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JASON THAI

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spot on is this a fixed income? cost of living even in the village rising quite steadily here in Thai

so if fixed this will be good for or fwo year but later a re budget maybe required good luck sounds like a good

plan

It;s not a fixed cost as the wife will be working but if needed I can reduce to take into account inflation year on year, just need to have a beer or 2 less a week which is good for your budget & health

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Great to hear that Jason, good on you.

Hope it goes well, as you know, the grass "is" greener in Thailand (rather than the UK, my birthplace). Depends on what you want out of life.

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I think overall you appear to be quite accurate and level-headed in your estimations. Sure a couple of items could be slightly out but who knows?

One question, having been there, done that (and f***ed up before) .....

How are you going to spend your time in a village? You know what they say about idle hands and all that. I am asking an honest and very relevant question, as it greatly impacts on your spending potential.

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Thanks for your great reply I was waiting for someone to say this, I have been going to this village for over 13 years now, I started off when I was 30 years old and I must admit that I did not like it at first as the living standards are very poor if you are living in a wooden shack which I did when I used to go up there, but this has all changed now and I have a house with full mods comes with a 50 TV and a chipped Wii U & PS3 with over 750 games between them and over 1500 blue ray movies to watch on HDD's with full 5.1 dolby sourround sound system, AC in the bedroom and front room so I don't fell like I am away from home and this will keep me busy if I get bored

One thing about living in the village is that it will give me time to learn more Thai without being distracted which is something I want to do,also I have a few farangs living close to me so I can speak to them when I am bored.

Also I will be visiting friends in Pattaya every 3 months for a holiday so it's not all that bad LOL

I guess that if you've spent your time in a bedroom in falangland playing games and watching movies you might as well do the same here. Different generationtongue.png

How else do you think people save money for there holidays to LOS without having to work 70 hour + a week lol

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Only time, and your own discipline, will tell if the budget will work.

I did not see any figures for capital items - there will always be something you need or something that needs replacing.

Your visa fees seem high @ 36k. You also don't have the income, or Thai bank balance, to support a married extension. What visa do you have ?

I agree with the comments about the motorcy - it gives you certain freedom.

How will your (and your families) lifestyle compare to what you had in the UK.

What family is around you and what attitude do they have - to your money.

Overall. you have thought this through better than most and you know that your finances improve in 9 years. 9 years is a long time but if YOU and your family, have the right attitude then you can make it work. I have friends who get by on similar figures but they don't have kids.

Another great post thanks Jip99, yes i agree 100% with discipline and that is what I have done for the last 5 years with my wife in the UK and now she understands that the money we make it not all that much after you pay all the bills and now understands we are not all walking ATM's, she understands now why people work hard and save to go on holiday and enjoy there holidays for a sort period and then back home to work whilst most Thai's who have never stepped foot outside of there own country think we all have unlimited funds LOL.

I have some item in the house in Thailand now but 95% of this is now in Enland and has been brought brand new or a year old, I will nev

goods in my wife's name to save on import tax, yes things may need replacing but if I think like that I will never end up getting to live the dream !

I can not get a married extension as I do have the 400,000 baht in the bank for 3 months which I do not want, as I get a good return on my Stocks & Shares ISA so I would lose out in interest, but there are ways to get around this remember you are in LOS, also remember that the 36,500 cost includes travel & hotel for the year

I cannot ride a motorbike so it's no use to me, but I can find other means to get away.

I know my family will be happy to get out of England and live in Thailand, they miss Thailand and hate England apart from the snow LOL, If I could take them back tomorrow I would. !

My wife's family have been very good and have only asked for money once in the last 12 years which they paid back, took them about 5 though LOL, but they are a good bunch, I liked the way my wife's sister asked me what nickname I would like to call her daughter, all that i could think of was the normal Thai names, Chang, Leo A,B,C.D and so on, then I looked up at the beautiful clear sky and said SKY that is what they named her !

It's going to be hard for 9 years, I think my money will last for 6 but I will give it a go, I will still have a house to come back to in the UK & money so it's not the end of the world

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I know my family will be happy to get out of England and live in Thailand, they miss Thailand and hate England apart from the snow LOL, If I could take them back tomorrow I would. !

thumbsup.gif Go for it Jason, if you don't do it you may live to regret it.

Saying that, your minds are already made.

My wife tells me she never wants to live in the UK, and I have to agree, neither do I (living in Malaysia at the moment).

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If I were you, I would seriously look at learning to ride a bike (scooter). It will give you some freedom.

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I would seriously consider teaching Jason, not just for extra income but to :

1) Get you out of the house.

2) Give you a reason to get up in the morning.

3) Help you meet (hopefully) nice educated people (I don't mean that in a snobbish way).

4) Give you objectives that are NOT family based.

5) Stop you drinking &/or getting bored.

6) Make friends from different locations/backgrounds.

7) Motivation and to earn respect (hopefully)

That's how it helped me

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Great to hear that Jason, good on you.

Hope it goes well, as you know, the grass "is" greener in Thailand (rather than the UK, my birthplace). Depends on what you want out of life.

I have watched how the NHS treated my father and now he is dead and now I am watching how they treat my 84 year old mother, this is no good and the UK has no respect for the eldery which is something the Thai's do, I would rather die in LOS than in the UK and have a less stressful life and enjoy it, you only have 1 life so why not enjoy it before it's to late !

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If I were you, I would seriously look at learning to ride a bike (scooter). It will give you some freedom.

Couldn't agree more. I know lots of guys who had never ridden a motorbike before that have learnt over here. Pretty easy going around the village roads etc.

I remember many years ago when I learnt to ride and the first question my instructor asked me was "do you know what the best thing about riding a motorbike is?"

His answer was "riding a motorbike!!"

Never a truer word.

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When my Father left my Mother, my 2 brothers and me (ran off with his business partners wife- but that's another story) - his departing gift to me was a Suzuki 50, I was 17.

Didn't know how to ride, so taught myself up and down a field on it. Test wise, not heard of a farang to take his bike test in Thailand but sure its happened, met a guy who had passed his Heavy Goods test in Thailand though.

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If I were you, I would seriously look at learning to ride a bike (scooter). It will give you some freedom.

Very True but on the roads in Thailand I will most likely end up dead, some crazy drivers out there pissed up !

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OP, you mentioned 'live the dream'. What is 'the dream' for you?

Have the balls to leave my own country and try and live in another and stand on my own 2 feet (Not easy done without help) and most of all give back the time my wife has sacificed to her family to come and live with me in the UK.

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