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1 minute ago, simon43 said:
1 hour ago, NanLaew said:

Drat! It seems like it's Myanmar for me.

 

Again.

Hmm, I lived in Myanmar for 4 years before I moved to Laos.  The only difference between the 2 countries is that there's no curfew in Myanmar..... oh, and Burmese food is far (FAR!) worse than Lao food.

The Burmese food issue was the main reason for my "drat!"

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3 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

The Burmese food issue was the main reason for my "drat!"

So greasy pig's <deleted> in engine oil not to your taste then? 🤣🤣🤣

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14 minutes ago, simon43 said:

So greasy pig's <deleted> in engine oil not to your taste then? 🤣🤣🤣

When the monks came to bless the start of our field operations, I reckoned the Mohingar was awesome... as close to Thai khanom jeen as you can get. Subsequently, everything else was a spiral of culinary disappointment.

 

But the beer's good. That Black Shield 8% ABV is a one-bottle wipe-out and the Tiger Black is quite excellent.

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5 hours ago, simon43 said:

- Do you partake in any kind of illegal drugs, from crack cocaine down to cannabis?

 

are you an uneducated old fashioned guy ? drug is everywhere and cheap in laos, especially weed, so what is the problem to get a visa for anybody doing drugs ? not your problem anyway ! Ridiculous to even talk about it.

 

 

 

 

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On 6/5/2020 at 12:53 PM, Isaan sailor said:

Consider moving to one of those fly over states in USA.  You can buy a nice place with big land in KY, TN.  And very low taxes.  Friend on mine left LoS last year—loves it.

 

This... It's been my dream for a while, to buy a few acres of land ie in Colorado, build a nice house, etc. Land is so cheap in some parts of the us, and you can have a huge house and acres of land, without the taxes slaying you financially, in some states (in others it's outright insane, how much the property taxes are), for the price of a slightly/on the ede of upper middle class home where I am from.

 

And cost of living is far cheaper too (especially dining out, with huge portions and such, not to mention shopping for food and everything else really), than here.

 

But unfortunately I do not qualify for an immigration visa. Therefore I am - for now, anyway - looking for other options, especially ones where you have a far better chance (than in the West) of finding a decent spouse, in the long run. Maybe one day I'll go to night school, and get the diploma and then apply for a visa.

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2 hours ago, simon43 said:

Take any drugs at your own risk.... you're plain stupid if you think it's worth that risk.

Doesn't appear to be much risk in Cambodia or Vietnam.

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Let's not turn this topic into a discussion about the availability of drugs or the enforcement of drug laws in any particular country.

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15 hours ago, simon43 said:

Before I provide you with an answer to your question, please assign 1 point to each affirmative reply to my list of questions below:

 

- Are you in poor health or need regular visits to a semi-decent hospital?

- Do you like go-go bars and women (or men) of ill-repute?

- Do you partake in any kind of illegal drugs, from crack cocaine down to cannabis?

- Do you like loud, rowdy nights out with the lads?

- Do you like to stay out after midnight (curfew time)?

 

If your total score is 1 or more, you should give Laos a miss.....

Strongly disagree with your third point - the quality and variety of cannabis has improved exponentially as well as its availability.

And while the place is indeed as quiet as a church at night, there is no curfew nor has there been other than during this COVID-19 lockdown.

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This is a perspective issue, what does the person want, there is no one answer for all.

 

Me personally I want very fast internet, I want to live in a place where there are lots of expats so that there are supermarkets that carry quality European food products. So that means Cambodia is out and Vietnam is out. Philippines is a great place, but sloooow internet and no European products. Traffic even in Cebu is awful sometimes but not always.

 

So that leaves Malaysia. Good infrastructure, world class shopping malls and lot of expats, so plenty of European food. Of course you'd have Arabs everywhere and if you've lived in a condo with Arab families you'll know it's almost worse than extended Chinese or Thai families. Easy visas.

 

Or just move to Spain or Italy direct. Much better than KY or TN, no serial killers, no race riots and good weather. But cold winters and high cost.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Logosone said:

... So that leaves Malaysia. Good infrastructure, world class shopping malls and lot of expats, so plenty of European food. Of course you'd have Arabs everywhere and if you've lived in a condo with Arab families you'll know it's almost worse than extended Chinese or Thai families. ...

Arabs? In Malaysia?

 

Malaysia still can't even make a decent loaf of bread for a sandwich. Pass.

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For reference and an important point I omitted. The Cambodian 6 month and 1 year retirement visas automatically include "multiple re-entries" which is printed on your ER visa - no need to make any additional applications. All included in the one price. 

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With 100K baht a month, living in Thailand and OP's next option is jumping off from high places? Wow, seems like the hardest thing for him is to get out from where he is now rather than looking for the any next "best" places. 

 

Someone earlier mentioned that "the other side is just (more) grass" to which I might add, plus some worse sh$t gotten mushed in when you finally put your foot down. Also someone mentioned "feeling like Clark Kent?" I've managed to feel like "Clark Kent" with an income one third of OP's amount for the last 5 years in noisy, expensive, polluted, you name it Bangkok.

 

Maybe part of that's got to do with my cosy relationship with Chaeng Wattana... Always been treated with "love" and respect by the IOs there, especially when they open my bankbook and see those never-changing rows of x00000s. Last March I was there for my extension, the lady IO saw her signature from last year stamp, she then took care of me like a mother hen. The 90 day report takes usually 1 to 2 minutes to get done on line (the few times when on-line doesn't work is when I misjudged the time window). As for TM30, the manager of my building took one day training course at Chaeng Wattana so now she can whip out a fresh new report in no time. 

 

The only thing missing is the snow, but truth be told, who ever came to Asia to look for snow? As long as I stay here in un- farang friendly, unyielding, un-sympathetic Thailand, the grass is already greener.  So what's my advice for OP? It's in the first paragraph.

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2 hours ago, NanLaew said:

Arabs? In Malaysia?

 

Malaysia still can't even make a decent loaf of bread for a sandwich. Pass.

Probably meant to say Muslim

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