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caughtintheact replied to the thread Thailand - New Rules for tourists who overstay visas on the Thailand forum:
caughtintheact initially posted:
In the past many people came to Thailand and overstayed. their visas, whether to work illegally or just remain in Thailand. Overstays will not be permitted and anyone who does overstay can expect to be banned from entering the country for a period of time. The new rules are posted here:
caughtintheact replied on January 23, 2015 with:
I'm not in a category that needs to do visa runs, but there are a lot of them who post at the forums on and may have more insight on the current situation.
TheSir2You replied on January 18, 2015 with:
I am now an illegal alien in Ukraine, going on three years. There is no way to do the 'run' as the reentry is not allowed for a year. But they will not deport you and you can stay, and spend.
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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: We asked expats and searched our forums for recommendations about where to retire in Asia. We pinpointed countries with affordable costs of living and have five great retirement locations. Please add your recommendations in the comments section! (Continue)
vietrick replied most recently with:
Regarding Vietnam: while it is nice to go to visit Mui Ne or other beach communities, one must be real about long term needs if planning a move; most of the areas have miserable or next to zero health care. Both Da Nang and Nha Trang have improving situations, with choice. Should you need to get care in Singapore, Thailand, Hanoi or Saigon (at the French Hospital), airports are nearby. I live in Nha Trang most of the year and have been here a long time, and have needed health care. You very well might, as well. Da Nang has the advantage of having a great mayor who has changed the city greatly, cleaning up both the environment and flushing out the endemic corruption that is so common within most of Vietnam and other nearby countries. As one poster here pointed out, the question concerns retiring, not merely visiting. Those two things are quite different. I am in love with Ethiopia but it is not a retirement spot as yet, for example. Though it is rapidly changing, Vietnam remains a bargain, attracting a more interesting and more educated expat population. The skirt chasing alcoholic is not the average expat....more couples are here. More younger men and women choose to work and live here each year. . The
travelsoulja replied recently with:
I do not recommend Phu Quoc. The island is undergoing a serious facelift ( see ) 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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ISLNDR2K replied to the thread What's it like living in Thailand? on the Thailand forum:
marilynexpat initially posted:
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
ISLNDR2K replied most recently with:
Agreed. Mr. Arron must have experienced a frightful incident in Thailand. I've been visiting Thailand for business since 2005 and have stayed from two weeks to three months. I enjoyed all my stay. Fights and arguments that I witnessed came from visitors. Disagree that you advised him to take his dreadful attitude to Israel.
caughtintheact replied most recently with:
Do a web search for 10 pin Pattaya and you will find plenty of them
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property in Thailand108 sqm, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Fully Air Conditioned, 14th Floor. 1 year contract: 25,000 THB/month or 6 month contract: 27,000 THB/month. Very spacious 2 bedroom condo with 270 degree views on the 14th floor. The condo comes fully furnished and equipped and was recently renovated.
warrior28 replied to the thread Considering Thailand on the Thailand forum:
clarkee initially posted:
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.
warrior28 replied most recently with:
Retirement visas for Thailand are available to foreigners 50 years of age or older. These visas are valid for only one year and employment of any kind is strictly prohibited. According to Thai immigration, applicants must meet the following qualifications: Applicant must be able to provide proof of a pension or other regular income from a source outside of Thailand; Applicant’s pension or other regular income must be no less than the equivalent of 65,000 Baht per month; Alternatively, the applicant may meet the financial requirement by maintaining a Thai bank account with a minimum amount of 800,000 Baht. (Applicants will need to show that they have 800,000 Baht in savings each year when they renew their visa.) Any applicant married to a Thai citizen may be able to receive a visa on that basis rather than retirement.
warrior28 replied most recently with:
Hey Clarkee....just depends on the life-style that you are looking for. If you're looking for a beach with lots of tourists, look at Pataya (cheap, new condos for rent), Phuket and Koh Samui. Quieter beaches can be found in Hua Hin and further south. I'm planning on retiring in Thailand in two years. Will rent for 1-yr on a beach and if not happy with the locale, try another place for a year. Much cooler summers in the north in Chang Mai or Chang Rai. Great food, good beer, night life, and friendly people.
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caughtintheact replied to the thread I am moving to Thailand! on the Thailand forum:
1happykamper initially posted:
I have never visited Asia before..I currently live in Central Mexico ..2 years now. So my "move" is 2 suitcases. I sold the kitchen sink years ago. My question this time is cost of items in Thailand..specifically: mens shirts -casual, Levis jeans, walking shorts, a 54" smart TV, a 27" high end computer monitor, a good inkjet printer and sunscreen. :)) ALL these items in MX are very expensive... I want to know the cost of replcaing all these items please.. and just how many clothes if any, I should buy in USA before departng for Thailand. Cheers.
caughtintheact replied most recently with:
No, Thailand is not taking people with visas as prisoners. :) Those who really like it here don't want to leave and those who don't like it are welcome to leave at any time. But if you have an extension for retirement, and you leave without a multiple re-entry visa, you might have to start all over again if you want to return to retire here. But you can always apply for a multiple re-entry once you have the extension approval for retirement. In addition, if you find work that you want to do, you can apply to change your status, provided that the employer is able to support a work permit for you. If you send me a PM, with an email address (use a disposable address, if you like), I will send you my list of Do's and Don'ts for Thailand, which is too long to post here (and I prefer to retain the formatting which I spent a lot of time on. :) :)
1happykamper replied most recently with:
Thanks. I just happened to check with the Thai consul in Mexico City.. $80 for the first year. Passport, photos, criminal check and cash.. thats it. I will aplly for a single entry visa..good for one year. However. Does his mena that Thailand will not allow me to leave for one year..sort of ..ummm.. a prisoner?? :))
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joey1971 posted khanom on the Thailand forum:
have recently moved to the khanom area of southern Thailand. just wondering if there are any English speaking expats in this area.
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johnbayer replied to the thread pickleball chiang mai on the Thailand forum:
johnbayer initially posted:
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
johnbayer replied most recently with:
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 phone--0829 829 396 john
danl replied most recently 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?
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primepeat replied to the thread Car Insurance in Thailand on the Thailand forum:
primepeat initially posted:
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. Tks Dave
primepeat replied most recently with:
Appreciate your input, as you mentioned MSIG and got a quote fairly similar to others I'll go with them. Tks again Dave
caughtintheact replied most recently with:
Hi, 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 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 to get an idea of the rates. You can also try the forum at 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.
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