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2 hours ago, passinthenight said:

Great update inbody123 and congratulations on your Thai linquistical skills.

Yes, second that. Great update inbody123 and please feel free to pen your thoughts whenever - always interesting to experience living in Bkk through your eyes and ears. Many thanks.

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Today is my 7th Month in Bangkok. Renewed my lease for another six months to May 2019 at same rate of B8000 at Phrakanong, walking distance to the BTS system.    Securing work in Thailand is

2 weeks in Bangkok, found a condo @ Phrakanong, baht 8000 (S$340). 7 mins walk to BTS. 32sqm studio with a million dollar view as it overlook Bangkok but located in a poor area of Bangkok.  

I am retiring to Bangkok soon, perhaps in 12 months time. You need to do research well ahead of your retirement. Only Age 50 and above will be granted a Retirement Visa, and this VISA is onl

i tried to retire in chiang mai/northern part also but fail due to personal reason :

language barrier

the food too salty 

transportation issue

i like the vast land and peaceful ambient

enjoy the down to earth local people

 

i m not into gym, clubing and movie personality - so i m just not for BKK or pattaya.

 

Batam was my next destination but until i encounter some issue with the immigration officer. The local is nice but slow in reaction, culture issue for me - i encounter a few very lazy type but they treat me like "king" which i feel abit spolit by them. When i back to singapore, my friend comments my behaviour very rude as if i m the bossy type.

 

The chinese are way so different from us - still look like malay to me. Much more "cunning" in a good way. I must say a great contrast to me - overall the nice people with simple upbringing.

 

i still think singapore is best for me - convience and safe but fucking expensive living cost. 

Daily meal still can find $3 mee

Coffee at 50cent for certain hour

Breakfast set $2.50

Movie $5 but hardly watch unless blockbuster or many scenary or else netfix

 

JB is my favourite except the crime rate sibei hiong - kena rob twice in JB shopping mall and KL sentral with pen knife. My leg go jelly - i worry he scar my handsome face bcz i need for socialising. The police station say - mostly they chop off with parang since i m not watching apple watch or rolex watch.

 

Actually the petty thief from indonesian and drug addict malay - he were polite to ask for cash before any harm to me - due to ever rob experience, i throw $50 note and run away while he pick up. I swear i will never dare to stay in jb - my back yard pails gas tank also pick up by indian thief -  my neighbour saw it.

 

My next strategy is to stay put in singapore for 6 month and travel to asia but now coronovirus make me to reschedule and re plan about retirement plan.

 

 

 

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Not sure about your experience in JB but I have stay there for a year and the feeling is as good as living in SG with slightly lower cost of saving,  for those who really want to save more,  u have to eat at those local coffee shop but many sporean can't due to hygiene issues... Bangkok is getting expensive and with strong Thai baht,  may need to look for other alternatives, otherwise Phuket may not be a bad choice. 

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Also interested in retiring in Bkk!

is it advisable to rent or buy in Bangkok? 

any cheaper property in Bangkok with good transport connection? And near gay friendly area?

 

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On 3/7/2020 at 12:04 PM, lonelyglobe said:

Not sure about your experience in JB but I have stay there for a year and the feeling is as good as living in SG with slightly lower cost of saving,  for those who really want to save more,  u have to eat at those local coffee shop but many sporean can't due to hygiene issues... Bangkok is getting expensive and with strong Thai baht,  may need to look for other alternatives, otherwise Phuket may not be a bad choice. 


Phuket is a bad choice unless you like sea and sun. Phuket is more expensive than Bangkok for food, transport and rent.

 

Never been rob in Thailand or Malaysia, but my heart been stolen a few times the last 2 years in Bangkok.

 

Thais are temperamental , one minute hot one minute cold 🥶

 

Bangkok is quiet lately as there are minimal tourists.  
 

MOH Thailand has been reporting single digits Covid19 infections since early May and we are still subjected to night curfew. 

Gyms, massages, cinemas, pubs, saunas, clubs and schools are still closed.

