Living Luxuriously in Chiang Mai

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One reason why Thailand is such a popular place with nomads and expats to retire is that it’s really cheap. Basic costs of living in Chiang Mai are significantly less than those of Australia, Europe or the US. Not surprisingly, an increasing number of retirees are making Thailand, and particularly Chiang Mai, their retirement destination. However, if your budget allows for it, living luxuriously in Chiang Mai is not out of reach for most people. Living luxuriously in … [Read more...]

Updated: May 26, 2013 by admin

Relaxed Rules for Hiring English Teachers in Phuket

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PHUKET: -- The Phuket Primary Education Area Office has relaxed the requirements for foreigners to be hired as English teachers at government schools in Phuket.     The move is aimed at combating a critical staff shortage, explained Office Director Jian Thongnoon. “We need about 100 English teachers, but right now we have only about 50 teachers and some of these are not very good in English. This is a big emergency that we need to solve,” he said. Among … [Read more...]

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Thailand Retirement – Ubon Ratchathani

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When planning for your Thailand retirement you should consider the possibility of retiring to Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. Why should Ubon Ratchathani be included on a list of places to enjoy your leisure days? It is a foreign country. The native language is Thai. It is far from your homeland. Many people, when the are nearing the age of retirement face the realization that they must adjust their lifestyle. Retirement income is often much less than during their working … [Read more...]

Updated: October 14, 2011 by admin

Retirement in Pattaya

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Pattaya, in Chonburi province of Thailand, is about 150 kilometers southeast of Bangkok. It is probably the most well-known place one wants to go in Thailand for Thai and foreigner alike. Pattaya city and its three beaches – Pattaya, Jomtien, and Naklua – grew rapidly during and after the Vietnam War, when the Americans built a naval base and American GIs invaded the town for “Rest and Recreation” Today Pattaya boasts dozens of Five-star hotels, scrumptious resorts, and … [Read more...]

Updated: September 17, 2011 by admin

Cost of Living Guide – Bangkok, Thailand

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Bangkok is like anywhere else, it can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. If you plan on eating out at fancy restaurants, sending your laundry out to be done, having a maid and a nice 2 bedroom condo, a car, and partying then you will easily spend as much in Bangkok as you would anywhere else. If however you economize a bit and blend in with the culture you can indeed live very cheaply in Bangkok.     Cost of Living Guide Bangkok, … [Read more...]

Updated: August 30, 2011 by admin

Cost of Living Guide – Chiang Mai, Thailand

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One reason why Thailand is such a popular place with expats to retire is that it's really cheap. Basic costs of living in Chiang Mai are significantly less than those of Australia, Europe or the US. Not surprisingly, an increasing number of retirees are making Thailand, and particularly Chiang Mai, their home.     Cost of Living Guide - Chiang Mai, Thailand Exchange rate Jan 2013  1USD = … [Read more...]

Updated: January 4, 2013 by admin

Immigration Bureau Tightens Requirements for Retirement Extensions

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BANGKOK: 07June 2011 The Immigration Bureau has tightened the requirements for retirement extensions. "It has been reported that along with the statement the applicant has made at their embassy stating their monthly income, for the past month the Immigration Bureau has asked to see proof of at least two months of pension income. This requirement is not just for new applications but renewals as well", says Sunn Justubavornchai, legal advisor at Sunbelt Asia Co., … [Read more...]

Updated: September 11, 2011 by admin

Expat life in Ubon Ratchathani

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It’s very hard to believe I have now lived in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand for 10 years. While I have lived here since October 2000 for others 10/10 marks first trip to Ubon. I can still vividly remember arriving at the then Ubon Ratchathani International Airport. At that time there was a daily flight to Da Nang, Viet Nam but has long since been scraped. The hotel I stayed at my first few nights here was Nevada Grand Hotel. Now it is Ubon International Hotel.  … [Read more...]

Updated: September 8, 2011 by admin

Obtaining a Thai Driver’s Licence

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It’s hard to believe that anyone in Thailand actually has a driving licence, or at least has passed a test, but getting a valid Thai licence is possible for all nationalities. While many westerners drive for years without obtaining a Thai driving licence, getting one is advisable for any long stays. An international driver licence is required to drive in Thailand, however for stays over 60 days a valid Thai driver's licence is required. Additionally, having a Thai … [Read more...]

