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6 minutes ago, garyk said:

Forced?  Hahaha. Amazing

 oh yeah FORCED !!

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3 hours ago, khaowong1 said:

Talk about it any way you like, Vietnam is still a communist country.  Things could go wrong there in a heart beat. 

Right. A country with a democratic dictatorship would be far superior.

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23 minutes ago, lahgon29 said:

Maybe the "I am American" boast should have been left out?

Why do you want to buy land anyway? What rights are being denied to you? I parked 800,000 7 years ago. I've never had a problem doing anything yet. Daughter at private school, bought a house at 25% Oz price, (its hers) all the Western food I want, paid my way out of 3 dui's, Udon ID  is friendly and helpful. Etc, etc, etc,

Try the <deleted> we get away with here in Oz, Couldn't happen. It's a good retirement destination for me,but then again.. My glass is usually half full. Try it? 

Maybe the "I get away with impaired driving" should have been left out. Hope you don't kill anyone.

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12 hours ago, AllThaiedUp said:

Until there's a soi 6 or nana plaza or cowboy or something similar.. ain't gonna happen

That is a good reality post.  To those that are not married and settled down, the extra curricula things available in Thailand really are a big draw, that and the in general "morally casual attitude" of many of many of the girls

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8 hours ago, Truthhurts said:

Grass is always greener for some!

Fact is many wouldnt be happy regardless of where they live.

A large proportion believe that because they are white the thais should be beholden to them.

As for cost.

Sure if you are a bar fly in the likes of pattaya or phuket then maybe times are tough.

Some of us dont need alcohol or cigarettes every day. Nor do need to east cholesterol laden british food followed by slobbering all over a lady of ill repute.

I like to cook at home (all cuisines ) and am happy to watch what I regard as mega cheap cable tv, go for walks.

Most months I struggle to spend 30k. We have no rent or finance payments on vehicles.

Yes things could be better as they could be everywhere in the world. Thailand is a developing not a developed country. Living in the uk or oz etc we pay( paid ) huge tax compared to the average employee here.

There is always a choice 

I am probably in the not always happy no matter where I live!  I am not a bar fly, don't smoke, light light drinker, no drugs.  At 62 I am getting bored with work and life and just not sure what to do next.  Just came back from 3 weeks in Thailand.  Same same but different    as they say after 12 previous trips since 2004.  I can afford just about any reasonable place quite easily.  All in all not bad problems, but the Thai paperwork, and constant updates and monitoring are exactly the type of things I hate, having dealt with USA military and government work and nutty engineering firm home room "Managers" for decades.  Nov 1 this year is my coin flip date.  My current job in San Diego just got some new tasking where I will be spending lots of time in the lab an getting Overtime, so I may go to that new building just for the variety.  Although if I leave this year, I avoid having California declare me a state resident and all that nonsense and I can go back to Florida, and just do some contract work for parts of the year as desired

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1 hour ago, madmen said:

 oh yeah FORCED !!

Very very few I would guess. 

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After I tried most reasonable countries for possible retirement I figured that the one where I am citizen, USA, is the best and cheapest--I have house in Florida which cost me 300$ a month, medicine mostly free etc and nobody bother me. Yes, drawback is females who think they sit on gold mine and for that I have vacation in Thailand. Nothing perfect. 

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34 minutes ago, dimitriv said:

 

Ok, let's see what can go wrong.

 

Your wife wants a divorce, and keeps the house, because it is her house. Not yours.

Thailand adopts 2 new laws: The first one is that you are not able anymore to transfer money out of the country. The second one is that starting next year you need 10 million in the bank for a new extension.

 

The problem is that even after living in Thailand for many years you still have no rights. This is very different than other countries where you will get a new passport or some kind of permanent residence after being married and living together for some years. You can enjoy now, but cannot be sure how it will be next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes allot of countries will give you residence. Much better, especially when you start to age.   Reading through post's here. People that don't mind these rules are people married to a Thai. And it wouldn't matter what rule's were, they would abide and defend them. Strange lot IMO but? 

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14 hours ago, Bobsuruncle said:

Count me as one of the ones who will be leaving soon. Just need to sell the house and I'll be on the next plane out. I've been here for over 12 years now and back when I first came here, I couldn't say enough good things about Thailand. I have plenty of monthly income to qualify for immigration's requirements so, it's not the money that's the problem for me. It's more the attitude of the Thai government towards us expats. I can't help but feel like I'm being treated like some sort of low life criminal who's trying to scam Thailand. They seem to be sitting around behind closed door meetings trying to come up with new ways to harass us. The government has given me the feeling that they really don't want me living here full time. They just want me to be a wealthy tourist that comes to Thailand and drops loads of cash into their pockets and then leaves within 2 or 3 weeks.

Well, they got part of their wish with me about leaving, but I won't be back as a tourist, ever again. 

Apart from this forum when have you experienced Thai hostility. 

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9 minutes ago, olfu said:

After I tried most reasonable countries for possible retirement I figured that the one where I am citizen, USA, is the best and cheapest--I have house in Florida which cost me 300$ a month, medicine mostly free etc and nobody bother me. Yes, drawback is females who think they sit on gold mine and for that I have vacation in Thailand. Nothing perfect. 

Hahaha, same here. I thank my lucky stars I never sold out in the states.  Woooo.  I can't imagine the consequences.

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1 hour ago, sunnyboy2018 said:

Apart from this forum when have you experienced Thai hostility. 

He clearly has explained that !

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1 hour ago, sunnyboy2018 said:

Count me as one of the ones who will be leaving soon. Just need to sell the house and I'll be on the next plane out.

You kinda sound over optimistic about the sales period for houses here.

 

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4 hours ago, lahgon29 said:

Maybe the "I am American" boast should have been left out?

Why do you want to buy land anyway? What rights are being denied to you? I parked 800,000 7 years ago. I've never had a problem doing anything yet. Daughter at private school, bought a house at 25% Oz price, (its hers) all the Western food I want, paid my way out of 3 dui's, Udon ID  is friendly and helpful. Etc, etc, etc,

Try the <deleted> we get away with here in Oz, Couldn't happen. It's a good retirement destination for me,but then again.. My glass is usually half full. Try it? 

Is that something to be proud of ...paid your way out of Driving whilst drunk ?

 

so you have no respect for others that innocent people you could have killed or injured?

 

Certainly not something to be proud of , and i bet your not young either

 

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Is that something to be proud of ...paid your way out of Driving whilst drunk ?
 
so you have no respect for others that innocent people you could have killed or injured?
 
Certainly not something to be proud of , and i bet your not young either
 
Well said.

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