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10 minutes ago, mokwit said:

Yes, but a major drawback is that you would have to live in Cambodia or PI.

Both easily as nice a place to live as Thailand (and Vietnam).

Frequent power cuts in Cambodia are a bit of a pain, but the beaches and ruins are nicer than Thailand.

 

The reason I'm still in Thailand is because 10 years back my choices weren't so wide, and now I have Thai children to look after.

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I want somewhere I can have more of a PR experience than anything else. My wife and I are in Australia now and for $7000, she can get PR and with the AUD in the bin, living back at home if you have your own property makes better sense. 

 

This year, I most likely will venture outside of Thailand more with the wife to other SEA destinations as it is in many ways, cheaper. For long periods of time, I lived in China and the Philippines. I could most likely live in the Philippines during non typhoon season with the wife. My wife has worked out now that Thailand is far from perfect and is questioning things a lot more now.

 

If I had to do it again, I would be looking at a country with a PR scheme and something that has a stable dollar for me. I will most likely spend more time in Australia now and move around a little more when in Thailand as value for dollar has dishimished a lot and Thailand has become less value.

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On 4/19/2019 at 2:25 PM, Darkside Gray said:

Don't know about Puerto Rico but Mexico is great and lots of fun.

I went there once and could not leave fast enough. I actually changed my return flight date it was so bad.

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22 hours ago, BritManToo said:

Thai retirement VISA (for a Brit) 800k lost interest @ 5% = 40k, then add the VISA price 2k = 42k (around $1,400)

How much more do you think it will cost?

I would like to know where you can get 5% interest in the UK on a secure deposit. I'm actually getting very slightly more on my 800kB here (2.5%) than I would get for a similar deposit in the UK (2.4%).

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1 minute ago, KittenKong said:

I would like to know where you can get 5% interest in the UK on a secure deposit. I'm actually getting very slightly more on my 800kB here (2.5%) than I would get for a similar deposit in the UK (2.4%).

You can get 8% in Cambodia in a USD account.

I only get 1.6% in Thailand in my TMB account.

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On 4/19/2019 at 2:22 PM, Kaoboi Bebobp said:

I live in Vietnam. Longer term Vietnam visas are getting harder to get and are becoming more expensive. There no retirement visas or extensions. My current 6-month multi-entry Business cost $350US/11,000 baht. Had a one-year Business visa before that that also cost me $350. In effect, it doubled in price. The 2-year Temporary Residence Card has gone through the roof at $1600US/50,000 baht late last year. Was half that in mid-2018 and half of that again in 2017. 

 

Most people run on 3-month single entry visas, doing border runs to Cambodia.

My retirement extension in Thailand costs me 2000B per year, all-in. It takes me under one hour to obtain at an office that is a 10 minute walk from my condo (which I own outright with no limitations) and requires no special paperwork of any type. If I like I can stay here indefinitely without ever leaving, or if I prefer I can leave as often as I like for a total extra cost of 3900B.

 

Someone please let me know when any other SE Asian country even comes close to that.

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4 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

You can get 8% in Cambodia in a USD account.

I only get 1.6% in Thailand in my TMB account.

USD in Cambodia? Not for me, I'm afraid.

 

If your Thai bank only pays 1.6% then you should look for another bank. My TD here pays 2.5%, tax-free.

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3 minutes ago, KittenKong said:

USD in Cambodia? Not for me, I'm afraid.

 

If your Thai bank only pays 1.6% then you should look for another bank. My TD here pays 2.5%, tax-free.

Not worth doing anything for 0.9%.

Cambodia uses USD as it's normal day-to-day currency.

I much prefer to bank in USD than some Asian mickey mouse currency.

If I have to have more than monthly expenses in the 3rd world, I prefer it to be in a country that banks in USD.

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On 4/20/2019 at 3:42 AM, swissie said:

Plenty of Brits have retired in Spain. After the depreciation of the £, many are forced to live a very "humble-life" in Spain these days. After Brexit: Visa-Issues will surface.

Unlikely to be any visa issues for retired Brits in Spain or Portugal or France etc. Those countries are very keen to retain British retirees and will go out of their way to make it easy for them to stay.

 

As for general costs, depending on how you live Spain or Portugal could easily be cheaper than Thailand for many people. It all depends on your way of life. Income tax also comes into the question and for me that is the main aspect of it.

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4 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Not worth doing anything for 0.9%.

Up2U.

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On 4/19/2019 at 3:05 PM, Destiny1990 said:

What are popular towns for expats in Vietnam?

i heard about Dah Nang at the beach

Ho tja min City and Saigon or am i mixing it up.

3 months visa for 5000 bht sounds excellent for me.

If you only stay for 3 months you are hardly an "ex-pat". For me to consider living somewhere I would need easy access to as many one-year visas as I like. Thailand offers that but as far as I can see Vietnam is just a temporary holiday destination (albeit a nice one).

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1 hour ago, 5633572526 said:

My 1 year multi entry visa was only $125.00 usd but I think the number of countries this is available to is limited. You can get a visa on line for Vietnam maybe check your options there. This is my second consecutive visa and the only contact with immigration officials is entering and exiting at the airport. No tm30 or tm28, no 90 day reports. I couldn’t even tell you where an immigration office is located. 

 

That tourist visa, with mandatory 90-day departures, is only available to Americans due to a bilateral reciprocity treaty between VN and the US. But yeah, lack of paperwork/reports in VN is a plus.

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