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1. Posted by jimi7236 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Live in Galveston, TX., and thinking of moving to Thailand by the end of the year. I know of [snip] but need so more information on living in Thailand. My discovery has started, so don't beat me up too much.

Daniel

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2. Posted by UliS (Travel Guru 130 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

A retirement visa needs a certain amount of money in a Thai bank (800000 Baht?) or a monthly income ($1500?) or a combination of that. Buying land is only possible with complicated legal constructions (owning a appartment is more easy), be very careful with that. Cheap appartments don't have kitchens (if furnished at the most a fridge and a microwave in the living room, 1 room furnished apartment in Pattaya, Hua Hin or Bangkok between 8000 ($300) and 20000 Baht per month if rented for 6 month). Legaly you need to carry you passport always with you but a copy of the important pages including the visa page is accepted.
You have to look also for a place with good hospitals, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Bangkok have but in smaller places you have to find out (one of my friends had to go in the night 300 miles by taxi from Krabi to the next good hospital in Phuket).

3. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 774 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Check out some of the Thailand retirement youtube vloggers.
'Retire cheap jc' is very good, but others like 'land of smiles thailand', 'Gordon Tickle' and 'Kev-in Thailand' also have lots of info. Once you start looking at one of these vloggers YT will suggest lots more.
One thing most of them will tell you is that it really isn't worth buying an apartment when renting is so cheap. Some of them have because they're married to Thai partners but it's not a wise idea if you're not in that situation.

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Jan-2019, at 18:03 by Andrew Mack ]

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2215 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Travel and visit is not a big deal. Moving completely to Thailand to live is another thing. Unless you are retired living full time in Thailand is not that easy to legally do.

Thai Visa Expat forum can be helpful. My advice is to not burn your bridges behind you if this is a permanent "retirement type" move! While still home is when you should get a handle on your finances. I would not move every cent of my money to a Thai bank.
https://forum.thaivisa.com/

Don't buy into some condo deal sight unseen! There scams involved in condo sales and some of the salesmen are not Thais and are fellow expats! It is okay to live in small cheap guest houses or private hotels until you get stuff figured out.

If you have never been to Thailand before - visit first!

5. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 774 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Quoting UliS

A retirement visa needs a certain amount of money in a Thai bank (800000 Baht?) or a monthly income ($1500?) or a combination of that.

From the 1st March the rules are changing slightly.
I gather the 800k needs to be in a Thai bank account for some months before granting a retirement visa, and it also needs to be untouched for a period of the retirement visa (3 months ?). Check with the Thai Embassy in your home country (web-site/Phone etc).

Quoting karazyal

My advice is to not burn your bridges behind you if this is a permanent "retirement type" move!
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If you have never been to Thailand before - visit first!

Many try a few years retirement overseas (Thailand, Philippines or wherever) and then come back to their friends & family support network, so if you own a property at home it's a wise idea to rent it out which gives a nice little top-up to your pension whilst still allowing you to return if require.

Don't base your future on 2 weeks vacation anywhere.
You should really use 27-30 days (at the very least once) to visit and travel around a country, to allow you to decide if it's the right country for you, and then to decide if it's the right area within that country. North Thailand is quite different from south Thailand, which is different to East Thailand etc etc. .

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2215 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Don't put any property in a girlfriend's name! Otherwise you might "accidentally" fall off a balcony or roof and she inherits everything! It is sort of a running joke for years about so many Farangs falling off balconies or roofs. (Google it up!) Perhaps with a younger wife or GF living forever after on your money with her much younger secret boyfriend!

Never give your ATM pin number to a girlfriend or boyfriend for that matter. Never ever! 5 5 5

(When you see a series of number 5s like sample above it means ha, ha, ha like in laughter. The number "5" in Thai sounds like ha, as in ha, ha that is funny!)

Another Expat forum for Thailand is Teak Door.
http://teakdoor.com/forum.php

Up to you! (A phrase often heard in Thai beer bars.)

7. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 774 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

"accidentally" fall off a balcony or roof

Between this and the foreigners (Farangs) that run out of money then take a swan dive off a high building rather than return to their homeland, 'The Pattaya Flying Club' is well known by locals...

8. Posted by UliS (Travel Guru 130 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

The Thai visa regulations change very frequently, according to 'Farang' (a German magazine printed in Thailand for Germans living in Thailand), from 1. March 2019 for a new retirement visa or a extension of, it will be a monthly income of 65000 Baht or 800000 Baht deposited in a Thai bank for 3 month after that only 400000 Baht (and back to 800000 after a year for the next extension?? Apparently immigration officials do not know everything yet, the military government is sometimes a bit unclear).

9. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 774 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Quoting UliS

800,000 Baht deposited in a Thai bank for 3 month after that.

I think it is also for 2 months before and 3 months after (so 5 months in all).

10. Posted by UliS (Travel Guru 130 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

Quoting UliS

800,000 Baht deposited in a Thai bank for 3 month after that.

I think it is also for 2 months before and 3 months after (so 5 months in all).

Obviously the money has to be in the bank before you apply but 'Farang' doesn't mention how long before (but sending money from the US might take some time).
https://der-farang.com/de/pages/auch-immigration-beamte-kritisieren-die-visa-neuregelungen