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BANGKOK 20 July 2019 12:06
DingDongLing

What would make you leave thailand? If drinks became illegal? or girls?

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List the top reasons why you are in thailand and if they are removed from the equation, u would leave.

 

For me its:

 

Cheap massages

 

If that was removed, I would get out.  I can do without beer but not massages

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if one were to quit LOS, to return to Australia...

 

the feeling of a TM30 only occurs for one night, in every 5 years:

 - Census Night  (and boy does it cause people to make a fuss!)  

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9 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

Tax....  My (ex) company brought me to S.E.Asia over 20 years ago basing me in Thailand, sometimes working in Thailand but mostly working throughout S.E. Asia on rotation (4weeks on 4 weeks off). 

 

I now have a family and many friends here and this is where I call home. I also visit the UK twice per year and could happily move back there but choose to stay in Thailand for the following reasons:

 

- Not having to pay Tax here makes staying in Thailand a no-brainer. 

- If I had to Pay Tax in Thailand, I would be keen on moving back to the UK.

- If my Tax bracket were reduced in the UK, I'd consider a move back.

 

Reasons to keep me here are thus: 

- Tax breaks (no tax)

- Wife has a stronger support network here than she would in the UK (Parents and friends close by in Bangkok). 

- And, as it was mentioned in the Op: perhaps beer, I enjoy a beer, so if I couldn't drink a beer in Thailand I would move elsewhere. 

 

I know the beer comment gives fuel to the 'you must be an alcoholic brigade' but beer is just part of many things which make life enjoyable, if they didn't have decent food, decent restaurants, decent accommodation, decent travel network I wouldn't be in Thailand. 

If they didn't have decent medical facilities or decent (International) schools I wouldn't be there.

 

In short - Thailand is a 'package'...  but there are somethings which would encourage a move away.

 

 

thanks for the thoughtful post

 

Wish I could find these package deals.

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8 hours ago, Puchaiyank said:

Quality living at a reasonable price, ease of movement in this country as well as being able to leave and return free of stringent immigration demands...being able to visit a friend overnight in another Thai city without having to report to immigration police like a criminal...a decent healthcare policy at a reasonable price...a stable reasonable immigration policy that does not make punitive demands on expats...ability to purchase small amounts of land that can be sold by the expat...less corruption at all levels of society...and OMG! Some actual "incentives" for retirees to want to settle and invest here.

 

The strength of the retirement visa rests with Thai bootie...if you took away the women...who mostly are Thai men's rejects...this country would have little to offer retirees...and the sorry azz absentee father would be forced to honor their responsibility.    🤔

 

Did it ever occur to you that Thailand spends countless hours thinking up inane hoops for expats...yet their own culture has so many glaring inequities that they totally ignore. 

more, great thread now

 

Agree. without the woman, economy would go down by a third.  

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"Cheap massages"?

I don't drink alcohol. I have a lady of my own.

  I always enjoyed a massage....until....I accidently discovered that I was being "short changed" regarding the time (1 hour/2hour) that I paid for.

   After that I began to check the time I was actually being massaged for every time I went. Some 1 hour massages only lasted around 50 mins and some 2 hour massages anywhere from 1 hour 45 mins (1 hour 40 mins a few times).

   The last time I went for a 2  hour massage I even said to the lady before we started that I want 2 hours....not 1 hour 45 or 50 mins. She assured me that her shop never did that and always gave the full time....I was shorted 10 mins. on that occasion

  I still cannot bring myself to actually timeing myself from the off with my phone on the pillow like I seen one man do. I cannot either bring myself to not giving a tip because she "short timed" me...instead...I just make it clear to them that I will not be returning to their shop and the reason why.

PS. When I came first to Thailand a clock was clearly visible on the opposite wall at the end of the bed. This has almost been completely done away with.

 

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Ok, so you don't yet understand that prostitution is illegal. It already is illegal. Got that? Next...

 

Booze? I don't see how it benefits the country. One favorite thing about Malaysia is the lack of drunk tourists. So go ahead and ban liquid stupidity, all good with me.

 

 I'm weary of all the never-ending immigration hoops to jump through and will visit less as a result.

The tougher immigration gets, the less I step foot in the country.

 

But the country needs more of certain laws that are actually enforced.

Like the burning nightmare in the north.

No (enforced) laws against those who pollute the air guarantee I won't be back there any time soon...

 

 

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13 hours ago, DingDongLing said:

If that was removed, I would get out.  I can do without beer but not massages

Not that cheap once you've paid for the 'extras'.

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