to no bearing as to where someone who is not an economic refugee might want to spend time.

 

I am not interested in that.

 

When was the last time you were in Mexico or any LA country ?

That would be interesting..

2004.  Have you ever been to Miami, San Antonio or Corpus Christi?  Miami is 90 miles from Cuba and Texas adjoins Mexico.  It is a different decision for an American than a European.  Many things in America are free.  For example I shop at a military PX for groceries and my health care and medicines are free and I would assume most Americans have the same kind of support system I have in Thailand and America or it is easy to establish.   

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On 4/6/2019 at 5:51 AM, Jingthing said:

Now for something completely different.

Xalapa Veracruz.

Gulf coast side.

Very few expats. 

Would need Spanish.

But culturally rich.

In a coffee growing region.

Smaller city.

Lots of students.

Great food. 

Not a tourist spot like SMA so it would be significantly lower cost.

Not likely to ever get ruined by over tourism or expat invasion.

Seems a bit too hilly for comfort.

Interesting climate, high elevation, not perfect, rainy sometimes, sometimes gets cold and hot but overall on the moderate cooler side but also somewhat humid.

One of my best friends growing up moved there to be in their symphony orchestra but I lost track of her. I know she liked it but she did complain -- Mexico is noisy! Day and night!

More for the expat pioneer types rather than those seeking more safety in numbers. 

 

 

Sounds like a nice place. What about the availability of women?

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2004.  Have you ever been to Miami, San Antonio or Corpus Christi?  Miami is 90 miles from Cuba and Texas adjoins Mexico.  It is a different decision for an American than a European.  Many things in America are free.  For example I shop at a military PX for groceries and my health care and medicines are free and I would assume most Americans have the same kind of support system I have in Thailand and America or it is easy to establish.   
Wow. You name the USA sound like a socialist paradise. Not as I recall it.

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2004.  Have you ever been to Miami, San Antonio or Corpus Christi?  Miami is 90 miles from Cuba and Texas adjoins Mexico.  It is a different decision for an American than a European.  Many things in America are free.  For example I shop at a military PX for groceries and my health care and medicines are free and I would assume most Americans have the same kind of support system I have in Thailand and America or it is easy to establish.   

Yes I have been to Miami.

 

I do not really understand the Medicare/Medicaid system but have noticed some American posters comment as to the cost of US healthcare being a deterrent to living there. 

I was actually talking to someone earlier about that subject.

We were discussing Latin America, he used to spend a lot of time in various countries there.

Brazil he seemed to rate highly but mentioned that costs had risen and that seemed to be part of the reason he spends his time in Thailand.

 

I got the impression he is considering somewhere in South America again.

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7 hours ago, Jingthing said:

Wow. You name the USA sound like a socialist paradise. Not as I recall it.

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I am a disabled Veteran so my medicine and healthcare is free using the VA system.  There has been a recent change and now more Vets will be able to shop at PX's (non profit grocery).  Since Trump will be elected again (Forbes) hardly a socialist paradise.

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6 hours ago, seasia said:

Yes I have been to Miami.

 

I do not really understand the Medicare/Medicaid system but have noticed some American posters comment as to the cost of US healthcare being a deterrent to living there. 

I was actually talking to someone earlier about that subject.

We were discussing Latin America, he used to spend a lot of time in various countries there.

Brazil he seemed to rate highly but mentioned that costs had risen and that seemed to be part of the reason he spends his time in Thailand.

 

I got the impression he is considering somewhere in South America again.

If you are retired US citizen and have subscribed to all parts then medical care is free.   When I was younger my employer always paid medical care insurance.  Canada you have to live there 6 months a year.  Retired US military have healthcare paid for in many other countries including Thailand some hospitals direct bill some you have to pay first.  Retired military is a large segment of the expat population. 

