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Just left Chiang Mai after four years....

Post by thighlander » April 2nd, 2018, 7:41 pm

But I am still living in Thailand (have Retirement extension..mid 50s). Hoping to share info., and will be glad to answer questions. Sheers!

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Re: Just left Chiang Mai after four years....

Post by Yohan » April 3rd, 2018, 3:32 am

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.

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Re: Just left Chiang Mai after four years....

Post by thighlander » April 3rd, 2018, 8:26 am

Yohan wrote:
April 3rd, 2018, 3:32 am
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?

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Re: Just left Chiang Mai after four years....

Post by thighlander » April 3rd, 2018, 4:22 pm

Do you actually swim at the beach?

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Re: Just left Chiang Mai after four years....

Post by Yohan » April 4th, 2018, 2:31 pm

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.

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Re: Just left Chiang Mai after four years....

Post by thighlander » April 8th, 2018, 4:00 pm

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.

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Re: Just left Chiang Mai after four years....

Post by xiongmao » April 10th, 2018, 11:07 am

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.
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Re: Just left Chiang Mai after four years....

Post by Adama » April 10th, 2018, 2:07 pm

thighlander wrote:
April 2nd, 2018, 7:41 pm
But I am still living in Thailand (have Retirement extension..mid 50s). Hoping to share info., and will be glad to answer questions. Sheers!
Who's that person in your avatar?

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Re: Just left Chiang Mai after four years....

Post by Yohan » April 10th, 2018, 2:44 pm

xiongmao wrote:
April 10th, 2018, 11:07 am
Do you have to be 50 to get a Thai visa? In that case I am 3 years and 10 months away.
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

http://site.thaiembassy.jp/en/
http://site.thaiembassy.jp/en/visa/type/

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.

http://site.thaiembassy.jp/en/visa/type/397/

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Re: Just left Chiang Mai after four years....

Post by Yohan » April 10th, 2018, 2:58 pm

thighlander wrote:
April 8th, 2018, 4:00 pm
I got a modern apartment in Udon for 4500 per month. Includes Wi-Fi and cable.
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.

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Re: Just left Chiang Mai after four years....

Post by thighlander » April 18th, 2018, 2:58 pm

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.

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Re: Just left Chiang Mai after four years....

Post by chanta76 » April 19th, 2018, 8:56 pm

thighlander wrote:
April 8th, 2018, 4:00 pm
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.
4500 per month? you mean by baht ?

How is life there? How were you able to retire so early?

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Re: Just left Chiang Mai after four years....

Post by Yohan » April 21st, 2018, 4:28 am

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.

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Re: Just left Chiang Mai after four years....

Post by thighlander » April 22nd, 2018, 12:16 am

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.

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