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6 hours ago, puchooay said:

To the OP. I wouldn't take much notice of the post I have quoted here.

 

Doom and gloom and a bit off the mark.

 

As an example, saying job oppotunites in Ubon are limited just shows how little he knows.

Well said mate, I couldn't have put it any better.

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Different strokes for different folks. For thirty years I have lived in Bangkok, others can't leave the city fast enough. I get away to Isaan as often as I can for short trips, I find it a tonic and the people delightful in a way that used to exist all over the big city too. Could I live in the North-East? No way.

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You're in a food position financially for your age, well done.  That gives you options.

 

Do consider a couple of things:

 

1.  I would not sell your house.  Odds are that over time it will appreciate in value and besides, if someone is going to pay off your mortgage and it is cashflow positive when why sell it when you don't actually need that money at this point in time.  Your 25,000 pounds is more than a million baht and that amount of money should last you 1 - 2 years in Isarn which is plenty of time to get yourself set up in a place of your own and then look at options for a job / investing / setting a business up etc.

 

2.  Do consider that while you're in a good position now, if things don't work out in Thailand you might find yourself going backwards.  I don't know what line of work you're in but don't burn your bridges back in the UK.  Make sure you can return to work there in your chosen industry or profession if you so choose.  Most people will be able to earn more in their own country than in Thailand so don't forget that sometimes things just don't work out in Thailand and, as hard as it may be for you to believe at this point in time and this stage of "the Thailand experience", some people who were once enamored with the place do tire of it and find that the place sours and they crave returning to their homeland.  I've been there myself and seen it many times.  There are posts from people who feel that way every day here on ThaiVisa.  I guess the point I am trying to make is don't burn your bridges back home.  Keep that door open.

 

I do wish you all the best.

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9 hours ago, pr9spk said:

Thank you very much.

 

This makes very good sense.

 

I have everything here in the UK that I could ever need, but have been visiting Thailand for over 10 years.

 

Factoring everything in, I know that staying here is the more "sensible" option.

 

I like to live quite a simple life, however, getting burned in Thailand and losing everything I have worked for,  and then having to return home to the UK (with nowhere to go outside the doors at Heathrow) is too scary an option.

 

I may visit again for fun for a few months, but I think everything that has been said has forced my hand.

 

Thanks for all the advice.

 

If you are for certain going to visit Thailand, a good strategy is to with job interviews scheduled in Thailand.  This is the best way to determine whether you can really make a decent life for yourself there.

 

With your education and knowledge of the language, you should be easily able to find multinationals looking for people with your skill set. Don't throw it all away teaching English to children. Look for higher challenges and more rewarding work.

 

"Weekend escapes" to the country become all the more fun when you have $'s in your pocket plus they mean more when you get a break from big city life.

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PR9SK..Go with your heart. I have been here in Thailand  for 10 years and 7 in Issan. Its what you make of it. I live in Ubon Ratchathani and Ubon is a wonderful place to live. If you like the bars etc then you can get on a plane and go almost direct there. After you get your rocks off then head back to the real Thailand.  I am 60 years old and I really wish I came here 20 years ago. I live a normal life with my wife and could not ask for more. I have a nice house which in Australia would cost a bomb  and live a very happy life and in Ubon. There are many terrific activities as the local Hash Group, cinemas, pubs, a ton of restaurants,  great friends and the list goes on. I see a recommendation by Michael about a good position at the biggest university is on offer so there are job prospects for you. My personal feeling is... if you don't give it a go, then at some later date maybe you will regret  it.

Go with your heart. All the best.

 

 

Agree with everything John says. Come and give it a go. I first came when I was 24 and worked in the northeast for 6 years. Returned to my own country for 14 years and returned to live and work in Ubon in 1994. Been here ever since. I posted a job at the university because these jobs are rare. It doesn't involve teaching but the minimum requirement is a Masters degree which you have. I would contact them now. Send in your CV. See what happens.  If you are willing to contribute to life here in Ubon, you will find it a great place to live in. 

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    Ask yourself what do you really like to do.  Then see how your life will be different here.  

    Many of the everyday things you are a custom to very easily will change.  Communication is probably the hardest thing.  

    You need to know that women are women all over the world.  They have the same wants and needs and you can already see that she wants money for her bussiness that you will never get back.    

