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Do not knock TV for this one.. Doing nothing achieves nothing. Doing something might succeed. Good luck.

It's not only Thailand whom have closed their borders to non citizens, many nations have imposed such restrictions.  Some of those are the very same countries as those who are complaining right here o

I think we're flogging a dead horse here.   Up to the Thais who they let in at the end of the day as harsh as it is for those trapped overseas.   Perhaps a wake up call to those of

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14 hours ago, BritManToo said:

I'd already paid for my holiday in March and nobody was offering me a refund if I didn't go.

Not to mention my permission to stay would have expired if I hadn't left.

I was in Siem Reap when I got a message from Air Asia at 5pm, Thai border closing at mid-night, your return flight next week is cancelled.

Got back in the country with 30 minutes to spare before the airport closed to international arrivals.

 

What would I have done if I hadn't managed to return?

Probably would have dumped my Thai family and mortgage, and set up a new home and family in Cambodia.

I'm not really one for sending money to people in foreign countries, for services I can no longer use.

So is a family only good as service staff for you because you have the wallet?
I hope i did misunderstand your comment...

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14 hours ago, 19DL86 said:

It's not only Thailand whom have closed their borders to non citizens, many nations have imposed such restrictions.

No-one has claimed this has only happened in Thailand. Whether it happens elsewhere is irrelevant to this thread.

 

15 hours ago, 19DL86 said:
Setting up families at 65 years old or more, relying on a State pension and superficially high exchange rates 10-15 years ago, to be now living "day to day" in al out permenant denial of such essentials.
 
Many, many come here on a whimsical fantasy, a dream which all too often turns to a nightmare.  No planning, no for thought, no finances. Sad, but all too often the case.

I wonder how many knew 10-15 years ago that the exchange rate was 'superficially high'. Those were the days of coups, international airport closure, riots, the centre of Bangkok blockaded, burning down of shopping centres etc, a time when any sensible person would think the currency would plummet. Who would have thought that the very opposite would happen? You? If so, I'd like you to be my investment advisor.

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1 hour ago, Mayhem11 said:

No one could have predicted the impact of the Covid19 crisis. This a one in hundred year event.

Exactly...that's why it's a little unfair to nit-pick and criticize the Thai authorities handling of the crisis. There is no handbook and all governments are wingin' it.

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42 minutes ago, Bangkok Barry said:

No-one has claimed this has only happened in Thailand. Whether it happens elsewhere is irrelevant to this thread.

 

I wonder how many knew 10-15 years ago that the exchange rate was 'superficially high'. Those were the days of coups, international airport closure, riots, the centre of Bangkok blockaded, burning down of shopping centres etc, a time when any sensible person would think the currency would plummet. Who would have thought that the very opposite would happen? You? If so, I'd like you to be my investment advisor.

Because the Thai baht had been gaining value all through the previous decade as well...ever since the recovery from the 1997 crash starting around 2002-03. Maybe they should have been familiar with developments in their own countries and how their currencies were over valued. 

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Fair point Barry, and no I wasn't trying to be any financial whizz kid.  Rear view mirror predictions are an easy call.
The $€£ vs THB were at an all time highs in the early part of 2000s (TomYam Kung 1997 aside) - when non of those events you state were being run out. ie Bangkok burning, the Airports blockaded etc.  they came later in the decade, if my memory serves me well.
Sterling was artificially high $2.20 as too were many Western currencies until Lehmann Bros.
What I was trying to get over is that many many of us thought that those days would go on forever.  Many sold up and bought into the "Living the Life in Paradise" - which is fair enough, so long as you can sustain this through thick and thin.  Sadly not all of those did so.  
One could be excused for thinking buying a house makes it your home, that's not true condos aside.  The only place that is "home" is somewhere paid for, owned outright in your name and in a country where you are protected and have rights.  This IMHO isn't here in Thailand, but only your own native country are you afforded this.
Many folks failed to see the changing face on Thailand and the I.O and countless never spread their bets.
I retired in my late 40s and lived here 14 years,I have several properties in my own country creating an income plus capital growth, until a year or so I had rental properties here, but sold them off the last one in 2019.  I hold investments in equities, corporate bonds and other vehicles plus funds in the bank.  I can weather any storm.  Not being smug, glib or insensitive.  I done my research and covered all possibilities.
Many Digital Nomads and quasi/pseudo school teachers etc have come here eyes wide shut.....now they're paying the price.
Thse are unprecedented times no one could have foreseen, but after living as a foreigner for 30 years in a few different countries - you must always have a backup plan!!!
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5 minutes ago, Pattaya Spotter said:

Because the Thai baht had been gaining value all through the previous decade as well...ever since the recovery from the 1997 crash starting around 2002-03. Maybe they should have been familiar with developments in their own countries and how their currencies were over valued. 

How much have you made by anticipating currency changes and investing in your expertise?

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2 hours ago, Mayhem11 said:

What utter <deleted>. No one could have predicted the impact of the Covid19 crisis. This a one in hundred year event. Benefit of hindsight me thinks.

No one who lives under a rock. International travel was heading for restrictions, anyone who didn't see that coming is a fool.

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