replied to the thread pickleball chiang mai
on the Thailand forum:
mondays at 9 am at south west corner of old city in park
come and have some fun !!!
more info on face book chiang mai, Thailand
bring a good paddle if you have one....if not we have wood ones......we play on monday at 9 am in park south west corner old city.....more info contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
phone--0829 829 396
replied on December 09, 2014 with:
Arriving Chiang Mai Jan 2 2015. Really enjoy Pickleball and hope to find some action there. Any suggestions as to what equipment I should bring with me? or other contacts for PB info in Chiang Mai?
I do not recommend Phu Quoc. The island is undergoing a serious facelift ( see http://www.phuquocislandguide.com ) and it is too expensive to buy property there.
I would suggest Danang Vietnam. It has a beautiful beach, modern city, and it is very clean!
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Fully furnished 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms bungalow with fire place and chimney located in Chiang Mai Country Park Ville in Hang Dong, Nong Kwai, close to Sansaran, which is a very friendly, quiet and peaceful small mooban with 24H/7 security guard.
replied to the thread Considering Thailand
on the Thailand forum:
I hear a lot about Pattaya Beach but that's about it. Maybe Phuket at times. I've lived in the Philippines for a year back in 2002. Really a filthy country but I like their food. I'm 56 with a generous retirement and would like info on retiring in Thailand. I prefer the beach environment.
I would recommend that if you have not been here before and if feasible, make a visit here as a tourist to see if it is what you want, otherwise you might make a costly mistake. Agewise you are qualified to retire in Thailand (the minimum age is 50). Pattaya is not the only beach area in Thailand, and as the Thai coastline is about 2,000 miles long, there are numerous other beach areas.
Expats are fairly numerous in every beach area, except perhaps in the deep south, the provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, which have Muslim insurgencies. I don't live in a beach area, so I will not attempt to comment further on them.
I spent 4 years in the Philippines back in the late 70s, early 80s, and not sure what you specifically mean by a filthy country.
Thai food for the most part is very spicy hot, but the food of other nations is available in most expat areas.
I suspect, but cannot prove, of course, that if you did not like anything about the Philippines except the food, you may not like Thailand, as it is very different from western countries and even from other Asian nations.
To begin an application you need to contact the nearest Thai Embassy/Consulate in your home country to apply for a visa, and be sure that you indicate that you want to retire here. Once the visa is issued it will be for 90 days, and near the last week or so, you can go to an Immigration office where you plan to live in Thailand and request an extension of stay for the purposes of retirement. There is no such thing as a retirement visa here.
The financial requirements are that if you are single, you will need to show that you have a pension from a legitimate source in the amount of at least Thai Baht 65,000 per month. If your pension is less then there is another method which I can get into if you indicate you want more info.
replied to the thread Car Insurance in Thailand
on the Thailand forum:
I just realized my wording wasn't good in previous post.
I already bought a car value 225,000 baht and was asking for advice on fair insurance coverage prices I could expect to pay, 2 drivers and own damage coverage included.
Appreciate your input, as you mentioned MSIG and got a quote fairly similar to others I'll go with them.
I still think you will be better off contacting the auto insurance companies than trying to get estimates here. One of the problems is that if repair parts for old vehicles are not readily available, you may not get much coverage.
Another potential problem is that some companies have a good reputation for paying off in case of an accident, and some do not.
There is a fairly extensive list of insurance companies at http://www.thaiwebsites.com/insurance.asp. I have used MSIG and AIA for my auto insurance in the past and been satisfied with their rates and service.
You can also try this online insurance comparison site https://en.askhanuman.co.th/ to get an idea of the rates.
You can also try the forum at http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/forum/121-insurance-in-thailand/
As far as "fair" rates go , there is no such thing. There is only the price you are willing to pay and the price you are not willing to pay.
replied to the thread Cheapest Beach or Lake front
on the Thailand forum:
I know everywhere in Thailand is cheap compared to Vancouver Canada but as I've lived a few yrs ago in Phuket/Kammala and looked at some prices in Pattaya and I know they are the high rent districts.
I guess my question is any recommendations for off the beaten track area's, I've considered lakeside but am worried about mosquito's...being from Canada I've seen 90% of the lakeside properties are mosquito invested, where as Whistler and Vancouver were pretty much mosquito free.
Anyone recommend relative mosquito free lakes/rivers or cheap "out of the touristy area beach properties?
I recommend you go to http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/ and scroll down to Real Estate, housing, house and land ownership. There are also forums on specific areas of Thailand.
One place not often mentioned is Phayao in northern Thailand which has a number of lakes, but not sure about the mosquito situation. Being a tropical country Thailand has mosquitoes but not so much in the cities. Most of the country is malaria and dengue free. Mosquitoes are usually out at dawn and dusk.
If you talk to people on the other forum above you can get better first hand info. But there is a lot of noise on that forum as well as good information.
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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?