 

Baht is strong 💪 but has been weakened lately,  Jan 2020 SGD  buys 21.9Baht.

 

Last week when I remitted SGD it was transacted at 22.5Baht.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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On 5/15/2020 at 11:09 AM, inbody123 said:


Phuket is a bad choice unless you like sea and sun. Phuket is more expensive than Bangkok for food, transport and rent.

 

Never been rob in Thailand or Malaysia, but my heart been stolen a few times the last 2 years in Bangkok.

Phuket feel like a more relaxing place for retirement but yes, the transport is a big problem not like bkk when u can easily hop on the BTS,  metro or get a taxi. Also bkk if u need a quick getaway, u can easily travel to other countries by bus or train but not in Phuket.

 

Food wise if u do your own cooking then is not so bad and rental have to move out of the more touristic area but transport could be a problem again. 

 

So u find back your heart ha.... That's the problem,  is not easy to find local friend without some kind of benefits as they tend to stick very much to their own community except those who are very internationally exposed, then might got a chance. 

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On 5/16/2020 at 3:39 PM, lonelyglobe said:

Phuket feel like a more relaxing place for retirement but yes, the transport is a big problem not like bkk when u can easily hop on the BTS,  metro or get a taxi. Also bkk if u need a quick getaway, u can easily travel to other countries by bus or train but not in Phuket.

 

Food wise if u do your own cooking then is not so bad and rental have to move out of the more touristic area but transport could be a problem again. 

 

 

 

Phuket has mafia’s which control the island taxis, even for short distance it will cost you an arm and a leg.

GRAB do exists in Phuket, they have a booking fees, I cannot remember the exact amount, maybe a few SG$.

 

The scams eg jet ski scams are notoriously famous for the wrong reasons in Phuket.

 

Even Thais themselves are worry about the Standard of Living in Phuket.

 

Chiangmai is a good place to retire in my humble opinion, however the last few years there is really bad pollution during 

the months of Feb to May.
 

I was in Chiangmai for 2 weeks in December 2019, the weather was fantastic, temperatures range from 11C to 26C during my 2 weeks stay.

 

Most things are cheaper than Bangkok eg a movie session will cost 1/2 the price in Bangkok 

and we do not have to wait for Wednesday.

 

There is no BTS or MRT in Chiangmai and the main mode of public transport is RED trucks.

It is cheap to hail one especially if you can communicate in Thai.

 

Food in food court  is around 20% cheaper than Bangkok.

 

The gay scene is not huge in Chiangmai but the local Chiangmai guys are real eye candies as they seem to have fairer skin.

 

This week marks my 2nd year living in Bangkok.

 

I just renewed my apartment lease at Phrakanong Last week and have been given a 5% discount although I asked for 10%.

 

My Studio rent, Utilities, Water, Internet, Mobile Phone, now comes to a total of Around B10,000 ( SGD450) 


For SGD$450 you cannot even RENT a common room in SINGAPORE 🇸🇬 

 


 

 

 

 

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On 5/18/2020 at 2:08 PM, inbody123 said:

The gay scene is not huge in Chiangmai but the local Chiangmai guys are real eye candies as they seem to have fairer skin.

 

This week marks my 2nd year living in Bangkok.

 

I just renewed my apartment lease at Phrakanong Last week and have been given a 5% discount although I asked for 10%.

 

My Studio rent, Utilities, Water, Internet, Mobile Phone, now comes to a total of Around B10,000 ( SGD450) 


For SGD$450 you cannot even RENT a common room in SINGAPORE 🇸🇬 

 

Congratulations on completion of your second year in BKK. Not sure how Covid has impacted your daily life - hope that it is not to any great negative extent.

 

You talk about how cheap and good Chiangmai is but puzzlingly, you then chose to stay in BKK? I suppose you have started setting roots in BKK so it will not be easy to start up again in another city.

