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Why are so many expats leaving Thailand?

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24 minutes ago, Joe Mcseismic said:

Also the death of the GFE, which used to be very common but, is now all but extinct.

Ah yes, the illusory and overhyped GFE.

 

Good at Faking Everything...

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39 minutes ago, Handsome Gardener said:

Its not the price rises which hurt, its the crashing currencies that just exacerbate it !

You are exactly correct.I live on my pension in Canadian $ . It used to cost around $ 700 to withdraw 20,000 baht from my CDN bank...the other day it was $ 890.00.<deleted>

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it is imported goods that have gone up because of price rises in their home countries(apart from wine), thai goods havent moved much at all, I can buy a 1 ltr bottle of gin or vodka for 500 baht, in Australia it would be closer to 1000 baht, as someone else mention in Australia smokes are around 1000 baht a pack.  I find Thailand is still a lot cheaper than Australia for food and accommodation as well as many other things, personally I have seen no good reasons to even think about leaving here, sounds more like looking for excuses rather than actually having them, admittedly the visa issue has stuffed things a bit but only for those that were making false stat decs about their earnings. The baht is high but will drop again same as the dollar/pound will rise, I know for fact I cant go to any good restaurant in Australia and have a really great meal with drinks for two people  for under 1000 baht or an average restaurant for between 200 to 500 baht. Maybe it is effecting the ones that prefer to hang in bars/clubs but definitely has no effect on me

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3 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

Ah yes, the illusory and overhyped GFE.

 

Good at Faking Everything...

No, it really did exist when I first started living here in the eighties. It wasn't illusory, or, over-hyped.

Of course, now GFE could stand for what you wrote.

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12 minutes ago, Matzzon said:

And where in the world has that not been a natural effect due to raise in saluries, more expensive maintenance and so on. Raised property taxes, more expensive renovations and repairs. Yeah, can go on forever. Off course that happens in Thailand too. 

I have been having same office rent for the last 8 years, though.

Yes, higher taxes and maintenance costs are the primary reasons why Thai landlords rack up the rents on the local eatery that's doing well.

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1 minute ago, Joe Mcseismic said:

No, it really did exist when I first started living here in the eighties. It wasn't illusory, or, over-hyped.

Of course, now GFE could stand for what you wrote.

I know where you're coming from Joe. Now we search for the even more illusory and rarer Real GFE.

 

Real Good at Faking Everything.

 

In my experience, the cost is about the same... just harder to find.

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1 hour ago, Peterw42 said:

In Australia they are 1,000 baht a pack.

Was talking to a smoker from Perth last night, he said a pack of 25 Winfield reds cost $27AUS which equates to 567 baht roughly using 21 baht as the exchange rate.

 

What smokes cost 1,000 baht in Australia out of interest, not that I smoke, I gave up in 2000 and the Winnies were $10 a pack back then.

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1 minute ago, RoadWarrior371 said:

What, I can't get a fake Girlfriend anymore!  That seals it, I'm the F' outta here.  Maybe I need to go to inland Africa or headwaters of the Amazon for that.  Wish me luck.  😍

Try the Philippines, but, just remember the food is pig-swill and there's no divorce.

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1 hour ago, BritManToo said:

All the Thai restaurants around me have been selling food at much the same price for the last 10 years.

If they put the prices up, the Thai wouldn't be able to afford to eat in them.

Do you mean foreign owned restaurants, or restaurants catering to foreigners by any chance?

Alcohol and tobacco have on up due to tax rises, I don't think that counts as inflation.

Imported items should have gone down in price, by 30%.

Just because prices stay the same in restaurants or food stands doesn't mean the ingredients don't go up. Me personally I don't remember what prices were 5-10 yrs ago on misc items. We buy what we want and need. 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, 4MyEgo said:

Was talking to a smoker from Perth last night, he said a pack of 25 Winfield reds cost $27AUS which equates to 567 baht roughly using 21 baht as the exchange rate.

 

What smokes cost 1,000 baht in Australia out of interest, not that I smoke, I gave up in 2000 and the Winnies were $10 a pack back then.

Sorry, still stuck using 25 baht to dollar exchange rate, so $40 a pack. I was back in oz over xmas and regularly paid $40 a pack B&H from a servo, 7/11 etc. Not sure where your mate is buying at $27 a pack, maybe WA has less tax.

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1 hour ago, amykat said:

You guys are forgetting to note that the serving SIZEs were going down over the years to keep the price the same, or keep price increase lower.  Trick you ...oh now you need three noodle soup.  

 

How much is mango and and sticky rice to go?  Used to be 35 baht.  Now I see people trying to sell just bags of sticky rice for that much or more, can’t even get one mango for that price, etc.  Fruit is outrageous ...I can’t figure out what happened.

Man I love that, 50 bht here.

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27 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

Yes, higher taxes and maintenance costs are the primary reasons why Thai landlords rack up the rents on the local eatery that's doing well.

No, it isn´t, and i can feel your sarcasm. If you have a business or start a business you have to protect yourself in case it would turn out successful. All landlords and other that might rack upp the price will do it to get your profit.

That has nothing to do with regular price hikes. Here you are talking the stupidity to not make up a contract that protects you and your business against that kind of behaviour.

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