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Posted 16 October 2017 - 11:20 AM

Mmmmm  Yeah Inflation/exchange rate/Brexit / Med Bills  is a bit of a worry.               But as a place to LIVE      I still rate it as Number 1 on the Planet.      And after 7 years working in Saudi in the 90's  , the freedom to be who we are is palpable...... :blink:



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 03:17 PM

Here's some facts compared to UK.
You can live here cheaper...
You can, and most probably will spend up to and sadly above your budget depending on your resolve.
You can have more fun in your latter years here.
You will always wish you had more money.
You need discipline to effectively manage your fun and money successfully.

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 05:46 PM

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hope I can get some sensible advise

I visit 4 to 6 times a year first came in 1976

so I am an old fa*t hoping to celebrate my 67th birthday on 1st Jan in Patts

I am in along term relationship just over three years with a girl from Sensations

She is farming 18 rai of land and growing wonderful sugar cane crop as well as working selling food on market

we (or her family) have a nice house in 2000 people village 110km west of Khon kaen

Have put on bedroom/office and bathroom to farang standards and bought a car

she wants me to come and live but I would be bored to tears as I cannot work in Thailand

But as I get older i live alone in Wales (Have note the Welsh springing up on this thread)

I rent my house here and have no one to look after me here. Do not have long term friends as only been here 4 years

So what amount would i need to live in the village with a few trips as holidays - would need medical insurance and not sure how to keep up my UK pension and NHS.

Scott told me she was a keeper and he is turning out to be right

 

So there you are a serious question and any help would be much appreciated

Please none of the - you must be out of your mind shacking up with an ex bar worker. My lif,e my money and funny enough I think we are very happy as a couple


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Posted 16 October 2017 - 08:21 PM

If you move to LOS on a permanent basis, your state pension will be frozen i.e. no further rises for inflation. Is anyone in the UK willing to say that you live with them. Have your post delivered there etc. Might help to keep you in with GP. 

 

If you have bought a place then surely your day to day living expenses will be a fraction of what you spend in the UK.

 

Bus/fly down to Patts for party time if you want to break up the boredom. Any farangs in the vicinity of your house in Thailand? Read books, TV, walking, fishing etc. find something to do. You will definitely have  better life in LOS and my guess it will be cheaper than the rent you pay in the UK, it will cover health insurance plus any trips you fancy doing. How much rent do you pay and what does it cost to run your rented house in the UK for a year?


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Posted 16 October 2017 - 09:29 PM

You can survive on £20 a week. But l wouldn't,t recommend it. But you have more right, so you go to the atm once a week, and put some petrol in the car and drive to Lyon Kaen. Here you will meet up with other departs and have a few beers and a meal. Then you go to Robinson's and buy some home comforts for the week, and spend £100.
Why? Because you can and it makes life more pleasant.

It's impossible to say how much you need, because it depends on your desired lifestyle.
Ikr l say above, you make a budget you can comfortably maintain, and then go and spend it.
If you have 300 baht left at the end of the week, put the air con on a degree lower.

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 12:44 AM

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom house 10,000 baht a month rent.

 

Dishwasher included...?   :Devil:



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Posted 17 October 2017 - 06:24 AM

Reply to annat post #176. Good for you go for it. Leave Wales ASAP, you say live in rented accomadation, no chums, no one to look after you. Why bother staying ??. I also find the weather is shit each time I have visited Wales.

Your concern about village life is justified in what will I do. Only you can answer that, got any exsisting hobbies, interests ?. You mention work why on earth do you want to work aged nearly 67 unless it is to alleviate boredom or for financial reasons. Go to village and cultivate a small vegetable plot, consider buying chickens, ducks, for breeding purposes take care of them, get a dog a friend for life. Just pottering about with chores cooking, cleaning, find a hobby, intrest, even shoping, its amazing how quickly time passes by. Go to the market with girl friend be around people. If you see a farang say hi.

