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BANGKOK 16 July 2019 23:53
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SE Asia options for expats/ex Thailand.

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Hi

 

The number of alternative location threads seem to be increasing exponentially.

 

Vietnam seems popular with some. I have visited, quite liked it but very low chance I would move there.

 

Europe/Eurasia likely my choice but if anyone wants to post their experiences thoughts on SE Asia alternatives., feel free to add here.

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4 hours ago, seasia said:

Vietnam seems popular with some. I have visited, quite liked it but very low chance I would move there.

So a start would be Vietnam, how long do you get on entry, how much for visa to stay there, how much for long term rent, what's the food like, banks & atm's access, what sort of social life available. ???  

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Just now, dotpoom said:

Where is Eurasia?

 

Ex Soviet republics?

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18 minutes ago, Pravda said:

 

Ex Soviet republics?

I would give Kazakhstan a double thumbs up, having lived and worked there for over 2 years. Not sure how easy it would be to get a residency visa though if not married to a Kazakh. 

 

Cost of living was very low, much less than Thailand but winter weather isnt for all. Personally I loved the winter.

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A question for the Americans on here: how would Puerto Rico be as a retirement destination for a non-American, specifically a Brit? I know it got ravaged by the hurricane a year or two back, and that its finances are in a pretty awful state, but the climate is tropical and the scenery looks great. Being a part of the US, if not an incorporated part, is it better run than the usual tropical retirement locations in SEA, like Thailand and the PI? Are the locals friendly, or are they all gringo-hating Hispanics? Anybody care to give a list of pros and cons? I'd assume that the shops are well-stocked and reasonably-priced, hospitals are decent quality, police not much more corrupt than the average US cop, or am I dreaming?

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2 hours ago, Aussieroaming said:

I would give Kazakhstan a double thumbs up, having lived and worked there for over 2 years. Not sure how easy it would be to get a residency visa though if not married to a Kazakh. 

 

Cost of living was very low, much less than Thailand but winter weather isnt for all. Personally I loved the winter.

I should love a winter right at this very moment 

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8 minutes ago, Jonnapat said:

I should love a winter right at this very moment 

Come on, a week of below freezing Arctic winds sweeping in from the tundra and you'd be begging for Pattaya again!

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3 hours ago, Aussieroaming said:

I would give Kazakhstan a double thumbs up, having lived and worked there for over 2 years. Not sure how easy it would be to get a residency visa though if not married to a Kazakh. 

 

Cost of living was very low, much less than Thailand but winter weather isnt for all. Personally I loved the winter.

I looked it up on residency without marriage. Quick answer -- FORGET ABOUT IT. 

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Anywhere in Asia is going to end up like Pattaya or S'Ville. Anywhere cheap and Russia India China are close will.

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Would not choose Purto Rico, worked there 3 months on a job for oil company. Dirty, expensive, may or may not have power most days. In the 90's was the place to go, unfortunately the government never maintained the infrastructure, calling 3rd world is a compliment. 

At present, live in Chaing Rai, but looking at Cambodia hard. 

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