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10 minutes ago, marcusarelus said:

If you are retired US citizen and have subscribed to all parts then medical care is free.   When I was younger my employer always paid medical care insurance.  Canada you have to live there 6 months a year.  Retired US military have healthcare paid for in many other countries including Thailand some hospitals direct bill some you have to pay first.  Retired military is a large segment of the expat population. 

Thank You for your explanation.Interesting.

So as soon as you retire you stop making contributions and are covered for healthcare costs, is that right ?

 

I suppose considering the overall size of the US military personnel, many retired would be covered.

I had  not given that much thought but your last sentence makes logical sense to me.

 

I think for UK citizens  NHS coverage one needs to be UK resident for a minimum of 6 months a year, a somewhat grey area though as some reports suggest you can lose your entitlement after merely 90 days away.

 

Health care and standards/costs certainly should be a consideration in deciding where to stay.

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I hope all are able to make a soft landing.  I know this is a bit off topic but here is a list of possible relocation areas if you do decide to stay in SE Asia.   I am excluding places like Singapore and Hong Kong due to high costs and I am also excluding spots like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh due to high pollution levels.

 

Siam Reap

Nha Trang

Vung Tao

Penang

Kuala Lumpur

Da Lat

Cebu

Mindao

A number of beach communities near Manila

 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, grifbel said:

Ok after 60 pages, time to wrap this thread up.  Let me summarize.  A bunch of chicken-hearted expats who have zero intentions of relocating to Latin America want to instead post a bunch of pictures about Mexican food while discussing healthcare.  Misery truly does love company!

Well, you and others are more than welcome to not read or post to this thread if it doesn't interest you.

However, there is no reason to close it.

The process of moving to a new country can potentially take years.

This is especially true for people that have significant ties to Thailand, relationships, assets. etc. 

Deciding not to make the move, to stay in Thailand, to move to another region, or to the home country are of course ALL valid options. Personal decisions. 

I didn't start this thread with the idea that it would all be covered quickly.

There is a lot of specific THAILAND information that hasn't been revealed on this thread yet (and maybe never will be but if it's closed definitely never) about the issues of getting documents if required in Thailand for the specific nations.

 

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14 minutes ago, tlandtday said:

I hope all are able to make a soft landing.  I know this is a bit off topic but here is a list of possible relocation areas if you do decide to stay in SE Asia.   I am excluding places like Singapore and Hong Kong due to high costs and I am also excluding spots like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh due to high pollution levels.

 

Siam Reap

Nha Trang

Vung Tao

Penang

Kuala Lumpur

Da Lat

Cebu

Mindao

A number of beach communities near Manila

 

 

 

Not a BIT off topic.

100 percent off topic.

Options in Asean have been discussed in detail on this forum for several years. There are always active threads about that.

 

This topic is LATIN AMERICA specific. 

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29 minutes ago, grifbel said:

Ok after 60 pages, time to wrap this thread up.  Let me summarize.  A bunch of chicken-hearted expats who have zero intentions of relocating to Latin America want to instead post a bunch of pictures about Mexican food while discussing healthcare.  Misery truly does love company!

+1

 

If someone is truly interested in moving they will find accurate information and it ain't here.

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8 minutes ago, Luckysilk said:

+1

 

If someone is truly interested in moving they will find accurate information and it ain't here.

There exists no local Latin American expat forum or website that focuses on specific issues of former THAILAND expats moving there.

Why the passion to attack this thread?

Again, if I see a crocheting thread, I skip it.

Never read it. Never post on it.

But the absurd intensity and passion of serial HECKLING on this particular topic truly mystifies. 
YET AGAIN -- to people not interested in this topic, nobody is forcing you to read it at all.

Think crocheting -- let it be unless you're interested in crocheting.

I get to by now. Every few days there is a wave of pest like posts here trying to attack the existence of this thread. I don't think that is OK.

 

I want it to remain open for sharing information between any people that are actually interested in this topic INDEFINITELY. Years. Decades. Whatever.

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