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I want to retire as a beach bum in southern thailand

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On 7/8/2019 at 10:02 PM, andy said:

Andaman Sea is > the gulf of Thailand

Until the surf gets up.

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Avoid Phuket at all costs without doing serious reseach of descent beaches away from the tourist areas. The muslim south and scuba islands are worth researching,  koh Lippi etc. But you can NOT retire here as a beach bum. You will need to show proof of income to retire here.  If you cant speak Thai, and your Thai kids show no enthusiasm for Thailand....I would be concerned.  Make sure you control all your money alive or dead and the kids get nothing....make it clear to them. I dont think Thailand is for you.....but give it a try. You will last about a month before your dream evaporates...but travel should also be a learning situation...I am 65 and do NOT  aspire to be a 'bum'   or tramp or hobo. I might aspire to run a beach bar...but YOU cant in Thailand.  Just come here for a holiday. Cut off all financial Ties to your kids and withdraw all support. INVEST in yourself and your happiness.  If you cant speak Thai...be a beach bum in South America,  Africa,  Mexico,  USA or Europe....not Thailand....bums and poor tourists are not welcome here. Good luck.

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When I read your headline...I said to myself...."I have the very solution for this person". ...I am selling my beachside condo at a good price so...he could buy my condo and sleep on the beach. Just use the condo for nipping up to whenever he wants to make a cuppa or when nature calls. Alas...my condo is in Rayong Province.

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On 7/8/2019 at 10:02 PM, andy said:

 Andaman Sea is > the gulf of Thailand

I thought the Gulf of Thailand (Siam) was the other side of the peninsular - Ko Samui etc 

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I'm 65 with a Thai wife and no children.  I've been working in Europe for close to the past 2 decades and retired in far south of Phuket in May of this year.   My wife is also an engineer, and she has retired with me.

 

I previous (in 1997 to 1999) time frame lived in a small 'bachelor' type apartment on the Beach in Chalong Phuket, so I knew in advance what I was 'getting into' although its fair to say Phuket has changed a LOT in past 2 decades.  As it turns out, that beach apartment was destroyed in the Tsunami of 2004 so I am fortunate I was not living in it then.  

 

Today Phuket is very much an Urban Island, as opposed to a couple of decades ago when it was still commercialized, but not commercialized as much then as it is today.

 

As two retired engineers with no children, we are 'far' from being beach bums wrt finances - but I do like living by the sea as decades ago I was in the Navy for 14-years.  The sea is now in my blood.   So we purchased an upmarket condo in the far south of Phuket, right on the beach (7.81949   98.38491).  We get a great sea view and direct beach access.  Every morning before it gets too hot (from 6:30am to 8:00am) we go for a 6km walk, most of which is along the beach.   Our specific condominium unit is far enough elevated above the sea level that I do not worry about a Tsunami hitting the coast while I am asleep.

 

Being in the far south means a vehicle is very very useful to get around, so we purchased a couple of automobiles (one for each of us).  For myself, within 2 months of arriving I obtained a Thai driver's license.

 

Phuket has lots of hospitals, with a number of them within 30-minutes car drive of where we live.  We are also about 1-hour car drive from the Phuket International Airport (more or less dependent on traffic) which is very nice. There are a few restaurants within walking distance (more during high season) which is nice.  Also there is a 7/11 / mini-Mart within walking distance .... where these are all considerations.

 

Of course such a condo as we purchased is not cheap so its clearly not the life for anyone.   Phuket itself IMHO is more expensive than most other areas of Thailand.   Further to retire in Thailand one also must meet the necessary finances for immigration and for health insurance, in addition to costs for living.

 

I believe that there is a lot to be said for renting initially when one comes to Thailand, to help one confirm they like the idea of long term stays in Thailand, and that they like the area that they have selected.  Clearly Thailand is not for everyone.

 

I also note far south in Phuket is about 4 hours or more by car from ThungSong so likely its more the concept of my retirement, than specifics that you would find of interest.

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I live in Krabi and have farms in Thung Song / Thung Yai - it is 2 hours by car from Thung Song to Krabi.

I moved from Phuket which is crowded with awful traffic and too many tourists, plus is one of the most expensive places in Thailand.

Ao Nang is becoming very touristy but Klong Muang - the next village North has excellent clean beaches with quiet little bars.

PM me when you are coming this way as I am familiar with this whole region (I tour on my bike over the whole of the South- see avatar, and also own a resort in Ao Nam Mao)

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Just come down now...don't wait another minute.  The weather is perfect and so are the girls. 

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As someone said before I would have a look in Khanom.

I've been there last year and the year before and liked it.

 

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What are you going to do for insurance at age 70?

 

Krabi is totally overpriced. Islands are a death warrant when you are truly ill.

 

West Coast Gulf of Thailand and SE Thailand are where you should look.

 

Your wife comes every other summer . . . Does not sound good mate. I hope it works out.

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2 hours ago, crazykopite said:

I am doing what you are dreaming of difference is both myself and wife are English and yes we have a beautiful villa on the beach with swimming pool and beautiful sunsets. I don’t sit at a bar prefer my own terrace with the beer fridge close to hand. If the tide is good I go on my kayak or paddle board for a little exercise. Do I get bored never my only gripe is that as each year goes by immigration seems to make living the dream that little bit harder by constantly changing the rules Having been to New York what a wonderful city but it’s not living the dream.

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It looks beautiful. Where do you stay?

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Make a holiday on Ko Lanta, visit the Phi Phi islands via boat and then decide if you like it.

 

     

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On 7/8/2019 at 7:01 PM, ahddub said:

'm trying to get a feel for beach-living (retirement) opportunities within a 2-hour drive from Thungsong.

Sounds like Krabi-area – including Koh Lanta – that's 75 km to 100 km from Thung Song District, if it's the one by Nakhon Si Thammarat you refer to. There are also said to be some nice beaches at the Golf-side, but mostly visited by Thais.

 

Alternatively Phuket, if you want to get a bit further away, and look for areas with a number expats to mingle with; or Koh Samui, if you can accept af ferry-ride from Don Sak that might just be within the two hour drive limit (some of the roads over to there are good). There are beautiful sunsets from the western coast of Samui, however from your life-style description the northern cost might be more attractive...🙂

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