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I originally came here to work for one year in order to up my teaching resume. I was an ESL teacher back home and wanted to be able to say I had taught in another country. After my one year in Thailand was finished, I taught one year in Korea and then returned to my country, but missed the magic of Thailand and then returned and have been here many years. I have enjoyed my time here, but everything has a cost and the cost for me was not earning a solid retiremement. 

 

Unfortunately, when I am too old to work I will have to leave because I will not have enough income to qualify for a retirement visa; I will not even come close. Meantime, I will stay as healthy as I can and enjoy it while I can.

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I retired in the US and brought both my sons to Thailand to see how it was. One son didn't like it and returned to the US. My other son has decided to go to the local University to obtain his Bachelor Degree in Science. Which is a total cost of only 480,000 baht ($16,000). Cost in the US for same degree is over $84,000. So plan to stay here in this awesome country and then return to US where my son, with his degree, and he can obtain a job that starts off at $70,000 a year. So that is the main reason why we are staying in Thailand.

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Having done my background reading it appeared that: 1). age was not a detriment, age was evidently traditionally respected 2). White skin was valued as being reflective of not working in the fields as many poor do 3). Occupation is valued in the social status 4). a steady income speaks well of being socially trustworthy 5). a traditionally Buddhist country. OK, a lower cost of living and I do have an attraction to the traditionally raised Thai female (it is like stepping back into the time I was raised). What was not too love?! I made two monthlong trips in 2009 and again in 2010. I traveled, learned a bit about some potential cities and decided to retire here in 2011. Other countries considered were the Philippines, Ecuador, Panama. Thailand it was ...

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my reason believe it or not is enjoying a life with more freedom & less bureaucracy, rules & regulations. 

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I lived where most everyone wanted to live. Almost everyone needed to be chasing the dollar. Retiring was not a great fit except Summertime. Checked out ChiangMai, moved here and for the last four years life gets better daily here.

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Stupidity brought me here but sorted it out..... Living in NE in countryside like the country and most the people . Body likes and

functions better in hot weather....  I’m staying as long as I can. 

When do finally leave I hope it’s up in smoke....

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I came here because of the correctness of the country, the honesty, transparent laws and freedom of speech.

 

... and for the girls, and the palm trees and the beach

 

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I came to Thailand in October 2010 for a three month vacation and never left - for all the reasons previously noted by others.
 

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I've worked hard for the last 36 years in oz and knows the time to enjoy my life.

#1 it`s the people of Thailand who make it special.

#2 the cost of living away from the tourists hot spots is brilliant.

#3 the main reason most men leave for the land of smiles is the love of a good Thai woman.

#4 the weather.

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I want to leave but my mother in law won't buy the farm so I have to stay.

 

Not so bad. There are a lot of worse places to be stuck.

My only fear is that she will out live me. Bummer.

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5 hours ago, Crazy Noobie said:

I retired in the US and brought both my sons to Thailand to see how it was. One son didn't like it and returned to the US. My other son has decided to go to the local University to obtain his Bachelor Degree in Science. Which is a total cost of only 480,000 baht ($16,000). Cost in the US for same degree is over $84,000. So plan to stay here in this awesome country and then return to US where my son, with his degree, and he can obtain a job that starts off at $70,000 a year. So that is the main reason why we are staying in Thailand.

A degree from one university is not equivalent to a degree in another university.

 

Look at the rankings of the universities in the world. In western countries, the exams and projects are much tougher.

 

I noticed that in Thailand, an average Joe can enter university and it's just a continuation from secondary school where spoon-feeding is the norm. 

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18 minutes ago, Headgame said:

I came to Thailand in October 2010 for a three month vacation and never left - for all the reasons previously noted by others.
 

Hopefully not written from Hilton hotel....

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