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Viking65
5/26/2019 15:18 EST

Hello, everybody.

My name is Al, and I'm a newbie to this forum. I'm currently living in San Francisco, California. I'm turning 65 in a couple of weeks and will be relocating to Thailand. I'm living on a 70% VA disability pension. Things are a little tight here in the States, so I decided to return to Southeast Asia, which I've really been missing!

I'm going to be moving to the Pattaya area in September. I have a Thai fiancé who lives in a village in Pathum Thani. I will be enrolling in a Thai language school to both learn the language and to secure an ED visa. Araya and I have not set an exact date yet, so I need to secure my stay. A one-year course is not that expensive. And you can always do a six-month course.

Anyway, I'm not new to the Asia experience as I've lived in Japan for 5 years, Taiwan for 2 years and a brief 9-month retirement in the Phils. I've also been to South Korea twice, Hong Kong once and Thailand twice.

My philosophy is simple: When in Rome, do as the Romans do. I will study the Thai language seriously, cooking, culture, etc. So, I would love to hear what members in this forum have to say about living in Thailand, whether it be positive or negative. I will definitely throw you members some questions.

Thank you.

Al Pearson

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caughtintheact
5/26/2019 18:57 EST

Have lived in Thailand over 40 years, and still love the place. If you come here be sure and have health insurance as depending on the type of visa you get, it may be mandatory by the time you arrive. If you come on an O-A visa it will be required effective 1 July and you must have coverage of at least THB40,000/THB400,000 outpatient/inpatient care. Financial requirements to stay here are either THB65,000 per month deposited by international transfer or THB800,000 in the bank annually or a combination of the two. If you are on Tricare, you might want to join Tricare Overseas, a Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1130957407076906/ and its subsidiary group Tricare in Thailand https://www.facebook.com/groups/849060425466245/

There is much to tell, but let's have your questions. One thing is almost certain...living in Thailand can be a far cry from just visiting, and the country is not for everyone, but since you have a Thai fiance' she should be able to help you adjust. And if you have an interest in the do's and don't's for Thailand, PM me and I will send you a guide that I wrote many years ago and is for the mist part still relevant.

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ken24
5/26/2019 19:40 EST

I have also been around Asia a bit but nothing has ever compared to Thailand for me, though I have not been to PPI...

I was first in Thai 1974 -- did business here in the 80s and have been retired here the last 20 yrs or so...

I have been living in a small farming village with my wife's large family. I am functional in Thai and speaking Thai has greatly added to my experience here.. I love Thai people and the culture and way of life...

Pattaya does nothing for me...

Feel free to PM if you have questions... ken

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