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catnathan replied to the thread Thailand on the Thailand forum on November 21, 2014:
catnathan initially posted:
Hi I am looking to find ex-pats for advice, info and chat please
catnathan replied on November 21, 2014 with:
Thanks for all this very useful advice. I will follow up your ideas in due course, particularly regarding my son.
caughtintheact replied on November 21, 2014 with:
The advice in a separate thread from hbft58 on renting first is very true. In addition renting allows time for learning the law and finding a good lawyer for buying a condo. There is a special law that allows foreigners to buy a condo and own the land under it, but not the land under a house. For living in a house, there is a possibility of a long term lease. Renting means that you buy time to look around, not just in Pattaya, but elsewhere if you decide that you are not happy with Pattaya. Residency permit. As I said earlier to become a resident requires living in Thailand about 3 years on a non-immigrant visa and then you can apply for residency, but don't count on getting it. There is only a small annual quote and many, many applicants. Some people laud the advantages of residency, but as for myself, I am here on an extension of stay for the purposes of retirement and find only minor inconveniences from that status. But first, when you apply to come here, ask for a non-immigrant visa and tell the Embassy/consul that you want to apply for an extension of stay for the purposes of retirement. Don't mention residency, as the Embassy/consul has nothing to do with that. Make life easy for them, and they make life easier for you. When you get to Thailand you will have a 90 day visa and toward the end of that time you can apply for the extension of stay for the purposes of retirement. Essential differences between residency and extension of a non-immigrant visa for the purposes of retirement: As a resident: 1. You do not have to report your address to the Immigration Bureau every 90 days. 2. You do not have to apply for annual extensions of stay (but you need to extend your residency permit annually 3. You can have your name on a housing registration form, and thus can buy a condo without having to get a bank transfer from abroad. 4. As a permanent resident you can get a work permit easier, but as a retiree you are not allowed to work in Thailand. 5. You would have to be a permanent resident in order to apply for Thai citizenship. The downside is that only 100 applications are approved per year per nationality. See Anyway you will have plenty of time from the time you get here until you can apply, and keep in mind that the rules change. I recommend you start by contacting the Thai embassy at (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) Address Royal Thai Embassy 29-30 Queen’s Gate London, SW7 5JB Tel. (44-20) 7589-2944 Fax. (44-20) 7823-9695 Email (Consulate Division) Website Office Hours Monday – Friday 09.30-12.30 hrs. and 14.00-17.00 hrs. Visa and Consular section 09.30 – 12.30 hrs. Your son might be a problem. He is not old enough for retirement in Thailand (minimum age is 50). I suggest you contact the Embassy to see what can be done, and to get ideas from other Brit expats you can post the question at,, and Hua Hin may have a 10 pin bowling alley
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catnathan posted Pattaya on the Thailand forum on November 20, 2014:
I would like to chat with ex-pats living in
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caughtintheact replied to the thread yoga meditation tai chi in Hua hin on the Thailand forum on November 16, 2014:
janineradice initially posted:
I would like to know if there are yoga, meditation, tai chi courses and regular groups
caughtintheact replied on November 16, 2014 with:
I don't live in Hua Hin, but have you tried a web search using your topic title? I tried it and got some results.
Kettlebellrick replied on November 15, 2014 with:
Yoga- Sport Villa-7 days and nights per week
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caughtintheact replied to the thread 43-year-old blind American looking at Thailand on the Thailand forum:
blindave13 initially posted:
I am a 43-year-old single American looking for a new place to call home. Am currently living on $1600 per month in Social Security disability and am being severely squeezed here in the states. I have heard about parts of Thailand where there are lots of Americans and about the low-cost rent and other necessities. I have been looking at central and south America but would also consider South East Asia as well. What a blind American be able to live in Thailand? I would want to hire someone to help me with shopping and occasional cooking and other errands. Would I even be able to get a visa? Especially on my income
caughtintheact replied on November 16, 2014 with:
Here are some other organizations that might be of use: Association of the Physically Handicapped of Thailand 73/7-8 Soi 8, Soi Thepprasan Tivanon Rd. Talaat Kawan, Nonthaburi 11000 Thailand Tel: 951-0569 Fax: 580-1098 ext. 7 Disabled Peoples International (Thailand) 78/2 Tivanon Rd. Pak Kret, Nonthaburi 11120 Thailand Tel: 583-3021 Fax: 583-6518 COUNCIL OF DISABLED PEOPLE OF THAILAND (DPIT) Mr. Suppacheep Didthad Room No.7-8 3rd Floor APCD Bldg., 255 Rajvithi Rd., Rajthevi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand Telephone: +662-354-4260-1 Fax: +662-354-4260-1 Email: cpdtthailand(at)gmail[dot]com Website: and this site contains a list of organizations for the handicapped in Thailand
caughtintheact replied on November 16, 2014 with:
This organization migtht5 be a good one to contact. They probably have information on seeing eye dogs as well as options for coming to Thailand. Foundation for the Blind in Thailand 420 Rajavidhi Road, Rajathevee, Bangkok, 10400 Tel: +66 2-354-8365 Fax: +66 2-354 8369 E-Mail: Searches for service dogs, guide dogs in Thailand might also turn up useful information. Another possibility is a search for guide dogs for the blind in Thailand.
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caughtintheact replied to the thread pottery on the Thailand forum on November 16, 2014:
janineradice initially posted:
is anyone doing work with clay as a studio potter in Hua hin
caughtintheact replied on November 16, 2014 with:
Try a web search for studio potter clay hua hin
hbft58 replied on November 15, 2014 with:
I do not know. There could be some around here wrote in Thai. I do not read Thai.
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hbft58 posted Hua Hin dentist on the Thailand forum on November 16, 2014:
I had 5 teeth extracted at Perfect smile.She is very caring and gentle. I will be fitted for top denture. Dr. Saranya was very nice and professional she explained my plan to treat me. It is close to the Market Village and I can walk there for my appts. She is very nice I recommend her if you need a good dentist.
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