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I am also holding Thai retirement visa, but living in Japan, visiting Thailand about 3 times a year, stay always for about 2 months, so totally about 6 months a year and have my own rooms in Pattaya/Jomtien. I prefer to be near to the sea and near to Bangkok and int'l airport.
Do you actually swim in the Gulf?
The beach along Pattaya is not very nice. It is better to use the ferry to Koh Larn, the island is about 9km away from Pattaya and has clean beaches.
The ferry is only THB 30,- per direction.
Yes, we go over there sometimes for swimming. However the condominium building where I am living has a very large swimming pool, no need really to swim in the sea.
I got a modern apartment in Udon for 4500 per month. Includes Wi-Fi and cable. Waiting for the Dollar to bounce, and may buy outside of BKK, but damn, there is at least one very hot girl at the mini market every time I go, which is often. Near UDRU..but TBH, they are just a little young, OTOH, a lot of the ladies in the beer bars are old...like older than the moms of the uni students. just need some middle ground, but pretty good town. Immigration is suppose to be tame...doing a report this week, will find out.
Do you have to be 50 to get a Thai visa? In that case I am 3 years and 10 months away.
Agreed the beach at Pattaya sucks, it's narrow and the second time I was there was made worse by a tourist boat sinking so there being a flood of ambulances along Beach Road.
Well Thailand is insane and thank goodness you get reincarnated there after drowning/falling from a balcony/crashing your moped/getting killed to death by a deranged farang.
I quit my boring cubicle slave job and now I'm Happier Abroad...
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I am holding a 12 month/pensioner visa for Thailand.
You will find a good summery of all kind of visa and requirements in English at this homepage:
Thai Embassy in Japan
Yes, for retirement you need a non-immigrant O-Visa
50 + is a requirement, but there are other requirements too before it will be issued, financially, health, passport must be still valid for 18 months, etc.
I think you talk about Udon Thani, อุดรธานี, not so far from Laos border, Udon Thani is a cheap place to stay.
Why did you leave Chiang Mai?
The city of Chiang Mai is quite large, maybe double of Udon Thani, but there is pollution always and rather much traffic too.
Udon Thani is not bad, but anywhere in Isaan it's getting boring after a while.
uncontrolled growth....too much garbage, terrible air problems. Udon seems much more manageable...still rats here and the re, but much less in your face garbage. It has everything need. I mport taxes are a ripoff hete, just like bangkok. Easier to drink past midnight here. oh, and here is a huge o ne....far fewerChinese here...I hate their guts...they are as bad in CM as the air.
4500 per month? you mean by baht ?
How is life there? How were you able to retire so early?
Udon Thani and Nakhon Ratchasima are the better choice out of the 4 major cities in Isaan.
I found both of them better than Khon Kaen and Ubon Ratchathani.
4500 baht for a nice room is a normal price in that region for rent.
I would be careful to buy any property in that region and keep in mind that you can only buy a condominium unit which meets certain specification in your own name and not a house/land, and there is not much on the market which fits sale to foreigners in that area and it is often difficult to sell if you want to relocate to another place.
THE condos are newer here, starting at 1.3 million....I would rather get a n old one, where the defects have surfaced, but no oldies here, a few in KKN, and more in Korat, but some real junk. I think Udon has a little more style than Korat...selling was easy in CM....but, the value is in the resales. New cost 2.8 times more and only dents for 1.8 times more....and it ain't new after you buy it. I found a nice studio with nice river views in NONG Khai, but obvious problems with the association. yes, the restrictions suck, but I can't say I blame them. Overall, it provides very stiff competition with living in America. Basic bills are high, and the dentist and doctor are a nightmare. Lots of things are cheaper at the grocery stores in the us...primarily due to excessive import taxes.