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And I told wife to start applying for PR. We are leaving.    Except I can't bring myself to leave.    I don't wanna sound like one of those posters, but I really didn't come here f

Only imagine, sitting on a plane back to Europe, or elsewhere?   When we are getting older, nothing is as it once was.   Sex perhaps once a month? And if so, with chemical help?

I suppose if I had unlimited finances, I would probably leave. I despise the government and immigration here, and it does feel like the nation is moving backwards. But, considering the fact that I do

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5 hours ago, sanbyran said:

  my girl is making  everyday 1k-4k  per day from dropshipping women's clothes.   the facebook ad are very low .  trust me it is worth giving it a shot . 

where is she selling to?  what country? 

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5 hours ago, Ventenio said:

I vote HOME.  That's Canada.  It's a good feeling to be back on HOME soil.  Thailand will never be your home, and your wife deserves to experience Canada.  Set her up there.  


I agree with this. I have lived part time in Bangkok for almost 6 years and never felt at home there. I always felt like a "Stranger in a Strange Land" (Robert A. Heinlein) and after 4-5 months in Thailand always looking forward to going HOME again. After a few months at home I started getting the urge to go back to Thailand for another extended VACATION. It never felt like home. I always felt like an outsider on shaky ground. The only reason I kept going back was to be with my partner but now the plan is to bring her back HOME to Australia and live our lives here once this covid madness settles down. Thailand no longer has anything I want.

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3 hours ago, spidermike007 said:

I suppose if I had unlimited finances, I would probably leave. I despise the government and immigration here, and it does feel like the nation is moving backwards. But, considering the fact that I do not have a fortune, I will stay. There are many issues to consider. Going back to the US is not an option. I would not want to live there now, unless I was being paid over a million dollars a year, and then I would only do it for 3 years, and then leave. For me, it is about quality of life, and my level of fulfillment on a daily basis, which I seem to have here in abundance. A big factor here, is the relatively light hearted attitude of the people. You just do not find that in the US, where most seem bitter, disenchanted, unfulfilled, and heavy hearted. 

. . . I could go on and on, all day long. I live at a level here, that I would never be able to live at, in the US, in most of Europe, in Oz, or Canada. Yes, the higher baht is an annoyance. And yes things are more expensive than they used to be. But, it is very relative.




I read your post with delight since I mostly feel the same way.  Except for your dislike of the government and immigration here, your post -- to me -- read like a well-written and justified  "Declaration of Love" for Thailand.


Therefore, I was very surprised to read that you would probably leave if you had unlimited finances. Can you truly think of any country where you would feel happier when compared to Thailand?


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Having the benefit of comparison, I am now not sure of the validity of the horror stories about how expensive Thai hospitals are. Maybe for prolonged stays and complex surgery.

I was traveling back to Australia once every six months for a check cystoscopy, and to stock up on prescriptions.

I was lucky enough to get back into Thailand in February, about two weeks before everything shut down.

Since then, I have had a check cystoscopy at Bangkok Hospital, a manual prostate check at Overbrook Hospital in Chiang Rai, and two barnacles removed at a skin clinic.

My treatment in Australia is free, thanks to very good private health cover. However, when I compare the cost of the treatments I have had here, with the pre-COVID cost of return flights and accommodation, I am way ahead. About half the cost.

I  pay more here for a couple of medications than I would in Australia, less for others. I have enough cash in Australia for any serious illness, although if it's something like a hip operation I would most likely say the hell with it, and live on painkillers.

Although I am suspicious of Thai doctors who tend to throw fistfuls of pills at any problem, my recent experiences with them have been favorable. You get what you pay for.

Sheryl is an excellent resource on TV for advice on medical issues, and my Thai GF and her family are my support group here. I seriously doubt I would do much better in Australia, and would probably be climbing the walls with the restrictions in force there.

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3 hours ago, cmarshall said:


Truly the worst possible advice with all the depth of a Hallmark card.


The OP should carefully analyze the pros and cons of life in each location.  He should consider worst case scenarios as the couple ages, also.  It's fine to take into account feelings and preferences of both members of the couple, but feelings and preferences do not override the hard realities of limited resources.  


As an American I think Canada has it all over the US.  The health care is a huge plus.  The Canadians themselves are like Americans, except they're not nuts.  I hope I never have to live in the US again, but I would certainly consider Canada.  Some people wouldn't like the weather.

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To get PR in Canada for your wife can take at least 6 months. I have had friends wait a year to get their wife to Canada.


Your relationship with your wife may change for the worse when she gets to Canada. Some of the significant issues are:

1. Food. It's practically impossible to replicate genuine authentic Thai food in Canada, at a reasonable price. Many spices are not available. Fresh fruit and vegetables taste different, even with popular things like bananas. Does she love western food?

2. Weather. The radically different seasons can test her. Even in southwestern Ontario winter temperatures can drop to -35c. You can't change the weather. Many Thai have come to Canada and left because of the brutal long winters.

3. If she is very attractive, young men maybe attracted to her, and she may prefer them instead of you. If she works, her work mates, may ostracize her for being with you.

4. Once she arrives in Canada, she may not want to leave. In that case, you'll have to stay there through the brutal winters. Winter in Thailand is the place to be for old people.



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