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BANGKOK 19 April 2019 13:17
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Exclude retirees over 50 with extension of stays based on retirement, those married to Thai spouses with extension based on marriage, those working with proper work permits, genuine students with Ed visa and those with elite visas.

For the others, why do they want to live in Thailand so badly and are willing to jump through so many hoops? Also, how do they finance themselves? Some will claim that they retired in their 20’s and 30’s; if so, why don’t they just purchase the Thai elite? For the others, are a lot of them digital nomads, working online?

I’m in my late 50’s, a typical retiree. Worked close to 40 years, fortunate to have had fairly well paid jobs such that I can now afford to stay here with very little hassle, based on the 800k method (and not worry that my money is only generating 2.4% as opposed to 7% in some funds).

 

 

 

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i agree with u..and i also ask myself why so many foreigners only have cash money..i guess they have a reason...think many hiding from their countrys

 

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9 minutes ago, kenk24 said:

i can only guess that what some people call ... jumping through hoops... others find a minor distraction... easily breached. 

 

Jumping through hoops.. Preparing all the necessary paperwork for the yearly type O extension, keeping 800,000 baht in a bank, 90 days reports, TM30 reports etc... 

 

Then there is balancing out Tourist Visa runs and Visa Exemption on Arrivals... Yes.. plenty of hoops to jump through....  

 

It's all necessary and for the course - but the only long stay method I'd consider a minor-distraction is the Thai Elite Visa. 

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Could it be sex and sun:Most men will jump through any hoops to play the field without freezing their behinds off, while eating out cheaply every day. 

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3 minutes ago, thecyclist said:

Could it be sex and sun:Most men will jump through any hoops to play the field without freezing their behinds off, while eating out cheaply every day. 

About right.

 

The rest is flummery.

 

None of them (so it appears) came for the temples...

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On 4/15/2019 at 3:26 PM, richard_smith237 said:

You mean why don’t those who don’t qualify for other visa’s pay 500,000 baht for a 5 year Thai Elite Visa?....  Probably because they don’t want to pay that much and will continue to try to escape paying such costs. 

 

In my early 30’s I needed a foolproof way of staying here. I worked overseas as a consultant sometimes on single projects, sometimes on rotation (4 weeks on, 4 weeks off - sometimes with longer spells in Thailand). 

I was not married, not sure I would get married and obviously not eligible for anything other than a Tourist Visa. I was used to travelling back to the UK every 6 months and getting a 6 Month Tourist visa (never an issue) - but when Thai Elite Came along with 1MB life time visa (5 years renewed every 5 years for life) it made sense to me. 

 

For those not making the same choice right now it’s because they don’t want to pay for the visa. I can’t think of any other reason they wouldn’t take it when needing or wanting to stay in Thailand longer. 

Even if I was a Baht billionaire, I would not buy the Elite Visa as it is one big con. ie give them 500.000 Bt for five years and what are you getting in return for it, nothing. There are other ways without giving away all that money.

You can use an agent without doing anything illegal.

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14 hours ago, mstevens said:

This question comes up a lot and I think the simple answer is many don't know how long they will stay in Thailand. If there is a chance that they may only stay another year or two, paying 500,000 baht for an Elite card is not good value.

It is not good value even for five years.

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7 minutes ago, possum1931 said:
15 hours ago, mstevens said:

This question comes up a lot and I think the simple answer is many don't know how long they will stay in Thailand. If there is a chance that they may only stay another year or two, paying 500,000 baht for an Elite card is not good value.

It is not good value even for five years.

 

What are the other options for a single person, under 50 who wants to live here (without working)?

 

Is there any Visa out there which permits a continuous stay in Thailand for a someone in this situation? (even with Visa Runs?).

 

 

 

 

 

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11 minutes ago, possum1931 said:

Even if I was a Baht billionaire, I would not buy the Elite Visa as it is one big con. ie give them 500.000 Bt for five years and what are you getting in return for it, nothing. There are other ways without giving away all that money.

You can use an agent without doing anything illegal.

I kind of agree that the 500,000 baht for 5 years is questionable value...

 

I purchased ThaiElite for 1MB lifetime membership when I was single, in my early 30's - Its been of very good use and good value.

I reckon on having used up about 800,000 bahts worth of the perks so far, much less than I anticipated upon purchased when I calculated I'd use up the value of the perks within 8 years. 

 

I'm curious - What Visa could an Agent provide a Single 30year old who wants to live in Thailand full time?

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