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Old 11-15-2018, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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Please refer to my earlier post about "accidents" from high rise condos.... not unusual in Pattaya.
Agreed. The mixture of partying everyday, alcohol, fast women, and fast lifestyle in Patts often proves to be too much for elderly ex-pats who didn't appropriately plan for it financially and physiologically.

I've been to Pattaya around 5 times, it can be very depressing if you are not there to party or you're tired of the partying.

Some are suicides, others are homicides, but they aren't accidents.
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Old 11-15-2018, 06:53 PM
 
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Chiang Mai is hot. It does have some elevation so not as hot as Bangkok but still hot. I like hot weather so am fine with it, it's more comfortable than Phoenix in the summer and probably closer to the weather in South Florida. Take today for example, it was an unusually warm day since we've officially entered the cool season and have had a few periods where I had to take a sweatshirt on my morning walk. High was 33, and some humidity. Usually mid November -> mid February are the cool months and it also dries out so even temperatures near 30 feel pretty comfortable.

Regarding language I've seen quite a few schools for learning Thai around town, some people use them to make staying in the country easier since schools can arrange education visas even if you only have class a couple times a week. You can indulge your hobby without sweating the details of long term stay immigration issues. It's easy to practice Chinese here since most tourists are Chinese and many college students from China come to the university. Most menus in this part of town (we live near the university) are in Thai and English and I think I actually hear a lot more Chinese being spoken by people around me than Thai, although that probably has something to do with Chinese usually being really loud while Thais are usually more reserved.
Thank you very much for the generous sharing of your insight and experience! What you just said will save any aspiring Thai would-be two year resident at least a week on the front end! Thank you again, I am very appreciative.
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Old 11-15-2018, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Outside US
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Not to derail this post, but Iíve read your other postings. Are you still planning to return to the PNW?
Yes, but now it depends on my job.

I like my job in South-East Asia but all my eggs are in one basket.

Meaning when this job ends I will be returning to the US (and likely / possibly the PNW).

Specifically where, depends on COL and job opportunities.

Sorry for derail OP, I'm responding to a question.

Happygrl, send me a PM if you have questions.

Cheers, R2U.
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Old 02-03-2019, 05:25 PM
 
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Suddenly this becomes an option for me. Must visit.
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Old 02-03-2019, 05:57 PM
 
Location: On the road
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You should come check it out, where else can one just stroll past a monk in front of a peacock in front of a Buddha?

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Old 02-03-2019, 06:06 PM
 
Location: On the road
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There is also the food thing, Thais do a lot of fresh salad type dishes so easier to eat healthy than most places...



That lunch pic would be:
- som tam (papaya salad)
- larb gai (ground chicken)
- roasted chicken
- som tam tang (cucumber salad)
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Old 02-03-2019, 07:17 PM
 
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There is also the food thing, Thais do a lot of fresh salad type dishes so easier to eat healthy than most places...



That lunch pic would be:
- som tam (papaya salad)
- larb gai (ground chicken)
- roasted chicken
- som tam tang (cucumber salad)
How much would you say in US dollars an average lunch would cost a person?
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Old 02-04-2019, 05:35 PM
 
Location: NYC
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There is also the food thing, Thais do a lot of fresh salad type dishes so easier to eat healthy than most places...



That lunch pic would be:
- som tam (papaya salad)
- larb gai (ground chicken)
- roasted chicken
- som tam tang (cucumber salad)
Mmmmm....som tum, a true "road to Damascus" experience for my unsuspecting taste buds! Like the Khao soy curry there too, mmmm....
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Old 02-04-2019, 06:50 PM
 
Location: North Las Vegas
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How much would you say in US dollars an average lunch would cost a person?
From my Thailand travels, $2-$5 at streetside food stalls and Thai mall foodcourt.
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Old 02-04-2019, 07:51 PM
 
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It seems reasonable then to budget $3 per meal there, or $9 a day. Thanks!
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