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Lacessit

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11 minutes ago, Denim said:

 

At this rate you'll end up living in a shoe box on a rubbish dump or perhaps a golf course.

Nowt wrong wi that lad. My.........................

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10 minutes ago, Denim said:

 

At this rate you'll end up living in a shoe box on a rubbish dump or perhaps a golf course.

Nothing wrong with living on a golf course, it's a big selling point with the real estate industry.

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1 hour ago, Maestro said:

From yesterday's news articles I understand that your Australian health insurance would have to provide cover for treatment in Thailand. If it does not, your presumption is correct.

To my knowledge your private health insurance only covers you in Australia, I would contact the company concerned and ask the question

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17 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

I avoided Cambodia for the last ten years because of everyone badmouthing it.

Then a pal moved there this year, I went to see him January in Siem Reap and loved the place.

Then I went to see him April in Phnom Penh again totally loved the place.

 

I can't believe I avoided it for 9 years .......... it was like Thailand when i first arrived ten years back.

 

I will try Siem Reap at some point. I was in Phnom Penh for a month and thought it was okay but a bit primitive ... too many people peeing on the street for my liking. The new Japanese mall was pretty good. The one thing that would trouble me is the state of the hospitals should you have an accident. But for a month it's fine.

 

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36 minutes ago, Lacessit said:

For me, a problem with Oz is - it's boring after one has lived there most of one's life. SE Asia is a cheaper and more exciting place to live.

I suppose I could work out a plan for three months in each destination - Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia in terms of best logistics. Despite my age, I'm still reasonably fit and strong. It's the mental aspect of constantly uprooting myself which would concern me more.

 

I quite enjoy minimalist living, and the travelling is okay once you build up places that you know and like ... once you land you know where everything is and you can get back in a routine, even if only for a month or two. You need to be fit and active though. At some point I will stop and settle back home or somewhere in Europe.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Lacessit said:

At age 76, I am unlikely to get the new mandated health insurance IF it passes into law. AND Immigration insists on applying it to retirement visa extensions of stay. I have top level private health cover in Australia, which is presumably worth nothing in the eyes of Thai officialdom. One size fits all.

So that raises a few questions, such as:

1/ Can I get a different visa, and go back to border hopping? Without insurance and the 800K deposit BS?

2/ If my extension of stay is denied, how long would I have to get out of Thailand?

3/ What kind of lead time should I allow to sell my possessions here? E.g. Car, Scooter etc.?

4/ Most importantly, what is the best way to remove the cash I have here back to Australia? Or to a more retiree-friendly country?

 

Constructive suggestions welcome.

1. You could get an METV from Australia which would give you 3 x 60 days, extend the 1st 2 by 30 days & do a Border bounce just before the end of the last 60 days & you'll get almost 8 months, an SETV from one of the neighboring countries can get you another 90 days & you're entitled to 2 Land Entry 30 day visa exempts which would more than cover the year.

2. 7 Days - Any rejection for an extension results in getting a 7 day extension to give you time to leave the county

3. How long is a piece of string? All depends on price, am sure you could firesale them quite quickly but a reasonable price might take much longer

4. DeeMoney - https://www.dee.money 

 

 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, Mike Teavee said:

1. You could get an METV from Australia which would give you 3 x 60 days, extend the 1st 2 by 30 days & do a Border bounce just before the end of the last 60 days & you'll get almost 8 months, an SETV from one of the neighboring countries can get you another 90 days & you're entitled to 2 Land Entry 30 day visa exempts which would more than cover the year.

2. 7 Days - Any rejection for an extension results in getting a 7 day extension to give you time to leave the county

3. How long is a piece of string? All depends on price, am sure you could firesale them quite quickly but a reasonable price might take much longer

4. DeeMoney - https://www.dee.money 

 

 

 

 

I am getting a lot of useful advice on this thread, thank you everyone. I'm not in panic stations as my extension is not until November. However, I do believe in researching options extensively well beforehand, and not at the last minute.

I researched SE Asia for six months in Australia before I came to Thailand ten years ago. Even learned a smattering of Thai. Now reasonably fluent. If it happens, I along with many others will be a bit pissed off if we have to start again with more languages.

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1 hour ago, Jingthing said:

It really isn't as crystal clear as that especially going forward. 

What is crystal clear going forward is the visa ship is only moving in one direction and that direction is constant tightening....I fully expect their health care scam to be applied to all visas eventually and with a Thai only option for insurance....If the retired frogs are cooked to fast they might revolt....

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1. You could get an METV from Australia which would give you 3 x 60 days, extend the 1st 2 by 30 days & do a Border bounce just before the end of the last 60 days & you'll get almost 8 months,
 


With an METV you can get almost 9 months, most i got was 8 months 3 weeks. But not as easy to get as a SETV, depending how strict the consulate is
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1 minute ago, BritManToo said:

I'd get the 1 year VISA in Cambodia and base myself there PP or SR, then you can easily visit Thailand, Laos and Vietnam just using the bus or train.

I agree with that but the issue is if your border hop to much, your going to get a red stamp sooner or later. I am just seeing a raft of red stamps on certain Facebook pages these days.

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9 minutes ago, totally thaied up said:

I agree with that but the issue is if your border hop to much, your going to get a red stamp sooner or later. I am just seeing a raft of red stamps on certain Facebook pages these days.

Thai border says 2 waivers per year, can't imagine wanting to visit more often than that.

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53 minutes ago, Lacessit said:

The only problem I have with your suggestion - and I'm not knocking it - is for all we know the Thai bureaucracy will declare it as a rort, and impose more requirements. It's called shifting the goalposts.

That is why I'm saying getting it now. If staying in Thailand you get an extension at Imm once a year for 1900 baht. You would have to leave Thailand once a year and reenter but with the visa in you passport it would be 6 years not having to worry about extensions and shifting goalposts.

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