Agree a lot with zeppo had to say # 177. If you do move play your cards close to your chest do not announce to the authorities..... inland revenue, doctors, dentist, bank, building society, NHS, put people on a need to know basis, if they dont need to know dont tell them.

I have been playing this game for nearly 10 years (successfully). Now days society is so un personalised all you are is a number. So get lost in the large bureaucratic machine. Fly under the radar do not flag your self up as a person of intrest.

What has worked for me is a UK address, that person who I trust opens all correspondence then informs me if it needs to be dealt with. Easy to do thanks to the internet,some times a little white lie is necessary. Register on the electoral role, pretend to live at the address that correspondence is sent to. Try not to leave a paper trail that can be followed by using credit cards, pay cash for as many things as possible while abroad. To me it is Just a game.

If in the unlikely event of being rumbled my answer is I have been on a gap year(s) ( a very old student). Taken time out to go traveling while I still can. How can they argue with that ?. On trips back to the UK show your face at doctors, bank,etc, use a credit card or to to give the illusion you are still domicile in the UK.

Health / medical cover do your homework and find one that suits your needs. Sure some firms offer a free consultancy take advantage of this before you leave. Or sort out when here, loads of places about in pattaya.

Wish you good luck as your life in Wales seems rather sad.

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 01:08 PM

Hi Soidog, Zeppo, Captain B

Thanks for reply.

Funny I am Happy here in the colonies - I still play cricket (just completed my 55th season) and am chairman of my local side, my best mate who has place in Thailand lives in Swansea and my other mate lives in Birmingham and is a member here.

My best female friend (friend only) lives 50 miles away.

Yes it does rain a lot - I think people die of rust here

 

Rent £500 pm plus electric gas and water about £1000 a year - local rates just over £1000 a year

Car tax £280, insurance £350 plus fuel, house insurance £130 and TV £110

plus fun and Thailand (u got a LB GF u always need money)

 

Enjoy working from home, do a few antique fairs and recycling things from auction to auction.

 

Have to pay big money for Dentist so now get work done in Khon Kaen

 

I might be 67 but do not feel or accept it

After 36 years marriage not sure I want to head for another relationship

I can get about 50000 bt a month without earning anything else

Can easily get address at my friends and get on register can transfer cards to that address

 

If we lived in a nice gated community near BKK or KK I would be very OK, but we have disabled Grand mother who cannot walk at all to look after and 16rai of land to farm so not easy to move, Might be different when Gran goes.

 

I think 50000 a month should be good in the village as she will have the profit from the cane and the markets to help

 

I still have a lot of stock to shift so will not make a decision until next year

 

I could come back to UK and buy at auction take back to Thailand and keep interested with my friend doing my Ebay

Oh yes I also have 93 year old father who is getting bad demencia so feel I should be around to help my step-mother.
But I do miss my two cats in Thailand and my LB who awakes my old memory

 

so as usual with me dithering and duthering should I or should I not

Will talk to my girl when I am over at Xmas for 5 weeks

appreciate the sensible comments

Cheers


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 01:08 PM

I already made a long post earlier in this thread, but since it is still alive I'll make another with different information.  My previous post talked about extreme budgeting.  I just wanted to share a few different scenarios that I have been in as examples of potential expenses.

 

If I am let loose on Pattaya with complete holiday short term freedom I spend about 30,000b per week.  That is a cheapish room, whatever food I feel like eating, and as many girls as I can fuck.  I'm not a huge drinker but I'll have a few.

 

If I live in Pattaya short term with an apartment I spend about 80,000b per month going crazy with 2-3 ST's every day.

 

Living in Bangkok with a girlfriend outside the center city was 30,000b per month for both of us.  I gave her the money each month and she would pay for everything.  She was a clever girl and was actually saving close to 10,000b per month of that!!  We had a nice apartment, she went to university, I would go to the gym and play computer games.  Eat at restaurants, markets, and cook in the room.  Farang food once a week.  Rarely drinking alcohol.  