 

Hmm.. Phra Kanong is a bit out in the suburbs - no issue with your moving around? I suppose once settled, your local area is where you do your day to day business and you don't have to travel much. I don't know if it is just cos of the virus but on Airbnb, for monthly stays, there are places that are cheaper than SGD450 and they appear to be more central.  Having said that, there are places near Onnut (handy to Tesco, Big C and a local market) that offer less of a discount - those places still cost around SGD700. If you don't mind, how much does electricity cost please, assuming that one runs the air-conditioner for 12 hrs a day, laundry once a week and the cooking of a meal a day?

 

Thanks.

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How much would I need a month if I plan to retire in Thailand?

which part in Thailand is good? 
prefer an area with no traffic jam.

 

how much will a boy expect to be paid a month to stay with me? 
Anyone got arrange boy to stay with you during retirement? 😜

 

Lao Niang planning for future

 

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1 hour ago, Guest Thomas Didymuz Toh said:

How much would I need a month if I plan to retire in Thailand?

which part in Thailand is good? 
prefer an area with no traffic jam.

 

how much will a boy expect to be paid a month to stay with me? 
Anyone got arrange boy to stay with you during retirement? 😜

 

Lao Niang planning for future

 

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This kind of fake porcelain that need extra care when handling as so it doesn't break, may cost 10k baht per day. But never mind la. Lao niang got so many fake biz such as home fake cookie baking, anyhow garb car biz, go Jack- off biz, hdb foreign worker dormitory biz and most importantly huge sum to withdraw from cpf, sue can afford de la

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On 5/19/2020 at 5:08 PM, Guest Gast said:

Congratulations on completion of your second year in BKK. Not sure how Covid has impacted your daily life - hope that it is not to any great negative extent.

 

You talk about how cheap and good Chiangmai is but puzzlingly, you then chose to stay in BKK? I suppose you have started setting roots in BKK so it will not be easy to start up again in another city.

 

Hmm.. Phra Kanong is a bit out in the suburbs - no issue with your moving around? I suppose once settled, your local area is where you do your day to day business and you don't have to travel much. I don't know if it is just cos of the virus but on Airbnb, for monthly stays, there are places that are cheaper than SGD450 and they appear to be more central.  Having said that, there are places near Onnut (handy to Tesco, Big C and a local market) that offer less of a discount - those places still cost around SGD700. If you don't mind, how much does electricity cost please, assuming that one runs the air-conditioner for 12 hrs a day, laundry once a week and the cooking of a meal a day?

 

Thanks.

Found this on the net https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Bangkok but costs seem to be high?

 

Comments appreciated, BW'ers currently living in Bkk. Many thanks.

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Dear all

 

I just found this topic and read it with much interest. I also plan to retire in Bkk in 5 yrs time and have been visiting quarterly for the past 2 yrs. Almost bought a resale condo in Krung thonburi but backed off last minute due to a problem with the translation of the documents. 

 

Appreciate all your valuable input here. It definitely gives me more confidence knowing that there are many plu singaporean friends here who also have the same plan. 

 

Will pm some of u guys.

 

Cheers

 

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On 5/18/2020 at 10:08 AM, inbody123 said:

 

Phuket has mafia’s which control the island taxis, even for short distance it will cost you an arm and a leg.

GRAB do exists in Phuket, they have a booking fees, I cannot remember the exact amount, maybe a few SG$.

 

The scams eg jet ski scams are notoriously famous for the wrong reasons in Phuket.

 

Even Thais themselves are worry about the Standard of Living in Phuket.

 

Chiangmai is a good place to retire in my humble opinion, however the last few years there is really bad pollution during 

the months of Feb to May.
 

I was in Chiangmai for 2 weeks in December 2019, the weather was fantastic, temperatures range from 11C to 26C during my 2 weeks stay.

 

Most things are cheaper than Bangkok eg a movie session will cost 1/2 the price in Bangkok 

and we do not have to wait for Wednesday.

 

There is no BTS or MRT in Chiangmai and the main mode of public transport is RED trucks.

It is cheap to hail one especially if you can communicate in Thai.

 

Food in food court  is around 20% cheaper than Bangkok.

