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PaulCT04 posted Children´s Music Group Wanting to Perform - Free on the Thailand forum on April 16, 2014:
I write on behalf of an NGO in Cambodia whom have created their own school to improve children´s English, maths and music. They have their own music group who regularly perform to tourists in the local town, they are a talented group of singers and dancers. I am hoping to bring a small group to Thailand and I am looking for places for the children to perform and/or share their skills and culture. We offer the performances free as we just want the children to have the experience. If anyone has any contacts of people whom may be interested or can offer me advice then I would be grateful. We can perform in a hall, in a classroom, on the street or in a hotel - we are very flexible.
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caughtintheact replied to the thread Long stay-multiple entry-retirement visa on the Thailand forum on April 11, 2014:
kickballrick initially posted:
With this type of visa effective to December/2014, will a 1 way flight be ok from the US this summer? Thanks Ric
caughtintheact replied on April 11, 2014 with:
It is probably best to get the terminology straight. Unless something has changed recently, there is no such thing as a retirement visa. What you probably mean is that you have a non-immigrant visa and you will use that visa to ask for an extension of stay for the purpose of retirement in Thailand. You should not need a return trip ticket on this kind of visa, but I recommend that you check with the embassy or consulate where you got the visa to be certain. Things are in a state of flux here now, and no telling what will happen. Is your visa good for 90 days? If so, then the last week of the 90 days you will need to go to an immigration office to apply for the extension of stay. You will need to have a local bank account before you go to immigration with the required funds in it, unless your pension is at least B65,000 a month from a cre3dible source and you will need a letter from your embassy (an affidavit, if American), which will cost abo9uyt $50 (may vary according to country).
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property in ThailandA lovely 30 rai site where the land undulates away from a high point of some 430M
property in ThailandA lovely 30 rai site where the land undulates away from a high point of some 430M
property in ThailandLive the dream! A working farm only 30-35 minutes drive north from Chiang Mai
property in ThailandLive the dream! A working farm only 30-35 minutes drive north from Chiang Mai
Clamdigger53 replied to the thread No More Winters,kids got old; on the Thailand forum:
Clamdigger53 initially posted:
Retired and need a break.When things settle down I will have approx. $3,000 a month to run away! Thailand seems to be the most welcoming.Am i a bit too optimistic,is Thailand as good as my research indicates?Sure like the looks of the South East Asian neighborhood.
Clamdigger53 replied on April 05, 2014 with:
TKS! Not ready yet,leaving next year,and have a long tour to do before i get to S.E.A.
caughtintheact replied on March 18, 2014 with:
Have you checked out all the rules on retiring here? The first step is to contact the nearest Thai consulate or the Embassy in your home country, because that is where you will have to get your visa. When applying for the visa you will be required to show proof of a medical exam and a police report from your home town/city. The visa is usually good for 90 days. During that time you can open a bank account in Thailand, and put some money in it that can be shown to come from your retirement money. Wire transfer from your bank at home will be best. Before you leave your home country, you might want to talk to your local banker and get the procedures so they can automatically transfer money every, once you can notify them of the bank in Thailand you will be using. . When in Thailand on the 90 day visa and in the last few days before it expires, you can go to the nearest immigration office and apply for "an extension of stay for the purpose of retirement.", which is the official name. There are no "retirement visas" per se. If you get an approval, you will have to report your address every 90 days to the immigration office, and renew your visa annually. Under current requirements the amount of US$3,000 (about THB90,000 is more than satisfactory, provided you have proof that the money is from a legitimate source (company/government pension, for example). You will be required to deposit at least the equivalent of THB65,000 per month. in your Thai bank account. BTW, is that retirement money part of a government pension? In Thailand you will need to get a letter from your embassy (an affidavit for US citizens) which states that you want to remajn here for retirement and it will have a place where you must include your monthly income. Alternatively you can deposit THB800,000 in a bank account each year in lieu of the THB65,000 per month, or you can use a combination. For example, say you only want to transfer B40,000 over per month (depending on where . interest is higher) . In that case you multiply 40,000 x 12 months, which is 480,000, and around the time of visa renewal transfer the lump sum of 800,000-480,000 or 320,000 to your account. You might want to go the retirement route to stay 9 months as otherwise you might not be able to stay that long without making a number of visa renewal runs. There is talk of reducing tourist visa length of stay to 15 days. and cracking down on renewals. If you are on an extension of stay for the purpose of retirement, you can get a multiple re-entry stamp at immigration and go out of the country and return at will. As long as you are not gone more than a year, your retirement status should remain intact. At any rate, things are always changing, so you will need to re-verify the requirements befo9re you apply for the initial visa. I am never certain that I am 100% accurate at any time because of the changes.