 

Living in Chiang Mai alone at 20,000b per month.  Finding free hookups, drinking Thai whiskey, living cheap.  Going to the gym and working online.

 

Living in Pattaya long term at 40,000b per month.  Drinking most nights, cheap condo, sometimes paying for sex, sometimes for free.


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 01:33 PM

Hi Soidog, Zeppo, Captain B

Thanks for reply.

Funny I am Happy here in the colonies - I still play cricket (just completed my 55th season) and am chairman of my local side, my best mate who has place in Thailand lives in Swansea and my other mate lives in Birmingham and is a member here.

My best female friend (friend only) lives 50 miles away.

Yes it does rain a lot - I think people die of rust here

 

Rent £500 pm plus electric gas and water about £1000 a year - local rates just over £1000 a year

Car tax £280, insurance £350 plus fuel, house insurance £130 and TV £110

plus fun and Thailand (u got a LB GF u always need money)

 

Enjoy working from home, do a few antique fairs and recycling things from auction to auction.

 

Have to pay big money for Dentist so now get work done in Khon Kaen

 

I might be 67 but do not feel or accept it

After 36 years marriage not sure I want to head for another relationship

I can get about 50000 bt a month without earning anything else

Can easily get address at my friends and get on register can transfer cards to that address

 

If we lived in a nice gated community near BKK or KK I would be very OK, but we have disabled Grand mother who cannot walk at all to look after and 16rai of land to farm so not easy to move, Might be different when Gran goes.

 

I think 50000 a month should be good in the village as she will have the profit from the cane and the markets to help

 

I still have a lot of stock to shift so will not make a decision until next year

 

I could come back to UK and buy at auction take back to Thailand and keep interested with my friend doing my Ebay

Oh yes I also have 93 year old father who is getting bad demencia so feel I should be around to help my step-mother.
But I do miss my two cats in Thailand and my LB who awakes my old memory

 

so as usual with me dithering and duthering should I or should I not

Will talk to my girl when I am over at Xmas for 5 weeks

appreciate the sensible comments

Cheers

 

Seems to me that being semi retired , you should spend more time in Thailand , especially in the winter ...reduce your heating costs etc .

Personally I don't think I could do the boonies , but maybe if you gave up your house in Wales you could rent a decent room in Pattaya for about 6000B/pcm and split your time farm/Pattaya ?

 

But in order to really analyse your situation and give the best advise we really need to see a photo of your GFs knob ..

 

(Just joking btw......being serious , its great to hear success stories  )



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Posted 17 October 2017 - 02:33 PM

Anaat, I mis-interpreted your wishes regarding your LT LB in LOS. Being as though you have hobbies and friends where you live, I'd consider 6 months in UK and 6 months in Wales. Given the weather in Wales and your cricket, I'm sure you know which 6 months should be spent in the UK :)



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Posted 17 October 2017 - 04:33 PM

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There are lot's of sensible answers and advice on here. The bottom line is what do YOU want. What are YOUR needs to enjoy a happy and comfortable day to day and what can you afford?

 

Either way however much you spend there are things you are going to love and things that are really going to get on your tits eventually - the more you spend the more you can insulate yourself from the irrational quirks of Thailand.

 

I've lived in Thailand twice (although never in Pattaya) and been visiting Thailand from the mid 80's until present day.

 

The first time I lived here was in CM and even then I was spending 8k baht per month on a 45sq mtr condo with a kitchenette type arrangement - 17 years ago. I allowed myself 20,000 baht per month spends including rent because I wasn't working. I bought a motorbike which was the best 25k baht I ever spent. At the time that was adequate and I really had a blast. I ate Thai food a lot and didn't cook at home much. From memory a bottle of Vodka in a bar was 700 baht with mixers - I think I probably still have a few stashed in bars up there :)

 

Then I moved to Bangkok the second time for a very well paid corporate job in 2011. $20,000 USD per month - I was grinning ear to ear for the entire 5 years! That kind of salary allows you lot's of choices and you can really have any kind of lifestyle you want. I am aware I was fortunate.

