Hi there.I have heard that living in Thailand is pretty nice for expats and I would love to hear from some of you who live there on your experiences of it. Which towns or cities are best to live in? Can a foreigner own property in Thailand? Is it easy to get a residency? And any other information you can provide would be great. Thanks so much for your help
Do a web search for 10 pin Pattaya and you will find plenty of them
Can you please tell me if there are any 10 pin bowling alleys in the area?
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Looking for a Resident Manager for a 3 Star hotel in Koh Chang. Experience in any dept as manager sufficient. Cushy job with lots of potential. Preferably for someone already in the country, knows the quirks and basic lingo etc. no age limits.
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For more pls drop your contact email.
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Am intrested for this job.
Send me your mail id so that I can send my resume to you .
This spacious luxury home is designed to high specifications and is located in Baan Nai Fan residential area, at the foot of the sacred Doi Suthep Mountain, near the Royal Flora Exposition grounds and Chiang Mai Night Safari.
This stylish luxury cozy property built to the highest standard, amidst the highly exclusive popular upscale location Lanna Thara near Royal Flora Rajapruek in Hang Dong, sits on a beautifully landscaped tropical garden of 1,608 sqm ( 402 sqwah ) and boasts an exquisite 500 sqm of stunning professionally designed interior living area ( 4 bedrooms / 1 maid room / 6 bathrooms ).
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Spacious detached family home located in one of the most prestigious and exclusive moo ban in Chiang Mai Lanna Thara is now available on the market to rent.
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on the Thailand forum on November 21, 2014:
I am looking to find ex-pats for advice, info and chat please
Thanks for all this very useful advice. I will follow up your ideas in due course, particularly regarding my son.
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 http://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/thai-permanent-residency.php
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)
Royal Thai Embassy 29-30 Queen’s Gate London, SW7 5JB
Tel. (44-20) 7589-2944
Fax. (44-20) 7823-9695
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (Consulate Division)
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 http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/forum/29-pattaya-forum/, http://www.expat-blog.com/en/nationalities/british/in/asia/thailand/pattaya/, and www.expathuahin.com/
Hua Hin may have a 10 pin bowling alley www.huahinsport.com/others.htm
on the Thailand forum on November 20, 2014:
replied to the thread yoga meditation tai chi in Hua hin
on the Thailand forum on November 16, 2014:
I would like to know if there are yoga, meditation, tai chi courses and regular groups
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.
Sport Villa-7 days and nights per week
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
Here are some other organizations that might be of use:
Association of the Physically Handicapped of Thailand
73/7-8 Soi 8, Soi Thepprasan
Talaat Kawan, Nonthaburi 11000
Fax: 580-1098 ext. 7
Disabled Peoples International (Thailand)
78/2 Tivanon Rd.
Pak Kret, Nonthaburi 11120
COUNCIL OF DISABLED PEOPLE OF THAILAND (DPIT)
Mr. Suppacheep Didthad
Room No.7-8 3rd Floor APCD Bldg.,
255 Rajvithi Rd.,
Rajthevi, Bangkok 10400,
and this site contains a list of organizations for the handicapped in Thailand
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
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.