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Freedom, Culture and Iced Coffee: Kevin Miller on Living in Vietnam

Kevin MillerVietnam has been a popular destination for expats for many years, with its tropical climate and welcoming culture, but what is it really like to live there? We spoke to Kevin Miller, an American who first visited Vietnam 9 year ago to do some volunteer work and never left. He lives in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City and works as a consultant and teacher.

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An Interview with Erika Oktora on Living in the Developing Locations of Johor

Erika OktoraAfter staying in Singapore for about 12 years, Erika Oktora, decided to move to East Ledang in Malaysia’s Johor state which is about an hour’s drive from Singapore. Today she still works in Singapore and commutes daily from her home in Johor. She pens her experiences in her blog, Living in Johor, which is indeed a must-read for those who are planning to shift base here. We spoke to

What Does It Cost to Live in Cambodia?

Living in CambodiaLike most countries, the cost of living in Cambodia varies considerably between cities such as Phnom Penh and regions like the popular coastal town of Sihanoukville. Regardless of where you live in Cambodia, Cambodia is a reasonably priced place to live when compared to other popular tourist destinations in Asia such as Thailand and Bali. It is worth remembering, that costs aside, the quality of life in Cambodia is also

Earning a Living as an Expat in Thailand

Thailand employment street sceneOnce you are in Thailand permanently you may want to find yourself a paying job to keep you occupied and earning a little income.  Here are tips and information on what is available for the Western Expat in Thailand.

Probably the most frequent question I get from people just thinking  about moving to Thailand is how does one earn a living here.  Thailand is paradise for many, including myself, but

Retiring in New Zealand – Visas and other Legal Aspects

Lake Forest Mountains, New Zealand

View of the picture-perfect Lake Forest Mountains in New Zealand

When looking for somewhere to retire to, New Zealand really does have it all.  With a relaxed lifestyle, so much natural beauty and great infrastructure, it is hard to go past this part of the world as somewhere to spend some time in your twilight years. For those who would like to either retire permanently in New Zealand, or spend

Moving to New Zealand as an Investor or Entrepreneur – Visas and Other Legal Aspects


View of the Auckland Sky Tower at night

New Zealand encourages business investment with a view to economic growth, expanding business expertise and attracting “smart” capital to the country.  New Zealand may be a small country, but it is growing fast thanks to its supportive and progressive migration program. For those who wish to set up an entrepreneurial venture or invest in New Zealand, there are several options available.


Retiring in Australia – Visas and Other Legal Aspects

Australian Retirement VisaAustralia is a great place to retire. The climate is temperate, the lifestyle is relaxed and infrastructure such as public transport and healthcare and of high quality. If you do not already have permanent residency or citizenship in Australia, but are thinking of retiring there you have a few options available to you, depending upon your age, business experience and available assets.

Under 55 years of age

If you are

Moving to Australia as a Business Owner – Visas and Other Legal Aspects

Australia business visaAustralia welcomes new businesses, and encourages people who have innovative business ideas. It can be scary setting up a business or taking over an existing one in a new country, because there are so many things to consider. The first step is obtaining the right visa so that you can get started.

The Australian government has recently made changes to its business visa scheme, so if you have already lodged

How Much Money Do You Need to Live in Thailand?

How much money does it take?  That’s almost an impossible question to answer, but one that is asked most often.  Once again, I will tackle this and do my best to give some answers.  It is not an easy problem  to crack, but I will give it my best shot.  Your input in the comments on this number one question would very much be appreciated.

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View of the beach houses

Retiring in Thailand – What to expect

Living in ThailandMost expat forums at one point of time discuss the question – what can I expect from retiring in Thailand? 

Well, for starters, to hold a retirement visa one must show proof of a monthly income of 65,000 baht ($1,960, €1,435 or £1,255) which can also be acquired by showing 800,000 baht ($24,104, €17,667 or £15,443) in a bank account.

By global standards 65,000 baht a month is not a

Moving to Land of Smiles: How You can Earn a Living in Thailand

Probably the most frequent question I get from people just thinking  about moving to Thailand is how does one earn a living here.  Thailand is paradise for many, including myself, but it cannot be a paradise if you don’t have any money and you don’t have a job.  In that situation, it could be Hell.

It is cheap to live in Thailand once you have learned where to find housing

What happens when an American overstays their visa in Thailand?

US Passport

Overstaying your visa is not something a visitor to Thailand should do, but it can be corrected, usually with no great difficulty, but it may cost some money.  Here is the straight scoop if one finds themselves in this situation.

In Thailand, I live in this kingdom on a “Retirement Visa” which is renewed every year and requires me to check in to Thai immigration every three months to let

How Expats can Start a Business in Thailand

Thailand expat businessA Western expat in Thailand often has to think about making money.  Thailand is for sure a paradise in so many ways, but if you don’t have any money, it can be a hell.  Even if one is getting a steady pension check or social security or trust fund payout, there is always the fear that the dollar or other home currency can lose value in comparison with the Thai

The Collapse of the US Dollar and how it will Effect Expats in Thailand

The Dollar is doomed, and is losing its place as a world reserve currency right now.  This will affect those of us with dollar assets, retirement benefits from the US and income paid in dollars.  The big question is:  How Far Will the Meltdown Go?

World currenciesA couple of years ago, we got about 40 Thai Baht to a buck.  Today, it is around 30.  Even in just the last month,

A Guide for Thai Dining Like a Native

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A family enjoying dinner at a Thai restaurant

How to have a Thai dinner in a Thai Restaurant

Whether you are eating Thai food in the Land of Smiles, or going out to a Thai restaurant back in the States, the dining experience is enhanced knowing and using proper Thai dining etiquette and ordering correctly.   First, know the basic foundation of Thai food:  There are four seasonings — salty, spicy,

Costa Rica – an Overview of the Splendors in the Land of the Ticos

Pura Vida (Pure life), a more typical Costa Rican saying you will not find elsewhere! Used in every form and shape by the warm and life loving people from Costa Rica called “Ticos” for short.

It can be used for greeting, showing your appreciation about someone or something, saying goodbye, and just giving off a good vibe.

If Latin America had a heart, it would definitely be Costa Rica. Due