 

So, the second time around I decided that I wanted more space of the kind I would be used to in the west. Even so I only spent 35k baht on a 150 sq mtr condo with a separate, full kitchen. Full cable tv packages, maid (pennies), driver (slightly more pennies), lots of nice meals, girls/ladyboys, internet... it soon adds up. Even so, I found that around 150k per month was more than sufficient for a relatively opulent lifestyle. That, at the time, was $5k USD or £3k. You can't get anywhere near that kind of luxury in the states or the UK for that kind of money.

 

Anyway I'm blathering on but I think as others have said that 100k baht is a good number to set as a budget - if you can. Maybe most months you won't hit it but there will be times when the unforeseen happens - sick relative/friend, road accident, emergency trip home or other as yet hidden event - like running over a motorbike taxi driver... true story :) - or maybe a holiday away from it all - because I guarantee you that what is fresh and new will become irritating at some point. Can you live on 50k? Probably. Do you really want to? Only you can answer that.

 

my 2 cents


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 03:19 PM

There are lot's of sensible answers and advice on here. The bottom line is what do YOU want. What are YOUR needs to enjoy a happy and comfortable day to day and what can you afford?

Either way however much you spend there are things you are going to love and things that are really going to get on your tits eventually - the more you spend the more you can insulate yourself from the irrational quirks of Thailand.

I've lived in Thailand twice (although never in Pattaya) and been visiting Thailand from the mid 80's until present day.

The first time I lived here was in CM and even then I was spending 8k baht per month on a 45sq mtr condo with a kitchenette type arrangement - 17 years ago. I allowed myself 20,000 baht per month spends including rent because I wasn't working. I bought a motorbike which was the best 25k baht I ever spent. At the time that was adequate and I really had a blast. I ate Thai food a lot and didn't cook at home much. From memory a bottle of Vodka in a bar was 700 baht with mixers - I think I probably still have a few stashed in bars up there :)

Then I moved to Bangkok the second time for a very well paid corporate job in 2011. $20,000 USD per month - I was grinning ear to ear for the entire 5 years! That kind of salary allows you lot's of choices and you can really have any kind of lifestyle you want. I am aware I was fortunate.

So, the second time around I decided that I wanted more space of the kind I would be used to in the west. Even so I only spent 35k baht on a 150 sq mtr condo with a separate, full kitchen. Full cable tv packages, maid (pennies), driver (slightly more pennies), lots of nice meals, girls/ladyboys, internet... it soon adds up. Even so, I found that around 150k per month was more than sufficient for a relatively opulent lifestyle. That, at the time, was $5k USD or £3k. You can't get anywhere near that kind of luxury in the states or the UK for that kind of money.

Anyway I'm blathering on but I think as others have said that 100k baht is a good number to set as a budget - if you can. Maybe most months you won't hit it but there will be times when the unforeseen happens - sick relative/friend, road accident, emergency trip home or other as yet hidden event - like running over a motorbike taxi driver... true story :) - or maybe a holiday away from it all - because I guarantee you that what is fresh and new will become irritating at some point. Can you live on 50k? Probably. Do you really want to? Only you can answer that.

my 2 cents

Home owner, wife and father currently spending 75k a month.
Visiting father curtailing nighttime activities somewhat, but balanced by his own extra cost. 65k doable certainly.

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 07:56 PM

Its called Health insurance! AXA does great comprehensive cover through Pattaya expats for about 30,000thb a year, includes treatment for heart attack and hospital stays, emergency accident treatment etc

Absolutely, I have health care also and it takes the worries away about getting sick.
If I get sick, its covered. For about 3000 THB per month...its worth it!

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 08:02 PM

Home owner, wife and father currently spending 75k a month.
Visiting father curtailing nighttime activities somewhat, but balanced by his own extra cost. 65k doable certainly.

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I am single and living on 100k per month. But I love sex and booze so that amounts to 50% of my budget. Cut out the sex and booze and I would be living on 50k per month.

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