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whitefor posted flat oom rental on the Thailand forum:
Hi, my Thai GF and I are looking to rent a flat or room I the Chan rak area of Samui. Does anybody know of any we could rent pleases.
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property in ThailandNear to Tha Pae Gate and the Sunday Walking Street/market, the restaurant has an established clientele and comprises. Two levels totalling some 320m2 with the Ground Floor 80m2; First Floor 240m2
Renaelindsay replied to the thread Chiang Mai on the Thailand forum:
luto2home initially posted:
I'm looking to retire to Thailand In August of this year, how doable is 1400 per month there? Any help would be appreciated!
Renaelindsay replied most recently with:
The last poster is right, I. Assumed that was your budget for rent. Sorry.
caughtintheact replied most recently with:
First, since you didn't specify, I will assume you are single and not married. $1400/month is only "doable" in the sense that you can live in Thailand on that amount. If you have to pay rent of $1500/month I would not call that "doable". However, $1400/month may not be enough to qualify for retirement here. To get an extension of stay for the purposes of retirement in Thailand, the current immigration regulations require that you put Thai Baht 800,000 in a bank account in Thailand annually. or show proof of income of at least B65,000 per month, or a combination of the two. For example, if you have a pension of $1400/month, using B30 to the dollar that will give you B42,000 per month x 12 months = B504,000. Thus, annually, you would have to be able to deposit the amount of B800,000-504,000, or 296,000 annually as well as bringing in the $1400 per month.
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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: Where are the best places to retire overseas? Which retirement haven is right for you? France? Ecuador? Panama? Nicaragua? Thailand? Kathleen Peddicord shares the pros and cons of the world's top 9 retirement havens. (Continue)
dcgringo replied most recently with:
The people that publish this garbage and suppose to be experts are nothing more than scam artist promoting their own interest. I have lived in Colombia for ten years and seen the worst and best of the country. Colombia is no place for a foreign retiree. Good place to visit in safe areas but having a "Senior Moment" in a place where 90% of the population live on $300 to $500 usd per month is no joke. Lastly, none of these articles talk about the judiciary system in the countries. If you have no justice you have no country, and many Latin American countries have no good justice systems. If you get into trouble in Colombia, either through stupidity or being framed you stay in jail with no food, no water, no change of clothes, no bathing facilities until your court hearing. Forget about Constitutional Rights, Civil Rights, Human Rights, or any rights. Oh yea, most expats have not been to jail in Colombia, nor do they know anyone that has been killed in Colombia, kidnapped, victimized by extortion, etc. I have been through it all including having a hand grenade tossed in my neighbors window. Foreigners are so naive and believe all this stupid stuff written by these so called experts. They create these sites to sell their stuff and lure innocent foreigners to their real estate deals. Colombia, nice place to visit, but stay street smart.
volcan357 replied recently with:
I would agree with Panama being number one although it has gotten more expensive here in recent years. Also Ecuador and Nicaragua would be good choices if you want a place that is cheaper to live. Costa Rica is a beautiful country but is quite a bit more expensive than Panama. I live close to the border with Costa Rica and everybody complains about the prices in Costa Rica. For an American it is nice to be closer to home rather than be somewhere in Asia for example. Perhaps you may want to fly back to use your Medicare? Actually I have lived in Panama so long that I am forgetting what it is like to live somewhere else. Panama City has gotten too expensive and of course too crowded but there are lots of good choices in the Provinces. Chiriqui has always been very popular with many expats and things are cheaper in some of the central provinces. Some people say that Ecuador and Nicaragua are fourth world. That is not true. What has happened is that Panama has changed so it is much more modern and is quite a bit ahead of Ecuador and Nicaragua. Probably more English is spoken in Panama than in Ecuador or Nicaragua. With time however most people learn enough Spanish to meet their needs. For myself I married a Panamanian girl and speak Spanish in the home with her and the kids. I mostly use English for reading which is good because as a written language English is number one in the world.
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I’ve just heard that the Phuket International Academy Day School (PIADS) will offer boarding from 1 August 2014, so I thought I’d share this information here. PIADS are part of the Thanyapura sports complex who have launched an Elite Junior Sport Academy programme in conjunction with the school and its new boarding facilities. Until 30 April 2014, Thanyapura Phuket are accepting applications for full and partial sports scholarships to enter the Elite Junior Swimming, Triathlon and Tennis Academies that will see gifted athletes streamed into elite international sporting colleges upon successful completion of their secondary education. Open to all students aged 13 to 18. Click for more information.
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