Updated: June 11, 2011 by admin

Thai Retirement Visa Application Process

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Non-Immigrant Visa “O-A” (Long Stay) Thai Visa This type of Thai visa may be issued to applicants aged 50 years and over who wish to stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 1 year without the intention of working. Holder of this type of visa is allowed to stay in Thailand for 1 year. Employment of any kind is strictly prohibited. Eligibility Applicant must be aged 50 years and over (on the day of submitting application. Applicant not prohibited from entering … [Read more...]

Updated: September 28, 2011 by admin

Thailand Retirement Locations – The Pros & the Cons

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Thailand offers many wonderful retirement locations and advantages compared to other countries. Retirees should consider not only a selection of stunning coastal locations but also places like Bangkok and Chiang Mai, which earns top ranking in tourism and lifestyle surveys.   Popular Thailand Retirement Locations include: Phuket Pattaya Bangkok Hua Hin Chang Mai   Thailand Retirement Locations - Phuket Phuket is known as the Pearl of the South and is … [Read more...]

Updated: October 15, 2011 by admin

Thailand Properties for Sale and Rent

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Thailand offers a wide variety of properties for sale. Find your dream home, search for houses, high class villas, various apartments and condos, as well as other real estate for sale in Thailand. Looking for a great place to buy or rent?  Stay connected to the Thailand property market by reviewing the housing list below (updated daily). … [Read more...]

Updated: June 12, 2011 by admin

How to Buy a Condo in Thailand

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Buying a Condo is Safe Buying a condominium unit has become the simplest and easiest alternative for foreigners who want to own a piece of real property in Thailand. The foreigner can own the condo unit under their own name. Under Thailand law, it is not prohibited for a foreigner to own a condominium building in the country as long as his title therein does not exceed forty-nine percent (49%) of the whole condominium building. Thus, a foreigner may purchase one or … [Read more...]

Updated: December 26, 2010 by admin

Top 10 Reason to Retire in Thailand

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There are numerous reasons why people, when getting closer to retirement think about another country which they may have visited as a tourist to go and live either temporarily or permanently. Choosing to leave your home country to live in a foreign land is getting more popular and more and more "Young at Heart" over 50 years of age are seriously thinking about this. Thailand's Great Climate Thailand’s tropical climate is a major attraction for many. With no … [Read more...]

Updated: December 26, 2010 by admin

Foreign Embassies and Consulates in Chiang Mai

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Thailand has diplomatic relations with most countries and as such there are embassies from virtually every country in the world. What follows is a comprehensive list of their contact details, so if you need to replace a lost passport, look no further. Country Address Telephone Australia 165, Sirimungklajarn Road  Tambon Suthep  Chiang Mai  50200 Tel: (053) 221-083 Fax: (053) 219-726 Austria 15 Moo 1, Huey … [Read more...]

Updated: December 26, 2010 by admin

Thailand Work Permits

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Guidelines For Obtaining a Thai Work Permit Check your employer's eligibility to apply for you. Not every employer will be qualified to apply for a work permit for you. Your potential employer must have minimum of two million baht in registered capital and the minimum of four Thai employees. Your passport must have at least five blank pages for visa stamps, and it must be valid at least twelve months. You must have a Non-Immigrant visa before applying for a Thai … [Read more...]

Updated: December 26, 2010 by admin

Thailand Retirement Visa FAQs

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What are the requirements for a Thai Retirement Visa? What documents are needed? Can I use my US/UK savings bank account as a requirement for the Thai Retirement Visa? Is there a minimum time requirement to deposit the money in the bank before you can apply for the 1 Year Retirement Visa? If my partner goes with me to retire in Thailand will he/she need the same financial requirement separately? Can I bring my household items to … [Read more...]

Updated: January 10, 2011 by admin

Foreign Embassies and Consulates in Thailand

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Thailand has diplomatic relations with most countries and as such there are embassies from virtually every country in the world. What follows is a comprehensive list of their contact details, so if you need to replace a lost passport, look no further. Country Address Telephone Argentina Suite 1601, Glas Haus Bldg, 16 th, Sukhumvit 25, Bangkok 10110 (662) 259-0401, 259-9198 Australia 37 Sathorn Tai Road, Bangkok 10120 … [Read more...]

Updated: December 26, 2010 by admin

Retirement Cost of Living in Thailand

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How much does it cost to retire in Thailand must be one of the most asked questions around. Everyone is different when it comes to lifestyle, finances and expectations so it is a difficult question to answer. Based on the low cost of living in Thailand with Bangkok being the middle ground one would say that you need at least 50,000 Baht per month as a basic minimum. Pattaya might be more expensive, Phuket would be considerably higher than this breakdown and Issaan … [Read more...]

Updated: June 4, 2011 by admin