    Visit for 6 months then go back home for 3 months.  Then try it again.  That will be the best way to really see.    Good luck .

 

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12 hours ago, Pinot said:

The relationship with the Thai girl will probably go sour. You're a very desireable young man from Thai girl's point of view. You'll soon find an incredibly hot girl and maybe someone who actually has a great life going. You might check out Udon Thani. I think I'd live there if I didn't live in Phuket. More opportunities there and smoking hot women. 

 

I would go back to the UK and maximize your earnings and save save save. You're in the prime of your career. Here in Thailand you'll be lucky to find a job you can scrape by with. Then there is the issue of how do I stay in the country? It's very hard to make a living here. It can be done but not out of there. 

Agree with the sentiment here but would add that if you are bored with Life in the UK, look to find yourself a decent paying job somewhere else... E.g. Singapore, it's only a couple of hours flight/$200SGD away from Thailand, forget the rubbish you read about it being expensive to live here, tax savings alone more than pay for my Condo rental & after that, it's cheap as chips :)

 

But you are in the prime earning years of your career & need to think about maximising them to set yourself up for the next (given average life expectancy) 50 years

 

Good luck with whatever you decide, I know what I'd do if it was me... 

 

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PR - 

 

You seem quite capable on the maths end... I have done similar at different times in my life. The saying is that in the end, you are more likely to regret things you haven't done, then things you have done. 

 

I am not sure as to your current location, but my last experiences as a landlord in USA where closer to disaster and being an absentee landlord can be great or be a total disaster... 

 

good luck and enjoy Thailand... as your man Cat Stevens once said, "You will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not." 

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Take a year out and see how you go. Won't cost much and a year is nothing. That will give you a taste. You are well educated so getting a job now or in a year will be the same for you.

You won't regret having tried as long as you don't throw what you have away. Good luck.

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I think old guys are more relevant in Thailand. The OP is not old but still maybe more things to do in Thailand. Maybe not in Ubon though.

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I don't want to be insulting, but if you were my Son with your advantages Id' be kicking your ass and telling you to get some ambition in to your thinking and do something instead of trying to retire to Issan at 36.  Sorry, but that would be my view.  Give it 20 years mate. Unless of course you can come here on an expat package with a multi national company. 

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I don't want to be insulting, but if you were my Son with your advantages Id' be kicking your ass and telling you to get some ambition in to your thinking and do something instead of trying to retire to Issan at 36.  Sorry, but that would be my view.  Give it 20 years mate. Unless of course you can come here on an expat package with a multi national company. 


And assuming the op's "first class degree" is in something useful it is pretty easy to get good work here with any number of multi-nationals, particular as the op can speak, read and write Thai.

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12 minutes ago, mogandave said:

 


And assuming the op's "first class degree" is in something useful it is pretty easy to get good work here with any number of multi-nationals, particular as the op can speak, read and write Thai.

 

I doubt in Issan? 

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18 hours ago, pr9spk said:

Hi guys, thanks for your replies. My other, probably more sensible option is to keep everything ticking over in the UK and visit for 3-4 weeks then make a decision. I did love the place but can see how it may become boring. But then the UK is boring too.

 

Change can be a very healthy thing. But prudence is also something to consider. I think you have hit on a good first option. Come for a month, and see how it feels. Not sure how well you know this woman you are referring to. My general rule of thumb is that it takes a good solid year of being with someone full time, before you really know who she is. You might want to consider doubling that, for a Thai woman. Many are very undeveloped emotionally, for their age, and really lack communication skills, even if they speak very good english. That all has to be considered. Always remember, time if your ally. It is not her ally. She is nearly always going to push the agenda. 

 

Issan has some very good qualities. There are some very nice areas up there, most of the people are warm and genuine, the standard of living is great, and it does have some things to offer. But, you have to decide if it is someplace you would want to live full time. I own land up there, and a home. But my wife and I only visit occasionally, and I figure I will not be living there most of the year, until I am at least 70 years old. Quite a few of the foreigners I know who live in Issan are fairly heavy drinkers. Most likely due to the intense boredom of everyday life?

 

And lastly, DO NOT invest money with a Thai friend or woman, unless you really get to know them well, beforehand. While some make out just fine, alot of guys have lost their money doing so. Granted, 90K baht is not alot of money. But, be careful, and take your time.

 

 

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