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Old 02-06-2019, 11:31 PM
 
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I happened upon a "Tourist" bar in Phnom Penh Cambodia. It was frequented by older whiskery white guys from Englsih countries and very young Cambodian Girls. I went there twice with a tourmate (it was down the street from our hotel) and we felt kinda out of place but we stayed cause it was a great street watching spot being on the corner of a lively street. I think the availability of young girls is an attraction for certain types of retired men. Out tour leader told us that because of the lack of opportunity for women we saw prostitution whereever we went in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos. I agree the culture is so different there its wouldn't be the ideal place to retire for most.
Not just prostitution but pedophilia is issue
Poverty creates opportunity for both to become “industries”
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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Cost aside, if you get cancer, would you rather be treated for it in Thailand or the U.S.?
There is no "cost aside," part of the reason one would get treated in a foreign country is due to the high cost of treatment in America.
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What makes cancer such a financial killer? Average costs for treatment run in the $150,000 range
https://www.aarp.org/money/credit-lo...treatment.html

If your life choices are all based on "if you get cancer" then you shouldn't be planning to live long enough to retire anyway. Furthermore, a retirement visa abroad provides you with the luxury of still maintaining citizenship so you're welcome to return back to your home country at any moment.

People will sit here and whine all day about the cost of retirment and healthcare in America then proceed to cherry pick disaster scenarios to never retire abroad. Which one is it? It can't be both. You're going to retire someplace.

There is no perfect retirement place, not America, not Thailand, not anywhere. Every place has its pros and cons.
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Old 02-07-2019, 05:17 AM
 
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How about simple google search for "ex pat medical insurance thailand"? One of the links, among many, that shows up at the top - https://www.theblondtravels.com/a-gu...e-in-thailand/ lists many options...

Travel insurance from Cigna is the wrong product for someone who is living in Thailand and presumably wants health services there.

It is not simple. The person in your link is looking to insure a 30 - 35 year old. Agree, no problem finding an expat insurance for that age group. The problem is that expat insurance simply isn't available after the age of 65 or 70. The most popular insurer, BUPA, will insure you after the age of 70 only if you have had their insurance for many years already. If you move to Thailand at 75, no insurance company that I know of will sell you expat insurance.
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Old 02-07-2019, 06:43 AM
 
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Jake, IMHO you should write a book, lol! Let us know when it's coming out. I'd be only too glad to buy it and give it good press! **

**some of us derive thrills by proxy. I've come to the conclusion that I'd rather read about it than do it, based on experience. Got a really vivid imagination. I imagined where I might move from my Metro DC rental apartment - I work from home, sweet gig. ?Paris? ?London? ?Rome? ?Malta?...I wound up buying a condo eight blocks away from my rental. Rationale? I know all the good dog walking routes. And everything else that makes life convenient. Some world traveller, huh? Gotta laugh.

Back to my regularly scheduled reading on paleogeology. I'm tellin' you, I am a laugh a minute at a party.
LOL You sound more like the life of a good party.


Honestly however, living overseas isn't all that people make it up to be. It can certainly be lonely, even with a spouse or family with you. Not speaking the local language, I couldn't even imagine. Even when you can speak the local language, there are cultural differences and such. Its not like moving from the East Coast of the U.S. and you can take up a conversation with the locals in Spain or Italy on what your currently watching on Netflix or if they caught the Yankees game the other night.


You need to be passionate about the place your moving to, the local customs, language, culture or something that you have an interest in, instead of just moving and running away from your problems at home.
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Old 02-07-2019, 06:45 AM
 
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It is not simple. The person in your link is looking to insure a 30 - 35 year old. Agree, no problem finding an expat insurance for that age group. The problem is that expat insurance simply isn't available after the age of 65 or 70. The most popular insurer, BUPA, will insure you after the age of 70 only if you have had their insurance for many years already. If you move to Thailand at 75, no insurance company that I know of will sell you expat insurance.

At that point, why even have insurance if your old and living in Thailand. Why not just pay out of pocket on the minor stuff. If something really bad happens, well, your old and eventually were all going to die.
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Old 02-07-2019, 07:43 AM
 
Location: On the road
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If something really bad happens, well, your old and eventually were all going to die.
That sounds like something a lot easier to say when you're not 75 and needing major medical treatment you can't afford.
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Old 02-07-2019, 07:53 AM
 
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Personally, I'd rather throw in the towel than move to SE Asia, LOL. It's just way too different for me and I would never adjust. I'd even be afraid to eat the food not really knowing what kind of meat is used in some of those great looking dishes.
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Old 02-07-2019, 10:13 AM
 
Location: planet earth
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Not just prostitution but pedophilia is issue
Poverty creates opportunity for both to become “industries”
I am acquainted with a couple of very unattractive men who travel to Thailand frequently. I can only imagine "why."

I think it's pathetic that men pay for sex.
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Old 02-07-2019, 11:20 AM
 
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I am acquainted with a couple of very unattractive men who travel to Thailand frequently. I can only imagine "why."

I think it's pathetic that men pay for sex.

Actually, Thailand is a very solid upright country, where it is illegal to even say anything that would be offensive to Buddhism or to the royal family. Once a day when they play the national anthem in public, everything stops for a minute of respect. Bangkok is really a rather conservative city. In Bangkok, there are two small street blocks (Patpong 1 and 2) and another small street block on the other side of the city (Soi Cowboy) with nightclubs and I imagine "exotic dancers", but you don't see anything of that kind anywhere else in the city. That Soi Cowboy little alley is surrounded by a normal busy business district without any indication of seediness or smut, and a major historic society with a restored traditional house-museum is practically across the street. I have no idea where all that alleged Thai prostitution and pedophilia is, at least in Bangkok - I know the city very well, and have never seen anything remotely pornographic except in these three microscopically small alleys. And btw, prostitution is not legal in Thailand.
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Old 02-07-2019, 02:05 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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You can mostly blame the Vietnam War for the sex trade operating in Pat Pong. Bangkok was an official R&R center for American service men. And there were US Airforce bases operating out of Thailand.
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