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Why the Retired Expat Exodus to Vietnam seems very real

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On 8/31/2019 at 4:11 PM, 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. 

Thai wife and I moved "back home" in July.   She is a dual citizen.  All of the above and quite a few more reasons, admittedly some of those are important only to our particular circumstances.   We are very happy away from LOS except family connections "there" but we are certainly happy to reconnect (most of) the family connections here, again.

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20 hours ago, Jack Mountain said:

What would you advise learn the language or not? I think when you know the language and can't hide from the truth anymore it's much less fun in Thailand. 

Definitely learn the language. Otherwise every encounter with a Thai, other than in expat/tourist zones and airports is frustrating and leads to misunderstandings. I think it's much better to learn as much as you can about a country you are resident in and face the truth than remain in a state of ignorance (this is a general comment about foreigners who refuse to learn the language despite intending to live here indefinitely).

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On 9/3/2019 at 2:00 PM, Bobsuruncle said:

Having a young beautiful Thai woman telling me that I was handsome and treating me like I had never been treated before by a woman had a lot to do with how great I was feeling in Thailand.

Or even, how gullible you are ?

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On 9/4/2019 at 12:05 PM, drbeach said:

Definitely learn the language. Otherwise every encounter with a Thai, other than in expat/tourist zones and airports is frustrating and leads to misunderstandings. I think it's much better to learn as much as you can about a country you are resident in and face the truth than remain in a state of ignorance (this is a general comment about foreigners who refuse to learn the language despite intending to live here indefinitely).

Lived here nearly 10 years and hardly ever speak to Thais.

Apart from my family that all speak English.

I did go into a coffee shop earlier this week, "Lar-tay ron, song gairw kap"

No frustration.

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if vietnam makes 1 year visas extendable from within the country, i will make an attempt to relocate there,

but that is also conditional, i wont do visa runs again

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On 8/30/2019 at 11:58 PM, GeorgeCross said:

re: exchange rates - there's a simple solution - earn some money in baht to fill the hole, et voila, problem solved

 

many do & many have said goodbye to their problems.. put those wives and girlfriends to work boys!

 

 

Do you know what the average Thai makes a month? It will hardly save the day.

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On 8/31/2019 at 1:06 PM, quandow said:

we've built a comfortable life here and it's just not quite bad enough to leave - yet.

What do you mean "bad enough?" 

 

What would have to get worse for life in Thailand to become "bad enough" to leave? 

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