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Old 04-22-2019, 10:49 PM
 
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Are you a single guy? I can see the appeal for single dudes spending their later years in Thailand, but maybe not if you had a spouse or esp a family.


The constant heat would bother me, but I know for some that's not an issue. The flight back to the States is expensive and long, so as long as you don't need to see family often back in U.S. Thailand is not a bad place to end up. Great health care facilities that are inexpensive.


What's your estimate on monthly COL for Chiang Mai? Roughly how much more would it be if someone lived in Bangkok downtown?
$500 per month seems to be the most common figure floated around by various bloggers.

My estimates would closely resemble this person's:

https://thedeepdish.org/chiang-mai-cheap-cost-living/
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Old 04-26-2019, 06:57 PM
 
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My estimates would closely resemble this person's:

https://thedeepdish.org/chiang-mai-cheap-cost-living/
It sounds like camping: "Air-conditioning is the biggest drain, but I’m almost always fine with just using a fan. I also prefer taking cold showers in the hot months, which maybe helps explain why my bills are so low."

Out of curiosity, how would you work around the visa issue?

Retirement Visas

Retirement visas for Thailand are available to foreigners 50 years of age or older. These visas are valid for only one year and employment of any kind is strictly prohibited. According to Thai immigration, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

Applicant must be able to provide proof of a pension or other regular income from a source outside of Thailand;

Applicant’s pension or other regular income must be no less than the equivalent of 65,000 Baht per month;

Alternatively, the applicant may meet the financial requirement by maintaining a Thai bank account with a minimum amount of 800,000 Baht. (Applicants will need to show that they have 800,000 Baht in savings each year when they renew their visa.)

Visa Overstays

If an individual does not depart Thailand prior to expiration of his/her airport permit or visa, the individual is in the country illegally. In order to depart Thailand, it will be necessary to pay an overstay fine. The fine for overstaying a visa is 500 Baht per day, up to a maximum of 20,000 Baht. The fine is payable to the Immigration Bureau, the Suvarnabhumi Airport Immigration office, or other departure point.

Thai police have been known to sweep areas frequented by low-budget travelers and arrest those who have overstayed their visas. Those arrested may be held in the Immigration Detention Center until they can pay for their fines and pay for tickets out of Thailand. Those who overstay their visas for more than 200 days may be required to serve time in the Immigration Detention Center before they are deported. It is highly advisable to avoid visa overstays.
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:11 AM
 
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I researched the heck out of it for several years. Even went to visit some likely candidates. I have lived for extended periods outside of the US before so I figured I was a likely candidate. Eventually I decided against it and here's why:

cultural isolation

price-for this to be a good deal you have to live like a local. As soon as you look at the expat communities aimed at American retirees, the prices go way up.

work-if I have to buy the flat screen TV here, I can get a job. If I live in another country on a retiree visa, I can't. Even if I'm just bored; here I can work.

I was planning on renting for a while because I noticed it was harder to sell than it was to buy. Medical insurance and quality of medical care was quite good. I concentrated on Central America; Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Some people would love doing this but it's not for everyone.
I have changed my mind on this; I'll be staying in the US for retirement. A week or two abroad is enough for me.
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Old 04-29-2019, 03:26 PM
 
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It sounds like camping: "Air-conditioning is the biggest drain, but Iím almost always fine with just using a fan. I also prefer taking cold showers in the hot months, which maybe helps explain why my bills are so low."

Out of curiosity, how would you work around the visa issue?

Retirement Visas

Retirement visas for Thailand are available to foreigners 50 years of age or older. These visas are valid for only one year and employment of any kind is strictly prohibited. According to Thai immigration, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

Applicant must be able to provide proof of a pension or other regular income from a source outside of Thailand;

Applicantís pension or other regular income must be no less than the equivalent of 65,000 Baht per month;

Alternatively, the applicant may meet the financial requirement by maintaining a Thai bank account with a minimum amount of 800,000 Baht. (Applicants will need to show that they have 800,000 Baht in savings each year when they renew their visa.)

Visa Overstays

If an individual does not depart Thailand prior to expiration of his/her airport permit or visa, the individual is in the country illegally. In order to depart Thailand, it will be necessary to pay an overstay fine. The fine for overstaying a visa is 500 Baht per day, up to a maximum of 20,000 Baht. The fine is payable to the Immigration Bureau, the Suvarnabhumi Airport Immigration office, or other departure point.

Thai police have been known to sweep areas frequented by low-budget travelers and arrest those who have overstayed their visas. Those arrested may be held in the Immigration Detention Center until they can pay for their fines and pay for tickets out of Thailand. Those who overstay their visas for more than 200 days may be required to serve time in the Immigration Detention Center before they are deported. It is highly advisable to avoid visa overstays.
The non-immigrant visa (retirement visa) is renewable every year. As far as I know there is no limit to the number of times you can extend, so long as you continue to meet the income requirements.
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Old 04-30-2019, 06:58 AM
 
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The non-immigrant visa (retirement visa) is renewable every year. As far as I know there is no limit to the number of times you can extend, so long as you continue to meet the income requirements.
Thanks
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Old 04-30-2019, 08:57 AM
 
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I have changed my mind on this; I'll be staying in the US for retirement. A week or two abroad is enough for me.
Or you can do what I do, 2 months abroad, t will soon cure the living abroad dream.
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