 

The gay scene is not huge in Chiangmai but the local Chiangmai guys are real eye candies as they seem to have fairer skin.

 

This week marks my 2nd year living in Bangkok.

 

I just renewed my apartment lease at Phrakanong Last week and have been given a 5% discount although I asked for 10%.

 

My Studio rent, Utilities, Water, Internet, Mobile Phone, now comes to a total of Around B10,000 ( SGD450) 


For SGD$450 you cannot even RENT a common room in SINGAPORE 🇸🇬 

 

 

 

Hey, are you retired there or working there? Curious to know how it can really work.

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hi everyone - thanks for sharing your life experiences living in Thailand.

 

this may not be an appropriate question based on the thread title (haha) but i like to give it a shot. have anyone tried visiting or living in Hat Yai? care to comment on that if you have any?

 

my initial intention like some of you here is to retire in BKK. however i came to know about Hat Yai a few years ago. i visited this place for the past 3 years... at least 3 times each year, staying there for about 5 days each visit.

 

just like most of my leisure trips, i do not go touristy places, and i love street food. for religious reason, i do visit a few local temples to offer my prayers and do merits. i am slowly growing to like this place for a few reasons - the folks are rather pleasant, the food is acceptable to my liking and most importantly it is about 1.5 hour away from Singapore (via flight).

 

hope to read more from people in this thread. heehee

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On 2/27/2020 at 5:49 PM, Firday said:

i tried to retire in chiang mai/northern part also but fail due to personal reason :

language barrier

the food too salty 

transportation issue

i like the vast land and peaceful ambient

enjoy the down to earth local people

 

i m not into gym, clubing and movie personality - so i m just not for BKK or pattaya.

 

Batam was my next destination but until i encounter some issue with the immigration officer. The local is nice but slow in reaction, culture issue for me - i encounter a few very lazy type but they treat me like "king" which i feel abit spolit by them. When i back to singapore, my friend comments my behaviour very rude as if i m the bossy type.

 

The chinese are way so different from us - still look like malay to me. Much more "cunning" in a good way. I must say a great contrast to me - overall the nice people with simple upbringing.

 

i still think singapore is best for me - convience and safe but fucking expensive living cost. 

Daily meal still can find $3 mee

Coffee at 50cent for certain hour

Breakfast set $2.50

Movie $5 but hardly watch unless blockbuster or many scenary or else netfix

 

JB is my favourite except the crime rate sibei hiong - kena rob twice in JB shopping mall and KL sentral with pen knife. My leg go jelly - i worry he scar my handsome face bcz i need for socialising. The police station say - mostly they chop off with parang since i m not watching apple watch or rolex watch.

 

Actually the petty thief from indonesian and drug addict malay - he were polite to ask for cash before any harm to me - due to ever rob experience, i throw $50 note and run away while he pick up. I swear i will never dare to stay in jb - my back yard pails gas tank also pick up by indian thief -  my neighbour saw it.

 

My next strategy is to stay put in singapore for 6 month and travel to asia but now coronovirus make me to reschedule and re plan about retirement plan.

 

 

 

Will suggest you go east Malaysia like Sibu or Miri Sarawak, for peace and calm place for retirement 

Jason :)

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On 10/20/2020 at 9:11 AM, Jason Leong said:

Will suggest you go east Malaysia like Sibu or Miri Sarawak, for peace and calm place for retirement 

thank you for the suggestion, semi retire in jb almost 13 years - kena rob twice and house break by indian and indonesian several times. 

Now covid disaster - what i did few ago to relocate was the best decison ever make for me although i miss the food, coffee and friends there.

 

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On 10/22/2020 at 1:15 PM, Firday said:

thank you for the suggestion, semi retire in jb almost 13 years - kena rob twice and house break by indian and indonesian several times. 

Now covid disaster - what i did few ago to relocate was the best decison ever make for me although i miss the food, coffee and friends there.

 

Beside safety issue, Malaysia is a good place for retire. 
 

haha me too miss the Hokkien noodle, massage and etc things in Malaysia 

Jason :)

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