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Laos or Cambodia - where would you relocate to?

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19 hours ago, seasia said:

Of the 2 I prefer Cambodia, PP specifically.

 

Plenty of food choices,lively city ( well District 1 is ) Not everyone looking for that though.

People I found to be friendly.

 

I did actually also like Vientiane, just for me personally  PP has the edge.

Apologies, my reference to District 1 was incorrect, that is Saigon which I slightly prefer to PP.

 

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33 minutes ago, ThomasThBKK said:

I don't get your problem?

 

As MsBom said already, you can just stay another year on your visa if you do a border run.

And also you can just get a retirement visa with your income easily? You only need 65k/month, you have 100k?!

 

 

I fully agree... you have more than enough to stay comfortably in Thailand, first one extra year on your Elite visa, then with your monthly pension. 

 

Both Laos and Cambodia would be a severe downgrading compared with Thailand. 

 

If you are ready to live in Laos, then by all means go live in Isaan. 

 

These are basically the same people and customs, yet on this side of the border they enjoy all the perks of a more advanced and wealthier country. 

 

Laotians and expats over there use every occasion to cross the border and come shopping in Thailand, because Laos has nothing, not even shops worth to talk about. 

 

As for Cambodia, the country attracts all kinds of dubious characters in search of a safe haven to escape... whatever they need to escape. 

 

The country is among the poorest in the world, with beggars galore, something unknown in Thailand. 

 

Anyway, if you really wish to leave Thailand, and considering your income, you would probably better off in the Philippines or Vietnam, as suggested by other posters, or even in Malaysia... 

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How very very sad that a 60 year old cannot meet the Thailand long stay requirements and needs to relegate their lifestyle to a third world country.

It all seems like such a down grade from Thailand and most of your "I wants" won't happen, but if you must do it Cambodia would probably be the better choice.

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The most important for you is to focus about where you can find a very smart and educated wife as the previous ones ❤️

 

 

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21 minutes ago, simon43 said:

 

Laos is attractive for me because I previously lived and worked there, and I can speak/read/write passable Lao, as well as speak/read/write fluent Thai.  Luang Prabang is an ideal location because that's where I worked before and the UNESCO status means that it won't turn into a horror like Sihoukville.

 

 

I found Luang Prabang to be very expensive. 

 

Laos in general is more expensive than Thailand since the little there is over there is imported from... Thailand... yet Luang Prabang takes the cake, probably because it is the only city in Laos that receives a significant number of tourists. 

 

Another inconvenient with Luang Prabang is that it is quite isolated, unless you are ready to jump in a plane anytime. 

 

Around Vientiane or Savannakhet, or even Pakse, you just have to make a short trip by bus if you need to go to Thailand (medical issue, shopping...). 

 

 

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Whatever people say and recommend here, you have to go and experience yourself. You have enough time ahead.

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If I was to move out of Thailand I would probably choose infrastructure, so it would have to be Phils.

 

Makati or BGC. Bigger places also means better chances of making connections. 

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Laos foods amazing people friendly..Dirty Cambodia ruined by Chinese and exspensive

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2 minutes ago, Tajasia said:

Laos foods amazing people friendly..Dirty Cambodia ruined by Chinese and exspensive

Didn't see any Chinese in PP in April or Siem Reap in January.
We must be visiting different Cambodias.

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I found Luang Prabang to be very expensive. 
 

 

 

I lived in LP for about 1 year.  I rented a beautiful teak house for $300 a month.  Food was no more expensive than Thailand (because I eat fresh fruit and vegetables etc).  I had an off-road motorbike and spent my weekends riding through the hilltop Hmong villages - stunning views.

 

'Company' for the night was readily available from the club just located outside the town.  cheap and very friendly.

 

Now if you're into western food, golf etc, I'm sure it can be expensive.  It certainly wasn't for me.

 

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The most important for you is to focus about where you can find a very smart and educated wife as the previous ones

 

Only one of my Thai ex-wives had minimal education. The other one has a degree and speaks fluent English and Japanese (and Thai and Issan).  She remains a good and loyal friend to this day.

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If you have a monthly income of 100,000 baht you’re more than qualified for a retirement visa. I bring in approximately 102,000 baht a month worth of my income into my Thai bank account every month the rest we leave in the states. I’m on a marriage visa but I am retired. I have my va pension sent direct deposit to my Thai bank account every month. I was doing the wire transfers every month but I just recently set up the international direct deposit to my Thai bank account just for my va pension only which is about $3,200 USD a month. I received my first va direct deposit to my Thai bank account this morning and I love that new treasury department international direct deposit system it’s awesome. We leave the rest of our income going to our bank in the states such as my military retirement pay and my wife’s Social Security, I only bring my va pension into my Thai bank account every month. I’m considering maybe one day changing to a retirement visa because it’s really not that hard to stay here with that much income every month and the immigration rules here really aren’t that bad especially if you have that much monthly income. I think you’d be making a mistake trading Thailand for Laos or Cambodia when you have plenty of income to qualify for a retirement visa but it depends on where you want to be. I might switch from a marriage visa to a retirement visa one day just because the extension process for the retirement is a lot faster but either one is basically the same thing just slightly different rules.

 

 

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